Rich shared something interesting on Twitter about managing polarities in groups.
how do you hold multiple divergent perspectives without needing to collapse them down to unity?Rich Bartlett
- start by naming a polarity that’s present in a group: two competing values that are of most benefit when they are in balance
- hold a conversation, starting at the bottom right quadrant: just look at one pole and describe what goes wrong when we are overbalanced towards this pole & neglecting the other e.g. what do you fear would happen if we only focus on relationships and neglect tasks?
- then move to the top left: what do you value about the other pole? (e.g. what is good about being task-focussed?)
- then bottom left: what do you fear would happen if we over-focus on tasks at the expense of relationships?
- then top right: what do you value about the first pole? (what is good about being relationship-focussed?)
- then we named action steps we could take to further embody values from both poles
- and “warning signs”: indications that we might be getting too focussed on one side of the polarity and need to counterbalance more in the other direction