“Polarization” is the polite word for it, but the fractured political world seems to reflect an ever-widening divide among us on the personal and professional level as well. Often, it boils down to: “What are they thinking? How can they possibly believe that?” Too often, the result is anger, frustration, wasted energy, paralyzing stalemates and lose-lose outcomes.
This course is designed as an ethical “survival kit.” It addresses the rifts at the grass roots: in families, organizations and communities. And it makes suggestions – based on ancient and modern thinking – that might help you understand and heal the divisiveness by:
Coping with unexpected change
Prying open your perspective
Moving closer together, if not agreeing
Getting “unstuck” from the standoff of polarization.
This is an interactive (but not embarrassing) course with many creative exercises and videos. For example, we will be discussing:
Seven key strategies to build trust in “post-truth” times
Why the answer to “how?” is “yes”
The seven different ways of “knowing”
The “Wisdom Pattern” from order to disorder to reorder
The “Third Way” beyond “fight” or “flight”
How “fear-setting” can be as helpful as “goal-setting”
The power of “yes…and…” thinking
The usefulness of “Vent Diagrams”
The advantages of consensus-building over majority rule
Tools and resources to help overcome polarization
Leaders and others who want to get beyond the deadlock of polarization and onto a healthy, productive future for themselves and their organizations.