Polarity Map

Contradictions shape your life

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A Polarity Mapping session helps teams the complexities that they are dealing with. It helps them find the (seemingly) opposing strategies that together, if managed well, could effectively solve their problems.

Conducting a Polarity Mapping session involves in-depth discussions with stakeholders representing all viewpoints concerning the issues to be solved.



Jennifer Garvey Berger gives a compelling example of how challenges can sometimes be a polarity to manage rather than a problem to solve. A situation where you can get the best of both worlds.

In this video, we are joined by Barry Johnson, the profound thinker and creator of the Polarity Map and its principles.

To Work

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A dialog sheet is available for this method.

To prepare

  1. Place the dialogue worksheet on a table for the team members to sit around.
  2. At step 1 place the manual for working with a dialogue sheet.
  3. Make sure each team member has a marker.

Read the manual for working with a dialogue sheet if you have not worked with a dialogue sheet before.

Go through the dialogue sheet step by step, with the team members taking turns reading out and facilitating a step.


You find more techniques that help people collaborate more effectively in our book Connective Teamwork. The book helps you set your team in motion with a practical 5-step plan and 20 teamwork techniques.

You can learn more about and practice this technique in our Connective Team Coach Training Course.

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