Thiagi (Sivasailam Thiagarajan) Resident Mad Scientist The Thiagi Group Reconcile Paradoxes  to Improve Performance  Tracy...
<ul><li>This program was presented by Training Magazine Network as a live webinar.  You’re invited to view the recording. ...
AU  CONTRAIRE!
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. .
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Look before you leap. .
Look before you leap.
Birds of a feather flock together. .
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. .
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.
What will be, will be. .
TERMINOLOGY
PARADOX
SYNONYMS <ul><li>Dilemmas </li></ul><ul><li>Contradictions </li></ul><ul><li>Polarities </li></ul><ul><li>Dichotomies </li...
QUOTES
“ The opposite of a great truth is also true.”  Niels Bohr
“ The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retai...
“ Brilliant leaders are skilled at integrative thinking: the ability to hold two opposing ideas in their mind … and then r...
BENEFITS
BENEFITS <ul><li>More creative strategies </li></ul><ul><li>More systemic understanding of reality </li></ul><ul><li>Syner...
METAPHORS
METAPHORS <ul><li>Optical illusion </li></ul><ul><li>Default programming </li></ul><ul><li>Clock on the ceiling </li></ul>...
 
METAPHORS <ul><li>Optical illusion </li></ul><ul><li>Default programming </li></ul><ul><li>Clock on the ceiling </li></ul>...
HOW TO RECONCILE A PARADOX
 
 
 
TRIADS <ul><li>Judge </li></ul><ul><li>Supporter of one side </li></ul><ul><li>Supporter of the other side </li></ul>
FLOW <ul><li>Identify the poles. </li></ul><ul><li>Assign roles. </li></ul><ul><li>Pause for prep. </li></ul><ul><li>Liste...
CULTURE CLASHES
Stouffer, S. A. & Toby, J. (1951). “Role of Conflict and Personality.”  American Journal of Sociological Review,  30 (539-...
CONTINUED …
Life is what you make it.
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Effective performance consultants don't solve problems; they reconcile paradoxes. True performance technologists are systematic and spontaneous; rigid and flexible; impulsive and reflective; controlling and empowering; compassionate and mercenary; and playful and serious. They achieve long-term and short-term results by employing rational and intuitive approaches.

In this interactive session, learn how to use oxymorons for fun and profit. Figure out why the opposite of every profound truth is also a truth and learn how to bring about a healthy multiple-personality syndrome. This session will answer all your questions - and question all your answers.







About Tracy Tagliati

Tracy Tagliati, CPLP, has led a nomadic life: Born in Mildenhall, England, she grew up as a military brat in Europe, Japan, and throughout the United States. Settling in Los Angeles, CA, she founded T&T, an organization that specializes in activities-based training for corporate clients. Prior to that, Tracy was VP of sales and training at Mindset Development, a training franchise of Crestcom International, and a corporate trainer at Mercury Insurance Group. She is active in ASTD (both at the national and the local chapter levels) and the North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA).



About Thiagi

Dr. Sivasailam "Thiagi" Thiagarajan is the Resident Mad Scientist at The Thiagi Group, an organization with the mission of helping people improve their performance effectively and enjoyably.
Thiagi's long-term clients include AT&T, Arthur Andersen, Bank of Montreal, Cadence Design Systems, Chevron, IBM, Intel, Intelsat, United Airlines, and Liberty Mutual. On a short-term basis, Thiagi has worked with more than 50 different organizations in high-tech, financial services, and management consulting areas. For these clients, Thiagi has consulted and conducted training in such areas as rightsizing, diversity, creativity, teamwork, customer satisfaction, human performance technology, and organizational learning.

Thiagi has published 40 books, 120 games and simulations, and more than 200 articles. He wrote the definitive chapters on simulations and games for ISPI's Handbook of Human Performance Technology, ASTD's Training & Development Handbook, and the American Management Association's Human Resources Management and Development Handbook.

Thiagi currently writes a monthly online newsletter, Thiagi GameLetter. This newsletter, now in its fifth year, features Thiagi's training games and other creative interventions that deliver results quickly and effectively. He served as the editor of NSPI Journal and Performance & Improvement for more than 10 years. He currently edits the simulation/game section in Sage Publication's journal, Simulation & Gaming. He is also a contributing editor of the monthly journal, Educational Technology.

Thiagi has made hundreds of presentations and keynote speeches at professional conferences. At ISPI, Thiagi holds the "records" for making the most presentations, conducting the most preconference workshops, and being invited to make the most Encore presentations. Thiagi is also a regular presenter at Lakewood's TRAINING Conferences and the annual conferences of American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA).

Thiagi has been the president of the North American Simulation and Gaming Associating (NASAGA), International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), and Association for Special Education Technology (ASET). He has received 17 different awards and Presidential Citations from ISPI, including the society's highest award, Honorary Life Member. He also received an Honorary Life Member award from NASAGA as well as its highest award, Ifill-Raynolds Award.

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Thiagi - Reconcile Paradoxes to Improve Performance - presented by Training Magazine Network

  1. 1. Thiagi (Sivasailam Thiagarajan) Resident Mad Scientist The Thiagi Group Reconcile Paradoxes to Improve Performance Tracy Tagliati Chief Learning Officer The Thiagi Group
  2. 2. <ul><li>This program was presented by Training Magazine Network as a live webinar. You’re invited to view the recording. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow this link to view the recording: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// bit.ly/ReconcileParadoxesRecording </li></ul><ul><li>You’re also invited to join the speaker’s discussion group in Training Magazine Network. In the group, you can </li></ul><ul><li>Download all the materials for this webinar </li></ul><ul><li>View other recorded webinars </li></ul><ul><li>Register for other live webinars </li></ul><ul><li>Follow this link to the discussion group: </li></ul><ul><li>http://bit.ly/BendingYourBrainGroup </li></ul><ul><li>*If you aren’t already a member of Training Magazine Network, you’ll need to register along the way. It’s quick, free and privacy-protected. </li></ul><ul><li>About TrainingMagNetwork.com </li></ul>
  3. 3. AU CONTRAIRE!
  4. 4. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. .
  5. 5. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
  6. 6. Look before you leap. .
  7. 7. Look before you leap.
  8. 8. Birds of a feather flock together. .
  9. 9. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. .
  10. 10. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.
  11. 11. What will be, will be. .
  12. 12. TERMINOLOGY
  13. 13. PARADOX
  14. 14. SYNONYMS <ul><li>Dilemmas </li></ul><ul><li>Contradictions </li></ul><ul><li>Polarities </li></ul><ul><li>Dichotomies </li></ul><ul><li>Paradoxes </li></ul><ul><li>Oxymorons </li></ul>
  15. 15. QUOTES
  16. 16. “ The opposite of a great truth is also true.” Niels Bohr
  17. 17. “ The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” F. Scott-Fitzgerald
  18. 18. “ Brilliant leaders are skilled at integrative thinking: the ability to hold two opposing ideas in their mind … and then reach a synthesis that contains elements of both but actually improves on each.” Roger Martin
  19. 19. BENEFITS
  20. 20. BENEFITS <ul><li>More creative strategies </li></ul><ul><li>More systemic understanding of reality </li></ul><ul><li>Synergestic relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Increased productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Increased resiliency </li></ul>
  21. 21. METAPHORS
  22. 22. METAPHORS <ul><li>Optical illusion </li></ul><ul><li>Default programming </li></ul><ul><li>Clock on the ceiling </li></ul><ul><li>Opposable thumb </li></ul><ul><li>Kitchen sink </li></ul>
  23. 24. METAPHORS <ul><li>Optical illusion </li></ul><ul><li>Default programming </li></ul><ul><li>Clock on the ceiling </li></ul><ul><li>Opposable thumb </li></ul><ul><li>Kitchen sink </li></ul>
  24. 25. HOW TO RECONCILE A PARADOX
  25. 29. TRIADS <ul><li>Judge </li></ul><ul><li>Supporter of one side </li></ul><ul><li>Supporter of the other side </li></ul>
  26. 30. FLOW <ul><li>Identify the poles. </li></ul><ul><li>Assign roles. </li></ul><ul><li>Pause for prep. </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to the first person. </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to the other person. </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesize the opinions. </li></ul>
  27. 31. CULTURE CLASHES
  28. 32. Stouffer, S. A. & Toby, J. (1951). “Role of Conflict and Personality.” American Journal of Sociological Review, 30 (539-548).
  29. 33. CONTINUED …
  30. 34. Life is what you make it.

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