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  • @Robert Braxton You can reach Barry at Barry@PolarityPartnerships. I'm sure he will be glad to hear from you. Jake
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  • possible to contact Barry Johnson? Zimmerman was closely involved anti Vietnam war and wants to know what Barry is up to these days. Beth Pirkle and Bob Braxton were in the next M.U.S.T. group East Harlem 1966-1967 with Dave Wilson and Elise - and Jim Crawford. Having another reunion end of September, Alexandria, VA - Robert J. Braxton, Fairfax, VA from 1984.
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  • Thanks for sharing this Jake--and Barry! What powerful concepts.
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  • new thought to me!~ the idea of polarities as flexible and leverage-able.
    Final intersystemic slide .Simple and great analyses. AND yet:
    Read the new book by Elaine Scarry. Democracy in today's nuclear threatened world is no more as a few leaders at the top can destroy zillions of innocent people at the push of a button . We have no power to veto first strike or oversee the internal decision. Congress doesn't either.
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Barry johnson stia presentation

  1. 1. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 1 Leveraging Polarities For Individuals, Organizations, & Nations Systems Thinking In Action Presented by: Barry Johnson April 2014 This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Management Associates
  2. 2. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 2 Three Parts: • Personal History • Polarity Thinking • Justice AND Mercy
  3. 3. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 3 Personal History – First Protest 1963 I have a dream…200,000 gather
  4. 4. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 4 East Harlem - Civil Rights 1965 - 1970
  5. 5. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 5 Clergy and Laity Concerned About Viet Nam 1966 Refuse Induction 1968
  6. 6. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 6 Learn how to create healthy systems rather than just protest unhealthy systems. 1969 – 1975 Gestalt Institute of Cleveland 1973-75 First Polarity Map – 1975 Last 39 years learning about polarities
  7. 7. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 7 Effective Leadership This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com Clear Flexible Rigid Ambiguous Tight Looseand
  8. 8. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 8 Visionary Groundedand Effective Leadership This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com
  9. 9. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 9 Self Assured Humbleand Effective Leadership This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com
  10. 10. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 10 Directive Participativeand Effective Leadership This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com
  11. 11. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 11 Task Relationshipand Effective Leadership This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com
  12. 12. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 12 Decentralize Parts Centralize Whole and Effective Organization This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com
  13. 13. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 13 Short Term Long Termand Effective Organization This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com
  14. 14. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 14 Profitability Growthand Effective Organization This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com
  15. 15. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 15 Cost Qualityand Effective Organization This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com
  16. 16. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 16 Continuity Transformationand Effective Organization This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com
  17. 17. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 17 Why leverage polarities? Move toward your preferred future faster and more sustainably Increase you capacity to see-love yourself and others more completely Make a difference and enjoy life
  18. 18. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 18 Tense Overwhelmed Boring Loss of Energy Relaxed Rejuvenated Stimulated Challenged Activity Restand
  19. 19. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 19 Activity Rest
  20. 20. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 20 * Thanks to John Scherer, Center for Work and the Human Spirit ** Thanks to The Strategy Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands *** Thanks to Todd Johnson, Rivertown Consultants * ** and Increased endurance Muscles build Run a Marathon RestActivity Muscle injury Muscle atrophy Can’t Run a Marathon Actions Steps: Actions Steps: Run further on each workout day Get adequate down time between workout days Early Warnings: Early Warnings: Feeling tired when you wake up in the morning Missing a workout day Greater Purpose
  21. 21. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 21 Can’t Complete Marathon Muscles Atrophy Lethargic Achy Muscles Exhausted Rest Finish Marathon Stimulated Muscles Condition Rejuvenated Muscles Rest/Develop Activity
  22. 22. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 22 Can’t Complete Marathon Muscles Atrophy Lethargic Achy Muscles Exhausted Rest Finish Marathon Stimulated Muscles Condition Rejuvenated Muscles Rest/Develop Activity
  23. 23. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 23 Healthy Life Unhealthy Life and Relaxed Rejuvenated Stimulated Challenged Rest Tense Overwhelmed Bored Loss of Energy Activity
  24. 24. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 24 Independence Interdependenceand Systems Thinking This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com
  25. 25. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 25 Parts Partsand Systems Thinking This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com
  26. 26. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 26 Parts Wholesand Systems Thinking This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com Over Time
  27. 27. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 27 Left Pole Right Poleand Polarity Thinking is Systems Thinking This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com The most basic system is 2
  28. 28. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 28 Polarity assumptions: Seeing is Loving – Jack Gibb If we can see a person, organization or country completely, we will love them. A polarity lens helps us see ourselves and others more completely – increasing our capacity to love.
  29. 29. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 29 Polarity assumptions: No person, organization or nation is above accountability… Or, below forgiveness ANDJustice Mercy
  30. 30. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 30 GoodEvil Either/or Assumptions about good and evil: 1. The more you move toward good the more you move away from evil.
  31. 31. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 31 GoodEvil Either/or Assumptions about good and evil: 1. The more you move toward good the more you move away from evil. 2. Laws with conseqences are good
  32. 32. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 32 GoodEvil Either/or Assumptions about good and evil: 1. The more you move toward good the more you move away from evil. 2. Laws with conseqences are good 3. More laws = better
  33. 33. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 33 GoodEvil Either/or Assumptions about good and evil: 1. The more you move toward good the more you move away from evil. 2. Laws with conseqences are good 3. More laws = better 4. Harsher consequencs = better
  34. 34. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 34 GoodEvil Either/or Assumptions about good and evil: 1. The more you move toward good the more you move away from evil. 2. Laws with consequences are good 3. More laws = better 4. Harsher consequences = better 5. Action = stone a woman to death for being pregnant an not married. We do it with self-righteous indignation. Evil
  35. 35. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 35 What would you do?
  36. 36. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 36 This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com Me Not Meand Deflect and Project on “Not Me” Should be: Good Honest Smart = IQ Hold Power Can’t access: Good Diplomatic High EQ Share Power Become: Evil Cruel Low EQ Abuse Power Can’t be: Evil Dishonest Stupid = IQ Weak Fear!
  37. 37. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 37 This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com Me Not Meand Deflect and Project on “Not Me” Should be: Good Honest Smart = IQ Hold Power Can’t access: Good Diplomatic High EQ Share Power Become: Evil Cruel Low EQ Abuse Power Can’t be: Evil Dishonest Stupid = IQ Weak
  38. 38. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 38 This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com Me Not Meand Deflect and Project on “Not Me” Should be: Good Honest Smart = IQ Hold Power Can’t access: Good Diplomatic High EQ Share Power Become: Evil Cruel Low EQ Abuse Power Can’t be: Evil Dishonest Stupid = IQ Weak Fear!
  39. 39. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 39 This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com White Privileged Color Underprivilegedand Deflect and Project on “Not Me” Should be: Good Honest Smart = IQ Hold Power Can’t access: Good Diplomatic High EQ Share Power Become: Evil Cruel Low EQ Abuse Power Can’t be: Evil Dishonest Stupid = IQ Weak ✔✔Accountable Loved Fear!
  40. 40. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 40 This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com United States Russiaand Deflect and Project on the “Evil Empire” Should be: Good Capitalism Freedom Can’t access: Good Communism Equality Become: Evil Capitalism Inequality Can’t be: Evil Communism Lose Freedom ✔✔Accountable Loved Fear!
  41. 41. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 41 Restorative Justice Injustice Grace General Amnesty - Chile Law Nuremburg Trials - Germany National amnesia; simmering resentments by the victims of Apartheid as their experiences were denied once again; a past that continues to haunt because it has not been dealt with adequately. Bloody coup by police or military; huge financial burden of defending state employees; impossibility of meeting legal standards to prove guilt in cases with no surviving witnesses; simmering resentment by accused and their families; a perpetuation of a cycle of violence and retribution. Justice and Accountability; punishment of aggressors for crimes committed; satisfaction for victims at seeing justice done; and, the importance of remembering the past. and Peace and reconciliation; focus on forgiveness, healing and the future; avoid provoking a military coup; save limited funds to build for the future and address the needs of the historically disadvantaged.
  42. 42. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 42 Restorative Justice Injustice Truth and Reconciliation * Thanks to John Scherer, Center for Work and the Human Spirit ** Thanks to The Strategy Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands *** Thanks to Todd Johnson, Rivertown Consultants * ** Positive results from focusing on this left pole: Justice and Accountability; Punishment of aggressors for crimes committed; Satisfaction for victims at seeing justice done; and, The past is remembered Positive results from focusing on this right pole: Peace and reconciliation; Focus on forgiveness, healing and the future; Avoid provoking a military coup. Save limited funds to build for the future and address needs of historically disadvantaged. Negative results of over-focusing on this left pole to the neglect of the right pole: Bloody coup - police or military; Huge $ burden of defending state employees; Impossible to meet standards to prove guilt in cases with no surviving witnesses; Simmering resentment by accused and their families; and, Perpetuation of a cycle of violence and retribution. Negative results of over-focusing on this right pole to the neglect of the left pole: National amnesia; Simmering resentments by the victims of Apartheid as their experiences were denied once again; A past that continues to haunt because it has not been dealt with adequately. and Grace General Amnesty Chile Law Nuremburg Trials Germany Action Steps How will we gain or maintain the positive results from focusing on this right pole? What? Who? By When? Measures? 1.Offer amnesty for abuses to which offenders have publicly admitted during the process. 2.Give victims and victims families an opportunity to forgive and lighten the load of resentment and rage. 3.Give the abusers an opportunity for admission and forgiveness. Action Steps How will we gain or maintain the positive results from focusing on this left pole? What? Who? By When? Measures? 1.Have people come forward and publicly own up to abuses they committed under apartheid. 2.Bring the victims and the victim’s family to the session in which the abuses to them or their family is admitted.
  43. 43. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 43 Why leverage polarities?
  44. 44. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 44 Continuity Transformationand Move toward your preferred future faster and more sustainably This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com
  45. 45. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 45 Justice Mercyand Increase you capacity to see-love yourself and others more completely This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com
  46. 46. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 46 Doing Beingand Make a difference and enjoy life This material is based on work by Barry Johnson and Polarity Partnerships LLC – www.polaritypartnerships.com We can do this! Love, Barry
  47. 47. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 47 Polarities are energy systems that are: 1. Unavoidable 2. Unsolvable 3. Indestructible 4. Unstoppable 5. Free 6. Leverage-able
  48. 48. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 48 Higher Purpose = Why Balance This Polarity? Deeper Fear from Lack of Balance? Generic Part & Whole Polarity * Thanks to John Scherer, Center for Work and the Human Spirit ** Thanks to The Strategy Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands *** Thanks to Todd Johnson, Rivertown Consultants * ** Positive results from focusing on this left pole: 1. Freedom 2. Uniqueness 3. Initiative of each part Positive results from focusing on this right pole: 1.Equality 2.Connectedness 3.Synergy of all parts Negative results of over-focusing on this left pole to the neglect of the right pole: 1.Inequality 2.Isolation 3.Lack of coordination Negative results of over-focusing on this right pole to the neglect of the left pole: 1.Over-control 2.Sameness 3.Excess Conformity Early Warnings*** Measurable indicators (things you can count) that will let you know that you are getting into the downside of this left pole. 1. Early Warnings Measurable indicators (things you can count) that will let you know that you are getting into the downside of this right pole. 1. Action Steps How will we gain or maintain the positive results from focusing on this right pole? What? Who? By When? Measures? 1. Action Steps How will we gain or maintain the positive results from focusing on this left pole? What? Who? By When? Measures? 1. WholePart
  49. 49. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 49 Polarity Map © 1992, 2008 Polarity Management Associates, LLC Values = positive results from focusing on the left pole Values = positive results from focusing on the right pole Fears = negative results from over-focusing on the left pole to the neglect of the right pole Fears = negative results from over-focusing on the right pole to the neglect of the left pole Deeper Fear from lack of balance Greater Purpose Statement (GPS) - why balance this polarity?* ** andPart Whole Thriving Nation Declining Nation • Freedom (liberty) • that among these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. • Equality • We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights • Inequality • Loss of Freedom Polarity Management® Map Declaration of Independence
  50. 50. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 50 Polarity Map © 1992, 2008 Polarity Management Associates, LLC Values = positive results from focusing on the left pole Values = positive results from focusing on the right pole Fears = negative results from over-focusing on the left pole to the neglect of the right pole Fears = negative results from over-focusing on the right pole to the neglect of the left pole Deeper Fear from lack of balance Greater Purpose Statement (GPS) - why balance this polarity?* ** andPart Whole Thriving Nation Declining Nation • Freedom (liberty) • Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation conceived in liberty, • Equality • And dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. • Inequality • Loss of Freedom Polarity Management® Map Gettysburg Address
  51. 51. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 51 VS
  52. 52. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 52 and WholePart Thriving Democracy Declining Democracy
  53. 53. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 53 Thriving Democracy Declining Democracy * Thanks to John Scherer, Center for Work and the Human Spirit ** Thanks to The Strategy Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands *** Thanks to Todd Johnson, Rivertown Consultants * ** Positive results from focusing on this left pole: Tea Party 1. Freedom 2. Uniqueness 3. Initiative of each part Negative results of over-focusing on this right pole to the neglect of the left pole: Big Government 1.Over-control 2.Sameness 3.Excess Conformity WholePart Tea Party Point of View
  54. 54. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 54 Thriving Democracy Declining Democracy * Thanks to John Scherer, Center for Work and the Human Spirit ** Thanks to The Strategy Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands *** Thanks to Todd Johnson, Rivertown Consultants * **Positive results from focusing on this right pole: Occupy Wall Street 1.Equality 2.Connectedness 3.Synergy of all parts Negative results of over-focusing on this left pole to the neglect of the right pole: Big Money 1.Inequality 2.Isolation 3.Lack of coordination WholePart Occupy Wall Street Point of View
  55. 55. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 55 Thriving Democracy Declining Democracy * Thanks to John Scherer, Center for Work and the Human Spirit ** Thanks to The Strategy Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands *** Thanks to Todd Johnson, Rivertown Consultants * ** Positive results from focusing on this left pole: Tea Party 1. Freedom 2. Uniqueness 3. Initiative of each part Positive results from focusing on this right pole: Occupy Wall Street 1.Equality 2.Connectedness 3.Synergy of all parts Negative results of over-focusing on this left pole to the neglect of the right pole: Big Money 1.Inequality 2.Isolation 3.Lack of coordination Negative results of over-focusing on this right pole to the neglect of the left pole: Big Government 1.Over-control 2.Sameness 3.Excess Conformity Early Warnings*** Measurable indicators (things you can count) that will let you know that you are getting into the downside of this left pole. 1. Early Warnings Measurable indicators (things you can count) that will let you know that you are getting into the downside of this right pole. 1. Action Steps How will we gain or maintain the positive results from focusing on this right pole? What? Who? By When? Measures? 1. Regulation Action Steps How will we gain or maintain the positive results from focusing on this left pole? What? Who? By When? Measures? 1. Deregulation Equality Whole Freedom Part Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street
  56. 56. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 56 Early Warnings Measurable indicators (things you can count) that will let you know that you are getting into the downside of this right pole. Early Warnings*** Measurable indicators (things you can count) that will let you know that you are getting into the downside of this left pole. Action Steps How will we gain or maintain the positive results from focusing on this right pole? What? Who? By When? Measures? Action Steps How will we gain or maintain the positive results from focusing on this left pole? What? Who? By When? Measures? Values = positive results from focusing on the left pole Values = positive results from focusing on the right pole Fears = negative results from over-focusing on the left pole to the neglect of the right pole Fears = negative results from over-focusing on the right pole to the neglect of the left pole Greater Purpose Statement (GPS) - why balance this polarity? Deeper Fear from lack of balance * ** & Healthy Safe World Unhealthy, Unsafe World Mercy with Forgiveness Justice with Consequences 1. Increase in the number of laws and harshness of punishment. 2. Increase in blaming and expressed hatred for others. 1. Increased abuse of the less powerful by the more powerful. 2. Increased complaints of uncertainty, fear and chaos.    1. Treat all people with dignity, love, and compassion. 2. Listen to people, regardless of status. 3. Recognize your self in the other.    1. Agree on laws to live by. 2. Agree on consequences. 3. Agree on fair processes to determine guilt or innocence.    Laws with consequences provide order and accountability. They also provide predictability, protection, consequential thinking and community through shared agreements and compliance.       Grace with forgiveness provides unconditional love and hope. They also provide relief, gratitude, and community membership, in spite of noncompliance. Laws and consequences without grace and forgiveness leads to guilt, and despair. It also leads to being judgmental, legalistic punitive, and the loss of community membership through noncompliance. Grace and forgiveness without laws and consequences leads to disorder, and no accountability. It also leads to vulnerability to bullies while no shared agreements undermines community. The Infinity Factor™ Within Justice and Mercy
  57. 57. Copyright © PMA 2002 Polarity Map ™ 57 * & WholePart & & & & & & & Seeing Evil in Ourselves Seeing Evil in Others ImpactIntent Other RelianceSelf Reliance Both/And Thinking Either/Or Thinkng StabilityChange MercyJustice SpiritualSecular & Seeing Greatness in Others Seeing Greatness in Self Inequality and Isolation - Lack of the spiritual - Guilt, judgementalism - And projection Imposition on others, chaos - I am right and you are wrong - Power hoarding - Neglect of impact - Self righteous indignation - Arrogant condescention -Loss of Freedom -Lack of science -Overtolerating victomization -Rigid unresponsive -Indecisive -Excessive dependency -Politically correct and immobilized -Feeling guilty and deserve punishment -Ignoring own potential

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