We live in an ever-changing and complex world, and the spiritual landscape is no exception! Leaders are faced with problems that cannot be addressed by ‘either/or’ solutions – because these “problems” aren’t problems at all – they are “polarities.” Polarities are also known as paradoxes, tensions, dilemmas, conflicts and wicked problems.
Polarities are interdependent pairs that need each other over time. They are energy systems in which we live in and which live in us. Problems have independent solutions – they can be solved. Polarities require a “both/and” mindset and trying to choose between the two ‘solutions’ creates tension, slows innovation, and keeps organizations swinging between two mediocre states.