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Leadership Polarities for HR Executives

February 10, 2015
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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The Hyatt Lodge
2815 Jorie Boulevard
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Organizations today are facing expectations that are seemingly at odds or paradoxical—to be more centralized or decentralized?…financially driven or mission driven?...for the benefit of stock holders or benefiting communities?...promoting directive leadership or collaborative leaders?  Competing options like these--also called polarities--cause tensions that can either be destructive or highly energizing for both individuals and organizations.  The HR function can play a key role in learning to tell the difference between a problem to solve and a polarity to leverage.  In this presentation, you’ll learn how to see, map, assess, learn and leverage polarities for effectively managing complexity through practical, engaging activities.  The research is clear--those leaders and organizations that leverage polarities well outperform those that don’t.  Don’t miss out…come discover this transformative phenomenon!


  • Understanding what a polarity is and why it is important to organizational health
  • Gaining new methods for managing complexity, conflict and change
  • Experiencing some polarity tools to take away for future exploration


Bio: Elizabeth Olson, President, Preferred Futures, Inc.,, is known for enhancing leadership effectiveness through strategic thinking and emotional intelligence, diplomacy and frankness, care for the individual and care for the organization, and an appreciation for stability as well as change.  With over 20 years of business experience and extensive training, Elizabeth shares her understanding of how to navigate the complexities facing leaders today by leveraging paradox/polarities.   She was introduced to Polarity Thinking 20 years ago and has been applying the phenomenon in coaching, team effectiveness, and organization transformation engagements ever since. 

Registration and Networking from 4:00 - 4:30

Meeting at 4:30 with presentation beginning at 5:00

Please join us for cocktails at 6:30


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$60.00 after 01:15 pm February 10

$60.00 Non-member pre-pay
$70.00 after 01:15 pm February 10

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