Polarity in Decision Making
The spectrum between blink (intuition) and think (rational) is vast, and needs to be managed. In decision making, especially in a group, problem arises when we sort to solve a concern using one unique “right answer”.
Leading Lotus has adapted the Polarity Management Tool by PACTTM, to demonstrate how there are two interdependent, diametrically opposed, right answers, using either gut instincts or deliberate rationalization, with negative impacts if not managed properly.
Most of our toughest business challenges, especially in the “complex” domain, are polarities that need to be managed, rather than problems that need to be solved. They require us to pay attention to both opposite resolving answers. Too much attention to one pole of the polarity, while neglecting the other, will lead to a sub-optimal outcome.
Leading Lotus, uses several tools and assessments to ensure the management approach oscillates between the two poles, recognizing when the down-side of the pole that currently gets attention is becoming noticeable, and shifting attention to the other pole, starting to capture its up-side.
Rapid information processing
Drives innovative & creative ideas
Sees whole or larger picture
Holds confidence in outcome
Protects from harm / risks
Handles unknowns and gaps better
Uses low cognitive effort
Is methodological and sequential
Requires facts & data
Applies logical and critical thinking
Holds confidence in process (traceable)
Uses high cognitive control
Resolves conflicts relatively well
Can address perceptive bias
Transfers knowledge easily