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Author: Julia Wester (page 1 of 42)

Video: Overcoming binary thinking with polarity mapping

I was honored to be a part of ProAgile‘s julkalendar, a collection of videos, one for each day from December 1 to December 24th. My contribution was about how we can get in trouble with binary thinking – you know, that kind of thinking where we’re right, they’re wrong, and there’s no gray zone in between? In this video, I share a quick tactic called polarity mapping that can help us with adjusting our thinking for better balance.

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Managers can still be a valuable addition to a team

I recently gave a talk at the Øredev developer conference in Malmö in order to share how managers can be effective and valued in today’s organizations. Watch and let me know what you think.

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What if there is no right or wrong?

When I watch the news, read social media, or listen to arguments about how to do something, I am struck by how far we’ve gone into the land of right vs. wrong. Unfortunately, it doesn’t feel like we’re just passing through. Instead, it seems we’ve built permanent structures and are settling in for the long haul.

An example: U.S. Politics

To understand what I mean, you need to look no farther than the US political scene. In a two-party system, there is meant to be constructive conflict between adversaries that results in largely beneficial outcomes for the citizens the two parties serve. Working through the merits of different viewpoints allows people to come to better solutions for tricky questions like “How much should the government spend on social services?” or “When should the federal government make laws vs deferring to state government?”

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