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  1. Eric McNulty

    Great post. We teach our exec ed students to reframe “or” choices as poles on a continuum. Leaders are always moving in the space between the poles and are often least effective if they spend too much time too close to either end.

    The other corollary that I’d pass along is that we teach people to substitute “and” for “but” in their everyday speech as a way to engage in multi-dimensional problem solving rather than confrontations over what can be seen as stark “or” choices.

    • Jane Perdue

      Eric – sounds like we share a passion for polarity thinking. Improv’s “yes/and” is a great exercise for leaders to help them replace “but” with “and” as they work with others. Thanks much for sharing!

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