Joy Goldman RN, MS, PCC and Margaret Cary, MD, MBA, MPH, PCC
In the March 2018 issue of The Future of Coaching, Margaret introduced the idea of using Polarity Thinking and Polarity Maps to help physicians shift from an Either/Or, problem-oriented viewpoint to an approach that includes a Both/And perspective to leverage personal and professional lives. We (Joy and Margaret) each use polarity maps with our coaching clients, who appreciate creating their own solutions in graphic form. We let clients drive the process as we facilitate their moving into a Both/And frame of mind.
Also in that issue, Sally Ourieff described the shifts physicians need to make as they move from a clinical role to a leadership role. Included in those shifts was moving from a singular department focus to more of a systemic focus, which might appear to be in opposition to a physician leader’s practice or departmental interest.
As Joy works within healthcare systems, coaching physician leaders and healthcare executives, she has observed that polarities present themselves at individual, team, and system levels. Polarity Mapping is useful at all levels to help reduce cycles of waste (aka “flavor of the month” magic wands), improve inter- and intra-disciplinary communication reduce conflict, and improve collaboration.
Here are six case studies of the use of polarity mapping on individual and systemic levels. We’ve provided examples of polarity maps used to demonstrate the power of the visual.Download Article 1K Club