One or the Other: How Balancing Polarities Improves Work for Individuals, Teams, and Organizations


Every day, all of us as individuals, teams, and organizations are faced with managing and reconciling between a series of polarities—two seemingly opposing values. Examples include work/life, activity/rest, intuition/facts, stability/change, mission/profit, team needs/individual needs, centralized/decentralized. 

Polarities can complement each other when approached in a balanced way, but too often we fall into the trap of thinking about them as either/or instead of both/and. We go to extremes like working 20 hours a day for weeks on end, or looking only to data to determine a decision while ignoring intuition or other less concrete factors. 

In this workshop, we’ll explore a model for balancing polarities. Using real examples from your own work, you’ll learn how to identify the “early warning signs” that you are leaning too far to one side, as well as action steps that can enable you and your team to optimize and balance your thinking and your work.



Beth Shapiro: Beth specializes in creating sustainable change for leaders, teams, and organizations. Her work focuses on building the capacity to create and maintain strong, strategic, and effective relationships. Beth holds and Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, and is a certified professional and relationship systems coach (PCC, ORSCC). Her background includes 20+ years of management and leadership in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Etta Jacobs: Etta’s focus is on helping her clients capitalize on their strengths, build their resilience, and reframe stressful events to find creative solutions to their career and professional challenges. She holds a Master in Organizational Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from William James College. Etta draws on 20+ years of corporate experience as a design industry executive, leading teams through continuous technological and organizational change.


Date and Time:  
March 29, 2018
6:00 - 8:30 PM

5:50-6:10pm: Registration, mingling, and pizza
6:10-6:30pm: Facilitated networking
6:30-8:00pm: Workshop
8:00-8:30pm: Optional networking 


Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Monadnock Room, Cambridge, MA 02142

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We appreciate the Broad Institute donating the use of their event space.  



Members: $30; Non-Members: $50


Thanks to Our Event Sponsor, Safety Partners!