Course Description: Today we are confronted more than ever with paradoxes – those complex challenges where there may not be one “right” solution. The options in these situations may appear to be in direct opposition to each other, when in reality, each decision has upsides and downsides. Common themes are focusing globally vs. locally, planning for the long term vs. short term, whether federal vs. state oversight is appropriate, how to balance work and family. These paradoxes can lead groups to “dig in their heels” and argue for one side or the other and potentially miss the opportunities of embracing aspects of both sides towards a common goal. In this course, you’ll learn how to differentiate between a paradox and a problem, practice using a tool to map a paradox and guide a productive dialogue that strives for an optimal balance between the two opposing ideas – the critical leadership skill of and+both thinking.