Paradoxical Thinking

Jerry Fletcher (Author) | Kelle Olwyler (Author)

Publication date: 06/01/1997

Paradoxical Thinking
  • Presents a powerful five-step process for reconciling contradictory personal ideas and capabilities to achieve peak performance on the job and in everyday life
  • Provides numerous real-life examples of how the Paradoxical Thinking process helps individuals bring together the paradoxical sides of themselves to achieve outstanding results individually, on teams, and in organizations
  • From the author of Patterns of High Performance

Unlikely as it may seem, sprinters who relax run faster. In fact, simultaneously feeling both aggressive and relaxed is essential to their peak performance. Similar, seemingly contradictory patterns abound: Bill Gates's success is built on both his vision and his practicality; former New York governor Mario Cuomo is both passionate and intellectual, action-oriented and reflective.

After more than fifteen years of studying thousands of detailed examples of people performing at their best, Fletcher and Olwyler have found that individuals are always paradoxical when performing optimally and that each person has a particular combination of contradictory and paradoxical qualities that work together to produce that person's best work.

In Paradoxical Thinking they provide a 5-step process to help you identify your own core personal contradictions, and harness them to achieve outstanding results at work and in your personal life.

You can probably recall a difficult situation in which you performed surprisingly well-and being mystified after the fact as to exactly how you achieved such a high level of performance. Paradoxical Thinking takes the mystery and unpredictability out of performing at your peak by providing an easy-to-learn method of understanding and maximizing your personal success.

Based on years of real-world road testing with individuals and corporate leaders, the authors' five-step "Paradoxical Thinking" method helps you consciously bring together the paradoxical sides of yourself to achieve outstanding results individually, on teams, and in organizations. Using an important problem or goal you are currently facing, Paradoxical Thinking will help you:

o Identify your own core personal paradox
o Redefine your problem or goal so that it can be approached paradoxically
o Monitor how well you are utilizing your personal paradox
o Take positive action steps to overcome roadblocks and banish cycles of ineffectiveness of your paradoxical qualities and tools for using-instead of fighting-them, you can realize your potential, maximize your inherent strengths, and consistently achieve the results you seek in every aspect of your personal and professional life.

  • Presents a powerful five-step process for reconciling contradictory personal ideas and capabilities to achieve peak performance on the job and in everyday life
  • Provides numerous real-life examples of how the Paradoxical Thinking process helps individuals bring together the paradoxical sides of themselves to achieve outstanding results individually, on teams, and in organizations
  • From the author of Patterns of High Performance

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Overview

  • Presents a powerful five-step process for reconciling contradictory personal ideas and capabilities to achieve peak performance on the job and in everyday life
  • Provides numerous real-life examples of how the Paradoxical Thinking process helps individuals bring together the paradoxical sides of themselves to achieve outstanding results individually, on teams, and in organizations
  • From the author of Patterns of High Performance

Unlikely as it may seem, sprinters who relax run faster. In fact, simultaneously feeling both aggressive and relaxed is essential to their peak performance. Similar, seemingly contradictory patterns abound: Bill Gates's success is built on both his vision and his practicality; former New York governor Mario Cuomo is both passionate and intellectual, action-oriented and reflective.

After more than fifteen years of studying thousands of detailed examples of people performing at their best, Fletcher and Olwyler have found that individuals are always paradoxical when performing optimally and that each person has a particular combination of contradictory and paradoxical qualities that work together to produce that person's best work.

In Paradoxical Thinking they provide a 5-step process to help you identify your own core personal contradictions, and harness them to achieve outstanding results at work and in your personal life.

You can probably recall a difficult situation in which you performed surprisingly well-and being mystified after the fact as to exactly how you achieved such a high level of performance. Paradoxical Thinking takes the mystery and unpredictability out of performing at your peak by providing an easy-to-learn method of understanding and maximizing your personal success.

Based on years of real-world road testing with individuals and corporate leaders, the authors' five-step "Paradoxical Thinking" method helps you consciously bring together the paradoxical sides of yourself to achieve outstanding results individually, on teams, and in organizations. Using an important problem or goal you are currently facing, Paradoxical Thinking will help you:

o Identify your own core personal paradox
o Redefine your problem or goal so that it can be approached paradoxically
o Monitor how well you are utilizing your personal paradox
o Take positive action steps to overcome roadblocks and banish cycles of ineffectiveness of your paradoxical qualities and tools for using-instead of fighting-them, you can realize your potential, maximize your inherent strengths, and consistently achieve the results you seek in every aspect of your personal and professional life.

  • Presents a powerful five-step process for reconciling contradictory personal ideas and capabilities to achieve peak performance on the job and in everyday life
  • Provides numerous real-life examples of how the Paradoxical Thinking process helps individuals bring together the paradoxical sides of themselves to achieve outstanding results individually, on teams, and in organizations
  • From the author of Patterns of High Performance

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Meet the Authors


Visit Author Page - Jerry Fletcher

Jerry L. Fletcher is the founder and president of High Performance Dynamics, a management development and consulting company with major corporate clients, including DEC, G.D. Searle, the Monsanto Chemical Group, IBM, Procter and Gamble, Bull H/N, Control Data, and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. He is the author of Patterns of High Performance and Paradoxical Thinking.



Visit Author Page - Kelle Olwyler


Kelle Olwyler is founder of Kel Bergan Consulting, a company that focuses on one-on-one executive coaching, team consulting, and innovative thinking processes. Formerly vice president of High Performance Dynamics, she was responsible for training and managing consultants and trainers in high performance technologies and consulting processes in the United States, France, England, and Latin America. She is coauthor of Paradoxical Thiking.

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Table of Contents

  1. Finding Your Core Personal Paradox
  2. Perception-Shifting
  3. Defining Your Problem and Setting Your Goal
  4. Rating Yourself on Fletcher's Pendulum
  5. Deciding on Your Action Steps
  6. Paradoxical Thinking at a Glance
  7. Avoiding the Loss of a Major Sale: The Case of Chris, the Over-Confident Salesman
  8. Resolving the Problem of a Stalled Employee in an Unexpected Way: The Case of Fred and Brad
  9. Selling a House in a Down Market: The Case of Martin, The Transferred Executive
  10. Reestablishing Parental Communication with a Teenage Daughter: The Story of Anna and Casey
  11. Intuiting the Pendulum of Someone Else in Order to Work Better with Them: The Case of Mike and Susan
  12. Some Questions and Answers

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Endorsements

"I'm often in a position where I have to make staffing choices that don't seem to be an ideal fit. Using the Paradoxical Thinking process for finding alternatives has given me insights I would not have seen otherwise. Now when I'm asked, 'Do you want to hear the good news or the bad news?' I respond enthusiastically, 'Yes!'"

Frank Skidmore, Director (CIO), Quality and Information Technology Networking Systems, IBM Corporation

"Fletcher and Olwyler... provide very practical advice for sorting out tough choices and taking action to resolve them. Read this book carefully. It will change your view of the world-and of yourself. More importantly, it will raise your personal performance-I guarantee it."

Edwina Melville-Gray, Director, Training and Development, Hay Management Consultants

"Fletcher and Olwyler have taken our understanding of paradoxical thinking to a new level and help us to make a significant difference in all of our endeavors."

Robert E. Quinn, Chair, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, School of Business Administration, University of Michigan

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