Vistage NYC Member Only Webinar: Leveraging the Power of Polarities


In his groundbreaking book Good to Great, Jim Collins outlines the apparent paradox of what he terms Level 5 leaders: extreme willfulness AND demonstrated humility. The ability to leverage the “upsides” of both of these interdependent aspects is a demonstrated hallmark of leadership success today. And it opens the door to a broader and more powerful way of understanding a wide range of current organizational and leadership challenges. Consider:

  •  In your organization, do you want continuity or transformation?
  •  Should you focus on your employees or your customers?
  •  As a leader, should you focus on tasks or relationships? Margin or mission?
  •  In your most important conversations, do you need candor or diplomacy?
  •  In your life, should you focus on your business or your family?
  •  In our country, do we want security or freedom?

In these and countless other situations, we want – and need – both. As Level 5 leaders have discovered, “either/or” problem solving alone is insufficient to produce sustainable success when working with these sorts of issues. Instead, what’s also needed is “both/and” polarity leveraging. In this highly interactive session, Chalmers Brothers introduces you to a powerful conversational process and framework for leveraging your most important organizational and leadership polarities: The Polarity Map™. If leaders get paid to have effective conversations – as Chalmers claims in his book, Language and the Pursuit of Leadership Excellence: How Extraordinary Leaders Build Relationships, Shape Culture and Drive Breakthrough Results – then this framework is a roadmap for some of the most powerful, direction-setting conversations you can have within your organization.

Value to Participants
You will improve the quality of decision-making as well as your ability to accelerate and sustain desired organizational improvements as a result of learning the S.M.A.L.L. approach for leveraging polarities: Seeing, Mapping, Assessing, Learning and Leveraging. You will gain practice in using a practical, powerful conversational framework known as the Polarity Map™. You will also more deeply understand the limitations of “either/or” problem-solving when working with many of your most pressing organizational issues, as well as the benefits of employing “both/and” polarity leveraging when appropriate. Finally, you will acquire the ability to lead new and powerful conversations with your team that will surface key polarities and expand their ability to lead and navigate successfully in our 21st-century world.

Speaker Biography
Chalmers Brothers is a best-selling author, certified executive coach, leadership consultant, and longtime seminar leader specializing in leadership development, workplace culture and performance, personal growth, emotional intelligence, relationship- and trust-building. His 32-year career includes 9 years with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) and has given him the opportunity to work for public- and private-sector clients large and small, in a wide variety of industries. His 2005 book Language and the Pursuit of Happiness: A New Foundation for Designing Your Life, Your Relationships and Your Results and his 2015 sequel Language and the Pursuit of Leadership Excellence: How Extraordinary Leaders Build Relationships, Shape Culture and Drive Breakthrough Results, have been adopted by the leadership / coaching programs at Georgetown University, George Mason University, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Newfield Network and many others. He and his wife of 31 years have 3 grown children and live in Naples, FL where he is active in Rotary Club and other civic / church-related activities.

If you are a Key Executive, CEO, or business owner with an interest in improving your leadership skills, you won’t want to miss this workshop.

This event is exclusively for qualified CEOs and Key Executives of companies in Manhattan with 25 employees or more.