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Chicago OD Network PDN: Polarity Thinking™ from a Neuroscience Perspective

  • February 28, 2020
  • 7:45 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Northern Trust, 181 W. Madison-7th floor, Chicago

Quick! Make a decision: Do you want to breathe in or breathe out? If, like most of us, you need to do both, you’ve felt the basic pattern of Polarity Thinking™. And if you’ve ever been in an organization that seems to vacillate between centralization and decentralization, a focus on individuals and the overall company, or addressing mission and financial success; you’ll want to know more about how Polarity Thinking™ can provide an insight, a graphic facilitation tool and a way to get past EITHER-OR to BOTH-AND.

Come to an interactive session to learn about the Polarity Map™, values that come in pairs, identified polarities and how you can apply what you learn to situations including strategy, culture, change, coaching, facilitation and more. You’ll hear about some real-life applications and have a chance to practice what you learn. For an added insight, we will examine the value of Polarity Thinking™ in the context of recent applications of neuroscience to leadership and positive culture.

Presenter: Neesa Sweet

Neesa Sweet is an OD consultant, coach, trainer and communicator who has worked in Fortune 500s, not-for-profits, healthcare and other organizations for over 30 years. She has studied extensively with Barry Johnson, founder of Polarity Thinking ™ and is a certified coach from the Neuroleadership Institute. Her company is the Braided River Group LLC which focuses on “Helping People Work Better Together” in a variety of situations. She is a former president of the Organization Development Network of Chicago.


  • 7:45 - 8:00 am: Networking
  • 8:00 - 9:15 am: Program
  • 9:15 am -10:00 am (Optional): Open networking and business challenge discussions

RSVP Process for Building Access

If you plan to attend the meeting,

  1. Email codpnetwork@gmail.com by 12:00 noon Tuesday, February 25, 2020 with your name as it appears on your photo ID. 
  2. On the day of the event, Feb 28, 2020, present a photo ID to the security staff in the main lobby, confirm your registration and provide you with a visitor's pass. 
  3. Use pass to gain entry to elevators and go to 7th floor.
If you do not RSVP by noon on January 28, your name will not be on the registration list and security will likely not allow you building access.

Program Format

Mix of presentation, large group & small group interactive discussions. Informal atmosphere; please bring your own coffee/tea/snacks. (Note: there is a convenient coffee service on the 7th floor near our meeting room; however, it does not open till 8am. There is also a Peet’s Coffee in the adjoining building near the front entrance of Northern Trust.)


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