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CRHRA January Program - Four Lefts Make A Wrong: Navigating Competing HR Polarities in the Workplace
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In this 1.5 hour session, attendees will learn how to distinguish between problems and polarities and how to deal productively with both.

When: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
7:30 AM
Where: Hilton Garden Inn
30 Clifton Country Road
Clifton Park, New York 
United States
Contact: Molly Bibisi

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• Keep costs down AND anticipate and staff for organizational growth
• Maintain continuity for organizational stability AND lead strategic change.
• Centralize work globally for efficiency gains AND maintain local and regional flexibility.
• Maintain consistent HR policies and procedures AND allow for flexibility to adapt to
each unique employee situation appropriately

Throughout every organization, HR professionals and business leaders are asked to manage any
number of challenges on a daily basis. And while some of these challenges call for true problem-solving
skills with right and wrong answers, many more situations require a perpetual balancing of corporate
mandates that, on the surface, seem to be contradictions. In fact, most business challenges in the
workplace are conflicting, ongoing, and chronic issues that are both unavoidable and unsolvable.
Attempting to address them through customary ‘problem solving’ strategies often only make things worse.
These situations are not problems to solve; they are polarities which require effective management.
Because the two sides of a polarity are interdependent, one cannot choose one side as a solution while
neglecting the other without experiencing negative outcomes. The essence of polarity management is to
leverage the best of both opposites, while avoiding the limitations of each.

In this 1.5 hour session, attendees will learn how to distinguish between problems and polarities
and how to deal productively with both. Using a number best (and worst) practices from a number of
Fortune 500 companies as examples, participants will learn: (1) how to identify and map conflicting polarities;
(2) when and how to initiate change for better balance the two poles to gain optimal benefits from each;
(3) how to get ‘buy-in’ for initiating strategic change from senior leaders; (4) effective communication strategies
to address both problem solving (EITHER/OR) decisions and polarity management (BOTH/AND) actions across
an organization, and; (5) gain practice drinking coffee and eating breakfast foods.




With nearly 25 years of experience, Donal has designed and delivered learning programs
for dozens of the world’s largest corporations. He is considered an industry leader in
designing and delivering dynamic leadership, organizational development and B2B
commercial growth programs that transcend borders, languages and cultures His global
client portfolio reads like a who’s who list of the Fortune 500, including Abbott, BMW, Dow,
Dupont, GlaxoSmithKline, General Electric, MasterCard, Pepsi and Verizon.

Before establishing Donal Conn Associates, Donal previously held executive positions with
multiple global Fortune 500 organizations in the chemical, financial services and advertising
industries. He has repeatedly been honored with numerous industry awards from SHRM,
HRIQ, Brandon Hall and ATD, and was named ‘Vanguard Executive of the Year’ from Chief
Learning Officer Magazine in 2009. As a recognized thought leader, he regularly authors
articles for trade magazines and frequently serves as a keynote speaker at industry
conferences around the world, including at the global SHRM expo and conference twice. He
can also be heard in recent appearances on radio talk shows and podcasts on iTunes,
iHeartRadio and National Public Radio (NPR).

While traveling the world for work and clients, Donal also moonlights as a freelance travel
photographer for multiple travel magazines including National Geographic. When not in
foreign time zones, he can frequently be found wading a top-secret Adirondack trout stream
with his fly rod somewhere north of his home town of Saratoga Springs, NY USA.


Date & Time:

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.: Registration/Breakfast/Networking
8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: CRHRA Announcements
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Program

Registration Costs:

$35 Members
$40 Non-Members
$25 Students/Retirees


Thank you to our program sponsor!


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