Both/And Thinking: Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems (Hardcover)

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Both/And Thinking: Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems By Wendy Smith, Marianne Lewis, Amy C. Edmondson (Foreword by) Cover Image

Both/And Thinking: Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems (Hardcover)


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An insightful and inspiring book on using "both/and" thinking to make more creative, flexible, and impactful decisions in a world of competing demands.

Life is full of paradoxes. How can we each express our individuality while also being a team player? How do we balance work and life? How can we improve diversity while promoting opportunities for all? How can we manage the core business while innovating for the future?

For many of us, these competing and interwoven demands are a source of conflict. Since our brains love to make either-or choices, we choose one option over the other. We deal with the uncertainty by asserting certainty.

There's a better way.

In Both/And Thinking, Wendy Smith and Marianne Lewis help readers cope with multiple, knotted tensions at the same time. Drawing from more than twenty years of pioneering research, they provide tools and lessons for transforming these tensions into opportunities for innovation and personal growth.

Filled with practical advice and fascinating stories--including firsthand tales from IBM, LEGO, and Unilever, as well as from startups, nonprofits, and even an inn at one of the four corners of the world--Both/And Thinking will change the way you approach your most vexing problems.

Wendy K. Smith is the Emma Smith Morris Professor of Management and academic director of the Women's Leadership Initiative at the University of Delaware's Lerner College of Business & Economics. Her work has won multiple academic awards and been featured in outlets such as Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Organization Science.Marianne W. Lewis is dean of the University of Cincinnati's Lindner School of Business and a professor of management. She formerly served as dean at Cass Business School in London. Her work has appeared in major outlets such as the New York Times, CNBC, the Financial Times, and Harvard Business Review.You can find the authors at:
Product Details ISBN: 9781647821043
ISBN-10: 1647821045
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication Date: August 9th, 2022
Pages: 336
Language: English