Plenary Session: The Power Team of Action Learning + Polarity Thinking

Action Learning and Polarity Thinking approaches are both outgrowths of an awareness of the limitations and vulnerabilities that are present in traditional problem solving and gap-analysis. While Action Learning and Polarity Thinking are unique in their approaches, both develop the capacity and capability for key stakeholders to see a more complete picture of challenges and “learn their way” to solutions. In this presentation Cliff Kayser shares how the core similarities and differences in these powerful approaches address chronic issues, complexity, change, conflict, and cross-cultural challenges, and how their integration can increase the speed, measurability, and sustainability of client results.

Industry Expertise: 

Organizational Development, Executive Coaching, Leadership/Team Training

Cliff has over 20 years of experience in organizational development, executive coaching, and training/developing leaders and teams. He is a Vice President and Partner of Polarity Partnerships LLC, and serves as an adjunct faculty at American University, George Mason University, and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Cliff is also the founder and President of Xperience LLC, an organization development consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC, which includes Kayser Ridge Retreat and Learning Center located in Berkeley Springs, WV. He earned master’s degrees in both Organizational Development and Human Resources Management from American University, and a BA in History/Business from Lenoir-Rhyne University. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Executive Leadership Coaching Program. 

Before joining Polarity Partnerships in 2012 and launching Xperience in 2007, Cliff was the Vice President of Organizational Development and Training for the National Cooperative Bank (NCB). Prior to NCB, Cliff spent nearly a decade serving The Washington Post newspaper as Senior Organization Development Consultant and The Washington Post Company as the Corporate Manager of Human Resources, Training, and Web Development. Early on in his career, Cliff held numerous human resources and management positions at the Planning and Development Collaborative International, the law firm of Arter, Hadden, Haynes & Miller, and a Fortune 500 company.