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Course Information
Course Title: Managing Polarities: A Tool to Build Collaboration
Categories: 1 - Management/Professional Development
Instructor(s): Elizabeth Treher Course Number: 88
Affiliation: The Learning Key
Course Date: 03/09/2017 - Thursday Course Length: 1/2 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 12:30 PM
Fee: $325 ($425 after 2/18/17) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
The ways in which we approach situations have been shown to account for the large differences in performance observed between teams and even entire organizations. The most successful recognize that some “problems” must be managed because “solving” them is actually counter productive. In some situations the better approach is to balance the tension between two extremes, keeping each in perspective. Identifying the differences and what to do in managing others are the topics of this course. The program is new to Pittcon and is one we have given throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Target Audience
Novice and experienced managers and supervisors who are interested in learning a new approach to managing people and organizations.

Course Outline
Course Outline
Learn to recognize those paradoxical problems which are better not solved but managed via a collaborative“both/and” strategy. Practice analyzing situations using a polarity map or grid. After introducing the concepts, demonstrations and exercises for practice and applications to participants’ own situations will be covered.

∙ Distinguishing problems from polarities
∙ Key steps to manage polarities
∙ Creating a polarity map
∙ Steps for building collaboration through polarity management
∙ Analyzing polarities to manage decisions
∙ Practice exercises to analyze polarities
∙ Action planning

Course Instructor's Biography
Elizabeth N. Treher, Ph.D., has extensive experience in leading R&D. She has held research management and project leader positions in industry, government, and academia where she led research in the areas of radiopharmaceutical discovery and development and clinical research, radionuclide migration studies, solar neutrino research, and basic radiochemistry of the fission process. She led the teams that patented and developed brain and heart radiopharmaceutical imaging agents. Liz has more than 90 publications and patents and authored The Pharmaceutical Business: From Drug Discovery Through Product Launch, Strategic Partnering, A Guide to Success for Technical Managers (J. Wiley & Sons) and contributed to Take Control Using GMPs. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with an M.A. and Ph.D. in nuclear and radiochemistry, Liz was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. She was an invited member of the first U.S. delegation to China for Education and Training. Co-founder of The Learning Key®, Liz has consulted to the pharmaceutical, chemical, and other technology-based industries for more than twenty years. The Learning Key has designed many custom team-based learning tools, as well as The PHARM Game®, The PHARM Game® 2, GMPWorks®, Making Your Numbers,™ and Strategic Partnering. She also heads an artist-member organization in Northeastern Minnesota,, to market local wearable art jewelry and northwoods art - with glass, agate, wood and woodburned products. She lives with her husband and five cats on a lake in northern Minnesota.