Marianne W.Lewis

As our world becomes increasingly fast-paced and interconnected, tensions are the new normal.

  • Double down on the core business or radical innovation?
  • Focus on efficiencies and centralization or agility and decentralization?
  • Promote more teamwork and community building or more flexibility and individuality?
  • Align to grow profits or social responsibility?

Traditionally, leaders apply an either/or approach to competing demands – setting criteria, weighing options, and making a choice. Results are decisive, consistent… limited. Such problem solving minimizes options, misses vital information, and restricts creativity. Alternatively, a both/and approach embraces tensions as paradox, seeking to engage competing demands simultaneously. Adopting a “both/and” approach opens new perspectives to introduce novel possibilities.

The challenge for leaders is how do they engage competing demands simultaneously? How do they communicate these complex strategies to their employees? How do they encourage their organization to adopt this mindset and related practices?

To answer these queries and many more, join us for an insightful Masters Speak session on 'Leading and Thriving through Tensions' with Marianne W Lewis.

Marianne W. Lewis, PhD, is dean and professor of management at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business University of Cincinnati. Previously, she has served as dean of the Cass Business School, City University of London and as a UK Fulbright. A thought leader in organizational paradoxes, she is among the world’s top 1% most-cited researchers (Web of Science).

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