Episode 57: Mastering Polarities to Achieve Greater Performance

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Should we focus on innovation or stability? Do I need to focus on getting more tasks done or building relationships with my team? Should we centralize functions or decentralize? Should I exercise at 5am or get more rest? Do you find yourself asking these questions on a daily basis? If so, then please join Jeff Smith and Cara Wilson as we host Voltcast: Illuminating Leadership. We will be discussing Polarities which are interdependent pairs that need each other over time to maintain and gain performance. Since polarities are unavoidable, they are present in every individual, team, and organization. We will be talking about how to recognize polarities, how to change your either/or thinking to and thinking and how to implement changes in your mindset. We look forward to a fast-moving, entertaining show that will highlight case studies of using polarity management.


Cara Wilson, B.S., M.A., is a Senior Management Coach for Tableau Software in Seattle. Her passion is helping teams and leaders figure out how to leverage their strengths and identify their blindspots. She has over 18 years of experience coaching teams from diverse backgrounds and industries, from construction workers in a small business to physician leaders at a world-class hospital. Cara’s work focuses on increasing leadership capacity through experiential learning, developmental coaching and real-life application of tools and principles. Her approach to this work is grounded in her early background working with youth at YMCA summer camps, as an Outward Bound wilderness instructor, and professional ski patroller.