Barry Johnson, PhD
In 1975, Barry created the first Polarity Map® and set of principles. Since then he has been learning, with clients, how to leverage polarities, also known as paradoxes, dilemmas, or tensions. Polarity Thinking has been applied in hundreds of organizations, large and small, in the United States and globally.
Barry has worked with a variety of organizations: Business and Industry – Amoco, GM, Intel of Ireland, Cargill, Wal-Mart, Hyster-Yale, Hershey, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, New York Live Insurance, Natura of Brazil, SASOL of South Africa; Government – International Atomic Energy Agency, US Department of Defense, NASA, US Federal Executive Institute, US Defense Acquisition University, UK National Health Service, UK Cabinet Top Management Programme, UK National Audit Office, Canada Post of Ontario, Provincial Government of Alberta, Northwest Department of Health and National Treasury Republic of South Africa, Charleston Police Department and City of Charleston. Education – Notre Dame, Learning Innovations Lab (LILA) at Harvard, Washington University of St. Louis, Purdue College of Engineering, U of St Thomas, Potchefstroom University and University of Cape Town in South Africa, University of Cincinnati, University of Minnesota, U of the Virgin Islands, University of Michigan; Not-for-profit – Bread for the World, Archdiocese of Chicago, Christian Reformed Church, Local Future in Michigan, EcoSocial in Brazil, Southridge Shelter in Ontario.
He is devoted to his family, an avid outdoorsman and intrepid traveler, and brings head and heart together in his presentations, teaching and consulting. Barry and his wife, Dana, have 5 children and 11 grandchildren.
His 1992 book, Polarity Management®: Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems (Human Resource Development Press) is in wide use in businesses and community organizations. His third book, AND, How to Leverage Polarity, Paradox, or Dilemma will be out in 2019.