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Books Ivo Brughmans

In his books Ivo describes in detail how you can apply te principles of ‘both-and’-thinking and paradoxical mastership. 

Paradoxical Leadership. How to make Complexity and Advantage (Toronto: Rotman/University of Toronto Press, 2023)

This book is aimed at leaders, managers and professionals and tackles management and organizational challenges from a both/and perspective. It is a complete rework of the original book in Dutch published in 2016 a includes new insights, methodologies and tools.

On a daily basis, leaders, managers, and professionals alike have to deal with tensions caused by differing and even opposite approaches. We often feel the need to make a fundamental choice between either one or the other for the sake of clarity. Using practical methodology and an extensive toolkit, Paradoxical Leadership reveals how to transform divisive dilemmas into creative solutions and paralyzing polarization into a constructive dialogue.

Ivo Brughmans focuses on solutions that include both sides of the coin and reconcile conflicting interests. He works out the fundamental principles of a paradoxical perspective and explains how to apply them to yourself as a person and a professional, how to integrate them in your leadership style, how to implement them in your team and organisation and how to conduct an effective dialogue on polarizing issues. Developing this paradoxical perspective, the book sheds a refreshingly new light on a wide range of fundamental organizational and management challenges, such as strategy development, business design, corporate governance, performance management, change, agility, innovation, diversity, culture transformation, leadership, and talent.

Demonstrating how to manage contradictions, tensions, and dilemmas in a productive and inclusive way, Paradoxical Leadership provides the skills, frameworks and tools necessary to integrate both/and thinking into your working and leadership style.

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Other books on the paradoxcial theme by Ivo Brughmans (in Dutch):

Paradoxaal coachen. Hoe je tegenstellingen to kracht maakt in leven, werk en teams (Paradoxical Coaching. How to use opposites as a strength in life, work and teams) (Amsterdam: Boom Publishers Amsterdam, 2019)

In this book, Ivo Brughmans and talent expert Silvia Derom make the paradoxical perspective practically usable for (team) coaches, consultants, facilitators, mediators, managers, HR-, healthcare- or education professionals. The book offers immediately applicable methodologies and tools to support individuals and teams in developing and making better use of their opposite sides and talents.

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Paradoxaal leiderschap. Soepel schakelen tussen tegenpolen (Paradoxcial Leadership. Switching Fluently between Opposite Directions) (Amsterdam: Boom Publishers Amsterdam, 2016)

In this book I bundle my insights as philosopher and my expertise as management consultant and apply ‘both-and’ thinking to well-known  organizational, leadership, professional and management challenges and business dilemmas. It forms forms the foundation of the English version, published in 2023 by University of Toronto Press.

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De kunst van het paradoxale leven. gebruik je tegenpolen als kracht (The art of paradoxical life. Use polarities as a strength) (Tielt (BE): Lannoo, 2013)

In his first book on the paradoxical theme, Ivo develops the ‘both-and’ perspective as a radical alternative to our current way of living. The book focuses on how to apply this perspective to your own personal live and to the broader challenges of our world today.

In my first book on this theme, I developed the ‘both-and’ perspective as a radical alternative to our current way of living (together). Applications are mainly in the area of personal live and society: from economy to ecology, from lifestyle to religion, from relationships to management.

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Recent other books on Both/And thinking

Barry Johnson, And: Making a Difference by Leveraging Polarity, Paradox or Dilemma, Volumes 1 and 2 (Amherst, MA: HRD, 2020).

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Wendy K. Smith and Marianne W. Lewis, Both/And Thinking. Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems (Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press, 2022)

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