Divine Dilemmas



At the heart of both TeamEverest and especially PolarLeader are really challenging conflicts and dilemmas. The programs get to be most engaging when participants are immersed in a pressure cooker / boiler-room situation. That's when the energy goes through the roof and the masks come down. It's real, honest, vulnerable and connects people together powerfully.  Often someone who was pretty invisible up to that point becomes recognized by the group as a kind of psychological leader.


What we've found over the years is that these polarities cannot be solved they can only be managed. Those that want to solve them are often a divisive force in the room and we want them to see that. Barry Johnson uses a very useful analogy, he likens it to breathing. One pole is the inbreath and the other the out breath. You can choose between them - so how do we work with them which necessitate that people with seeming oppositional views must work together.

See Barry Johnson, Polarity Management: Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems (Amherst, MA: HRD Press, 2014).

Kahane, Adam. Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust (p. 98). Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Kindle Edition. 

Townhall Presents

Once you realize the potential of narrative and the power of experiential learning - you want to combine the two - and set the interactive dial to MAX. That's what Townhall does. Its PowerPoint on plant-based steroids crossed with action learning with a built-in interactivity engine. It also makes sure that your learning investment remains secure and allows you to monetize and share that investment securely. Put a cool million into your training, put it on a platform that extends, and protects your investment

TeamEverest has been played by street youth and elite executive groups all over the world for many years. Its ability to hold people’s attention and engage them in real learning and development has been proven over and over again from the Great Wall of China to boardrooms across North America.  TeamEverest, the most compelling way to deliver facilitator-led on-site training and can be elegantly adapted to any organizational context, bringing heightened awareness and meaningful attention to real-world challenges

Through the power of short storytelling sequences from the superbly produced mini-series Last Place on Earth, combined with interactive exercises, experiential activities, organizational links and learning models all woven together on our interactive platform Townhall Builder. We bring this story to life within your organization, allowing the power of inspiration, insight and real-world lessons in truly effective leadership to bring renewed life to your organization’s own mythic narrative.

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