Both/And Thinking: Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems

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Harvard Business Review Press
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6.0 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Wendy K. Smith is the Emma Smith Morris Professor of Management and academic director of the Women's Leadership Initiative at the University of Delaware's Lerner College of Business & Economics. Her work has won multiple academic awards and been featured in outlets such as Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Organization Science.

Marianne W. Lewis is dean of the University of Cincinnati's Lindner School of Business and a professor of management. She formerly served as dean at Cass Business School in London. Her work has appeared in major outlets such as the New York Times, CNBC, the Financial Times, and Harvard Business Review.

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Named one of "Behavioral Scientist's Notable Books of 2022"

"Leading with captivating stories and relatable metaphors, Smith and Lewis translate academic research into practical advice." -- TD magazine (Association for Talent Development)

Advance Praise for Both/And Thinking:

"Life is full of paradoxes, and too often we ignore them or try to erase them when we should be learning how to manage them. Wendy Smith and Marianne Lewis are the world's leading experts on the topic, and grappling with their ideas is a valuable step toward becoming more comfortable with tensions and trade-offs." -- Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author, Think Again; host, TED podcast WorkLife

"At a time when humanity is facing some of its greatest challenges, every leader must know how to turn trade-offs into opportunities, tension into creativity, and discomfort into ambition. Wendy Smith and Marianne Lewis show us how." -- Paul Polman, former CEO, Unilever; coauthor, Net Positive

"Smith and Lewis show how you can move from a mindset of constraint to one of abundance and build businesses prepared to execute for today and innovate for the future." -- Linda A. Hill, the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; author, Becoming a Manager; and coauthor, Collective Genius and Being the Boss

"Both/And Thinking will be a flashlight in the dark for anyone--those grappling with organizational and societal challenges, as well as individuals dealing with family issues and life-changing decisions." -- Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder, Omega Institute; bestselling author, Broken Open and Cassandra Speaks

"This book is, pure and simple, a masterpiece. And every word and semicolon is backed up by hard research. Don't skim--dig in, take deep breaths, and reflect." -- Tom Peters, coauthor, In Search of Excellence