Consider the Risks of Global Networks and Build in Buffers

Connectivity is a fact of life in 21st Century economic, political, and social systems. We are now inextricably related to one another through networks that provide immense opportunities for leveraged scale and benefits, but which also expose us to the dark side of being unable to protect ourselves from the destructive actions of others overContinue reading “Consider the Risks of Global Networks and Build in Buffers”

Beyond Capitalism

In focusing on What Matters, it is crucial that we transcend previous constraints and parameters that limit our thinking about What’s Possible. Most of us have a tendency to view our own experience as “normal” and to extrapolate from our own realities to assume the “normal” for many others. This blind spot (previously explored inContinue reading “Beyond Capitalism”

Reflections on returning to work in the midst of a Pandemic

  by Lisa Z. Webne-Behrman, Ph.D, C.Psych. I’m pleased to welcome my Partner in What Matters, Lisa Webne-Behrman, as a Guest this week! Her insights and experience are most welcome at this unique time… After four months of working remotely, many businesses are preparing to have staff return to their usual offices. This is causingContinue reading “Reflections on returning to work in the midst of a Pandemic”

A Declaration of Interdependence

I enjoyed a recent conversation with my friends and frequent collaborators, Darin Harris and Steve Davis (see http://www.journey of for a series of excellent courses on facilitation, leadership, and fully engaging groups to reach their potential). Darin brought along a brief video illustrating the interdependence of the economy, showing the simple (yet fundamental) lessonContinue reading “A Declaration of Interdependence”


This excerpt from What Matters at Work seems to add nicely to previous discussions about conflict, collaborative negotiation, and decision-making. I hope you find it useful to read — then give it a try! A key challenge occurs when we are invited to engage in longer planning, policy-making, or conflict negotiation processes without being adequatelyContinue reading “USING THE “OUTCOMES IDENTIFICATION EXERCISE””