A Team of Leaders

I am smart.  I am often two or three steps ahead of everyone else.  I am a very good marathoner, and a damn good father.  Oh, and I’m humble.

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Matt Matthews
Thanks a lot, Britney!

Matt and I are always telling people how portable communication skills are.  We brag that we’ve used our techniques on in-laws, neighbors, and even occasionally on our own irascible toddlers (or more than just “occasionally” in my case).  So, imagine my surprise when a family vacation derailed into screaming insults, and I wasn’t able to do a thing but watch the wreckage smoke. 

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Kate Negrón
Firing a Volunteer

You’re a nonprofit.  You survive almost entirely off the blood, sweat, and tears of volunteers.  Your volunteer base is what keeps you afloat.  They are your strongest promoters, they are adored by your customer, and let’s face it, in a lot of ways they are essentially free labor.  But the truth is, some of them suck. 

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Matt Matthews
"I Know This is Petty, but..."

I started my career working for an amazing nonprofit that provides online, intercultural dialogue opportunities for young adults from the “West” and predominantly muslim countries.  I got to spend my working hours supporting the most incredible conversations on topics like Israel/Palestine, media literacy, and human rights.  I totally drank the Kool-Aid, and ended up staying for 10 years.

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Kate Negrón
Kumbaya Moment

Kate and I coach others through conflict situations and difficult conversations.  We often get asked incredulous questions like “How do you do this kind of work everyday?” or “You spend all day dealing with conflict?” and frequently  “Why would you want to do that?”

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Matt Matthews