Deb Siverson’s blog is filled with personal and relevant information about transformation in the workplace.  She is a proponent for transparent and honest conversations between managers and employees, business partners, and teams for the purpose of meeting collective goals. Deb has always been a prolific writer, and uses blogging as a platform to discuss important topics like conflict, workplace engagement, happiness, collaboration, and diversity.  In these posts Deb will share her real-life experiences, insights, and candid thoughts about her work as a consultant, facilitator, and coach in corporate organizations and government agencies.

“I hope these entries offer you some value and insight, and I look forward to reading your comments.”


Accountability and Shame

October 13, 2020

This week I listened to Brené Brown’s podcast (Dated July 1st) on Shame and Accountability. Brené is the leading researcher on shame and vulnerability and I have been a huge fan of hers for years. (See my picture with her at a book signing in Denver in 2012). The podcasts timing could not have been better. In recent days, and as a white woman, I have grappled to clarify for myself white accountability for systemic racism, without taking on the shame. There is no doubt in my mind that I have put a stake in the ground read more

Challenging Personal Bias and the Status Quo

August 4, 2020

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."   Albert Einstein This week I recognized a bias in myself. While in conversation with people who are deeply important to me, there arose a difference of opinion. On reflection, my view was strongly influenced by a loaded word that has significant meaning to me. Over the next few days while finalizing research for this blog, I came across an article that partly represented my view, and I sent the article to my friend. Her response and read more

Me Too!

November 20, 2017

This past month women have been raising their voices, telling their stories and healing relationship systems that have long tolerated sexual harassment. Women in my generation often have a “Me Too” story, or at the very least, know of someone who does. Daily, it seems, these women are coming forward and shining a bright light on a significant factor that impacts career success for women. Some people are critical of these stories, wondering “why now,” but I see the telling as a powerful affirmation that women are read more

From Conflict to Collaborative Partnerships

January 30, 2017

Conflict seems to be the rule rather than the exception these days. This weekend I read a quote, “Trying to find the balance between staying informed, and total insanity.” Daily doses of conflict are becoming exhausting. The disagreement over issues and differences of opinions is not what makes conflict hard. Conflict is hard because of the pain that comes from making, and taking it personally. read more

How Do You Build Trust?

June 22, 2015

One at a time they spoke.  As each person in the circle shared the impact of the last several months, I felt the goose bumps rise up and warmth begin to radiate outward from somewhere in my core.  The first said, "I am working on taking special care each morning by dressing professionally to improve my self-confidence,” and the next, "I have to manage my optimism...I can be a model to others by having a positive attitude at work."  One by one, they shared how they were stepping into a different relationship with read more

Assuming Greatness in Others

June 8, 2015

When we look for problems we can find them. When we look for greatness, it’s there for us to behold. read more

Conflict: A Personal Journey

February 18, 2014

Conflict doesn't have to hurt. Yet many of our first experiences with conflict taught us to be fearful of the chaos and uncertainty that it brings. But what if chaos and uncertainty were not so frightening? What if we had the tools to recognize conflict and work with it rather than becoming dysfunctional? read more

Defensiveness and RAJE Behaviors

October 29, 2013

Sometimes don’t you just want to throw yourself on the floor and have a good tantrum?  Do you ever want to point your finger in frustration and say, “It’s all your fault!” read more

Creative Conflict Resolution: Being Right is Overrated

September 11, 2013

"I find him to be closed minded.  It’s his way or no way!" read more

Using Agreements for Conflict Management

August 27, 2013

When twenty strangers met on Whidby Island this past week, it was as if they were representing the world as a whole.  By that I mean, when you get enough people together the fullness of what it means to be human comes along for the ride.  There were those suffering from loss, enamored with new loves, transitioning to a new life-stage, and warriors who were transcending challenging situations.  I was reminded of how we are as different as we are alike.  While these twenty started out as nameless faces, once I heard read more

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Deb Siverson

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Transfer of Learning

In this recorded interview, Deb discusses the challenges of transferring learning back at the job. She offers insight and practical solutions to get the most out of systems learning strategies.