In This Issue

A message from division member Stephen Willis

The new book "Power Through Collaboration: When to Collaborate, Negotiate, or Dominate!" is available on his website.

By Stephen Willis, PhD

I would like to share with fellow division members my just completed book project. I have recently finished and published "Power Through Collaboration: When to Collaborate, Negotiate, or Dominate!" Information about the book and testimonials are available on my website.

The book is based on my role as a practitioner grappling with very challenging situations. In the face of such challenges, I often felt the need to be creative, to systematize my efforts, and to provide useful guidance to my clients. The result was the development of the PtC Model and book. The book is intended to serve as an advanced, professional, and high powered "how to guide" for dealing with collaboration in complex, frustratingly difficult, and complicated situations. It is presented in a step-by-step format with each step being accompanied by a worksheet.

It seems that being identified as a psychologist was a beacon that attracted the most complicated of situations with people-related issues that non-psychologist professionals felt were too intangible and vexing to get a handle on and resolve. Being a psychologist enabled me to perceive the problems within an analytical framework involving psychological types and motivations, and thus develop tangible processes, tools, and solutions.

I have utilized the Power Through Collaboration Model to resolve conflict between groups struggling with complex environmental issues, for example, between environmental advocates and housing advocates who were bogged down in protracted conflict, and to bridge strategic differences and competing interests among four major environmental groups that were working against each other, and enabling them to work with each other instead.

For those who get to read my book, I am very interested in your experience with it. I would love to hear what you think, both pluses and minuses. I value and appreciate your feedback.

Stephen Willis, PhD
Principal, Willis Consulting, LLC
Telephone: (415) 383-8546