About Hal

I'm an applied psychologist who helps leaders and teams to negotiate, communicate and manage more effectively. My company provides coaching, training, assessment, and consulting services to companies around the world. I've been fortunate to collaborate with thought leaders from diverse fields including neuroscience, social psychology, negotiation, theater, leadership, and organizational development. I am fascinated by the psychological correlates of political differences and by counterintuitive findings from social science research. Once upon a time I was a pretty good lead guitarist.

A Better Process for Brexit.

In Quartz, Lawrence Susskind weighs in on how a problem-solving framework for negotiations could help the UK and EU get beyond positional bargaining to reach a better agreement.

FAST COMPANY: Four Productive Ways To Get Confrontational At Work

Hal Movius’ article about workplace confrontation in Fast Company Magazine shows with a little resolve and a willingness to wade into conflict rather than shrink from it, you can actually build more collaborative partnerships than you’d otherwise think. Read the full article here.

SLATE MAGAZINE: Hal Movius talks about Negotiation Theory

From Slate:

Hal Movius explains that we shouldn’t be afraid of conflict in negotiation, that it can actually produce good outcomes—but only if we can be smarter about it. I asked him to help walk me through the pitfalls and opportunities for Democrats attempting to negotiate and govern at a time when such negotiating […]

Hal Movius on the radio.

Hal Movius appeared on Vancouver radio recently to discuss confidence in the workplace. You can listen here. The discussion with Hal starts around the 23 minute mark.

Why We need Courage Now, More Than Ever

Ethics is a hot topic these days, and (sadly) for good reason. There is little sign that greater emphasis on ethics and compliance has led tobetter behavior, at least judging from recent headlines.  Ethicalsystems.org is an inspiring organization that is trying to understand how to foster more effective ways to promote ethical reasoning […]

The Power of Active-Constructive Responding

Psychologist John Gottman has been researching relationships for more than four decades, and in recent years the popular media have taken notice of his findings. Accounts of his work have often emphasized the four “horsemen” in communication patterns that signal trouble for marriages: criticism, defensiveness, stonewalling, and contempt. But we sometimes lose sight […]

How Do You Feel About Conflict?

Quick: would you rather

  1. Be stuck overnight in an airport with no place to sleep
  2. Raise an issue with a friend when it might lead to a fight or argument
  3. Argue with a roommate

If you’re like 330 adults I surveyed this summer on MTurk, Amazon’s research tool, all three are equally unpleasant.

Surprised? I admit […]

Is Mindfulness Effective?

Do you practice mindfulness?  Here’s an interesting piece questioning the evidence that it is effective.  Here’s how I think about it: mindfulness is an emotion-focused coping strategy (one that tries to help us escape or modify our emotions in the moment); evidence suggest these strategies can be helpful when we face a situation […]

On the Secret Formula for Resilience

“Frame adversity as a challenge, and you become more flexible and able to deal with it, move on, learn from it, and grow. Focus on it, frame it as a threat, and a potentially traumatic event becomes an […]

Building Resolve to Engage with Political Adversaries

Much will be written about the 2016 Presidential election. Its outcome signaled a realignment in political coalitions but also reflected an increasingly balkanized information environment, with people reading and watching sources that reinforced their beliefs and emotions.

For some people in America – at least half, if the polls are right – the morning of 11/9 […]

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