Creating an Experience of Mattering

On Friday Sept 24th, the Humanistic Professionals hosted a Zoom conversation with Chris Marcell Murchison, a workplace culture advisor, on 3 practices to support employee thriving.

The current challenges we face globally – the coronavirus pandemic, racial unrest, 
extreme weather events, and more – have illuminated the need for greater humanity in 
the workplace. With the shifts to remote work and working from home, and rampant 
uncertainty and ambiguity, normal routines for connection and collaboration have been 
disrupted. This demands new practices to combat isolation, increase connection and 
effective collaboration. 

With this leadership call to action, I come back to three practices that are not new but 
highly relevant and necessary in the emerging world of work – connection, listening, and 
inquiry. Put together, these three pillars work together to ensure an employee 
experience of mattering, belonging and thriving at a time where it really matters. 

Our Guest: Chris Marcell Murchison

Positive Organization Coach and Consultant

Chris Murchison is an independent consultant, coach, and advisor providing partnership to organization leaders looking to review and enhance their internal practices that impact the employee experience. Before launching his own consultancy in 2016, Chris was Vice President, Staff Development and Culture, at HopeLab, a nonprofit in Silicon Valley whose mission is the research and development of new social technologies to promote human resilience and improve both psychological and biological health and well-being. Chris was appointed in 2014 as a Visiting Business Leader at the University of Michigan Ross Business School's Center for Positive Organizations, which researches the conditions, values, and virtues that create the conditions for employees to flourish. He also currently serves on the Advisory Board for the International Positive Psychology Association’s Work and Organizations Division.

You can learn more about Chris at:


- Nancy Schlossberg, Mattering NOTE - this is an old paper and presented to show what inspired me, rather than to demonstrate a current practice.

- Jane Dutton et al, High Quality Connections

- Otto Scharmer, Four Levels of Listening Video -

- Melissa Peet, Embodied Inquiry and Generative Listening, Slideshow