2018: The Year of Risk, Going, Simplifying and Dumping People

January 9, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Another year...another chance to look ahead at who we want to be and how we want our lives to look in these next 12 months. I recently wrote a blog talking about some of the highlights of 2017, so now it's time to look ahead and see what … Continue reading 2018: The Year of Risk, Going, Simplifying and Dumping People

I’d Rather…

August 3, 2015 Exactly 11 months ago I published a blog called, "I Believe..." It was a simple list of things that I believed about the world and what matters. If you missed it, you can find it HERE.  In the same spirit, I’d now like to present a new list called, "I'd Rather..." I … Continue reading I’d Rather…

Seven Years of Global Next: What I’ve Learned so Far

April 20, 2015 There are lots of things that I’ve thought about over the last seven years of traveling and teaching and following stories through my company, Global Next. There have been more people, places, wars and revolutions than I could ever write about here. But I thought I’d share seven insights - in honor of Global … Continue reading Seven Years of Global Next: What I’ve Learned so Far

Stories…It’s Always About the Story

November 28, 2014 I’m sitting in an airport in Washington, D.C. waiting for my flight to Geneva where I will teach a course on leadership and team building. I am sitting in the city of my birth, watching thousands of people walk by - each with his or her own story. You can hear some … Continue reading Stories…It’s Always About the Story

Rome, Qatar and Chasing Rabbits

November 24, 2014 I recently returned from conducting a leadership conference in Italy followed by some research work in Qatar - two very different places, and each with a unique voice in the world. Rome is the home of the Roman Catholic Church and Pope Francis (who was recently ranked as the 4th most powerful … Continue reading Rome, Qatar and Chasing Rabbits

The Happiness Factor: Who’s Happy and Why?

Are you happy? Would you know it if you were? How would you actually define happiness? The founding fathers of America bothered to include the “pursuit of happiness” as one of the inalienable rights of all humans. Of course, the right to “pursue” happiness is not necessarily a guarantee of finding happiness. But according to … Continue reading The Happiness Factor: Who’s Happy and Why?

Thoughts from the Corners of the World

It's always interesting when I look at snapshots of my life - just moments, short chapters and then the page is turned. Snapshot One: For the last few weeks I was working at the Swiss UMEF University in Afghanistan, teaching a course for their MBA program. It was nothing like I thought it would be. I almost … Continue reading Thoughts from the Corners of the World

Wars, Legacies and 100 Years

July 1, 2014  On June 28th, history marked the 100th anniversary of the event that sparked World War I.  After the war and the downfall of the Ottoman Empire, maps were redrawn by the European victors, with very little understanding of the maze of Middle Eastern identities. Kurds, Sunni Muslims, Shiite Muslims, Jews, Christians, Druze and … Continue reading Wars, Legacies and 100 Years


June 27, 2014 I guess everyone has dreams. It’s surprising how different those dreams might be. While the parents of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram are dreaming of the return of the daughters, there are others - in other places - who are praying that their kid will win some child beauty pageant. While some … Continue reading FOR THOSE WHO DREAM…

Leadership: 5 Lessons I’ve Learned

October 26, 2013 I’ve met a lot of people. I’ve taught a lot of leadership and personal development courses. I’ve been to a lot of places. I’m always fascinated by life, truth, purpose and wisdom. I often encourage those I’ve worked with to chase wisdom - and to find people smarter than they are and … Continue reading Leadership: 5 Lessons I’ve Learned