Insight, Innovation, and Leadership Through Narrative

“Mark inspires people to dig deep, discover their personal truth, and achieve their greatest potential.”

~Patty Leuchten, Founder The Avoca Group
Self-awareness is the gateway to success in the workplace. The lack of insight and emotional intelligence are often primary causes for executive derailment, workplace conflict, and worker dissatisfaction. You can change this in your organization.
Research has proven that expressive writing is an unsurpassed tool for increasing insight and emotional intelligence. For 35 years, bestselling author and teacher Mark Matousek has helped thousands of individuals around the world to achieve their professional and personal goals using his Writing to Awaken method. Matousek teaches “It’s hard to think outside the box until you know what’s inside it.”
Studies have shown that exploring personal and group narratives is a powerful, effective path to increased vitality in the workplace. Innovation and effective leadership cannot exist in the absence of insightful practice and solutions. Self-expression through writing helps build emotional intelligence, insight and resiliency.
The Your Story at Work process is simple, powerful and undeniably effective. Through a series of brief, targeted writing prompts, followed by immediate, insightful analysis, Matousek guides you through a process of self-exploration to empower, enlighten, and inspire you to bring your best, authentic self to work.

It’s hard to think outside the box until you know what’s inside it.

Benefits for Your Organization:

~Reinforces a culture of innovation and leadership.
~Increases creativity and personal accountability.
~Strengthens team bonds and promotes positive work environments.
~Reduces absenteeism due to stress and conflict at work.
~Brings value to each individual’s professional life.
~Affirms employee’s connection to company’s mission

Personal Benefits for Your Team Members:

~Resolves biases and personal obstacles that limit satisfaction and performance.
~Helps create renewed optimism and energy.
~Enhances sensitivity to diversity and cross-cultural differences.
~Promotes conflict avoidance and resolution.
~Helps heal old workplace wounds and promote greater overall well-being.
~Helps individual staff hone their unique voices.
Making sense of our lives through reflective writing is a research-established way of cultivating well-being in your life. As a scientist and clinician, I find Mark Matousek’s reflections and life-changing insights  to be filled with timeless wisdom and practical advice. Empowering you to integrate new understandings of the past into a liberating awareness of the present, Mark’s suggestions enable you to free yourself to live the life you deserve. Let Mark be your guide as you journey to the depths of your mind to nurture a new way of being with yourself and with others.

~Daniel J. Siegel, MD, clinical professor at the
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, executive director at
Mindsight Institute, and New York Times bestselling author

Your Story at Work can be presented in the following formats:

Half-day and Full-day Seminars
Single or Multi-day Management Retreats
Ongoing Professional Development Programs
One-on-One Executive Coaching

Contact Mark to inquire how Your Story at Work can bring
awareness, insight and innovation to you and your team.


Mark Matousek’s writing instruction is a gift to the world. An engaging process of self-inquiry guided by just the right questions, it is perhaps the most effective of all spiritual practices. Since it bypasses dogma and doctrine, it is available to anyone who wants to heal, grow, and connect with their authentic self.”
~Joan Borysenko, P.h.D
“Mark Matousek has a commanding and captivating presence and is an excellent speaker and facilitator. What made Mark’s workshop and the Senior Executive Panel a great success is his empathetic approach and ability to ask just the right questions at the right time. He has an uncanny knack for intuiting what is needed in the moment. As a result, senior executives opened up in a way that is rare, especially in a large conference setting. Mark inspires people to dig deep, to explore and to discover their personal truth and in doing so, to achieve their greatest potential.”
~Patty Leuchten, Founder The Avoca Group
I first met Mark Matousek at a five-day retreat in 2017. That retreat was the best investment I’ve ever made in my personal and professional growth! At that time, my colleagues and clients saw me as a confident, forthright, intelligent, and skilled negotiator. Even I did not realize how my success was being limited by internal fear, old wounds, dissatisfaction and unhappiness. With his remarkable insight, wisdom and compassion, Mark gently unmasked the introvert inside me, helping me discover, ‘own’ and resolve the fearful, shy parts that were preventing me from reaching my full potential. After two years working with Mark, I am more confident, more creative and more successful than ever before. My physical health has been transformed. My professional relationships are vastly richer. Most professional development workshops teach you skills. Mark Matousek helps people bring their best, authentic selves to work. When that happens, everyone wins!
~Pat Sheaves, Patricia Sheaves and Associates, Inc.

About Mark

Mark Matousek, M.A. is a bestselling author, teacher, speaker, and consultant whose work focuses on insight, innovation, and leadership through narrative. He is the author of eight books including Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life, When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living, Sex Death Enlightenment (an international bestseller), and Writing To Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery. He is a featured blogger for and The Huffington Post, and has contributed to numerous anthologies and publications, including the New Yorker, Details, Harper’s Bazaar, The Chicago Tribune, O: The Oprah Magazine, and many others. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, he is a founding member of V-Men (with Eve Ensler), an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls, and has offered workshops, retreats, and trainings around the globe for the past 30 years. Mark’s transformative work with individuals and companies has been widely praised for its efficacy, originality, and wisdom. He lives in East Hampton, New York.