Hi Leader,

What can effectual displacement expose about the 2020 global crisis?

The law of effectual displacement says that every living entity gets potentiated to its highest point of efficacy through a source outside of itself, inside the ecosystem it arises in.

Therefore, effectual displacement governs and shapes:

  • Relationships
  • Functional health
  • Leadership presence
  • Business alignment and success
  • Breakthrough innovation

Examining the 2020 global crisis through this lens explains the fragility of the global economic system and its inability to respond.

What about you? Please tell me how do you harness the power of effectual displacement to create your highest contribution and most meaningful work?

Watch here to learn more about effectual displacement and how it shapes the transition underway:

The 2020 global Crisis and Effectual Displacement

A World That Just Might Work with Terrence McNally

"If you can, and I think you probably can, see yourself as part of something bigger than yourself."

Listen Here: Episode 85 - A World That Just Might Work with Terrence McNally

Episode Summary:

After twenty years as an actor, director, screenwriter, songwriter and record producer, Terrence McNally has refocused his work on his vision of working on creating a world that just might work. His experience and aspiration converged in his consulting and media work, as well as his role as a co-founder of a startup which offers more people more ways to contribute to achieving the UN's sustainability development goals.

As a speaker, writer, consultant, and coach he helps foundations, public agencies and progressive businesses communicate. His work enables individuals and organizations to tell better stories and develop more compelling narratives.

In this episode, Terrence shares the passion that drives his work, what led him to these opportunities and the insights he developed by hosting his own podcast. Aviv and Terrence expound on the importance of big picture thinking, taking a long-term view of societal issues, and how each of us as individuals can play a larger role in changing the world.

What We Covered:

02:35 - Terrence's fierce passion for the work he does and his philosophy of learning by teaching

10:11 - How Terrence discovered his calling and vision

17:16 - The genesis behind Terrence's phrase, 'A world that just might work'

20:17 - Climate change and the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic

29:09 - The nature of Terrence's collaboration with the United Nations

32:22 - The importance of storytelling and creating a compelling narrative

39:57 - How Terrence measures the success of his Free Forum podcast and recalls some of his most memorable interviews

42:41 - Three people, dead or alive, that Terrence would love to interview and what he would ask them

48:41 - Advice Terrence would give to those seeking a career in entertainment

52:44 - Two learning Terrence values above all others and parting words of wisdom


"I say what I'm doing is I'm learning by teaching or teaching by learning. And that if I'm learning then the listener is probably more likely to be learning." (03:31)

"I find when I'm having conversations in my normal life about important issues that I draw more on the interviews I've done than on anything that I read or see on television." (09:35)

"If you'll notice, in 'A world that just might work,' there's the subjunctive case, the maybe, the possibility. But it's not a given. It's not guaranteed. It's not done. It is unfolding and if we do the right thing - if we come together - then it can work. So that's what it means to me. It's this potential that's not given but demands of us that we pursue that kind of a vision." (17:54)

"We have known for years that we need some radical changes if we're going to effectively confront climate change. And we've been slow to act saying, 'We can't do that. What that would take we can't achieve.' And in some sense, this pandemic, because of the immediacy, makes us change in the way that I think will equip us to realize we are, as you pointed out, more agile than we thought we were." (27:33)

"One of the people I most enjoy interviewing is Michael Lewis. He is not only a phenomenal best-seller, but Ira Glass and Malcolm Gladwell both say he's their favorite contemporary storyteller." (43:16)

"If you can, and I think you probably can, see yourself as part of something bigger than yourself." (54:36)

© Aviv Shahar