“Change is the norm….”

“Communication is how you deal with it.”

“Asking the right questions is where you start.”

Dr. Matt Rawlins



One Conversation at a Time

Green Bench Consulting is an organization that is committed to people. Our focus is on the skills needed to excel in relationships and building strong systems. We have a special emphasis on leadership and the challenges of dealing with courageous conversations that are needed to build trust, maximize potential, and deal with the changes needed to propel an organization forward.

Almost everywhere you look around the world, you will find a Green Bench. They are located in parks, picnic areas and just about any place where there is beauty and an engaging atmosphere. A Green Bench is a place to sit and relax or catch up with an old friend; it’s a place where you can connect with others unhindered by the distractions of the world around you. Read More…


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A multinational company had 30 different locations around the world that were in trouble. The CEO didn’t know what to do so he hired a team of consultants to work with each location to figure out what was wrong. The consultants traveled to each location and what they found was that someone there already had the answer; the leader just didn’t know how to get it from them. Leadership is ultimately about engaging people.
This short book works with three questions to help leaders be effective in engaging others in the midst of uncertainty.
What is the starting point for leadership in the midst of uncertainty?
How do you get to the heart of the issue to build a strong foundation for working relationships?
How does an effective leader frame his or her organizational development?
If you use these questions and tools to frame your relationships, I guarantee: you will be more effective in whatever you do!

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Green Bench Consulting: The name Green Bench Consulting (One Conversation at a Time) grew out of the popular book written by Dr. Matt Rawlins called The Green Bench – A dialogue about leadership and change. It is a story of an old school teacher who, through dialogue on a green bench, helps a young manager learn to lead in the midst of change. The material in The Green Bench and subsequent books helped open the door for working with organizations all over the world.

How We Work

Core assumptions we operate from:
• Ongoing change is a normal part of life.
• The capacity for success is linked to the capacity for relationship & dialogue.
• Ownership is vital to people being committed to a project.
• Communication is the primary means of dealing with change and developing the type of relationships that make an organization effective.
• Asking questions is a key leadership tool.

Services We Provide

The work is a blend of education, organization development, leadership and communication. We focus on transformational learning in the midst of relationships and projects that values the human side of leadership and the importance of dialogue taking place in order to deal effectively with a changing world.

There are three key areas we focus on:

Change management

Communication (Dialogue)

Asking questions (Creativity, Problem solving, Strategic planning, Appreciative Inquiry…)


Dr. Matthew Rawlins

Dr. Matthew Rawlins

Unabashed in his pointed questions and unrelenting in his pursuit of clear communication for those around him, Dr. Matthew Rawlins is a passionate educator and brilliant communicator in both speech and writing. He has been invited to lecture in over 18 nations, and by combining his experience in international education and his devotion to training, Dr. Rawlins has published 5 books. He gained his Ph.D. in Leadership development through the University of Wales, and currently is CEO of Green Bench Consulting. Dr. Rawlins’ theoretical and empirical approaches to leadership development, communications, and education are applicable to almost any organizational structure. His broad academic discipline has led to his active involvement in educational institutions and business organizations. He currently resides Singapore with his wife of 32 years, Celia.

Companies we have worked with: Unilever, Nokia, Keppel Land, Inclusive Education Conference, Integrative Learning Corp. Grace Orchard School, Efficient (Malaysia), Kresics Fitness Pte. Ltd., SDC Consulting, Sinamex, Silk Air, Deutsche Bank, Allen & Gledhill – Advocates & Solicitors, National Institute of Education, National Junior College, Boehringer Ingelheim

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