This fall, I attended a meeting of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, where one of the keynote speakers was Donna Hicks, PhD. Throughout Donna’s academic and professional career she has written books about the power of dignity and, specifically, its importance in negotiations of all kinds. Her past clients have included the United States Navy, several large healthcare systems and corporations, and various governments around the world. When interviewing parties in high-conflict disputes, Donna found that if a person’s dignity is violated, they can become violent, full of hatred, and seek vengeance. But when people treat one another with respect they become more connected, are able to overcome their differences, and achieve resolution.