The Barbados Group


The Barbados Group is an international group of scholars, consultants and practitioners who were brought together by Werner Erhard.  The Group is committed to creating a new paradigm of performance.  The working name for this new paradigm is "The Ontological Foundations of Performance."  This new paradigm is based on the fundamental proposition that the performance of an individual, group or organization is a correlate of the way the world in which, and on which, that entity is performing "occurs" for that entity.  This new paradigm also offers access to this "occurring" through a specific use of a distinct aspect of language.

The Barbados Group includes thinkers and experts in leadership and organizational performance, along with Werner Erhard, such as:  Sir Christopher Ball, Patron, Talent Foundation, Peter Block, Partner, Designed Learning Inc., Bruce Gergory, Senior Science Educator, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Michael C. Jensen, Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, Harvard Business School, Senior Advisor, The Monitor Company, Chairman, Social Science Electronic Publishing (SSEP), Inc. and best selling authors David C. Logan  University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business and Steve Zaffron, CEO, Vanto Group to name a few.    

The Barbados Group is not merely a think tank but also a group with a commitment to create this new paradigm, and to communicate and further the ideas of the new paradigm in the world.   

The first publication in book form to come out of the Barbados Group’s exploration, and the tenets of "The Ontological Foundations of Performance," is Three Laws of Performance, the 2009 best selling book by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan.  

This abstracting journal will post the work of the members of The Barbados Group.

BARTLEY J MADDEN, Senior Fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), writes in his book, Reconstructing Your Worldview:

"Werner Erhard, Michael Jensen, and their Barbados Group colleagues – hereafter simply termed “EJB” – have developed a new paradigm for individual, group, and organizational performance.  EJB’s new paradigm emphasizes how a person’s worldview shapes and constrains his or her perceptions.  Their paradigm dives deep into the source of performance, which is not accessible by mere linear cause-and-effect analysis.



Watch Steve Zaffron discuss the Three Laws of Performance

Warren Bennis on The Three Laws of Performance

Steve Zaffron, Dave Logan and Warren Bennis on The Three Laws of Performance

Applying the Three Laws of Performance — The Key to Breakthrough Implementation

Rewriting Your Future, by Dave Logan




Executive Summary and Leadership Excerpts

Harvard Business School Working Knowledge First Look: A New Paradigm of Individual, Group and Organizational Performance

Barbados Group for Development of a New Paradigm for Performance Research Paper Series - SSRN

Three Laws of Performance

Book Review of Three Laws of Performance

SSRN's Barbados Group - Blog by PrawfsBlog

Beyond Coordination and Control is ... Transformation - Economic

Discussion of Three Laws of Performance on Facebook

Harvard Business Review:  How to Fix Misunderstandings at Work and in Life, by Dan Pallotta

Three Laws of Performance - Investors Business Daily

The Three Laws of Performance Discussion Guide (pdf)






Werner Erhard speaks to Kennedy School students on his latest work: "Why We Do What We Do: A New Model Providing Actionable Access to the Source of Performance."





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The first book written using Werner Erhard’s ideas for a New Paradigm for Performance”

Watch this video of Warren Bennis, Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan discussing
The Three Laws of Performance