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The cost of asking a question


A simple question…

One time when I was running a large corporate organization, I asked the financial analyst in the business, “What is the current headcount in my organization?”

He said, “How accurate an answer do you need?”

I said, “What do you mean?”. Read More

The first 30 days…

Starting in a New Role…

A question that frequently comes up in the Coaching Hour calls in My Executive Mentoring Group is, “I’m starting a new job. What do you recommend that I do in the first 30 days to set myself up for success?”

In my own career, I developed a really effective set of actions and communications based on 3 lists (described below) that helped me to quickly establish my credibility, and to start building effective connections across the organization right away. Read More

How to communicate for engagement

First, a story…

When I started my first executive job, in my first 2 weeks, I did 1-1 meetings with more than 100 people. I talked about why, and what happened in my TEDx talk.

But the thing I want to talk about today, is that after that, I wanted to find a way to continue communicating with people as individuals, but I certainly could not make a habit of doing 50+ 1-1 meeting every week! Read More

5 keys to getting a bigger-than-normal promotion


One of the members of my Executive Mentoring Group posed this question in the group forum and it inspired me to write an article:

Has anyone been in a position where they are submitting to a role where they meet the majority of qualifications but the title is a couple levels above where they were at? Read More

“Patty, How much do you sleep?”


Last week in my blog, I wrote about increasing productivity by engaging people’s humanity by Starting with Laughter. This was the most quoted snippet:

If you respect people’s humanity and give them a chance to warm up and situate themselves in the context of what is happening, you are far more likely to build trust, get buy-in, and get people ready to do the hard work.

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