Patty’s Must-read books (for Business Leaders)

I read a lot of good and useful books that I generally recommend, but most of them did not make this list.

Huge Impact

These are the few books that when I read them, fundamentally changed my perspective on business and leadership forever after. Read More

Developing Strategic Habits

The Webinar:

This month’s webinar was on


If you missed it you can
Download the Podcast
Download the whole Webinar
(which includes the presentation, and useful worksheets and templates.)
(more information below)

This is a good webinar to download if you find yourself being drawn into tactical or administrative work too much of the time, or if you always feel too busy to accomplish important, longer-term things. Read More

How to become more valuable

Since this month’s upcoming webinar is on Developing Strategic Habits, I wanted to talk how becoming more valuable and being more strategic are connected.

What do I mean by “being strategic”?

  • The opposite of reacting immediately and equally to everything
  • Overall, big picture, business understanding
  • Deciding on purpose, how you want to invest your time, and doing it
  • Conceiving of, leading, and implementing necessary change and transformation
  • Understanding investments, impact, outcomes, costs, risks and consequences
  • Assessing the need for, and building support systems
  • Achieving predictable success on long term projects and goals
  • Evolving your role to meet changing business needs
  • …always considering what adds the most value, not just working hard

What adds value?

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How well do you invest your time?

What is time management?

Somebody recently asked me, “what do you mean by time management”?

My answer is this:

Time management is refusing to waste too much time on low-value, low-enjoyment activities.

There are two parts to it:

1. Identify what you should, or want to be doing
2. Read More

Effective Career Development

Career Development is one of those things that often gets a lot more talk than action.

It typically is a very highly ranked “want” on employee surveys.

As a manager, Career Development is tough to provide for a few reasons:

  • Everyone is different, and every employee has different capabilities and goals
  • When you are super-busy moving the business forward, it can be tough to spend time on
  • It’s hard to figure out what to do!
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Do one thing differently this year

Happy New Year everyone!

Too busy

I told this story in a recent member call…

It was when I got my first real executive job. I was reporting directly to the GM of a billion dollar business.

I had multiple levels of management in my organization and I had global responsibility. Read More

Next Year's Career Plan

The Webinar:

First of all, Happy Holidays!!

If you are ready to start thinking about what you want next year… read on.

Otherwise, it will keep. Save this for later, and enjoy your time with vacation, family and friends.

This month’s Business Leaders’ webinar was on


If you missed it you can
Download the Podcast
Download the whole Webinar
(which includes the presentation, and useful worksheets and templates.) Read More