Sometimes, the key to productivity is to stop thinking about it!


Feeling Discouraged, Stuck, Lazy?

Do you ever have one of those days when every single thing on your task list feels impossible or just too annoying… and you can’t seem to get yourself engaged on anything?

As leaders we will always have hard things to deal with that will make some days feel miserable: Impossible demands, nasty politics, aggressive competitors, arrogant bosses, low performers, schedule pressures, resource cuts, multiple stakeholders, difficult people…the list goes on and on. Read More

Creating High Employee Engagement

This month’s Professional Development webinar was on the topic of Creating High Employee Engagement.

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Get the webinar

If you missed it you can download the recording.

Members of my professional development program can download this webinar for free. Read More

Make People feel like Super-heroes: MondayMOVE Idea

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The Monday MOVE Idea

Each Monday until the launch of my upcoming book MOVE, I’ll be sharing an important idea from the book. This week: Make People Feel Like Super Heroes

“Patty, When I worked for you, I thought I was Superman.” Read More

Are you a good manager?

This month’s webinar was on the topic of Are You a Good Manager?

If you missed it, you can download the recording.

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Are YOU a good manager?

This is a special and really important webinar. There is nothing you can do to improve the bottom line of your business more than to make sure that all your managers are good managers. Read More

Commitments, Deadlines & Employee Motivation

This month’s webinar was on the topic of Motivation, Commitments and Deadlines.

If you missed it, you can download the recording.

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This is a very useful webinar to download if you want to:

  • Get your team executing better, and more consistently
  • Become more comfortable discussing and sticking to deadlines
  • Learn how to enforce consequences without de-motivating people
  • Choose the right measures that make success and failure very clear
  • Have the right (non-emotional) conversations when expections are not met

Why organizations don’t deliver on time

The simple truth is that many organizations don’t deliver on time because there are no consequences for not delivering on time. Read More

Can't or Won't

Dealing with low performers.

When someone isn’t doing what you need them to do, a question a leader will often ask themselves is…

“Is the problem with the person? Or is the problem with me?

Should I be doing something different when I am delegating, communicating, or supporting the person?” Read More

People don't become strategic

The wrong people

As I am preparing for a session next week with an executive team on Leading Transformation, I got thinking about what blocks organizations from getting done what they intend.

What blocks their business growth?
What keeps them from executing decisively on new things? Read More

Poor performance is contagious

To act or to suffer?

As managers, at some point we all
encounter an employee who frustrates us, and drains the life and energy out of the team.

When you are in this situation with someone, you know it in your heart that
you should act …

…particularly when they really annoy you … but you don’t act right away because you second guess yourself …

and you keep thinking… they really do some things very well… sometimes…


A colleague of mine shared this decision tree with me, and since then life has been easier.  Read More

Failure & Motivation: General Managers

What Good General Managers Do

This is third article in my series of What Good General Managers DO.

Aritlces in the series so far:

Listen: Stay Connected to Reality

The Gap Between Committed and Done
Failure & Motivation (today)


Delivering on time

Many organizations struggle to get things done, as promised, on time. Read More