10 Ways to Make Employees Feel Important


A Note on Good vs. Bad Leaders

I don’t think it’s any secret that I believe good leaders bring a sense of humanity into the workplace. In fact this was the topic of my TEDx talk. Read More

The Difference Between Bad Managers and Good Managers

The Business Value of Good Managers

If you want to positively impact the bottom line in your business, there is one thing that will make a bigger difference than almost anything else: Insist that all of your managers are good managers. Read More

Creating conversation that drives action


Communication vs. Conversation

One of the big aha’s of my career as a business executive, is that no one actually listens to you!

As executives, we like to think that when we have just announced a compelling new strategy, initiative, or transformation, that people not only listened, but have internalized it, and are ready to take action. Read More

Win a 1-1 Executive Coaching Program with Patty


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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: The value of unstructured conversation.

But first…

It’s only two weeks until MOVE is released in Hardcover! Read More

Burn the Ships at the Beach


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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:

Burn the Ships at the Beach

Leading Transformation is Hard

One of my more challenging leadership assignments was to lead a transformation in a software development organization for how we developed products. Read More

Don't forget about the Middle: The Monday MOVE Idea


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“The Monday MOVE Idea”

This Week: Don’t forget about the Middle

Tell me if you’ve been in this meeting…

The exciting kick-off

You’re at a strategic off-site to clarify your new strategy. You talk about the key, long-term things your business must invent, optimize, fix, change, or create. Read More

The reason for my absence in August…


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My New Book MOVE: Available March 1, 2017

MOVE: How Decisive Leaders Execute Strategy Despite Obstacles, Setbacks & Stalls

I’m very excited to share the news with you that my new book MOVE is being published by Wiley, and will be available March 1 ! Read More

Too Busy to Scale


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Chaos doesn’t scale

When I work with CEO’s and general managers they often tell me about their plans to scale the business.

When I ask, “So how’s that going?”, it often leads to a conversation about how they are doing business today, and the fact that “this won’t scale”. Read More

Productive Conflict



Facing Discomfort.

There are several things that stall progress, but one that occurs a lot is the human tendency to avoid conflict.

It’s almost impossible for a team to make progress on something new, without raising, and working through at least some uncomfortable conflict. Read More

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