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 “Creating conversation that drives action”

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 “Win a 1-1 Executive Coaching Program with Patty”

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 “Burn the Ships at the Beach”

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

The reason for my absence in August…


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 “The reason for my absence in August…”

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 “Too Busy to Scale”

What it means to be strategic

I often talk about my leadership workshops and programs as helping leaders think and work more strategically.

I was recently talking to a group of middle managers who were eager for development and one brave soul asked me, “Can you define what you mean by ‘strategic’.”

In a nutshell, people who are leading strategically are always recognizing ways to improve, and leading the change to get there.

Read More “What it means to be strategic”

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 “Productive Conflict”

How Ruthless Priorities Drive Strategy

Every month I do a webinar on a topic of business leadership
as part of my membership program.

This month’s webinar was on Ruthless Priorities & Strategy.
(Get invited to future webinars)

If you missed it, you can download the podcast! Read More “How Ruthless Priorities Drive Strategy”

Leading Business Transformation

The Webinar:

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.)
(more information below)

Why initiatives fail

Over the past year, my work with clients has focused me on the part of business that is about getting your organization to execute. Read More “Leading Business Transformation”