When someone steals your ideas


“Isn’t that what I just said?”

I was recently in India giving a keynote presentation for a group of women leaders.

One of the questions that came up was, “What do you do when you are the only woman in the room, and you contribute an idea and no one pays attention…

“…then 10 minutes later someone else says the exact same thing, and everyone responds as though it’s brilliant, and he gets credit for the idea?”

This often happens to women, but I want to be careful to note that it does not happen only to women. 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

12 human conversations that drive strategy execution


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Will your strategy stall before it even starts?

One of the basic hazards I see that stops strategy dead in its tracks is a lack of real conversation about it.

Executives can be very clear on what they want to accomplish and think that have been very clear with their organization about what must be done and why. 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

Strategy without Execution = Talking


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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:

Strategy without Exectuion = Talking

A company can be really clear about what it wants to accomplish, yet struggle to articulate the specific tasks that will make those goals come true. Read More

The Value of Unstructured Conversation: #MondayMOVE


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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: Don’t trade a comfortable moment for a slow moving train wreck

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If you want more urgency, schedule it


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“I want to see more urgency”

I hear this from executives all the time.

“I want to see more urgency.”
Urgency is one of those troubling words that is often thrown about, but not grounded in something do-able. Read More

Support or Sabotage? The Monday MOVE 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: Support or Sabotage? Reduce Your Personal Risk

“Am I the only one who cares about this?”

Make sure you are never the only one who cares about whatever program, strategy or transformation you are leading. 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

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