Patti Johnson is the CEO of PeopleResults, a consultancy that guides organizations and individuals to "start the wave" of change. Patti & her team have advised major clients including PepsiCo, McKesson, Microsoft, Frito-Lay, Hitachi Consulting and many others on how to realize results through people. Previously a senior executive at Accenture, Patti is an instructor for SMU’s Executive Education & a keynote speaker on Leading Change. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, MSNBC, and is a regular contributor to SUCCESS magazine and Fox Good Day. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.Follow Patti Johnson:
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Posts by Patti Johnson
- Why the “Right” Answer May Not Be Your Answer
Are you looking for the “right” answer or your answer? As children we are well-trained to find the right answer. We are rewarded for A’s, the honor roll and acing the test. Our education trains us to follow the rules and deliver the expected answers. When we do, the stickers, accolades and congratulations follow. Yet [...]
- Shark Tank: 7 Questions to Answer Before Starting a New Business
Becoming a business owner and an entrepreneur is an adventure into new, exciting territory. It takes a special blend of dreams, business sense and looking within for what matters most to you. If you watch Shark Tank, you know that entrepreneurs go in front of the expert panel looking for funding. It’s great entertainment, but [...]
- 10 Favors You Can Do for Yourself Every Day
“If you didn’t have a great experience in high school, it’s your fault.” I recently attended a high school graduation where the valedictorian shared her message to the graduating class. Did I hear that correctly? There was a murmur in the crowd. Let’s just say her message didn’t resonate with all of the high school [...]
- 12 Ideas for Shaking Up 2013
You’ll notice I didn’t use the word “resolution.” I asked some friends about setting New Year’s resolutions and heard responses like, “I don’t do them anymore”; “I still feel guilty about last year’s resolutions”; or “They’re called New Year’s resolutions because they only last through January!” Even if resolutions strike fear in us, it’s the [...]
- Are You Undecided?
Not making a decision can be a pretty big decision in itself. I hear there are still undecided voters in the presidential election, but where are these coveted citizens? They must be hiding because I have yet to meet one. Let’s be honest, making decisions can be hard – especially important ones. There have been [...]
- Political Conventions: Taking the Stage, Ready or Not
Everyone has a different definition of readiness. Readiness is a relative term. In the political world, ready or not, there are rare events that make careers. A political convention is one of these “every four year” events. While the presidential and vice-presidential candidates are the convention stars, they can matter even more for the future [...]
- A 4-Year-Old’s Question That You Need to Answer
I’ve decided that our 4-year-old selves were on to something. Remember the questions that unlocked everything at that age? Why and Why Not? We asked them in rapid succession about anything and everything. They were the key to making sense of our life. Why is the sky blue? Why do we have to get shots? [...]
- Success Through the Eyes of a 90-Year-Old
Helen Johnson was a big success, though you’ve never heard her name. She was my mother-in-law and the beloved matriarch of a large, close Texas family. Like Nora Ephron, who we just lost, Helen believed in “being your own heroine.” Helen passed away unexpectedly at 90 years old last week. You may ask how this [...]
- Five People You Need On Your Dream Team
The NBA Finals are some of the highest-rated games yet. The young, fast Thunder, led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, take on superstars Dwyane Wade & Lebron James from the Miami Heat. While these stars get the media attention, basketball is a team sport and the winning team will get a big contribution from [...]
- 7 Ways to Ruin Your Meeting
Meetings really have a bad image. It’s not surprising since often they are too long, there’s no clear plan, too many people are invited and they dominate our work schedules. “Too many meetings” was the No. 1 time-waster at the office, cited by 47% of 3,164 workers in a recent Salary.com study. Research shows that [...]
- Leadership Lessons from Summer Camp
It’s time again to sign the kids up for summer camp. It’s the highlight of most kids’ summers—no mom or dad, wearing the same clothes three days in a row and candy every night before bed. What could be better? Last summer when we were at parent pickup, I realized that they are doing some [...]
- What A Presidential Campaign Teaches Us About Leading Change
Let’s set aside politics for whom you support in the 2012 presidential election. You can learn a lot from presidential campaigns about how to lead change in your team or organization. A presidential campaign is designed to convince voters that their candidate is the one you should choose on Election Day. Likewise, in organizational change [...]
- Baseball Opening Day… Who Starts the Wave?
It’s time for hot dogs, fresh cut grass and the sound of the ball on the bat. Opening Day is finally here, baseball fans! And as a Texas Rangers fan, the sting still lingers from last year’s World Series. We were one strike away from winning… twice. Yes, twice. Thankfully, there is always next year [...]
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