Patti Johnson

Patti Johnson is the CEO of PeopleResults, a change and organizational development consulting firm she founded in 2004. She is the author of newly released "Make Waves: Be the One to Start Change at Work and in Life." Patti and her team advise clients such as PepsiCo, Microsoft, 7-Eleven, Accenture, Frito-Lay and many others on creating positive change in their leaders and organizations. Previously a Senior Executive at Accenture. Patti is an instructor on change for SMU Executive Education and for the Bush Institute Women’s Initiative, as well as a keynote speaker on change and leadership.

Articles by Patti Johnson

HR Management, Talent Management

A Super Bowl Lesson: There’s a Fine Art to Finding Hidden Talent

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Do you know talent when you see it?

By now, you’ve probably heard the story of Malcolm Butler, the undrafted rookie free agent who made the game saving interception for the New England Patriots in last Sunday’s Super Bowl.

By all accounts, Butler shouldn’t have even been playing in the NFL, much less the star of the biggest game of the year. But, along the way, a few people saw something special. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

What College Football Shows Us About Measuring Talent and Results

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Athletes and coaches love the bottom line of a game. You win or you lose. The winner is clear. Usually.

This past year, college football addressed a long-standing challenge that many of us in business face. Yes, you won – but how did your win compare to the competition? What do the results really mean?

Or to college football fans, who is the real national champion? Read more…

Talent Management

When Your Team Meetings Become Like Thanksgiving Dinner

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Thanksgiving is a time for family.

We have the eccentric uncle or an unpredictable cousin, but they are family. We enjoy the day and take a deep breath knowing we only see Uncle Buck once per year.

But, if you have the same eccentric characters playing key roles on your team, it’s not that easy. And, it’s every day.

Recognize individual habits that impact everyone. Your team is counting on you. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Making Waves: HR’s Critical Role in Kickstarting Change

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The project plan was flashed on the screen.

The financial metrics were shared. Work steps were reviewed and analyzed for many months ahead. Yet, something big was missing. People.

A real change grows and takes hold because of many individuals – those who individually decide to get involved, contribute and share their ideas. And, there are those who will start their own smaller changes within the bigger strategy. Read more…

Leadership

If You Want Innovation and Change, You’ll Need Wave Makers

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Editor’s note: This is excerpted from the new book, Make Waves: Be the One to Start Change at Work and in Life.

By Patti Johnson

As human beings, we are born with an interest in using our imagination and making the world better.

Think back to kindergarten, when you were full of ideas, suggestions, and questions. Many of you remember your own questions, or have a child who regularly asks, “Why?”

Why can’t trains fly? What if we had birthday cakes for dogs? Why not? That creative mind-set gradually fades as we grow up, learn what’s realistic, and apply the world’s logic. And parental exhaustion has to be a factor, too. Read more…

Classic TLNT

Want Better Engagement? The Little Things Matter More Than You Think

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Editor’s Note: Sometimes readers ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday

Companies everywhere are looking at how to drive up engagement scores and results. Yet, research tells us that the most significant factor in engagement is the relationship employees have with their direct manager, and if someone cares about them and their career.

We know that engagement takes more than a corporate program and free yoga classes at lunch. So, what can you do about it?

Here are a few reminders of simple actions you can take as a manager or team leader that make a difference. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

A Lesson From Grammy Winners Daft Punk on Why Collaboration Works

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I’m not a Daft Punk expert – unless you count listening to Get Lucky non-stop when driving my son and his friends to the beach last summer.

This French robot-headed duo won big at the Grammy Awards Sunday night, including best album for Random Access Memories.

Their robot heads with their tuxes were eye-catching, but so was something else. Read more…

Best of TLNT

6 Ways You May Be Driving Your Team Crazy and Don’t Even Know It

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Editor’s note: TLNT is continuing an annual tradition by counting down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 15. Our regular content will return next Monday.

Even the very best leaders have habits that can sometimes make their teams completely crazy.

Beware of these favorites that have been known to cause mumbling under the breath, a twitch, or a knowing look within the team.

Go ahead and ask yourself: Do any of these look familiar? Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Are Your Team Meetings Really Like Thanksgiving Dinner?

From the HR blog at TLNT. Photo by istockphoto.com.

Thanksgiving is a time for family.

We have the eccentric uncle or an unpredictable cousin, but they are family. We enjoy the day and take a deep breath knowing we only see Uncle Buck once per year.

But, if you have the same eccentric characters playing key roles on your team, it’s not that easy. And, it’s every day.

Recognize individual habits that impact everyone. Your team is counting on you. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

How You Know You’re Exhibiting Grown-Up Behavior at Work

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It’s back to school time, kids. Finally, you parents can return to a schedule without teenager late nights in the middle of the week or requests to go to the pool during your conference call.

We can go back to being the grown-ups that we are.

Maybe. We all know that the office can be a replay of the playground or the middle school lunch table. But, it’s time to be the grown up there too. Read more…