Patti Johnson

About the Author

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.

What Great CHROs Know That Makes Them Great

Let’s set aside the obvious: Know the business. Build a great team. Cultivate relationships and respect with others on the leadership team. Understand the full HR suite of services. All true. But, there is more to the story. In our work, we have the opportunity to see many great Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs) and…

What College Football Shows Us About Measuring Talent and Results

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…

Making Waves: HR’s Critical Role in Kickstarting Change

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….

A Lesson From Grammy Winners Daft Punk on Why Collaboration Works

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…

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

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…

Nate Silver? He’s Proof That You Need to Develop Your Data Rock Stars

Nate Silver has a way with data. He’s known for being an innovator in interpreting, simplifying and translating complex data with accuracy. Not your classic rock star career path. Last week he made news when he announced his move from The New York Times to ESPN. The celebration of a data guy’s career…

Why Stepping Back and Making It Simple Solves Everything

Simplicity is hard. Well, it may not solve everything, but stop and think about how complexity gets in the way of so much of what we do. Organizations are confusing, strategies are misunderstood and the customer experience is disjointed. It turns out that simplicity is hard. It’s easier to bolt on the new…

No, a Strategy Is Not Enough — You Need to be Able to Implement It, Too

Business heroes are often the innovators and the visionaries that set the next strategy. Yet, 90 percent of strategies fail because of execution. We’ve heard this surprising statistic for a few years. Surely, we’ve changed our ways. Ron Johnson, the former CEO of JC Penney, is a case study in a strategy not…

Zero Dark Thirty: Driving to a Goal by Challenging the Status Quo

Editor’s Note: With the Academy Awards drawing near, TLNT again asked some prominent thought leaders to write about their favorite movie from this past year with a HR or talent management theme. We’ll feature one each day leading up to the Oscars ceremony on Feb. 24. By Patti Johnson Zero Dark Thirty isn’t just…

Awards Season Reflections: My Nominations for Our Top Talent Failures

It’s award season! The Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, and in February the mother of them all – the Academy Awards. We’re seeing surprise winners, whispers of “what IS she wearing,” and Daniel Day-Lewis winning another award for his role as Abraham Lincoln. (Well deserved, I might add.) Yet, not all awards are…

Developing Your Workforce: Why Multiple Mentors Are Needed Today

Many of us used to equate the ideal mentor to a gray haired, senior executive in the corner office. This expert had all the answers and knew the rules. We have heard our entire career that having a mentor is essential for success. I just attended a client meeting where new graduates were reminded…