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About Me

I'm a leadership expert and author. I've spent my career exploring large organizations from the inside, most recently as an executive at Cisco. I love unearthing the lessons from the real world that help people and teams thrive, and that make work a more human place for all of the humans in it.

My next book, to be published in 2024, looks at the topic of change—why it’s hard on people, and what we can do to draw its sting.

Working with me

I work with leadership teams around the world to help them rethink their people practices. If you’d like to explore how I could help your organization, please reach out at

Nine Lies About Work

You crave feedback. Your organization’s culture is the key to its success. Strategic planning is essential. Your competencies should be measured and your weaknesses shored up. Leadership is a thing.

These may sound like basic truths of our work lives today. But actually, they’re lies. They cause dysfunction and frustration, ultimately resulting in workplaces that are a pale shadow of what they could be.

Nine Lies About Work uncovers what’s true instead: that the strength and cohesiveness of your team matters much more than company culture; that people don’t want constant feedback, and instead thrive on helpful attention; and that leaders are defined not by their characteristics, but instead by whether anyone is following them.

Selected as best management book of 2019 by Strategy + Business

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