Introducing my blog

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Hello to everyone out there and thank you for coming to visit my brand-new blog. For those of you who don’t know me, my background is a mix of business and technology, with a focus in IT organizational performance. I did my undergraduate studies in Computer Science and then began my career in software development. I have since focused in the IT strategy space (I’ll attempt to answer the question “What is IT Strategy?” in a future blog) and have gone on to complete a graduate degree in business. During my years as a consultant, I have served a breadth of companies, large and small, across industries as diverse as energy, financial services, retail, non-profit, software and manufacturing. During this time, I have become particularly fascinated with the complexities of individual, team and organizational performance. On the side, I have studied a variety of philosophies and techniques including Landmark Education, the MBTI, and neuro-linguistic programming, and have applied these to improve individual and organizational performance through coaching, facilitation, training and consulting.

So, long story short, I have developed some opinions over the years and am excited to share some of them here. It is no coincidence that we launched a new company, Thought Ensemble, the same day as our blogs. Jim Smelley, my co-founder, and I have been sharing, debating and refining our ideas for years while building companies, serving clients and taking long hikes around the world. We have shared many of these ideas with our colleagues and clients, but we now want to expand the conversation. I very much welcome your comments here to fuel our ongoing dialogue.

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Why Keeping It Real Is a Winning Strategy

Why Keeping It Real Is a Winning Strategy

If I had to sum up my pandemic year, I might say it was the year I got to spend each day of an entire summer with my daughter. It was also the year that I significantly altered my career path by taking the brilliant advice of my coach: to lead with my values (keep it...

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Meaningful Brand Maturity vs. Promotional Box Checking

Meaningful Brand Maturity vs. Promotional Box Checking

Featuring: Errika Flood-Moultrie Diversity. Equity. Inclusion (DEI). Individually, each word packs its own unique punch, but together, this lineup represents something much greater — profound even — and that is true head and heart transformation. As a people-first,...

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Why Does Change Management Keep Getting Put in Time Out?

Why Does Change Management Keep Getting Put in Time Out?

Buzzword Soup, Anyone? If I use words like “Transformation” or “Change Management” in a meeting, everyone nods like they get it. But in reality, there are usually as many understandings of those terms as there are people around the table. In today’s soup of ambiguous...

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Moving Forward From the Home Office

Moving Forward From the Home Office

It’s been almost 20 years since I’ve gone into an office five days a week. In that time, I’ve progressed in my consulting career from a Senior Manager, to a Principal, to a VP, to a Managing Partner, to a CEO. I barely remember what it’s like to “go to work” and to...

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The Leadership Dog Years

The Leadership Dog Years

As a business leader, I feel like I’ve been living in dog years — so much has happened that this year feels more like seven. In the spring, our company — like many others — had to throw out our annual plans and quickly pivot to new ones. In the summer, we increased...

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