Patti Johnson

Patti Johnson
Patti Johnson is a career and workplace expert and the CEO of PeopleResults, a change and human resources consulting firm she founded in 2004. Previously, she was a senior executive at Accenture and has been recently featured as an expert in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, NBC, Money Magazine and Working Mother. Patti is also an instructor for SMU Executive Education and a keynote speaker on “Leading Change.” Her first book, Make Waves: Be the One to Start Change at Work & in Life, hit shelves in May 2014. Visit her website at

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10 Ways to Be a Leader—Even When You Aren’t in Charge

By Patti Johnson | May 1, 2015

You can show up like a leader. And when you do, the rest of your career will take care of itself.

‘Nice to Meet You’: The Art of Being Introduced

By Patti Johnson | April 17, 2015

“Chris, I’d like to introduce you to Ellen. I think she may be able to help you with your job search. Good luck! I’ll let you two take it from here.” If you are new—or a little rusty—to the world of networking, important introductions might be intimidating, or even awkward if you don’t know what…


College? Career? Confused? Before You Decide Anything, Here Are 9 Things to Consider

By Patti Johnson | March 20, 2015

If we just do this or don’t do that we’ll be happy and have the career of our dreams, right? That’s what experts and advice-givers say. Well, I’m sorry to say, there is no simple formula, no one-size-fits-all solution that’ll create the perfect career. This topic has gotten very personal for me. Right now I…

5 Ways to Fall Back in Love with Your Job

By Patti Johnson | February 13, 2015

Chris was done, over it. His boss was frustrating and his commute to the office unbearable. So after months of unhappiness, of dreading work, he wanted to find a new job. Friends asked him what he was looking for. “What do you really want to do? What’s your dream job?” Chris wanted to work at…

3 Things the Patriots and Deflated Balls Can Teach Us about Success

By Patti Johnson | January 28, 2015

We have a little ball controversy on our hands. Instead of planning our Super Bowl parties, we are talking about deflated footballs. In the past week, social media, along with every major news program, has been buzzing about “deflate-gate.” In the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts, the New England Patriots’ footballs were below…

Do You Have a Good Idea? Avoid the 8 Things That Can Kill It

By Patti Johnson | January 16, 2015

Change takes new ideas. Uncomfortable, audacious, unprecedented new ideas. Unfortunately, sometimes our big new ideas aren’t always welcome. After a recent speech, a woman raised her hand and said, “I have ideas, but I’m not sure my organization really wants them. What do you do if no one is interested in your new ideas? Do…

5 Strategies for Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Work

By Patti Johnson | January 2, 2015

The New Year can be an opportunity for a new beginning, but will you actually take the chance to start over, to aim for bigger and better things? Surprisingly, many don’t.  Only 45 percent of us typically make New Year’s resolutions, according to a University of Scranton study published by Statistic Brain. Why? Because the goals can seem too…

How to Turn Coffee into a Career-Boosting Connection

By Patti Johnson | December 12, 2014

Please add me to your LinkedIn network, your email dings you. Like you, I receive lots of LinkedIn invitations to “connect.” Most have no personal note of how we’ve met or what we have in common—so it’s not yet a real connection. In my book Make Waves: Be the One to Start Change at Work…

5 Lessons from ‘The Voice’ on How to Grow Your Career

By Patti Johnson | November 14, 2014

“You should feel like you’re carrying around a duffel bag with a heat-seeking missile in it.” Taylor Swift gave this advice for how to own the stage and dominate the opportunity of being on one of the most successful TV shows today, The Voice. The singer-songwriter superstar has obviously broken the code on seizing the…

5 Tips for Taming a Scary Workload

By Patti Johnson | October 31, 2014

Don’t let your hardwired fears drive your work habits.