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

Career Dilemmas: Beware of 5 Traps When Deciding to Stay or Go

By Patti Johnson | October 17, 2014

“Am I in the right job at the right company?” “Am I doing what I am meant to do?” “How can I find my dream job? Is there such a thing?” Who hasn’t asked these questions? It’s easy to ask these questions at low points: The person who recruited you leaves for a new job,…

5 Ways Perfectionism Is Getting in Your Way

By Patti Johnson | October 2, 2014

Adam was in the last few minutes of what felt like a really successful interview for his dream job when the interviewer asked him to share developmental areas that have appeared on past performance reviews. Without missing a beat, Adam shared that he was “too much of a perfectionist.” Adam had rehearsed this answer as…

The Grown-Up Guide to a Back-to-School Fresh Start

By Patti Johnson | August 21, 2014

Summer break is almost over. The only upside to the pool closing and no more sleepovers during the week is that each new school year offers a fresh start full of possibilities. When I was a student, I wanted summer to last forever, but I also liked the back-to-school rituals—of seeing the new school schedule,…

My Top 10: The Best Career Advice I’ve Received

By Patti Johnson | August 7, 2014

Last week I was asked to complete an “About the Author” questionnaire. I enthusiastically answered questions about my favorite words, best day and why I chose my career. The next question made me pause—for a long time. “What is the best career advice you have ever received?” I knew that one would take a few…

6 Easy Ways to Sabotage Your Career

By Patti Johnson | July 24, 2014

Little things matter. Big dreams can be undermined by small decisions and actions day by day, conversation by conversation. These seemingly small things—often given little thought—communicate more about who you are than you may realize or intend. First impressions are so powerful that they can override all other information we are told about people. A…

3 Steps to Make a Splash with Your Business Idea

By Patti Johnson | July 14, 2014

In writing my new book, Make Waves: Be the One to Start Change at Work and in Life, I spent the last year researching what I call Wave Makers—people who started a change in their organizations, communities or the  marketplace. Think of a “wave” as any change that begins with your decision to act and…

Bump or Brick Wall: How to Determine Plan B

By Patti Johnson | July 10, 2014

We all have failures and setbacks, but they can be our best opportunities to learn when we pause before we decide what to do next. Next time you fail miserably, ask yourself: Is it a bump or a brick wall? Advice like “Be persistent and keep going!” may miss the important step of adapting to…

Rocking the Boat: 4 Traits of Wave Makers

By Patti Johnson | June 26, 2014

If you grew up being told not to make waves, you might reconsider. Why should you make waves in your team or organization? Easy: to bring about change that builds momentum, that introduces improvements and opportunities that would otherwise be missed in the status quo. Change makes our world better. For two years, I researched…

10 Easy Ways to Start Something Great

By Patti Johnson | June 12, 2014

You have to start first—even if the first step is small.

5 Steps to Get Others Interested In Your Ideas

By Patti Johnson | May 8, 2014

People are always asking me, What’s the next step? They have a great idea, cause or issue they’re fired up about, but are unsure of what to do next. Well, if you want to start a business, create a new book club or change how your team works together, you can’t do it alone. Any change,…