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

Taking Over: 6 Leadership Lessons from Jimmy Fallon

By Patti Johnson | April 10, 2014

On February 17, 2014, Jimmy Fallon took the reins of The Tonight Show—a show that has been an American tradition since 1954. In two short months, he has doubled the ratings expected and is leading his seasoned competitors, David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel. Even with all the history and prestige behind The Tonight Show, Fallon…

Matthew McConaughey and the Art of Reinventing Yourself

By Patti Johnson | February 13, 2014

After decades of headlining chick flicks, Matthew McConaughey is a Best Actor Oscar nominee this year for the gritty biographical drama Dallas Buyers Club. He is up for one of the highest honors in Hollywood because he knew it was time for a change. A few years ago he decided to start over and, as he said,…

What to Do When Facing Unexpected Change

By Patti Johnson | January 9, 2014

From workplace leadership and change expert Patti Johnson’s upcoming book, Make Waves: Be the One to Start Change at Work and in Life.  Change happens that was never part of the plan. We may face a job loss, a transfer, a new job or an illness that changes everything. These changes can make us feel like…

Are Your Default Assumptions Keeping You From Making a Change?

By Patti Johnson | September 12, 2013

We use assumptions every day to make decisions on how we spend our time, what someone else will do and to make faster decisions. Sometimes they can help us be more efficient when based on fact and analysis. But assumptions also stare us in the face when we have great new idea or want to…

Five Reasons Why Fear Can Make You Better

By Patti Johnson | August 27, 2013

Fear of not being good enough, smart enough or successful enough can be debilitating. In my last blog, talked about why it’s so helpful to know your “go to” fears so you can learn to anticipate and manage them. And fear is a normal part of starting any change. I have been studying people who…

What’s Your Fear Factor?

By Patti Johnson | August 13, 2013

  The word ‘fear’ brings to mind screaming at a scary movie, skydiving or statistically one of the biggest fears—public speaking. But I’m talking about a different kind of fear. It’s the fear that is often hidden—the fear deep inside that makes us choose the status quo over a change that we know is needed.…

Why the “Right” Answer May Not Be Your Answer

By Patti Johnson | May 8, 2013

Are you looking for the “right” answer or your

Shark Tank: 7 Questions to Answer Before Starting a New Business

By Patti Johnson | April 4, 2013

Becoming a business owner and an entrepreneur is an adventure into new, exciting territory. It takes

10 Favors You Can Do for Yourself Every Day

By Patti Johnson | March 20, 2013

“If you didn’t have a great experience in high school, it’s your fault.” I recently attended a high school graduation where the valedictorian shared her message to the graduating class. Did I hear that correctly? There was a murmur in the crowd. Let’s just say her message didn’t resonate with all of the high school…

12 Ideas for Shaking Up 2013

By Patti Johnson | January 2, 2013

You’ll notice I didn’t use the word “resolution.” I asked some friends about setting New Year’s resolutions and heard responses like, “I don’t do them anymore”; “I still feel guilty about last year’s resolutions”; or “They’re called New Year’s resolutions because they only last through January!” Even if resolutions strike fear in us, it’s the…