Author and consultant
Kathleen A. Paris, Ph.D., speaks on healthy workplaces, provides consulting for strategic planning, process improvement and redesign, and professional development for leaders. Read more »
Kathleen A. Paris, PhD
As a professional consultant, Kathleen will conduct all activities with you and your organization according to these core values:
  • Honesty: Shares information and feedback accurately;
  • Flexibility: Makes adjustments for changing situations;
  • Follow-Through: All commitments are honored;
  • Results: Helps clients achieve results in a way that honors client values and relationships.


More on the Value of Saying Thank You

One of the most effective ways to become a better leader is to take the time to say “Thank You.”

Planning Ahead for Difficult Meetings

Have a difficult meeting coming up? Here are 16 questions to ask yourself as you prepare.

Three Ways to Use Your Operating Principles

Leaders may know intuitively that having clearly stated operating principles or values is a healthy step for an organization. But once they are created, what happens next? Follow the example of netlogx and learn three ways to unleash the power of the principles.

Bringing Your Strategic Plan to Life!

Most strategic plans are never implemented. Organizations may put a great deal of time and effort into creating a strategic plan and then neglect to implement it.

To paraphrase author Patrick Below, the purpose of planning is not to create plans. The purpose of planning is to create results.

Advice for Job Seekers

I am in the midst of hiring people and by tomorrow will have reviewed some 200 applications. Here are three bits of advice I would like to share with anyone searching for a job.

We Can Rewire Our Minds

We carry many unconscious habits and prejudices from our past experiences into our everyday work and family lives.

Operating Principles Can Build Trust In An Organization

Creating a set of operating principles for how employees will behave towards each other and those they serve can be the foundation on which a more cohesive, trusting and trustworthy workplace culture can be created. And although giants like Google and Whole Foods Market have created operating principles, no group is too small or too large to take this step. As my article for Leadership Strategies, Inc. emphasizes, operating principles only have power if everyone from the CEO to the newest employee is expected to follow them.

Getting Serious About Email Marketing

I just read that only 3% of US homes do not have Email

Moving People’s Desks Every Year

Employees change desks each year for stronger teamwork at

Reviewer Focuses on Interdependence

In his review of Staying Healthy in Sick Organizations: The Clover Practice™,  UK Consultant Philip Whiteley seized on “Declare Your Interdependence.”


Three Secrets to Implementing Your Strategic Plan

Three Secrets for a Successful Strategic Planning Process
I have facilitated close to 200 strategic planning processes. Here are three secrets for a successful strategic planning process. Also you can join me for a webinar “Successfully Implementing Your Strategic Plan” on Thursday, June 17, 12:00-1:15 p.m. CDT. The Magna Publications program is aimed at higher education, but the techniques are applicable to any organization.

Collaboration in Action

Collaboration in Action

We have an opportunity to get up to speed on today’s most pressing leadership and human productivity issues. Human resource leaders in the Madison area are collaborating to offer a day of hot topics  as part of a larger conference of the IPMA-HR Central regional conference. This collaborative learning event takes place on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at the Madison Marriott West. (The full IPMA-HR event runs June 6-9.)

The Power of an Apology

I was furious. My 83 year old mother had arrived at the hospital via ambulance. She was having trouble breathing and chest pains. Her thin body was trembling and her words were slurred.

How Is Collaboration Going?

Thanks to the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, you can measure for free how well collaboration is going.


Be A Better Leader—Take Notes!

The most powerful leadership strategies are also the most simple. Here is one of those simple things: Take notes!  If you have time to make a grocery list, you have time to jot down a few things you noticed today.


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