In a Company Transition, It Can Really Save Your Butt

I was recently on a development call with a high-tech company experiencing a period of intense growth and expansion.

The leader I spoke with painted a picture of the overwhelm that had crept into the organization. Employees had too much…

Navigating Stakeholder Trade-offs

I talk a lot about the importance of “managing stakeholder cares.” It’s important to remember that this isn’t just some abstract, conceptual idea. Managing stakeholder cares means making tough, real-life, decisions, nearly every day that affect real people.

The pandemic has made this even more pronounced.

This came to my…

Don’t Tell Me You Care — Show Me.

The other day, a headline in my inbox threw me for a loop: “McKinsey to pay $573 million for role in opioid crisis.”

It wasn’t the headline itself that surprised me. The idea that the most prestigious management consulting firm in the world helped its client “turbocharge” sales of an…

I don’t know about you, but I have never felt more ready for a fresh, new year! I am connecting with my family, colleagues, and community to savor this time of reflection and possibilities — to do the satisfying work of imagining who we are going to be this year.

Gratitude at work begins with a recognition

The numerous physical and emotional benefits of gratitude are well-documented. In particular, researchers like Robert Emmons and Martin Seligman have demonstrated the link between gratitude and happiness.

That link makes intuitive sense. As the saying goes, “you are what you pay attention to.” If you’re focused on and grateful for…

The Allure and The Danger of “More”

As a business owner, one of the most important contracts that ever came my way was the one I didn’t end up signing.

On paper, it was a no-brainer. The prospective client was a powerhouse in the beauty care space. It was a lucrative contract with ample room to expand…

Kari Granger

Kari is CEO of an executive leadership firm, supporting leaders to align and elevate performance. See more at

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