Coping with a difficult business situation



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“Courage does not always roar”

I really like this quote from Mary Anne Radmacher.

I write this in a week when all of my best laid plans and commitments have been washed away by the flooding rains and power outages in California.

This, the week before my new book MOVE is released…when there were many important things to do.

One of the themes in MOVE is that leaders need to have Valor. And sometimes Valor is the patience and willingness to cope — to simply show up and try again tomorrow.

Authentic Success

My first book RISE was about individual effectiveness and success. It focused on building career success in an authentic way, that respects others and the fact that you have life outside work that matters.

MOVE is the next step. It’s about organizational effectiveness and success.

People have asked me, “Were you able to keep the authentic theme in MOVE too?”

Absolutely! That’s the point.

The Middle is the hard part

Here’s what I mean.

A primary theme in MOVE is about “The Middle,” meaning that while the kick-off of a new strategy is exciting and well supported, and the end goals are very motivating, it’s the Middle that’s the hard (and not most exciting) part. Strategies tend to fall apart and lose momentum in the Middle.

As a leader it’s important to keep showing up every day because:

The Middle is where literally everything needs to happen!

And the Middle is fraught with surprises, changes, challenges, short term pressures, apathy, skepticism, boredom, and sometimes even personal attacks.

The strongest leaders are often the ones who are willing show up again tomorrow — to try again, and to keep going, and to continue to engage their team in an authentic way — throughout the whole Middle.

Leadership takes courage, patience, and often stubborn persistence.

Coping is adding value

A mentor of mine taught me a very important lesson. He said to me, “Patty, never underestimate the value of simply coping”.

Courage does not always roar.

Don’t underestimate the value of coping — coping, and being willing to show up again tomorrow.

Authentic success is a wonderful thing

In MOVE I give lots of practical strategies for coping, having Valor and preserving your energy and sanity as a leader throughout the entire Middle.

Because if you keep showing up, you can really do great things together with your team.

Every manager should read MOVE. And I’m not saying that just to sell books. I’d really like to help.

MOVE is a practical handbook for dealing with the reality of how hard business execution is, and for mastering the things that can make the difference between success and stalling out. I’d like to help every leader gain the business and personal success they desire.

Keep going!

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Patty Azzarello is an executive, best-selling author, speaker and CEO/Business Advisor. She became the youngest general manager at HP at the age of 33, ran a billion dollar software business at 35 and became a CEO for the first time at 38 (all without turning into a self-centered, miserable jerk)

You can find Patty at www.AzzarelloGroup.com, follow her on twitter or facebook

The Monday MOVE Idea: What do YOU need to move forward?


The Monday MOVE Idea

Each Monday until the launch of my upcoming book MOVE, I’m sharing an important idea about the book. This week, it’s about YOU. I’d like to help you move something forward that is important to you, whether that’s a business initiative, a team transformation, or your career.

Win a 1-1 executive coaching program with me

To enter to win a 6 hour, personalized, 1-1, exeuctive coaching program with me, all you need to do is pre-order the Hardcopy or buy the kindle version before Feb 28, and send your receipt to movepreorder@gmail.com.

Pre-Order MOVE and win a 1-1 Coaching Program with Me

MOVE will be available February 28, but if you pre-order your copy now you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a 6-hour, 1-1 executive coaching program with me. There will be TWO winners! And you’ll have up to 1 year to use the 6 hours of coaching.

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I’m really excited to share the important ideas, and all the tools I put in my upcoming book MOVE to help you get your team (at any organizational level) to execute your strategy more decisively.


About Patty
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Patty Azzarello is an executive, best-selling author, speaker and CEO/Business Advisor. She became the youngest general manager at HP at the age of 33, ran a billion dollar software business at 35 and became a CEO for the first time at 38 (all without turning into a self-centered, miserable jerk)

You can find Patty at www.AzzarelloGroup.com, follow her on twitter or facebook

Win a 1-1 Executive Coaching Program with Patty


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The Monday MOVE Idea

Each Monday until the launch of my upcoming book MOVE, I’ll be sharing an important idea from the book. This week: The value of unstructured conversation.

But first…

It’s only two weeks until MOVE is released in Hardcover!

So I’m combining today’s Monday MOVE idea with a reminder of the contest to win a 6 hour 1-1 executive coaching program with me.

Pre-order MOVE before Feb 28

All you need to do is pre-order the Hardcopy or buy the kindle version before Feb 28, and send your receipt to movepreorder@gmail.com.

There will be 2 winners announced on Feb 28. You’ll have up to 1 year to use the 6 hours of coaching. I’m really excited to meet the winners!

Unstructured conversation

Many leaders avoid unstructured conversation because it might get messy. They prefer to say, “Here’s the strategy… Please submit your plans…”.

This feels safer than saying in an unstructured way, “Here is the strategy, what you do think? Really?” because the structured way cuts off the possibility that someone might say, “I disagree, or I have a problem with that”.

But here’s the problem…

If it’s the case that people are not supporting your strategy, wouldn’t you want to know?

Time, conversation and belief

You need to invest some time to allow your team to build their own belief in whatever you want them to do.

Belief and alignment cannot be achieved in an instant without talking about it.

Each person needs time to process the ideas and form their own point of view. They need the unstructured conversation in order establish their own way of believing in the strategy. They need to get their own opinions, thoughts, beliefs in line before they will be ready to move.

What you might not be able to see, is when you announce your new strategy you have already created a train-wreck! People need time to get their bearings again.

The unstructured conversation is what allows everyone to find their way back to the path — in their own way. You can’t force it. And if you skip this step, people won’t be able to execute on the new thing because their belief system is stuck somewhere else.

By avoiding potentially messy conversation up front what you have actually done is traded a false sense of order and harmony in the short term, for a slow moving catastrophe where people are not effectively set up to succeed in the long term.

Pre-Order MOVE and win a 1-1 Coaching Program with Me

MOVE will be available February 28, but if you pre-order your copy now you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a 6 hour executive coaching program with me. There will be TWO winners!

Click to pre-order and enter.

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I’m really excited to share the important ideas, and all the tools I put in my upcoming book MOVE to help you get your team (at any organizational level) to execute your strategy more decisively.

What do you think?

Join the conversation about this on my facebook page.


About Patty
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Patty Azzarello is an executive, best-selling author, speaker and CEO/Business Advisor. She became the youngest general manager at HP at the age of 33, ran a billion dollar software business at 35 and became a CEO for the first time at 38 (all without turning into a self-centered, miserable jerk)

You can find Patty at www.AzzarelloGroup.com, follow her on twitter or facebook

Are you a good manager?



This month’s Professional Development webinar was on the topic of Are You a Good Manager?.

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Get the webinar

If you missed it you can download the recording.

Members of my professional development program can download this webinar for free.

This is a very useful webinar to download if you want to:

  • Assess yourself or your team: How good are you at being a manager?
  • Get a clear outline of the intangible factors that make someone a great manager
  • Improve yourself, or train someone on your team to be a better manager
  • Create a development framework for managers in your company
  • Prepare for a job interview for a management position — at any level

Here is what we talked about:

Are YOU a good manager?

This is a special and really important webinar, and I thought it was a really good topic to start the year on

There is nothing you can do to improve the bottom line of your business more than to make sure that all your managers are good managers. (some research on this)

But what makes a good manager?

I spend a lot of time on this topic. Through my workshops with clients I help educate and motivate their leaders to think and work more strategically, improve their management skills and to develop a strong personal leadership strategy.

Also in my work I get to hear about a lot of really bad managers. People are suffering out there!

Where do you land?

The webinar:

I put together this webinar to give a practical overview of what makes a good manager.

It outlines the basics of great management and provides many ideas for action to help people become better managers. The webinar also includes definitions of the more intangible traits of great managers.

This webinar: Are you a good manager? is one that I wish I had access to years ago, when I was learning how to be an effective manager and leader of people.

I had to learn this stuff through many years of trial and error! I’m happy now, to be able to share what really works with you.

What the webinar covered:

1: People: Get the intangibles right

Being a good manager, first and foremost, is about people and team. It’s about building the right team, fit for a clear purpose, and enabling and motivating the individuals and the team to function well.

I had an employee who worked in my organization years ago send me a note that said, “When I worked for you I felt like superman”.

Wow. You can’t say it better that than. So that has become my measure.

A good manager will make their people feel like super-heroes.

There are specific things you can do that build trust, empowerment and motivation. We talked about ways to delegate and to make sure that people feel that their work is important and recognized.

2. Strategy and Execution

So many executives tell me that they need their managers to take more proactive ownership of problems and opportunities.

They need their managers to think and work more strategically. They need them to personally step up to solve problems and lead improvements without being asked or directed.

Good managers also step up and lead the stuff no one else is seeing.

Great managers know that they need to think beyond what they are working on and take a bigger view of the problems that are presented to them. The webinar covered specific questions and techniques to do this.

3. Improvement

Of course, predictable execution is important, but a big part of being an effective manager is to make sure that the team also develops. We talked about how to make sure you lead your team to get better at what they do over time.

If you only deliver, but don’t increase the capability of your team, you are not doing your whole job as a manager.

4. Credibility and Team Brand

Managers also need to be effective spokespeople for the business and their team. A manager can not opt out of communicating. They need to find productive ways to share the value of what their team delivers.

A good manager is always sharing relevant information and building broad support for their team.

A Manager’s Checklist

This webinar provides an excellent checklist for any manager to rate how effective they are being, and to find out where they can improve.

It is a great tool for a development plan, OR to prep for an interview.

This webinar is loaded with valuable resources.

It includes the outline of what it really takes to be an effective manager, as well as specific “manager actions” in 10 key areas, about how to do it.

And it includes worksheets and templates on delegating, prioritizing, negotiating, communicating and performance management.

Members: Download this webinar for free.

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Members of the Azzarello Group program for Professional Development basically get me as their mentor.

Every month you get new insights and tools in the form of these webinars, as well as the chance to call into a monthly members-only coaching hour where you can get direct personal coaching from me.

People tell me that membership gives them a totally new way of thinking about their career, getting promotions, solving difficult problems with bosses, peers, employees, and other annoying people, communicating better, being more influential, becoming a stronger leader, and enjoying their work more. I love to hear this, and I love to help!

If you join now, you’ll not only get this webinar, but all the other webinars in the Member Library.

AND you’ll get the opportunity to participate in monthly Coaching Hour conference calls with me.
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AND as a member you’ll get to download your copy of the Career Year of action Guide (a $30 value) for free.

Membership to Azzarello Group is a great resource (and a steal at $179 for a whole year) to help you advance your career.

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Patty Azzarello is an executive, best-selling author, speaker and CEO/Business Advisor. She became the youngest general manager at HP at the age of 33, ran a billion dollar software business at 35 and became a CEO for the first time at 38 (all without turning into a self-centered, miserable jerk)

You can find Patty at www.AzzarelloGroup.com, follow her on twitter or facebook

Talk vs. Action: Collectively Admiring the Problem


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The Monday MOVE Idea

Each Monday until the launch of my upcoming book MOVE, I’ll be sharing an important idea from the book. This week: Talk vs. Action: Collectively Admiring the Problem.

Big Goals

Think about the really important goals your team talks about all the time. When you talk about them everyone agrees they are critical. We must improve quality. We must innovate. We must respond to a competitive threat. We must evolve our business model to provide better service.

Talk vs. Action

To move your team from talking about important stuff in a vague way, to actually making progress on these things in a real way, the first step is to realize that you are stuck because you are still only Talking.

It’s vitally important as a leader to recognize when your team is falling into the pattern of accepting smart sounding ideas and inputs instead of measurable forward progress.

The most effective way I have found to break through this is to recognize when you get stuck only talking about the Situation.

Situation Discussions

Sure it’s important to use some time to note and understand the situation, but you can just sense it when everyone has internalized the situation and then … you keep talking about it! Talking and talking and talking about it.

You can feel it in your stomach when the meeting is not going anywhere and you’re still talking. The talk gets smarter and smarter sounding and the forward motion everyone is craving never happens.

Situation discussions are basically: Collectively admiring the problem.

You need to change the nature of the conversation to become one that drives action, instead of just more talking.

I outline the specific steps to do this in MOVE. I’m really excited to share it with you!

Pre-Order MOVE and win a 6 Hour 1-1 Coaching Program with Me

MOVE will be available February 28, but if you pre-order your copy now you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a 6 hour executive coaching program with me. There will be TWO winners!

Click to pre-order and enter.

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I’m really excited to share the important ideas, and all the tools I put in my upcoming book MOVE to help you get your team (at any organizational level) to execute your strategy more decisively.

What do you think?

Join the conversation about this on my facebook page.


About Patty
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Patty Azzarello is an executive, best-selling author, speaker and CEO/Business Advisor. She became the youngest general manager at HP at the age of 33, ran a billion dollar software business at 35 and became a CEO for the first time at 38 (all without turning into a self-centered, miserable jerk)

You can find Patty at www.AzzarelloGroup.com, follow her on twitter or facebook