In her role as Partner, Director of Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness, Amanda provides consultation on strategy implementation, organizational effectiveness, team development and dynamics, leadership team alignment, and personal productivity to Ketchum and its employees. She also serves as an executive coach for senior leaders. When she’s not at Ketchum, she can be found crafting and baking with her young daughter, inspiring the next generation of female leaders while running a local Girl Scout troop, experimenting with new recipes to see what can really be made in 30 minutes, or devouring the latest organizational development research. Connect with her on Twitter @AmandaKowalK.
“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. As someone who coaches leaders and teams, I find that, for many, consensus is a misunderstood concept. Most people believe consensus is achieved when everyone on the team is satisfied with the outcome or decision. Actually, […]
It is astonishing how little one feels alone when one loves. ~John Bulwer Valentine’s Day is traditionally associated with romantic love—retailers have stocked storefronts with love-themed cards and heart-shaped chocolates for those looking to show affection for their beloved (or to elicit eye-rolling from those who disdain the holiday). I’m a sucker for tradition and […]
“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.” ~Author Unknown As 2014 winds down, I know that, for many, the year will come to a close with the long-standing tradition of establishing self-improvement resolutions for an even better 2015. Here’s the problem—when the celebration wears off, resolutions tend […]
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward Like many, I’m busy preparing for a holiday that celebrates giving thanks for the bounty in our lives. It’s a time to pause and reflect on the positive elements—the people, circumstances, and opportunities we’re most grateful […]
This post originally appeared on The Center for Creative Leadership blog. The Leadership Metaphor Explorer is a tool for helping a group or team think with more energy, insight, and creativity about the present and future of their work together. As Director of OD for Ketchum, I have the privilege to serve as a facilitator […]
The ideas behind career development make perfect intuitive sense — by providing opportunities for professional advancement, companies can increase employee engagement, raise morale and feel confident that they’re caring for the people who work there. But along with our intuition, there’s actual data that substantiates these feelings — career development is statistically linked to business […]