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Elizabeth Doty

San Francisco, California, USA

BK Expert
Community Member Author

For 27 years, Elizabeth Doty has helped C-Suite leaders improve strategy execution by building cultures of commitment, collaboration and action. Her clients are mission-driven leaders looking to:

  • Align Teams for Execution
  • Deliver on Brand Promises
  • Build Cultures of Commitment, Values and Action

She work with her clients as a partner to help clarify their visions, challenge and inspire their teams and manage follow-through.  She brings a candid, fun, results-oriented approach, designing and facilitating high-engagement working sessions with teams, cross-functional work groups and customer partnerships. 

In 2016 and 2017, Elizabeth was named a Top Thought Leader in Trust for her work on organizational promises and commitments. She has researched and written on this topic for Harvard University's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and for strategy + business magazine.  Her book, The Compromise Trap, was published by Berrett-Koehler in 2009.  Elizabeth is also a Certified Partner in Line-of-Sight,™ a Saas approach to pinpointing strategy execution vulnerabilities with blazing speed. She recently joined Prana Business Private Practice, developers of Line-of-Sight™ to assist their clients in addressing issues related to change, engagement and culture. Elizabeth earned her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1991.  

The Compromise Trap

How can you keep from compromising your principles within an organization?


Team Alignment

A team with high engagement, integrity and alignment operates in a completely different league than those that limp along with fragmented commitments. Leadership Momentum partner with leaders and their teams to form the solid agreements, shared aims, and genuine respect that enable coordinated momentum – whether you are a new team or an existing team changing direction.

Cross-Functional Collaboration

Leadership Momenturm helps you dissolve historical limits to collaboration and unleash collective competence, even across organizational boundaries -- by uncovering ways to better coordinate work, reduce unnecessary effort, and use constructive conflict to reach better solutions.

Hidden Costs of Compromise

Leadership Momentum can partner with your team to conduct an “opportunity scan” to identify where compromise may be undermining customer loyalty, employee engagement, long-term shareholder value, or the core of your values-based business. We can then help you craft practical decision-guidelines based on your values and priorities to help your team weigh healthy and unhealthy compromise up front, where it has the most impact.

Learning Communities

Semi-formal communities are the natural unit for learning in most organizations. We can help you grow learning communities that actively partner with the business, helping them craft strategic learning agendas  and build the formal and informal processes that keep them engaged, focused, and creative.


Help for Executives Dealing with Conflict, Politics, Values and Change

Leadership Momentum can serve as your "secret weapon", thought partner and coach as you confront the challenges of mergers, reorganizations, organizational politics and trying to mobilize your team amidst turbulence.

We work best with pragmatic yet visionary leaders who lean toward collaboration, value and values even as they deal with the realities of organizational life. We function as a thought partner and coach, helping you and your team structure messy problems and invent new solutions, with a style that invites collaboration and creativity rather than posturing. Here are some of the challenges we can help with:

  • Crises related to conflict, values or personal priorities
  • Cross-functional conflict and collaboration
  • Renegotiating expectations and resources
  • Managing the tidal wave of change
  • Saying No effectively
  • Creating more collaborative working relationships
  • Mobilizing teams amidst turbulence
  • Making time where there is none
  • Recognizing the process and communication “leaks”
  • Uncovering unintentional compromises that erode employee commitment
  • Using peer-learning methods to solve problems and innovate

We generally work on a retainer with a three-month minimum, so we can get to know our clients’ context, goals, and challenges. We are available for regularly scheduled meetings, as well as ad hoc emails and phone calls. The process begins with a 2-hour conversation to explore your goals and challenges, after which we develop a customized plan to help you achieve the results you envision.

Intuit, Cisco, Stanford University, Skillsoft, Hewlett Packard, Archstone-Smith, Sungevity, and CTB/McGraw-Hill

Available upon request.

“The results have been impressive! The concepts taught are now part of our everyday language… thank you for your impact!” – Molly Scholes, Skillsoft

“Thank you for such a thought-provoking presentation on a powerful subject!” — Robyn Kautz, Business Ethics Network

“Elizabeth is an incredibly energetic leader and an inspiration to be around. Her work has been incredibly influential in my thinking about leadership and the opportunity to energize and mobilize people toward their goals.”
–Michele Goins, former CIO, Juniper Networks

“Elizabeth’s work has had a profound impact on me and my work.” — Roy D. Shapiro, Phillip Caldwell Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

“Through Elizabeth’s work… we saw what had begun as an extremely discouraging downward spiral turned into a very product upward spiral.”
— Susan Hollingshead, Chief People Officer, Sungevity

“Elizabeth Doty has a phenomenal ability to structure chaotic, messy problems in a way that surfaces opportunity.” — Joe Durzo, Executive Vice President, Energie Lighting

“[The upward spiral approach] pointed us to higher-order opportunities and helped the organization to link activities that, on the surface, seemed to be unconnected. Best of all we were able to use the upward spiral in conjunction with other employee engagement models, tools, and survey instruments.” — Todd Slingsby, Risk Management Solutions

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