Dr. Mary Lippitt

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Dr. Mary Lippitt is an award-winning author of "Brilliant or Blunder: 6 Ways Leaders Navigate Uncertainty, Opportunity and Complexity.” She also founded Management Ltd. with the purpose of providing leaders with practical and effective solutions to navigate the modern business climate. Known for her pioneering work in linking leadership with goal achievement, Dr. Lippitt is recognized as a thought leader and speaker on executing change, leadership effectiveness and critical thinking for over twenty-five years. She currently teaches in the MBA program at the University of South Florida.
Adopting a narrow or fixed perspective is both foolish and dangerous.  My MBA students frequently and fervently embrace a single answer, but in their rush to provide an answer they overlook key aspects and alternatives.   Experienced decision makers...
Influence was defined by President Eisenhower as the ability to get “someone else to do something you want done because he (sic) wants to do it.” It differs from formal power, ultimatums, pressure or enticements. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyLcushus5M]
The chances that a change initiative’s goals will be fully met remains at approximately 30%. To change those odds, we must shift the way we approach change.... [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3j-rDQAVIM]
The traditional focal points for leadership has been their style of interaction and on job proficiency. While both are critical to leadership, leaders also need to read their environment to ensure they make the right call at the right...
I was recently struck by my lack of knowledge while reading Hans Rosling Factfulness (2018).  My only consolation was that I was not alone.  Ninety-five percent of the people made the same errors. One of the questions I missed...
“People only see what they are prepared to see.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson Today, one of the most valuable talents is the ability to grasp fluid circumstances and gain agreement for a change initiative.   While there is an imperative to change, change...
My neighbor’s dogs explore their backyard but within constrained boundaries. An invisible fence limits them. If they stray beyond the specified area their collar provides either an electrical stimulus or a vibration to restrain them.   It only takes a...
We often hear that seeing is believing, but should we always believe what we see? Our perceptions can be superficial and unduly influenced by past experiences. Architects, IT professionals and security personnel can the same office, but what registers...
I decided on my doctoral thesis topic after reading Steven Kerr’s 1975 article, The Folly of Rewarding A When Hoping for B, in the Academy of Management Journal (volume 18, pps.769-782). In the decades since this published, one might...
Winning support requires more than packaged positions and slogans. Building a ground swell or promising does not equate to a strong conviction. Emotions ebb as well as escalate based on personal assessments. Persuasion tactics such as promising a prosperous outcome,...

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