Learn More About Tammy Erickson
Here’s the truth: the leadership practices that have served us well for the past half-century aren’t right for today. The organisational principles that underlie today’s operations are limiting what we actually need to achieve ongoing success.
Today, the success of your business depends on people other than yourself taking actions that are impossible for you to pre-determine or specify. It is essential that everyone throughout your organisation care and think in order to sense changes in customer needs, innovate solutions, work with others to form agile networks and relationships for delivery, and to excel at myriad other “intelligent” tasks. Success can no longer be driven by standardizing processes, measuring efficiency, or cascading top management decisions. Achieving success today requires carefully creating environments people will choose to join and in which they will freely choose to do great work.
For more than 30 years, McKinsey award-winning author, executive educator and leadership advisor Tammy Erickson has worked with senior leaders around the world to build iconic companies infused with new ideas and passionate, engaged individuals – companies that can leverage collaboration and attract and retain the best talent.
Based on her unique background – which includes in-depth counseling of senior leaders and boards around the world, membership on multiple major boards, and a decade of extraordinary corporate-funded research to explore engagement, innovation, collaboration and the changing workforce – Erickson has isolated the principles required to build this century’s organisations and identified specific actions great leaders can take to shape compelling environments.
The transformative leadership program Erickson designed and has been directing at London Business School for almost a decade consistently receives high praise from corporate-level participants. One of the world’s most respected authorities on the dynamics of the changing workforce, Erickson emphasizes how the command and control mentality of managing machines will not work in a future where two main differentiators will distinguish iconic companies from old school competitors: the ability to mobilize information and the ability to successfully collaborate and innovate. She offers leaders pragmatic, research-driven strategies for managing employees in a rapidly changing environment, and her practical tools for keeping organizations resilient, innovative and agile are indispensable to leaders and teams as they march toward an unpredictable post-pandemic future. During talks, interactive workshops or in-depth executive education programs, Erickson teaches her proprietary D-I-C-E model for building and leading an intelligent organization: Disrupt, Intrigue, Connect and Engage. She shares real-world examples of how to apply the principles and offers up useful tools, including a diagnostic test she developed which helps leaders understand their strengths and opportunities for improvement.
The author of five books covering a range of topics from leadership, collaboration and innovation to organizational behavior, retirement and the multigenerational workforce, Erickson’s work is particularly relevant to leaders looking for ways to optimize productivity in the hybrid workspace. Whether advising, teaching, speaking or conducting workshops, her delivery style is light and humorous, even when challenging basic assumptions about how companies manage their people. While sharing her evidence-based strategies and insights, she peppers in fascinating stories to illustrate what is possible.
“It’s a myth to think leaders should be a stabilizing force,” explains Erickson. “Great leaders are a destabilizing force. They’re the people who ask the tough questions, who make sure you’re thinking about ideas on the edge, who open the windows and let the fresh air in. That’s a great leader.”
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Tamara “Tammy” J. Erickson is a widely respected authority on new approaches to leadership, the changing workforce, collaboration, innovation and the nature of work in intelligent organisations. Her leading-edge work is consistently showcased in the prestigious Global Drucker Forum, an international conference of prominent business leaders. She has also served on the board of directors of two Fortune 500 corporations where she oversaw governance, audit and compensation and acted as a lead independent director. Erickson was also named among the most influential living management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50 five times.
Erickson is the author of five books including “Workforce Crisis: How to Beat the Coming Shortage of Skills and Talent,” and a trilogy of books published by Harvard Business Review Press on how individuals in specific generations can excel in today’s workplace: “Retire Retirement: Career Strategies for the Boomer Generation,” “Plugged In: The Generation Y Guide to Thriving at Work” and “What’s Next, Gen X? Keeping Up, Moving Ahead, and Getting the Career You Want.” She has also authored or co-authored numerous articles, including the McKinsey Award-winning Harvard Business Review article, “It’s Time to Retire Retirement.”
Erickson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and her MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration where she was the recipient of the James Thomas Chirurg Fellowship.
Tammy Erickson is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.
A thought-provoking speech? An engaging discussion with a senior team? An in-depth class to share practical approaches and develop specific actions for your organisation?
Award-winning leadership advisor and organisational behavior expert Tammy Erickson offers customized workshops that incorporate experiential learning activities that drive understanding and offer participants practical tools for building stronger, more resilient, innovative and collaborative teams and organisations. During each customized session, which can be designed as half-day, full-day or multi-day programs, she can discuss any or all of the following topics at the level of depth appropriate to your needs.
- Becoming Iconic in a Post-Pandemic Era
- Building an Intelligent Organisation
- The Role of Leaders Today
- Going Above and Beyond: A Practical Response to the Challenges of Post-Pandemic Work
- Ensuring a Continual Infusion of New Ideas
- Leveraging the Power of Collaboration
- What Does It Mean to Work Here? A Signature Experience for Extraordinary Engagement
Whom Will You Lead?
Bottom line: people don’t all want the same things from work. Each person has unique expectations, preferences and goals. Understanding how others view work and interpret events in the workplace is essential for leadership. In her interactive workshops, award-winning executive educator and leadership advisor Tammy Erickson shares insights from developmental psychology to help explain why people of different generations have disparate expectations and how individual attitudes toward work are changing. Some examples include:
- A preference for more personal control over career paths and work options
- A belief that security depends on one’s growing skills and networks
- A desire to do work that is interesting and meaningful now
- For many, there is less desire to accumulate physical assets, and greater interest in the purpose and social benefit of the work they do
Workshop participants gain a deeper understanding of how to work effectively with colleagues of all ages, including their newest hires.