Elizabeth Doty

Elizabeth Doty


Doty is an author and consultant focused on the practical challenges of keeping organizational commitments. She has written for strategy+business, Yes! Magazine, and The Systems Thinker, and has given presentations on organizational integrity at Harvard Business School, The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, Systems Thinking in Action, and the Business Ethics Network. Since 1993, Doty has helped companies in over a dozen industries analyze and address the systemic causes of broken commitments that impact employee engagement, customer loyalty, and the public trust. In the course of her work, Doty has spoken with over four hundred professionals about their values and experiences on the job. Her book, The Compromise Trap: How to Thrive at Work without Selling your Soul (Berrett-Koehler, 2009) reveals how frequently professionals experience pressure to compromise their values on the job, even in companies they otherwise admire, and the practical strategies leaders at every level can take to help their organization stay true to its mission. Doty’s current study focuses on what is required for a business to keep a promise, including tools and approaches that help leaders counteract the natural tendency for commitments to “drift.” Doty earned her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1991 and her Bachelors in Economics from University of California at Berkeley in 1985. She is on the Board of the Berrett-Koehler Authors Cooperative. To find out more about Elizabeth’s work, please see LeadershipMomentum.net or follow her @Elizdo.

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