Lisa J. Marshall created The Smart Work Company to prepare executives,
teams and organizations everywhere to do their best work. Prior
to this, she was with Syntax Communication Modeling Corporation
for 17 years. Some of her accomplishments include:
helping leaders at Intel, EDS, and other
places build compelling
organizational stories that
motivate and align their organizations;
supporting the introduction of a
new decision-making process with
collaboration skills at Intel;
developing and conducting "just-in-time"
collaboration skills trainings
interwoven with business simulations for EDS and Hewlett-Packard;
developing and teaching influencing
skills to senior managers at Taiwan
coaching executives in Fortune 500
companies like Dell, General Motors,
EDS, and Intel as well as working with people in startups.
In addition, Ms. Marshall co-wrote, Smart
Work: The Syntax Guide for Mutual Understanding, a practical,
how-to discussion of collaboration in technical environments.
She is also co-author of the essay "Why Smart Organizationss
Dont Learn" in Productivity Presss best-selling
Learning Organizations: Creating Cultures for Tomorrows
Workplace. She speaks and writes extensively as a nationally recognized
authority on the use of story in the workplace, leadership stories
for organizations and individuals, change management, interpersonal
effectiveness in knowledge environments, the changing nature of
work, and coordinated coaching as a culture change tool. She frequently
presents at conferences such as Project World, Linkages
Coaching and Mentoring Conference, the International Association
of Facilitators, the American Society for Training and Development
and the Organization Development Network.
Marshall is currently at work on a new book, whose
working title is The Gift of True Longing; Leadership, Story,
Spirit and Work. She has been fascinated for a long time by the
implications of complexity science (non-linear systems) for organizations
faced with radical change. She spent 12 years as an educational/documentary
film and video producer, documenting social change before she
moved into business. She is a graduate of Bennington College and
is certified in Syntax, Ontological Coaching and Transition Management.
When shes not doing client work, Lisa is
in her wonderful home office in Washington, DC, with Dr. Electrode
(her techno-wizard spouse), two terrific daughters, a very large
dog, and her frequently neglected garden. She is currently Co-Clerk
of the Bethesda Friends Meeting.
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principal of Smart Work Co.
a Syntax affiliate.