Ashley Goodall

Ashley Goodall

Senior Vice President of Leadership and Team Intelligence, Cisco

Ashley Goodall is a senior executive, talent expert, and author, and has spent his career exploring large organizations from the inside. He looks for the lessons from the real world that help people and teams thrive, and that make work a more human place for all of the humans in it.
His first experiences of teams and leadership were as a student musician and conductor. He was fascinated by the unspoken understanding between people playing together and carried this fascination into the corporate world. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Leadership and Team Intelligence (LTI) at Cisco, a new organization he has built to focus entirely on serving teams and team leaders, and which aims to reveal the answers to some of the most challenging questions about work. What is special about the best teams? Why do we follow one leader and not another? How can we make more teams like our best teams, and more leaders like our best leaders?
The new approaches he has pioneered address everything from performance management, to feedback, to team activation technology, to real-time team intelligence, to social network mapping, to strengths-based leadership—and together these challenge much of the conventional wisdom of work today.
Ashley is the co-author, with Marcus Buckingham, of Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World (Harvard Business Review Press, April 2019), and of two cover stories in the Harvard Business Review: The Feedback Fallacy, (March/April 2019), and Reinventing Performance Management, (April 2015).

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Leadership Is Not a Thing
Ashley Goodall, Senior Vice President of Leadership and Team Intelligence, Cisco

The world of work, today, is overflowing with ideas and assumptions, and systems and tools built on them, that aren’t quite right – and that push directly against our ability and opportunity to express what is unique about each of us in the work we do every day. It’s not true, for example, that people […]

Creating a Culture of Community
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Is More Always Better? A Study of Rewards and Engagement
Gabrielle Thompson, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Total Rewards, Cisco
Ashley Goodall, Senior Vice President of Leadership and Team Intelligence, Cisco

From Japan to Poland, to London, to Australia, to Brazil, Cisco has been recognized all over the world for its enviable culture and amazing employee experience. But culture awards don’t just happen overnight. Through M&A growth and changing markets, Cisco has taken a very deliberate and strategic approach in its cultural transformation. Cisco’s People Deal […]

Applying the Value of Gratitude
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