I am Lisa Johnson aka Corporate Cowgirl
One day when I was speaking to a group of mostly female CEO’s and HR leaders I shared my experiences of ‘reining in compliance’, and ‘psychologically bronco riding with the aim to constructively tame some bull headed stubborn employees and leaders’, all while working ‘the mean HR streets and corporate rodeos of Silicon valley and San Francisco.’
And it was then, as I saw these tongue in cheek descriptions deeply resonate with the audience, that I realized that HR executives and CEO’s share much in common:
They are mavericks with mutual goals and challenges, they are hard working rough riders in the best sense of the word and usually apply a lot of heart and soul to corralling their companies into the highest level of success they can…and in a word…or two…they are Corporate Cowgirls.
Every day they and their teams jump into the proverbial good fight and daily ride through the obstacles of protecting company revenue along with employee satisfaction, applying employer compliance and regulations, all while balancing this to critical company business needs, projects, challenges, and goals.
They rein in revenue as they tame policy and regulations, carefully corral their culture, and innovate to get the brightest corporate belt buckle they can. They are the champion bull riders of change. Come what may, they apply a lot of grit and expertise as they have to stay on to lead the charge of constructive change.
And given the challenges of our chosen professions, I think it’s important to acknowledge it takes a courageous demeanor and steely determination to advocate with lassos of emotional intelligence and authentic words of persuasion to be a successful HR leader or CEO.
I think it takes a really strong spirit… or…as I like to say…a Corporate Cowgirl (or Cowboy!)
Living in the lovely wine country of Sonoma County, I have served as a Vice President of HR partnering with globally recognized high tech and social media companies, in addition to start ups and medium sized organizations. High tech, creative, retail, non-profit, manufacturing, finance, administrative; these are but a few industries I haven’t had the pleasure of helping. If you would like to see my LinkedIn profiles please click HERE and HERE.
As your Corporate Cowgirl: I strive to illuminate, educate, and entertain in equal measure.
As an HR Consultant and Speaker I enjoy sharing HR knowledge, presenting to groups, and coaching CEO’s and leaders. Given the breadth and depth of modern employer compliance, HR has become a team sport. And it helps to have an expert invested in your success in your corner.
I have over 18 years of HR experience and am passionate about my profession. Humor in HR is generally lacking, yet HR problems are typically very stressful behavioral confrontation and process compliance issues, so I think a healthy sense of humor is critical to raising the bar in HR.
Negativity remains fixed; joviality always moves actions forward. And a successful Corporate Cowgirl always seeks the joy while also roping in the absolute best solution on the horizon.
So true to my moniker, when I’m not working, you will find me happily atop my trusty American Saddlebred steed Dante (yes, that’s him in the picture) galloping in the sunny California hills, thinking up new ways to be a great Corporate Cowgirl and a leader of positive change in the world of employment.
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