Anne Harbison

Fortune 100 Executive Coach, Crisis and Change Expert, Harvard Doctorate, Former Gallup Executive MBA Faculty, Founder/CEO of JourneyLead Consulting, Author, Speaker, & Retreat facilitator


Fortune 100 Executive Coach, Crisis and Change Expert, Harvard Doctorate, Former Gallup Executive MBA Faculty, Founder/CEO of JourneyLead Consulting, Author, Speaker, & Retreat facilitator who specializes in Business Growth & Transformation, Leadership Creativity & Innovation, Motivation, Change Management & Team Building.

Dr. Anne Harbison is an executive leadership educator known for her work with some of the world’s greatest organizations and thought leaders.

For the last 20 years, she has been teaching, researching and consulting with organizations about how they can thrive through times of great change and transition. In this time of global upheaval, Anne is passionate about sharing her message of how people and organizations learn through, during, and from crisis, as she explains in her new book, Never Waste a Crisis, coming out later this year.

Anne began her career in Health Care Brand Management at Procter and Gamble and then served as a management consultant specializing in organizational change and learning. Anne was a Principal Strategic Consultant in Gallup’s executive leadership practice, working domestically and internationally in the health care, manufacturing, retail and government sectors. She received her doctorate from Harvard University researching and teaching on best practices for leadership success.

She has spoken to audiences around the world, including being a featured speaker at The Brooking Institute, the Academy of Management, the Association of Talent and Development as well as Fortune 100 companies such as Best Buy, Cargill, Toyota, Boeing among others.

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For twenty years, before the coronavirus, Dr. Harbison had been researching, teaching and consulting on how to navigate transition and change. Now, more than ever, the world needs expert, compassionate guidance on how to not only survive but actually thrive together in a crisis.

Organizational leaders and individuals alike will learn vital information and inspiration for:

  • Creating stability and confidence in yourself and those around you
  • Challenging mind-traps that shutdown learning and connection
  • Nurturing social community while physical distancing
  • Building a growth-mindset for greater resilience and optimism
  • Envisioning a “new normal” that will inspire, equip, and sustain you


Whether you are in the same room, or zooming from across the globe, it has never been more critical for teams to come together to support one another, maximize their collective talents, and turn strategy into action. The most common problem? Most of them are actually groups – individuals who happen to report to the same person or work on the same project – rather than a team. Becoming a team with shared identity, purpose, and commitment takes work – but their results are undeniable.

Based on her popular “Leadership Team Accelerator” curriculum, Dr. Harbison shows how to move from a “me” to a “we” reality. Packed with dozens of examples and practical strategies from cross-functional teams around in the world, Dr. Harbison will inspire you to be “all in” with your colleagues to create unprecedented results. Join her to find out how to:

  • Apply seven fast-pass strategies for moving from “me” to “we”
  • Move from shared strategy to shared identify
  • Leverage the power of inclusion, belonging and true collaboration
  • Break down barriers to build bridges
  • Create complementary partnerships base on unique strengths and skill sets
  • Increase your team’s credibly, influence and impact in the broader organization


Working harder, longer, faster may be the way to climb the first part of your career ladder. But is there an end in sight? Decades of drive can easily turn into a grueling treadmill of effort and exhaustion. That’s a dangerous place to be in the middle of a crisis. Now is the time to purposely navigate, not mindlessly execute. Stepping back to allow others to step up has its benefits.

There is hardly a senior executive who isn’t in some way caught in the “Achiever’s Dilemma.” Their success is a testament to their stamina, but increasingly the “good soldier” drive feels more like a tyrannical trap.

Getting stuff done matters. Of course! Executing with excellence is important, sure. In times of crisis and complexity, however, what we need to “execute” changes as new data, insights, and needs emerge. Dexterity actually matters more than drive. If we’re too busy racing down the highway to bother to stop for gas or ask for directions, where are we heading anyway? We could easily be on the path to nowhere.

For those who bring natural talent and years of experience to achieving, the mindset can be insidious. The beliefs underlying an Achiever’s core identity make suggestions to “loosen up” hollow and unhelpful. The message that achieving make us worthy starts early, so challenging that assumption should be done with compassion and care.

Three myths, in particular, tend to trap serious Achievers:

1. Because I can, I should

Equating competency with a calling is a fatal trap. Nothing squelches joy and longterm fulfillment more that choosing a path based on ability without true aspiration. Smart, talented, hard-working people can do a LOT of things. That doesn’t mean they should. “Shoulds” are soul-crushing over time. They hog mental and emotional space, leaving no room for real desire. After decades of being a good student (even when school is far behind them), an Achiever confuses excelling with enjoying. Both are possible, but when the action of achieving consistently drowns out the intrinsic joy of accomplishment, the circular trap has been set.

2. Because I did, I do.

This is the “no deed goes unpunished” dilemma. You picked up slack for someone and are still doing it. You volunteered once (begrudgingly) and five years later you’re still chairing the committee. You started putting away the coffee mugs and now are the default office maintenance staff. Achievers find their reluctant “yes” turn into an interminable “forever.” Breaking out of past obligations means breaking up with past obligations. Your good intentions have a statute of limitations. It’s quitting time. That’s not failure; it’s moving forward.

3. If I don’t, no one will.

This one is tricky because it’s tainted with hubris and a bit of martyrdom. It’s true, it may take someone else longer. They may not do it as well as you, or up to your standards. But the truth is that your over-functioning is allowing others to under-function. If you’re in the “no one else will” mindset, you may be unconsciously projecting resentment and disdain. In fact, you may be disempowering others by assuming you are going to have to save the day, sending a subtle message that you don’t really have confidence in their ability. The antidote? Remember that you have choice. Much more than you realize. No one will set the boundary for you. You aren’t being graded. Let the dishes sit there. Walk away. Say no. Thanks, but no thanks. I guarantee others will start to step up when you start to step back.

The hallmark of adult development (and leadership) is being able to observe and make choices about how we show up for life. If our achieving (or anything!) is purely reflexive, we are trapped by habit and unconscious assumptions about how the world is and how we operate within it.

Crisis gives us a good reason to stop and reflect – i


Whether it’s a product, service or company, strong brands create an emotional bond with its customers that result in loyalty, engagement and advocacy. They don’t only offer a product; they create an experience. Leaders are the same – but they often don’t look intentionally at what kind of experience they are creating for those around them. Based on her experience in Brand Management at Procter & Gamble (the world’s premiere brand builder), research in behavioral economics, and years working with Fortune 500 leaders, Dr. Harbison will guide leaders in a highly energizing and interactive session to:

  • Understand the ABCs of powerful leadership brands (authenticity, benefit, and consistency, distinctiveness and emotion)
  • Get real about what kind of experience they are currently creating for those around them – and what experience their people actually need
  • Cultivate a personal brand built on unique, personal strengths – reflecting the absolute best of you rather than a generic “one-size-fits-all”
  • Apply the “70/30” rule of emotional engagement that inspiring others to action
  • Walk away with a specific, actionable, and compelling plan for “landing your brand”


Whether you are a sixteen year-old girl wondering about how your path will unfold, or a sixty-six year-old woman imagining the legacy and impact you will leave, DARE TO THRIVE is an inspiring and instructive message for anyone seeking to bring her unique talents to life.

Dr. Anne Harbison, a former Harvard lecturer and Senior Principal of Strengths-Based Leadership at Gallup, has dedicated the past twenty years helping audiences around the world identify their unique talents and create meaningful paths to serve and impact others. She has a deep passion for empowering girls and women and has created dozens of leadership programs from her hometown in Kentucky to an orphanage in Kenya. She is the Founder and CEO of JourneyLEAD Consulting in Minneapolis, although the real bosses are her two and three-year old toddlers.


  • The difference between surviving and thriving – especially in times of uncertainty and change
  • The importance of going “back to basics” when the world is quickly changing (your fundamental values, passions, and talents)
  • How naming AND claiming your unique gifts is critical for putting them into action
  • How girls and women of ALL ages can support and learn from one another
  • How to build resilience and resonance at any stage of life