Hello! I’m Suzan Bond, an executive coach and organizational strategist. I’ve spent more than a decade in tech in various positions, most recently as COO for a startup.
As a leader, I understand the pain of juggle multiple priorities, working to get a shared vision between the leaders, hiring and managing while trying to scale the business (and yourself). I’ve wondered if I could handle it all and felt the pain of isolation as a leader.
My favorite part of the organizational journey is when the company is undergoing change. I care deeply about creating effective organizations and love supporting the leaders who run them. I’ve been studying human behavior and organizational strategy for most of my career. I’m a certified executive coach, have BA in psychology and a minor sociology, an MA in American Studies from Michigan State University, and a MSW in administration and community organizing from the University of Michigan.
I’m a regular contributor to Fast Company. I write for the Work Life section, covering leadership, personal effectiveness and productivity. One of my articles was named one of the Top 10 leadership stories of 2015.
What I believe
Business strategy first, then organizational strategy
Companies are dynamic, living entities — the one constant is change
Being a leader is hard, make sure you get enough support
Focus on why, then focus on what and how
Eliminate toxic situations and people, even if it’s hard (do this especially when it’s hard)
Knowing yourself is critical; focus on your strengths, hire folks with complimentary talents
Seek to understand, then seek to be understood
If you're looking for career development advice or my podcast Indiedotes, Bet on Yourself will take you to the right place.