"Neil Smith's brilliant insights into removing these barriers and empowering employees to produce creative ideas are a must-read for managers everywhere."

- Bill George, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School

About Patricia O’Connell

Patricia O’Connell is the writer of the book, How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things: Breaking the 8 Hidden Barriers That Plague Even the Best Businesses.

Patricia brings more than 25 years of experience as a writer, editor and conference facilitator across a wide range of publications, industries, and subject areas, including management, leadership, personal finance, women’s issues, and nonprofits.

Most recently, Patricia was the Management Editor at Bloomberg Businessweek.com, where she launched the award-winning site’s Management Channel, a peer-to-peer learning site focused on management, leadership, and strategy. In her capacity as founding editor of the site, Patricia has worked with top thought leaders, C-suite executives, practitioners, and academics in producing hundreds of stories, corporate profiles, videos, case studies, and opinion pieces.

She is currently the president (and founder) of Aerten Consulting, a content strategy and creation firm that help companies define their stories, refine their cultures, and create content for distribution across all media. Clients include Korn/Ferry, Rosetta, IEEE, LRN, Accenture, the Assn. of Management Consulting Firms, KPMG, PGI, Fuld and Co., as well as several boutique PR firms.

A resident of New York City, Patricia is active in community affairs and serves on the advisory board of several organizations.