I am passionate about helping amazing people deliver highly successful transformation projects by amplifying others. 

I speak, mentor, train and facilitate on the subject Applied Transformational Leadership. I call it ‘Applied’ because, it’s not transformational if you are not doing real measurable work that adds value to others, and doing that requires that you get your hands dirty.

Work comes alive when great leaders help others accomplish something they never thought they could. My goal is to help people who want to become transformational leaders set themselves and their projects up to help others accomplish something they never thought they could. 

My work is founded on Systems Thinking, popularized by Peter Senge (MIT) in his book The Fifth Discipline; Language Action Design/Human Centered Design masterfully introduced by Terry Winograd (Stanford) and Fernando Flores in their paradigm shifting book Understanding Computers and Cognition; and Promise Based Management (MIT) Donald Sull, Charles Spinosa, and others in Simple Rules, Promise Based Management. I have also had the pleasure of working with and learning from Fernando Flores, (Understanding Computer and Cognition); Richard Ross (The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook), and Charles Spinosa (Promise Based Management). 

Jennifer Kenny

Over the course of twenty-five years, I have built on and added to this thinking, as I researched, presented, wrote about, and implemented it in about 15 different complex, cross-functional, transformation projects and programs.

Some were IT driven, some were not; some international - some were not, all required a level of design and human coordination that had not been done before.

Though my work, I have had the honor and fun of helping many world renowned institutions:

  • SRI Stanford Research Institute, the hub of innovation in Silicon Valley, where, as their CIO and acting CISO, I led the transformation of the IT function to move from a cost center to be an amplifier of innovation, as was deserving of such a world changing institute.
  • At University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center I worked with management through the prioritization and implementation of 150 different projects as part of a campus-wide operational excellence initiative.
  • At Cisco /WebEx I was invited to help transform WebEx professional services during and after the Cisco acquisition of WebEx.
  • I also helped Wells Fargo transform their Wholesale Banking customer service during and after their First Interstate merger. 

All of these initiatives had one thing in common: we delivered amazing, measurable results by amplifying others and (most of the time), we had fun doing it.

If you want to learn more about the major levers of transformation: IT, Digital and Gender.

I invite you to subscribe to my writing or to ask me to help you via speaking, mentoring, training or facilitating.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you with your transformation initiative and your evolution as a transformational leader.