Ashley Goodall

SVP, Methods and Intelligence, Cisco

Ashley is an executive, leadership expert, and author, and has spent his career exploring large organizations from the inside. He looks for the lessons from the real world that help people and teams thrive, and that make work a more human place for all of the humans in it.

Ashley is the co-author, with Marcus Buckingham, of Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World (Harvard Business Review Press, April 2019)—which was selected as the best management book of 2019 by Strategy + Business and one of Amazon’s best business and leadership books of 2019. He is also the author of two cover stories in the Harvard Business Review: The Feedback Fallacy (March/April 2019)—which was Harvard Business Review’s most popular article of 2019—and Reinventing Performance Management (April 2015). 

His first experiences of teams and leadership were as a student musician and conductor. He was fascinated by the unspoken understanding between people playing together and carried this fascination into the corporate world. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Methods and Intelligence at Cisco, the data and research engine behind all the people stuff across the company.

He lives in Montclair, NJ with his wife and son. Music has been inside him for as long as he can remember. He revels in the rhythms of words, songs, and human interactions. He looks for humor in everyday situations. He loves what makes people weird.

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