Melati Lee-Parker

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The Cost of Delay

By Melati Lee-Parker - September 29, 2022

Delay is the enemy of innovation. And if the goal of innovation is to create and scale novel solutions quickly, every cycle wasted takes us farther from that goal.

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The Power of the Narrative in Strategy

By Melati Lee-Parker - August 31, 2022

I’m obsessed with stories about time travel. It’s usually my answer when someone asks what my superpower would be if I could choose – the ability to travel through time.   Want to know a secret? I actually can travel through time. Okay, not like in a literal sense. I don’t have a tesseract or…

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Does Radical Kindness Lead to Healthier Teams and Beautiful Outcomes?  Yeah.  We Think So. 

By Melati Lee-Parker - August 18, 2022

Radical kindness, the way we practice it, is rooted in acknowledging constraints. In a way, constraints are boundaries. When we speak about boundaries, we recognize how people like to be treated. When people are treated with radical kindness, the yield is a quiet love. A soft re-commitment to reciprocate in kind. And love, at home or in the office or in your schools and communities, looks a lot like creativity and joy.

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Product and the HiPPO in the Room

By Melati Lee-Parker - August 3, 2022

What is Influence Management? Hopefully, at this point, we can all agree that Product as a discipline isn’t just one thing.  It’s not just listening to your customers.  It’s not just optimizing dev spend.  It’s not just the newest design standard.  It’s definitely NOT just a feature factory. In my experience, developing digital products has…

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The Art of Relatability 

By Melati Lee-Parker - July 11, 2022

My first corporate job was for a non-profit health plan. I was a Financial Analyst for a state health plan for medically needy, medically indigent people. Noble cause. Using my Business Economics degree from ASU. I was stoked.  This wasn’t my first job, I’d worked my way through college doing lots of things…working in restaurants,…

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Ruminations on Good Offsite Sessions 

By Melati Lee-Parker - July 7, 2022

I’ve attended and facilitated hundreds of offsite sessions over my career, and the spectrum of the quality of those sessions range from Big Fat Waste of Everyone’s Time and Energy to We Did the Thing and We Didn’t Burn Relationships Doing It (and the lunch was AMAZING).   Sessions that go pear-shaped tend to follow themes.…

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Going from 0 – 1

By Melati Lee-Parker - July 5, 2022

What does it mean to go from 0 to 1? In simplest terms, it’s creating a tool or a product that didn’t exist before. That includes something that improves on a manual solution too. I’ve spent my career doing this, and no matter how many times I do it, automating something is always tricky. Manual…

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