Dr. Liane Davey

New York Times Bestselling Author of You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done

Dr. Liane Davey

This is the most valuable and effective team process with which I have ever been involved. Liane has a ‘no nonsense’, practical style, which enables her to get the ‘real’ issues out related to team effectiveness. Senior leaders readily relate to her approach.

Anne Berend,
Rogers Communications , VP, Human Resources

Dr. Liane Davey combines her expertise in strategy with her deep insight into group dynamics to create powerful changes in top teams. As a Vice President of Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge Leadership Solutions and the Lead Team Effectiveness, she is sought out by executives at some of North America’s leading financial services, consumer goods, high tech, and healthcare organizations.

She works to rehabilitate teams that have become toxic and with healthy teams that want to take their performance to the next level. To meet the needs of a broader audience, Liane has distilled her approach into Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge’s highly successful Vital Teams™ and Team Inoculation™ programs. These programs allow organizations to certify internal resources to deliver the programs Liane designed.

A dynamic keynote speaker, Liane takes her message about vital teams to leaders at conferences and management retreats. In addition, she writes an ongoing blog on Team Effectiveness and is published in trade and academic journals. Liane’s first book, Leadership Solutions co-authored with David Weiss and Vince Molinaro was released in Fall 2007. Her new book: YOU FIRST: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done was released in Fall 2013.

Liane has served on the executive of the Canadian Society for Industrial/ Organizational Psychology and as an evaluator for the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Psychology Foundation and is Chair of the Foundation’s Diversity in Action project promoting mental health in immigrant communities. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Waterloo. Liane is happily married with two young daughters.

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  • How to Get Your Contributions Recognized

    Dr. Liane Davey

    It’s a really fine line trying to make sure that on a team you get recognized for your contributions without coming across as arrogant or breathing in your own fumes. At the same time it’s an important thing to do.

  • Why You Should Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

    Dr. Liane Davey

    The best advice I can give you is advice that I’m coming to understand and I think no matter how long you are into your career it’s something that you have to work on every day is that if you want to excel, if you want to succeed in any form of life: your full relatio...

  • How to Revolutionize Your Ladylike Behaviour

    Dr. Liane Davey

    So I think the idea if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all is one of those many things in that idea of what ladylike behaviour was that we are very polite, that we always make sure there’s décor and we save face and unfortunately what that m...

  • How to Establish Productive Conflict

    Dr. Liane Davey

    Productive conflict of probably one of the biggest “asks” that I make in You First. In the whole book I had to leave that until the last chapter because I felt we had to build towards that because it’s such a difficult thing to do.

  • The Art of Saying No

    Dr. Liane Davey

    The art of saying no is a very, very important thing to master because you really need to say no so that you can stay in your sweet spot and be doing the work that’s of most value and at the same time you need to say no in a way that doesn’t make you seem like you’re not a team player or do...


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  • The New Nice

    Dr. Liane Davey

    “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” That admonition from childhood might still ring in your ears. You learned that if you wanted to avoid your mother’s evil eye, you kept any criticisms to yourself.

  • How One Person Can Change a Team

    Dr. Liane Davey

    If you had to name one person on your team at work who needs to change their behavior to make things run more smoothly, who would it be? Is your boss letting half the team slack off on deadlines? Is one of your coworkers a terrible gossip? Does another hoard information like a dragon gloating ove...


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