Modern Mentoring – Ask Me Anything About Career Development

Subscribe to Modern Mentoring on Youtube This year, I kicked off a new series of mentoring sessions on LinkedIn Live. I call the series Modern Mentoring, and the name says …
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Lessons Learned from an Authentic Woman

In life, I have found that we can learn something from everyone we encounter. Today, I am sharing what I have learned from my Executive Assistant, Ashley Gomez. I am so proud of …
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Igniting change: Microsoft’s Black and African American partner growth initiative

As Vice President, US Channel Sales, I’m passionate about creating pathways for Black excellence through partnership and innovation within the Black and African American community. As Black History month comes …
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Walk Into 2021 Fearlessly

The time has come to say goodbye to 2020. Before I do, let me spend some time reflecting on how the year of “Perfect Vision” has provided me some treasured …
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Lani Named One of The Top Ten Women in Cloud 2020

One of the Top Ten Most Influential Women in Cloud in 2020 As a Vice President of Microsoft’s US One Commercial Channel Sales Organization, Lani Phillips is driving digital transformation …
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Scale faster with FY21 changes to Azure IP Co-Sell

Welcome partners! As we finish FY21 planning, I cannot help but express how grateful we are for your continued commitment to partnering with Microsoft and delivering on our customers’ business …
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Strategies To Master The Art Of Listening

Listen with Intensity One of the most critical skills you can develop as a compassionate and inclusive leader is your ability to truly listen to your people, stakeholders, customers, and …
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The Value of Leading with Vulnerability

Today the modern leader understands the value of creating strong cultures rooted in empathy. To create that strong culture you must be willing to demonstrate vulnerability to build trust with …
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How To Lead Through Difficult Times

Many of us as leaders are slowly finding a new normal during this pandemic. It has been disruptive to most businesses and has negatively impacted our employees, customers, and partners. …
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Authentic Conversations

In the last few weeks, like many others, I finally hit the wall. I was deeply saddened by all the events in succession that happened, COVID-19, Ahmad Aubrey, Brianna Taylor, …
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Leading Through Crisis

Many of us as leaders never anticipated the day our world would be shaken to its core and force us into immediate social isolation due to a disrupting pandemic. This …
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Sherlaender “lani” Phillips: Women In Cloud Summit – Technology, Leadership And Transforming Businesses

Throughout my career, I have purposefully focused on technology, as I see it as a vehicle to make a real difference in the world. I am excited to be among …
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Author Your Own Story

Earlier this week, I attended Episerver’s #Ascend2019 Conference in Miami, FL. Our keynote speaker was one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever encountered, Amy Purdy. I was first introduced to her …
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Words are Powerful

It’s a chilly November day in the Bellevue office. I’m in town taking care of business and encountered an experience that really touched me. During a quick break to the ladies’ …
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US Partner Success Attribute #1: Why being customer obsessed is critical to shared success

Customers are the center of our universe and the key to actualizing Microsoft’s mission to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” We make our …
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Lani Phillips at Microsoft Inspire: Inclusive leadership in action

As a leader, I can attest to the truth of this statement, and it’s why I strive to create a working environment where people can be their authentic selves and …
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Taking co-selling to the next level

Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to conduct a “Listening Tour” across the US, meeting with our field Sales Teams and Partners to hear about their co-selling …
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