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How to Cultivate
an Organization of Innovators...

By Becoming An Experimental Leader
Even if You Are New to Leadership...

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What's inside 
The Experimental Leader 

  • A step by step guide to help you know how to cultivate innovators on your team.
  • ​A complete guide to reactive leadership styles, so you can understand your own, the reactive leadership styles around you,  and a practical guide on how to stop them to prepare for innovation
  • A clear path of next steps to transform into the leader  you have always wanted to be
  • ​A clear path for using an experimental mindset in your organization to be more data driven as you innovate.  
  • ​Learning how to take experimentation to your team
  • ​Learning how to lead a team of innovators
  • ​Creating a context for experimentation with clarity on Vision, Mission, Values, Strategic Intents, Operational Intents, and Tactical Intents
  • ​Understanding  bottlenecks and the theory of constraints to supercharge your experimenting and your innovation
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I've been a coach for 20 years and I have had thousands of conversations with leaders just like you. You may have been promoted after being a top performer or you may have been leading for some time. You probably aren't feeling confident in your leadership path and hope people don't know you don't know how uncertain you feel as a leader. You probably spent time in school learning the technical aspects of your job but never had the leadership learning you needed. You feel like you might fail and you aren't quite sure how to skill up. You may feel anxious or scared at the end of the day and you may worry your will lose your job. You aren't used to a world where you aren't successful and it weight on your soul. You didn't know leadership would be so lonely and you aren't sure how to make it better.

I have had thousands of conversations with leaders like you and I have written a book and created workbooks and courses to help you learn the skills you need to lead well. Leadership is challenging even for good leaders and I have created step by step learning to get you on the right track. I believe leadership is a learned skill and I love creating programs that help people succeed. People who have worked with me feel good about themselves as leaders and to stop worrying at the end of the day. They feel solid about the choices they make and implement well thought out processes in their work. They feel successful because they learn the skills and build a solid foundation. They eventually feel like they are at choice and are ready for their next promotion. They feel great about the work they do.

I want to help you feel amazing as a leader! Let's get started!
Melanie Parish, MCC
Author of The Experimental Leader

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What will you learn
 from this book?

  • A systematic way to become a great leader
  • A clear path to continuously improve as a leader 
  • A way to succeed in uncertainty and to give the experiments you are already doing the best chance of success


Sandra A. Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Vice-President Research, Baycrest Health Sciences; Managing Director, the Rotman Research Institute and the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation; Professor, University of Toronto and McMaster University 

”The Experimental Leader provides an entirely new way of approaching leadership—one that offers a methodical and measurable way to achieve real progress in creating a culture of innovation. By applying a scientific, experimental, and modern mindset to leadership, Melanie Parish not only shows leaders how to shed old, unhelpful habits, but also gives them the tools to strive for–and achieve—better outcomes."


Senior Applied Resilience Engineer, Netflix

”For technology companies, building tools to pilot product features and optimize customer experience with A/B testing and measurement of real-world interactions is not new. And yet, applying these same techniques to improving how our organizations perform their work is surprisingly nascent.
Parish delves deeply to illustrate what it looks like when leaders, at all levels, apply the time-tested techniques of inquiry, evaluation, and constant refinement, to a new frame: the daily practice of our work, how groups engage with each other, and ultimately how value is delivered. It works for apps beloved by billions, and it can work just as effectively for your teams and your business... and the Experimental Leader shows you how."


Principal Cloud Advocate, Microsoft.
Author of bestselling tech book DevOps for Dummies

“In her work, Parish brilliantly applies the principles of DevOps — culture, communication, autonomy, feedback, and experimentation — to leadership fundamentals. You will find the tactical steps you need to embrace a growth mindset in your daily work (and life) as a leader in tech. You’ll find yourself reflecting on your leadership style, reevaluating your team’s mission and vision, and enabling everyone in your organization to iteratively improve. Whether you currently manage a team or have your eye on the C-suite, this is the first step in actualizing your leadership potential.”

This book is a 
How-To for Leadership

  • Be the confident leader you are meant to be.
  • ​Understand Vision, Mission, Values, & Intents for clarity and focus
  • ​Use Constraints Management to focus on bottlenecks to supercharge your leadership 
  • ​Productively use experiments and gather data to make intentional, reliable, and incremental improvements

Sold in bookstores for $16.95


#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“In The Experimental Leader, Melanie Parish unveils a new way to lead—one that applies the analytical techniques that have driven technological progress to the leadership realm. It’s a remarkable new approach to fostering a culture of innovation that not only works but is long overdue!”

Emmy winning costume designer

“I've been in a leadership position in my profession for over 20 years and Melanie has given me an opportunity to refresh my approach working with my team. I navigate, on a daily basis, a fast moving and multi faceted environment on a television show. This work has helped me to evaluate my current leadership skills and to identify and troubleshoot in areas where I will see positive change for myself and my team. I look forward to using experiments and techniques.”

Head Global Trial Management, Pharma

"In her work, I find Melanie to be inquisitive, insightful, and brave. She asks good questions that have challenged me to think about situations that I face as a leader. Melanie outlines her leadership philosophy and translates this into an accessible menu of strategies that leaders can adopt to support their effectiveness."

Infrastructure Architect, New Relic

“I love the approach to leadership plainly outlined in The Experimental Leader. It gave me access to a new framework and practice to use in my work with our engineering teams.”