Gerrie Dresser, PCC
The Executive / Personal Brand Coach for
Courageous Leaders and Innovative Companies
to . . .
Maximize their distinctive value and deliver
strategic impact through an engaged team
Courageous Leader . . .
Embrace Your Value. Lead from the Front.”
A Personal Note from Gerrie
What would you guess to be THE leadership
issue that cuts across all leadership levels?
Whether you’re an executive with accountability for an organization
of 100+ people and a strategic, high risk outcome or an individual
contributor with accountability for a functional project deliverable,
have you ever asked yourself:
- “How can I save time, work more
productively, integrate the big picture with the functional details, and
THRIVE in today’s uncertain environment?
It’s all about working more strategically,
THE most frequent ‘development area’ for leaders who aspire to a higher
level of leadership and often a blind spot for executives.
It’s an area of confusion for the boss and direct report which is a critical
partnership in any business venture. Many clients report that they don’t
understand what their boss is looking for and bosses aren’t able to clearly
articulate the behaviors that demonstrate ‘strategic thinking’.
To build your own development plan and stand out as a strategic thinker, I
invite you to read part one in a series of Featured Articles on ‘strategic
thinking’, “What is really good enough?”
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“What Is Really Good Enough?”
- If you’ve been told that you’re
‘not strategic’, have you asked yourself, “What am I NOT doing that
I’m perceived as ‘not strategic’?”
- Even more importantly, “What can
I DO to be more strategic?”
Many clients have reported feeling
frustrated and discouraged when they are given feedback that they aren’t
strategic. It affects their advancement, self-confidence, and personal
The shocking fact is that they function strategically and made
significant contributions beyond their immediate functional role.
In working with many clients on having
a more powerful impact in their daily functioning, they’ve also
elevated their strategic thinking by dedicating ‘think time’ on
their calendar and aligning with their distinctive talents.
As we worked together, they gained more clarity about their strategic
capabilities and confidence in their leadership. So, the leader, the
boss, and the company benefited tremendously from a more empowered
Below are a key strategies to STRETCH yourself and consistently function
more strategically in the next month:
- Schedule ‘think time’. Are
you scheduled for meetings from morning to night? This sets you up
to work on the ‘important / urgent’ tasks rather than the strategic,
high impact initiatives. By reserving time on your calendar for
‘think time’, you actually save yourself time and reduce stress.
- Shift your mindset to one of
‘good enough’. Do you find yourself working harder and
continually striving for perfection in your functional area?
Strategic thinking requires a mindset of being ‘good enough’,
letting go of ‘working in the weeds’, and bringing your diligence
into more balance by managing the big picture and details,
- Expand your peripheral vision.
When faced with an opportunity to work on projects or committees
outside your area of expertise, are you conflicted with taking on
more when you already feel overwhelmed? One of the keys to strategic
thinking is to expand your understanding of the business and let go
of a meticulous focus on the details.
- Develop a curiosity about how
an executive thinks. Have you ever made an assumption about an
executive’s rationale for a decision, only to discover that their
reasoning was based on a much different set of assumptions? Engage
the executive in a dialogue about their decision to gain a more
global outlook and strengthen your business acumen.
- Build wide networks. Do
you feel like you need fresh ideas for more innovative solutions?
Your boss encourages you to ‘think bigger’, but do you feel at a
loss for game changing information? By taking time to build
relationships outside the boundaries of your company and functional
area, you anticipate new trends, changes in the industry, and
generate more creative thinking.
Your Coaching Challenge:
In the month ahead, are you ready to
STRETCH yourself and let go of the temptation to deal with what’s right
in front of you and broaden your perspective?
- Who will you contact in the next
month inside and / or outside the company to expand your thinking?
- What day and time each week will you consistently reserve for
- How will you make sure the
meticulous research and detail required for your functional role
gets handled or step back and redefine the level of detail that is
really ‘good enough’?
Watch for more ways to stand out as
a strategic thinker in next month’s edition of
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Coaching is a confidential partnership between you, the
Client, and your Coach to help you achieve your next level of success faster
and with greater focus and clarity. Some of the benefits include . . .
- Positions you as a more influential leader
- Earn the respect and trust of other leaders across
all functional areas
- Other leaders easily recognize what's different,
relevant and unique about you
- Create loyal ‘brand advocates’ who endorse you
- Helps you forge collaborative partnerships across the
- You are sought out to lead high visibility, highly
leveraged and credible projects
Gerrie Dresser is an ICF
credentialed Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and practical, innovative
executive l personal brand coach and thought leader.
If you’re ready to step into a bigger game for your work / life, contact
Gerrie for a complimentary Unique Impact Strategic Consultation at
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