Courageous Leader: #03 May 2014
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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 effort.

Courageous Leader . . .
“Live Boldly. Embrace Your Value. Lead from the Front.”

A Personal Note from Gerrie

Greetings %$firstname$%,

It’s the unofficial start to the Summer that always brings a new outlook with longer days, summer weather patterns, and vacation time.

  • As I thought about the effort that is invested in vacation planning, one question came up … would you attribute your successful vacation planning to strategic thinking?

I assume you anticipate unexpected changes so you’re prepared and question the vendors involved with the planning.

What are other ways you would describe your planning style? Here are a few examples. . .

  • If there is any ambiguity or inconsistency, are you comfortable with moving ahead, holding steady until relevant information is researched or do you need every detail carefully mapped out before making a decision?
  • If you need to hold off on decisions until every detail is meticulously confirmed, how do you know when the information is ‘good enough’ to feel confident about your decision?

The entire vacation planning process is a perfect model to test out some new strategic behaviors… are you game?

You may also save a lot of time … you save 9 hours for every 1 hour you invest in planning!

By strategically planning your vacation, you often experience a more relaxed flow to your vacation. You may also be surprised with an actual increase in vacation time by planning in advance for issues that detracted from your vacation time in the past.

Let’s mark this as the year of more relaxed vacation time and conscious strategic thinking!

Celebrate Your Distinctive Impact in the World!


Gerrie Dresser
Executive l Personal Brand Coach
Who helps courageous leaders
Accelerate GROWTH through Leadership

Features:  What's Included ...

Speaking: Special Invitation to 2 Events:
June 5 - Strengthen the Voice of Your Inner Coach™
June 11 - WBECS 2014

  • Did you know that one of the most effective ways to introduce a new concept or perspective is through small group discussions, orchestrated through experiential workshops?

I’m dedicating this section to two special transformational events that I am attending and invite you to join me to expand your perspective and accelerate your leadership growth!

Upcoming Event:

  • June 5: A forum for women … Strengthen the Voice of Your Inner Coach ™ led by Jane Shure, PhD, LCSW & Beth Weinstock, PhD

The Resilience Group, founded by Jane Shure, PhD, LCSW & Beth Weinstock, PhD
Location: Benjamin’s Desk, 1701 Walnut Street 8th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Date/Time: Thursday, June 5, 2014, 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Registration Form Online at 
Registration fee $85 after May 15.

This workshop presents the
Resiliency Model for creating an Inner Coach™ that counteracts the Inner Critic. Strengthening the Voice of an Inner Coach™ will:

  • Relieve worry & decrease stress

  • Increase resilience to manage disappointments

  • Fortify courage to act assertively

  • Develop greater self-compassion

  • June 11 - 27: World Business & Executive Coach Summit (WBECS 2014)


WBECS President / Founder, Ben Croft, CEO of The Executive Coach Master Business Accelerator, CEO of Modern Methods Marketing Ltd
Location: Online Virtual Summit
Date/Time: Wed, June 11 – Fri, June 27
Quick access to my WBECS Partner link:


Early Bird Registration ends June 5 with 3 pay options available.

WBECS, the coaching industry’s most trusted annual learning event, is back for the 4th consecutive year with 13,000 coaches attending last year. In addition to the industry’s top tier coaches and thought leaders, it is 100% hype and pitch free.

WBECS mission is based on a strong commitment to "have a profound impact of the success of Business and Executive Coaches the World over". The WBECS group has a strong focus on increasing ethics and standards in the industry which leads to improved results for the client, the coach and the brand of the coaching industry as a whole.”

View the WBECS Infographic for more metrics from previous years:

By attending, you will:

  • RECHARGE your own batteries. (Because you deserve it.)

  • ATTRACT more, better, clients. (Even in a difficult economic climate)

  • DISCOVER cutting-edge strategies to help your clients reach new levels of success.

  • MOTIVATE your clients to success

Gerrie Dresser, CEO of Unique Impact, is a nationally-acclaimed speaker, known for her dynamic delivery of high content, high energy, and high value presentations laced with real world examples and “how to” strategies for immediately actionable outcomes.

To learn more about Gerrie’s speaking and make a referral to your organization, click on link:

Phone: 484-947-5992

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Feature Article:
“3 Keys to Anticipate Change for Positive Outcomes”  

  • What do Coors, Lego, and Mattell all have in common?

The leaders in each company failed to anticipate the industry trends. With change happening at lightening speed, the ability or inability of leaders to anticipate trends can lead to the success or failure of the company.

Coors didn’t anticipate the change in consumer beer preferences, Lego missed the impact of the electronic revolution on their product, and Mattell never expected the 10-year legal battle around the Barbie and Bratz dolls.

  • You may be thinking . . . Where does my strategic thinking and ability to anticipate change impact the success or failure of the company? Isn’t it the executive leader who anticipates change that impacts the company!

Absolutely. As the saying goes, the buck stops at the highest level of leadership. However, one of the critical factors in a team, organization or company’s success is an open communication line across all levels from an Individual Contributor or aspiring Manager up to the top Executive.

This collective awareness about changing trends at each level of operations requires strategic thinking by each employee.

It’s just strategic thinking with different ranges of ‘peripheral vision’ that requires a balance between divergent thinking and convergent thinking that can be described in a few simple behaviors:

  • Look both ways.
  • Watch for oncoming traffic.
  • Bring big picture thinking into focus.

Let’s use an example: You’re leading a product launch team, so you pay attention to what’s going on in other areas of the company and external stakeholders that may impact your launch. You keep tabs on other industries, markets, and research. (peripheral vision)

You notice ambiguous information and take time to look at all the possibilities of what it could mean (divergent thinking) and clarify the data to make sure you read the right signals and connect the dots. (convergent thinking)

According to Paul J. H. Schoemaker, Research Director at Mack Institute for Innovation Management at Wharton and expert in strategic decision making, a ‘vigilant attitude’ is the “most important trait of strategic leaders who are good at anticipating and exploiting change”.

Through a study of 160 senior executives, he identified 9 consistent practices to mastering the art of anticipation that align with the 3 Keys to Anticipate Change:

  • Look both ways: Be vigilant and widen your peripheral vision.
  • Watch for oncoming traffic: Be open to big picture, divergent thinking.
  • Bring big picture thinking into focus: Keep grounded in the present through convergent thinking.

Your Coaching Challenge:

In the next 30 days, what are 3 practices that will help you experience greater success and strategic outcomes for your organization, team or project by being more vigilant and anticipate trends that may positively or negatively impact your results?


Watch for more ways to stand out as a strategic thinker in next month’s edition of
Courageous Leader!

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Unique Impact Coaching


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 organization
  • 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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