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
Did you join with the millions of
Americans who watched the World Cup match between U.S. and Germany?
Even if you had other pressing commitments and didn’t use the ‘permission
to get out of work slip’ penned by the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team
coach, World Cup news is at a fever pitch.
According to sports experts, the U.S. team’s positive mindset that is
“brimming with confidence and possessing the ability to disrupt the
midfield” could be one of the key factors in their win against Belgium, one
of the most technically sound teams in the tournament.
- Could another factor be their
In a Harvard Business Review article,
critical thinking was pinpointed as the foundation of executive intelligence
… but how does it play out in the real world even in the World Cup match
between the U.S. and Belgium?
- What do you think . . . Are the
U.S. players positioned to think clearly, sort through the clutter, and
As with business leaders, the U.S. team’s
ability to think critically in intense and often ambiguous situations will
contribute to the team’s competitive edge on Tuesday!
To elevate your ability to think critically while leading authentically, I
invite you to read the Featured Articles, “4 Secrets to Executive
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“4 Secrets to Executive Intelligence”
- Does your brand reflect personal attributes such as being
inquisitive, confident in reasoning, open-minded, or truth-seeking!
Although critical thinking requires you to step up, have a voice, and
check out your perceptions to breakthrough conventional mindsets, you
also stand out as a respected leader by your ability to distinguish
primary goals from less relevant concerns, anticipate outcomes, and
But, leaders who continually raise contrarian views may be met with
resistance to their ideas.
It’s all in the delivery and is often referred to as ‘edge walking’.
When done with thoughtfulness and awareness of your context, you’re
respected for your distinctive thinking style.
To elevate your ‘executive intelligence’ capabilities, consistently put
the following behaviors into practice:
- Slow down. How many times have you been in a problem
solving session only to jump to solution before all the relevant
data is considered? Critical thinkers insist on multiple
problem definitions to reach a well informed decision.
- Step back from incremental thinking. For innovative ideas
to grow, critical thinkers test deeply held assumptions,
especially when faced with new challenges or slowly deteriorating
- Embrace different opinions. But, focus the conflict on
ideas and not on people. Debate can be perceived as criticism of the
person rather than critical thinking for more creative outcomes.
Critical thinkers earn respect for their insights by recognizing
that different is not always better, seeking to understand the
value of conventional wisdom, and also expanding awareness about blind
- Seek out people who test and expand your thinking.
Critical thinkers have a natural curiosity and place a high
value on learning. Rather than avoiding those who see the world
differently, critical thinkers get involved with others who
help them reframe their thinking and avoid accepting ‘safe opinions’
at face value.
Your Coaching Challenge:
In the month ahead, be observant of ways to test conventional wisdom and
think more critically while earning the respect of your colleagues:
- What current problem needs to be
reframed so you get to the root cause?
- What goal is full of obstacles
that you can challenge and shift your mindset and beliefs?
- What project, team or
organizational decision would benefit from your raising contrarian
perspectives that conflict with conventional wisdom?
*References on Critical Thinking:
http://www.talentlens.co.uk/assets/resources/critical thinking. the
differences between good and great leaders.pdf
Case for Critical Thinking for Web v2.pdf
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- Positions you as a more influential leader
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- Helps you forge collaborative partnerships across the
- You are sought out to lead high visibility, highly
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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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