Courageous Leader: #08 November 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


I love this time of year when we pause to express thanks for our blessings. But, what about experiences that don’t feel like blessings? We all have them!

Sheryl Roush, a renowned author, speaker and coach, helped me find the perfect message.

In Sheryl’s Thanksgiving e-message, she included a reference to the book she wrote, “Heart of Thanksgiving”*, a collection of heartfelt messages of Thanksgiving.

Being thankful comes easily for good things, but we don’t express gratitude as easily for our challenges and setbacks. One of the memorable messages by an Anonymous Author in Sheryl’s book outlines thankfulness for our challenges!

  • “Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
  • Be thankful when you don’t know something. It gives you the opportunity to learn.
  • Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.
  • Be thankful for your limitation. They give you opportunities for improvement.
  • Be thankful for each new challenge. It will build your strength and character.
  • Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
  • Be thankful when you’re tired and weary. It means you’ve made a difference.”

 What are you thankful for?

“A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks. Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.” ~ Author Unknown

Who do you appreciate?

During this holiday season, express appreciation for people who have made a positive difference in your life. You can help to establish, enhance, and rebuild relationships, and thus change the world.

Lynette M. Smith*, quoted in Sheryl’s book, encourages us to write heartfelt letters of appreciation to spread the message of appreciation.

Appreciation is one of the values of highly engaged organizations with an authentic learning culture … they also outperform others and enjoy more financial rewards!

See Feature Article, “3 Practices to Uplevel Your Team’s Energy . . . and Your Own!”

I hope you and your family enjoy a happy and healthy Thanksgiving and experience thankfulness and appreciation for your life’s blessings!

Celebrate Your Distinctive Impact in the World!


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

*Book Resources:

“Heart of Thanksgiving” by Sheryl Roush (Heart Book Series) (Kindle Locations 442-450). Sparkle Press. Kindle Edition. Also available on Amazon ‘Kindle for PC’ for $.99

“How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special” by Lynette M. Smith, a professional business-and-nonfiction copy editor and author/publisher

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Feature Article:
“3 Practices to Uplevel Your Team’s Energy . . . and Your Own!”  

  • Did you know . . . organizations that invest in developing their people outperform those that don’t and enjoy the greatest financial rewards?

McBassi & Company conducted an independent research study that demonstrated the business value of investing in your people!

However, one of the challenges that I hear from leaders may sound familiar to you, “How do I integrate learning opportunities into our business schedule that already requires meeting aggressive business objectives and managing continual organizational changes?

According to Fast Company, each leader sets the context for how people in their organization value their own growth and development, and recommends that each leader take responsibility for developing their people.

Although establishing a learning culture helps to foster higher performance and motivation, this is a significant challenge for leaders on many levels.

  • Would you agree?

There are a few simple practices that you can adapt to ‘lead by example’ while expanding your own learning capacity.

For example:

  • Ask yourself, “What new concepts am I learning? What do I want to learn each week?”

  • Demonstrate that you're willing to ask tough questions and want to hear honest answers rather than reassuring reminders.

  • Try new approaches to set an example and generate momentum.

  • Personally interact with people in your organization and bypass technology whenever possible, so you learn from each other.

  • Close the gap between what you say and how you behave to reduce confusion that drains the organization’s energy and distracts people from higher priority activities.

To solidify the focus on a learning culture, consistently and energetically reinforce the value of learning. Instill an inquisitive mindset in the way you ask questions, run meetings, and conduct performance reviews. Incorporate questions as a daily routine, such as “What did you learn from this meeting?"

When your people see you modeling a learning culture, it will BECOME your culture.

Your Coaching Challenge: Create a Positive Learning Culture . . . Uplevel Your Team’s Energy . . . and Your Own!

  1. Make learning a daily habit.

    Embrace a learning mindset and view mistakes as an important source of learning. True learning organizations reward new patterns of thinking and reinforce learning as mandatory not optional, including development at the senior leadership team level.

  2. Transform defensiveness – confront failings honestly.

    When you establish a learning mindset, you more easily look at your own performance in a transparent and non-defensive manner. As a result, you learn from what went well and what did not work in a project. Agility is essential in today’s business world. What leaders know is less important than how well they can challenge, learn and adapt.

    In such environments, “fast and furious learning trumps rigid protocol.”

  3. Allow mistakes and celebrate learning opportunities.

    Mistakes are valuable sources of learning. When leaders intentionally allow mistakes in select situations, they challenge deeply held assumptions and conventional wisdom. Thus, they open the door for learning and critical inquiry. During recognition events, celebrate a few experiences in which learning and growth was the big win!

Reference: Strategic Leadership: The Essential Skills

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