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
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
- “Be thankful that you don’t already
have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look
- 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
- 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 is one of the values of highly engaged organizations with
an authentic learning culture … they also outperform others and enjoy more
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!
Executive l Personal Brand Coach
Who helps courageous leaders
Accelerate GROWTH through
1. “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
2. “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
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January 21, 2015: 12:00Noon
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“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?
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.
There are a few simple practices that you can adapt
to ‘lead by example’ while expanding your own learning capacity.
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
Try new approaches to set an example and generate
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!
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.
Transform defensiveness – confront
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
Allow mistakes and celebrate learning
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
Reference: Strategic Leadership: The
I look forward to hearing about your adventure in fostering a
positive learning culture! Drop me a note at
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Do you know what
differentiates you as a
credible and authentic expert?
To remain competitive and
innovative, companies need
leaders, like you, who have the capacity to think in more complex ways and
set a vision that inspires and engages the growing number of matrix-managed
teams to operate at a high performance level.
If you answered YES to any of these
questions then coaching might be a great step forward for you!
To schedule a complimentary
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practical, innovative thought leader, click here:
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