Courageous Leader: #09 January 2015
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Courageous Leader . . .
A Personal Note from Gerrie
If you didn’t hear the news, this week’s snow storm breezed over PA and NY, but the people along the eastern New England coast were blasted with close to 3 feet of snow with strong winds and hurricane like weather patterns.
We’ve officially launched the 2015 winter storm cycle in the Northeast with snow, sleet, freezing rain, cold, and continuous schedule changes.
If you resolved to be more patient and open to other’s ideas for the New Year, the first month’s weather could have blown your New Year’s resolution already.
Stress shows up in different responses, but it often triggers your ‘default’ behavior.
Is it feeling a need to accelerate activity, and others criticize you for being ‘controlling’, the polar opposite of ‘demonstrating personal flexibility’?
Take note of these references that are often clues to your ‘blindspot’.
I was fortunate to work in a ‘high feedback/open door’ entrepreneurial culture with frequent feedback about my performance or behavior.
There was no guessing about my blind spots or hidden strengths. Since the feedback was delivered with the intention of mentoring, it was easier to ‘hear’ the message and apply the learning.
For 2015, I invite you to embrace feedback as a strategy to keep your career on track and position your unique value as an expert!
The numbers will astound you, as will the ONE factor that takes a lead role in a leader’s derailment … lack of self-awareness.
Before you lose focus on your 2015 resolutions, read the Feature Article to elevate your self-awareness about your blindspots and your hidden strengths that could be keeping you STUCK!
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The ONE secret factor to long term career success is
almost like the ‘secret of youth’. If we knew what it
was, wouldn’t we all want it?
It is simple and challenging at the same time. It requires a different mindset and leadership development strategy that involves authenticity, transparency and openness to increasing your self-awareness.
Previous to my experience in the ‘high feedback/open door’ culture, I worked for a company that had a ‘behind your back/closed door’ culture.
If you had ‘blind spots’ or ‘hidden
strengths’, you had to guess at what they were. There was an
overtone of vigilance and caution that
suppressed innovation and creativity, critical factors in any company’s
Although there are significant financial impacts, the personal and professional impacts on the executive and his/her family are widespread.
It is simply, Self-Awareness which often becomes more challenging as you advance in leadership.
On the flip side, Blindspots are “perhaps the single best predictor of LOW performance appraisal ratings”. (Korn Ferry Institute, October 2010)
In fact, blindspots are such critical factors in your long-term success, a book has been written on the subject, “Leadership Blindspots” by Robert Bruce Shaw.
It involves your own self-assessment, as well as honest and forthright feedback from others. I’ve listed below the most effective strategies that will increase your authenticity and awareness of your blindspots and hidden strengths. It’s a forward thinking process that is not for the ‘faint of heart’.
Your Coaching Challenge*: Activate the 3 Keys to Discover Your ‘Blindspots’
In our next article, you’ll learn more about how you may underestimate your capabilities, referred to as ‘hidden strengths’. These are the opposite of ‘blindspots’ in which you overestimate your capabilities.
*I am certified in many assessment tools, including
the ‘Tilt 365 Positive Influence Predictor’
(www.tilt365.com), with extensive experience
in working with clients to integrate the results into a cohesive and
distinctive personal brand. Feel free to contact me for a complimentary
and confidential exploratory conversation:
Do you know what
differentiates you as a
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 Unique Impact Discovery Session, contact me at http://www.successassociates.biz/contact.html
For more information about Gerrie Dresser, an ICF credentialed Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and practical, innovative thought leader, click here: http://www.successassociates.biz/about
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