The Executive / Career Coach for High Achieving Leaders and Pivotal
Leadership Teams . . .
Coaching you to articulate your unique value, stand out IN a crowd,
and create sustainable career success!
Conversations and strategies about how to stand out IN a crowd and create sustainable success while making a difference through
high impact contributions.
A Message from Gerrie
Are you starting to experience the ‘rushed energy’
of the holiday season before Thanksgiving even introduces the
official start of the holiday season?
I’ve heard from many leaders in the past month about their busy
schedules and how it’s impacted their focus, vitality, and
productivity. Some are pushing work deadlines, and find little time
for an exercise program …even with the best intentions, they just can’t
seem to fit it in.
Then, I thought about my own exercise program, and how it always takes a
lower priority when the weather changes in the Fall. My ‘belief’ is that
it’s too ‘cold’ or I want to catch a few more minutes of sleep in the
And, as much as I hate to admit it, lack of exercise does impact
my energy and focus … my ability to play at the top of my game!
So, I decided to conduct a test – get up earlier than usual and do a work out
regime before I started my day. Then, about 3pm when I have been
experiencing an energy dip, observe the difference from other days.
What do you think I noticed? You guessed it … I had greater
clarity in the morning AND could sustain my focus and clarity throughout
the day. I didn’t experience my recent development of a mid-afternoon
So, I shifted my ‘belief’ about the colder weather (I know, it hasn’t
even hit freezing, yet!) and created a new exercise routine that
wouldn’t be impacted by the weather. To make it even more compelling, I
completed an anti-aging test in a More Magazine article, and set new
goals for myself!
Click here to review the article, “Are You Fit Enough for Your
Future?” and conduct your own anti-aging test:
Why the new focus on fitness when my usual focus in
Success Matters is on careers,
leadership, and sustainable success?
- It’s my way of getting us geared up for the NEW YEAR!
In January, I am hosting a 2-part teleseminar series,
It’s a NEW YEAR! Make It Your Best Year Ever,
in which we’ll be activating your 2011 goals. You WILL need energy and
focus to step into bigger goals in the NEW YEAR!
I challenge you to get in shape now to Make 2011 Your
Best Year Ever! For more ideas on the subject, read our Feature Article,
“Slow Down for More Energy”!
Wish you and your family a happy and healthy
The Leadership Strategist to help leaders
stand out IN a crowd . . .
- If you want to get a jump start on the NEW YEAR, click here for the
article, “Age Better, Starting Now” . . .
Features: What's Included ...
Unique Genius Virtual Café: Upcoming Events
Our Unique Genius Virtual Café
Event is on break in December... we are busy preparing for our
Special HOLIDAY and NEW YEAR events to celebrate our 10 Year
- Save the Date! February 8, 2011: Ann
Mohamadi, EVP, Business Development- Advertising and Medical
Education at Publicis Healthcare Communications Group
Ann has an inspiring and energizing story about breaking through
many of the “career beliefs”, i.e., that changing career direction
ISN'T possible in our current economy.
- November 9, 2010,
Replay: Selena Rezvani. We got rave reviews about Selena’s Café
Conversation . . . Did you miss it?
Click here for the replay:
Selena is a recognized author, speaker, and consultant on women and
leadership, and founder/president of NextGenWomen, LLC. Author of
“The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but
Won’t Learn in Business School” Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2010
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Did I pique your curiosity in our September edition about the
remaining 4 high priority strategies that have been
influential in other leader’s success in their career and leadership role? Here
- Demonstrate adaptability in managing diverse
styles and dynamic, complex interpersonal relationships.
- Embrace change by taking initiative and following
- Identify your unique brand promise of value, articulate
it with authenticity and confidence, and deliver 3Cs’ of personal branding -
clarity, constancy, and consistency for a memorable brand.
- Outreach to build a trusted advisory board (or your
including informal mentors, advocates, peer coaches / advisors, and a wider
internal and external network.
Do you recall the first 3 high
priority strategies? Here’s a quick snapshot . . .
- Embrace the value of self-awareness and
self-management, cornerstones of emotional and social intelligence.
- Allocate time for strategic planning to achieve
greater clarity and productivity, focusing on the highest priority goals and
minimizing distractions from lower return activities.
- Commit to self-leadership and personal development.
(Watch for information in our December edition about the 5
categories of leaders that showed up in the Survey, based on their unique
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10 Year Anniversary Celebration!
May 5, 2011 marks Success
Associates’ 10 year anniversary, so I’ve planned a few special events to
December 2010: HOLIDAY Laser Coaching
. . . Discover how to create more
focus – clarity – passion in your work / life!
It’s the time of year that people start to look ahead to
the NEW YEAR!
- What do you envision for YOU in 2011?
- Is it a personal or professional goal OR an
integration of both
- What’s holding you back?
To celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary, I’ve reserved a limited
number of laser coaching
sessions in December to help you get in focus for the NEW YEAR!
These sessions are a $125 Value … and you receive a 20% discount
as a special HOLIDAY GIFT!
Watch for the Special Announcement after the Thanksgiving Holiday!
- January 2011: Special 2-part Virtual Seminar to Launch the
“It’s a NEW YEAR! Make It Your Best Year Ever in 2011 . .
. How to Set and Achieve the Goals You Really Want in the New Year"
- January 11: 12:00 Noon – 1:00PM
- January 18: 12:00 Noon – 1:00PM
We’ll explore the question, “What would make 2011 your best year ever?”
Once you define what you WANT in 8 key life areas, our focus is
activating a strategy to achieve your goal in 2011!
Watch for your personal invitation in early December!
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To celebrate the message about ‘Unique Genius’, organizations and corporations are sponsoring speaking events
to inspire and motivate their leaders! Watch for upcoming events in
“Stand Out IN a
Crowd with Your Unique Promise of Value That Is Relevant and Memorable”
||Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group – CIO
Aldo Lamberti, Cherry Hill NJ
||Friday, Dec 3 – 11:30am – 2:00pm
||Open to GPSEG Sub-group or Guests who are sponsored
by an existing member of the roundtable or obtain
pre-approval from the chair or co-chair.
“Your Unique Credibility Factor
. . . the Secret to Standing Out as a High Impact, Strategic Leader”
Greater Pottstown Chapter, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Brookside Country Club, Pottstown PA
Thursday, Jan 27, 2011 – 12:00 Noon ET
Watch here for registration link later this year.
To learn more about Gerrie’s speaking and make a referral to
your organization, click on link:
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"Are you ready for your most creative work in 2011 . . .
Slow Down for More Energy!"
Have you even heard of slowing down for more energy? It sounds like a
contradiction, doesn't it? Well, I thought so
until I was forced to slow down a few years ago due to an injury, and
learned about the power of ‘ultradian rhythms’ in the book,
The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz.
The Power of Full Engagement is based on a Corporate Athlete®
Training System*, based on 25 years of work with some of the world's
highest performing athletes to help them compete effectively under
Does this sound similar in the business world . . . competing
under intense competition?
There are some similarities with one significant exception - many
leaders have not engaged in a performance training program that includes
breaks based on their natural ultradian rhythms.
As a result, leaders experience increased stress and health risks with
These would definitely hold you back from Making 2011 Your Best Year
*According to the authors, "to be fully engaged, we must be physically
energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused, and spiritually
aligned with a purpose beyond our immediate self-interest".
What's the secret? It's about your ultradian rhythms. Most
of you have heard about the "circadian rhythm" that regulates your
awakening in the morning and feeling sleepy at bedtime.
Well, your "ultradian rhythms" usually change every 90 to 120 minutes
during the day and last about 20 minutes.
Did you ever notice certain times during the day when you feel
focused and can concentrate on a complex task, and then . . . you lose
focus and experience a real challenge to get through a much simpler
task? This is your ultradian rhythm changing when your brain is
signaling the need to relax.
According to Merlin Mann of 43 Folders*, “The basic idea is that
every hour and a half or so you need to take a rest break - if you don’t
you may be well on your way to the Ultradian Stress Syndrome.
When you learn how to recognize your need to take a 20 minute break you
can convert your stress into what he calls The Ultradian Healing
http://www.43folders.com/2006/09/07/ultradians (website about
finding the time and attention to do your best creative work.)
But, how many of you just push through your lack of focus and "white
knuckle" it to complete your task?
- What is this costing you in terms of productivity and
long term well-being?
By shifting their schedule every 90-120 minutes, people have
experienced profound physical and mental health benefits. In companies
where breaks are encouraged, productivity has increased and
absenteeism has decreased.
- What can you do RIGHT NOW to flow with your natural ultradian
rhythm and feel more focused and productive during the day, more
relaxed at the end of the day, and getting in shape for 2011?
A few common strategies that are effective for refocus include -
coffee or snack break, walk down the hall, call a colleague for a quick
mental break or engage in some form of activity that is easy and already
accessible to you, such as taking the stairs.
Then, begin visioning what would make 2011 Your Best Year Ever!
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Maestro: A Surprising Story About
Leading by Listening. Author: Roger Nierenberg. Publisher: Penguin Group.
A conductor reveals powerful leadership lessons by explaining the inner
workings of a symphony orchestra. Roger Nierenberg, a veteran conductor,
is the creator of The Music Paradigm, a unique program that invites
people to sit INSIDE a professional symphony orchestra as the musicians and
conductor solve problems together.
He captures that experience in Maestro: A Surprising Story about
Leading by Listening, a parable about a rising executive’s tough
challenges. The narrator befriends an orchestra conductor and is inspired to
think about leadership and communication in an entirely new way.
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Unique Genius™ 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.
Gerrie Dresser is an ICF credentialed Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and
practical, innovative executive / career coach, thought leader, and personal
brand strategist. She delivers high impact individual and team coaching
through the Unique Genius™ Coaching Model.
If you’re ready to step into a bigger game for your work / life, contact
Gerrie for a complimentary 20-minute Unique Genius coaching consultation
For more information about Gerrie:
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