The Leadership Strategist / Executive Coach for Mid-Career Leaders and 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
Have you ever made a decision
of significant impact, almost on gut instinct, with positive results?
For example, one leader leverages opportunities and moves through
barriers and uncharted territory almost effortlessly, while another
leader continually struggles and can’t figure out what to leverage and
Many of my clients, and possibly you as well, are
frustrated and feel stuck
because the ‘uncharted territory’ is increasing with mergers,
acquisitions, reorganizations, and continual leadership and business
So, I did some informal research over the past few weeks to learn more
about the practices and capabilities that
result in success by taking diligent notes when I attended
presentations delivered by two highly successful executive leaders.
Let’s start with a definition of
SUCCESS by Merriam
Webster: “the degree or measure of
succeeding, favorable or desired outcome, attainment of wealth, favor,
or eminence, one that succeeds”. Another simple definition of
success is . . . “the progressive realization of
worthwhile, pre-determined, personal goals.”
What do you interpret from these definitions?
What I hear is that it circles back to your unique interpretation of
- How do YOU define success?
- What degree or measure do you use to determine
whether you are ‘successful’ or not?
- What is the outcome you desire?
- What is the level of wealth, favor or eminence that
defines success for you?
As one of the ‘highly successful executive leaders’ asked
the audience this past week, What is your End Goal?
(Let’s call it your Financial Freedom Day.)
Her question was a game changer for me!
I dedicated time the following day to define my End Goal and sent my written
description and goals to my coach (Yes, coaches also have coaches!)
It’s provided greater clarity and
focus to my daily tasks because they are
part of a more integrated plan and bigger picture for my life. Now, the fun
begins – what are the competencies, practices, behaviors, and skills that I
need to realize my End Goal?
And you know that I am now going to ask
YOU to join the fun . . . define and describe your End Goal!
It’s the foundation for achieving your Financial Freedom Day, so schedule
time for yourself to write it down and share with a trusted friend / success
Read below to learn more about “HOW” to achieve your End Goal, one step at a
time, and move through the barriers that are blocking you from living your
Enjoy a fun and relaxing 4th of July weekend.
P.S. – Make sure to read the Announcement in our
July Success Matters about our
August 10 Unique Genius Virtual Café Event”!
Features: What's Included ...
Unique Genius Virtual Café: Upcoming Events
Our Unique Genius Virtual Café Event is scheduled on the second Tuesday of each month from 12:00Noon – 12:55pm to help you create sustainable success and stand out IN a crowd for your unique, credible expertise.
August 10, 2010: We’re on vacation
in July, so watch for the announcement about our Guest Expert in our
next edition of Success Matters,
coming out in late July.
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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
- July 13: “Stand out IN a Crowd
with Your Unique Genius”
Blog Talk Radio, “Beyond Lip Service”: 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST (30 minutes)
The NEW world of work requires a different set of leadership
capabilities and strategies that calls for you, as business leaders and
entrepreneurs, to be 'remarkable' and stand out with your unique promise of
value to get known as an authentic, credible expert.
About the Host: Sharon Sayler - Speaker, Coach, Author
- Visit her website:
- New book launch: August 2010, “What Your Body Says… How
to Master the
Message – Inspire, Influence, Build Trust and Create Lasting Business
To learn more about Gerrie’s speaking and make a referral to
your organization, click on link:
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What’s Your End Goal?
During one of the presentations last week, the C-level
executive outlined key steps to mapping out a
strategic career plan, starting with questions, such as . . .
- How many years do you want / need to work?
- What financial goals drive your career plans?
Although these numbers have changed significantly for
many with our changing economy, they have also served to revitalize many
people’s careers and energized their life. Many business professionals
are exploring entrepreneurial ventures, changing industries, and asking
themselves, What legacy do I want to live NOW?
One of the six criteria of success, as defined by thought leaders in the
success industry, is having worthy goals and
ideals. It’s been quoted that people are incapable of
functioning at their best unless they have clear goals to which they are
committed, and worthy ideals in which they believe.
- Did you know . . . meaning and
purpose are the strongest drivers in human nature?
I know what some of you are thinking … that’s fine to
have ‘meaning and purpose’ as a philosophical base, but what about the
barriers to achieving ‘worthy goals and
ideals’ with the uncertainty in the business world right down to the
basics, having gainful employment!
According to both executives who spoke last week, a foundation for all
successful leaders is to be involved with
something bigger than yourself. Based on my observation and
experience, when a leader has a strong WHY
for their work, they have more resilience and tenacity and overcome
challenges with less residual impact.
Successful leaders have also uncovered and play by the ‘unwritten
rules’. If a corporation is transparent
and inclusive with a
strong mentoring culture, these
unwritten rules are easy to access. If not, the not knowing can make or
break your career.
- So, how do you uncover these
Again, it circles back to you . . . Building
reciprocal relationships, recruiting
informal and formal mentors, and ensuring that you have
internal advocates who will put their
professional reputation on the line for you.
As you know, it takes time to build these trusted relationships. With
the continuous leadership changes and numerous mergers and acquisitions,
some of the most influential leaders have changed companies or
positions. As a result, entrepreneurs have lost key contracts with
existing corporate clients and internal leaders have lost their
However, by volunteering for the right
special projects or task forces, you widen your visibility and get known
by influential and broader networks in the company for characteristics
such as … takes initiative, team player, good communicator, socially and
These characteristics “help build connections and make it possible to
self-promote without appearing arrogant”. (Catalyst, 2008)
- Invest time to define your
‘End Goal’ and the worthy goals and ideals that are bigger than you
and resonate with your WHY for achieving your goals!
- Be an observer about who would
be an effective Advocate for you, and schedule a conversation to
open a dialogue about the opportunity.
Tune into future editions of
Success Matters and identify what you can do to discover more
secrets to sustainable success!
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The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs … How to Be
Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience. Author: Carmine Gallo,
Columnist, Businessweek.com Publisher: The McGraw Hill Companies, 2010
The story in SlideShare tells it all . .
For a snapshot about the 5 elements of every Steve
Jobs presentation, read the author’s article in Business Week
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