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
As you can see from the list of my
speaking events below, I’ve had a very busy few months. One of my
intentions during my 10 year anniversary year was to share the message
about ‘unique genius’
with more audiences through a ‘speaking tour’.
As a result, I’ve gained great insight about the challenges that you
face, each day with our changing business world. As Seth Godin indicated
in his book, Linchpin, Being Average is Over! And that is what I
hear from you, as well.
Just in the past month, many more leaders have contacted me about
professional image and leadership presence, looking outside
of themselves to enhance their external image and show up with a more
credible and memorable ‘leadership presence’.
- How would you rate yourself on
professional image or leadership presence’?
What was quite surprising to me is that
many leaders feel that someone else has ‘leadership presence’, but they
don’t! Yet, when asked to envision someone who HAS leadership presence, it
was based on the person’s confidence and calmness during chaos, steadiness
during upheaval, and NOT their external image.
Through extensive research, I’ve discovered some of the secrets of top
leaders who have this ‘leadership presence’. I’ve also uncovered the fact
that ‘leadership presence’ has more value than ‘executive presence’ to many
audiences. In other words, an executive may have the power and influence of
their executive title, but it doesn’t always mean that are perceived as a
So, our focus will be on how you can
strengthen your LEADERSHIP presence.
You’ll hear more about my research in an
upcoming white paper … and you’ll be the FIRST to gain access to this
As you’ll read in the feature article below, there are a few key steps that
you can take RIGHT NOW that will help you to show up with more confidence
and experience a feeling of calmness, so YOU begin to feel your own
[positive] ‘leadership presence’.
To your unique success,
Executive l Career Coach & Personal Brand Strategist
Who helps high achieving leaders
stand out IN a crowd . . .
Features: What's Included ...
Unique Genius Virtual Café: Replay Summary
Our Unique Genius Virtual Café
Conversations will be back after our Summer break!
If you missed previous Virtual Café
Conversations, you can access the Replay!
- February 22, 2011:
Mohamadi, EVP, Business Development- Advertising and Medical
Education, Publicis Healthcare Communications
Focus: “Debunk the Myths about Career Strategies in a Dynamic
- March 29, 2011:
Founder, Sofia Financial Resources for Women & SVP American
Focus: “Behavioral Finance . . . Does your brain sabotage your
Special: “7 Strategies to Strengthen Our Economic Self-Discipline
- April 26, 2011:
Dana Lightman, Ph.D. Motivational Keynote Speaker,
Author, Trainer, Psychotherapist; Founder, POWER Optimism
Focus: “There’s no Such Thing as Difficult People . . .”
Special: “No More Difficult People – The Six Principles”, mini e-book
- May 24, 2011:
Beth Brodovsky, President Iris Creative Group
Focus: “Unlock the Mysteries of Privacy, Professionalism & Social Media”
Special: Social Media for Professionals
- June 28:
Laura Vanderkam, Journalist, Speaker, Author
Focus: “168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think”
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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
Here’s a snapshot
of my recent speaking events and sponsors, focused on the value of
“Leveraging Your Unique Credibility Factor To Drive Innovation And Stand Out As
A High Impact Leader”!
- March 12:
Network of Women in Computer Technology, 30th Annual Conference
- March 19:
Joseph’s People, Ltd of Chester Springs
- April 5:
Society of Information Management (SIM) International, Philadelphia
- April 21:
Greater Pottstown HR Association, Affiliate of Society for Human
- June 21:
Delaware Valley HR in Transition Group
- June 29:
SIM Women, a Network inside the Society of
To learn more about Gerrie’s speaking and make a referral to
your organization, click on link:
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"Leadership Presence is Really an Inside-Out Job"
Who exemplifies ‘leadership presence’?
- Would you say that Oprah has ‘leadership presence’?
- How about an executive leader, such as Lynn Elsenhans,
CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sunoco?
- What about news anchors, like Diane Sawyer or Brian
I think we would all agree that they have leadership roles, yet each
one has a much different ‘leadership presence’.
From my research, leadership presence is NOT about someone’s
style, status in life or title, although that does reflect their
It IS about the person’s ability to engage with others, to set
healthy boundaries, and to communicate with respect and thoughtfulness
about the other person’s style and how their message would be received.
In other words, they have a high self-awareness and an ability to
respond [vs. react] under high stress situations. They also have an
ability to communicate AND be heard by people in different age ranges,
cultures, and genders.
One person described it as ‘commanding respect’.
- What would your life be like if you had this same ‘presence’?
- And how do you develop more of this ‘presence’?
It’s an abstract concept that takes into account both internal and
External factors include your behavior and image. Behavior
relates to your business practices, such as how you respond to email and
voicemail [or don’t!] and how you communicate with others.
- Are you respectful of others or do others feel like you are
being condescending to them?
Internal factors relate to your Needs and Values.
- How well do you manage your personal requirements or emotional
- How aligned you are with your core, personal VALUES?
When your NEEDS are not being met, you are more reactive to
others’ behavior, and often feel driven with a heavy energy.
- For example, when you feel the need to micromanage a direct report’s work, it could
be related to your NEED for control. But, your direct report is only
paying attention to your micromanaging … NOT to your personal
requirement or NEED for control.
The good news is that you CAN get your personal requirements met
through others or on your own.
As you become more aware of your own personal NEEDS and how to get them
met, you’re also increasing your emotional intelligence capabilities, as
well as getting aligned with your VALUES.
- For example, you may get your NEEDS met at work by negotiating with your
boss to expand your scope of authority necessary to assume ownership of
the project. As a result, you aren’t driven to be in control because
your NEED for control is satisfied.
- If one of your personal VALUES is to
lead, then you will automatically step into the lighter energy
that results from being aligned with your VALUES which is only possible
when your NEEDs are satisfied.
Your Coaching Challenge: Notice when you feel DRIVEN,
almost compelled to complete a task, that you just can’t let go of,
in spite of the fact that you feel resentful or frustrated. These
are clues that your NEEDS aren’t being met!
Stay tuned for more insights about your getting your NEEDS met and
getting aligned with your VALUES to enhance your ‘leadership presence’ …
to command respect and feel heard and respected!
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“168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You
Think”. Author, Laura Vanderkam. Publisher: The Penguin Group, 2010.
In Laura Vanderkam’s words . . . “There are 168 hours in a
week—this is a new approach to getting the most out of them. It’s an
unquestioned truth of modern life: we are all starved for time. With the
rise of two-income families, extreme jobs, and the ability to log on to the
world 24/7, life is so frenzied we can barely breathe.
But what if we actually have plenty of time?
According to Laura, we do! If we re-examine our weekly allotment of 168
hours, we’ll find that, with a little reorganization and prioritizing, we
can dedicate more time to the things we want to do without having to make
Listen to the Replay of my
conversation with Laura on June’s Unique Genius Virtual Café:
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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. Some of the benefits include . . .
- Positions you as a more influential leader
- Earn the respect and trust of other leaders across
all functional areas
- Other leaders easily recognize what's different,
relevant and unique about you
- Create loyal ‘brand advocates’ who endorse you
- Helps you forge collaborative partnerships across the
- You are sought out to lead high visibility, highly
leveraged and credible projects
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 strategic consultation at
For more information about Gerrie:
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