The Executive / Personal Brand 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
Did you anticipate that the slower pace
of the summer months would be a welcome change from the deadline driven
schedule during the rest of the year?
That’s what many people envisioned, but I’ve been hearing just the
opposite. Vacations often require logistical planning, different budget
allocations, and often the unexpected, such as:
- A new job with an offer you couldn’t
refuse [and the company needs you to start during your previously booked
and prepaid vacation time]
- Family members are passing through
town and surprised you with a visit [a welcome surprise that also
requires scheduling changes]
- The timeline for an innovative
project that is key to advancing your career was moved up a month with
the deliverables due date the day before you leave for your 2 week
vacation to Australia. [The deliverables can be completed by the due
date, but it leaves little time to get your personal matters in order
before you depart.]
You can imagine how your patience and
ability to manage stress and be calm during crisis and change would be
tested. These are the types of situations that also impact your ‘leadership
- How would you rate yourself on
‘leadership presence’ during these unexpected changes?
We’ve all observed leaders who can
maintain their calm during pressure. They're able to adapt to constantly
changing deadlines and direction, and delegate with respect and clarity.
What is invisible to us is their self-awareness that plays a significant
factor in their ability to manage themselves so they inspire trust in the
midst of change and chaos.
In our Feature Article, you’ll learn more about how your NEEDS play into
your ability to inspire trust [or not] n the midst of change and chaos!
By the way, did you get a chance to take the Coaching Challenge from our
July 2011 edition of Success Matters and discover clues about your
You’ll also hear from two CEOs about the
character traits they see as core to a leader’s ability to inspire trust,
consistently demonstrating respect and consideration for others. In other
words, they most likely get their NEEDS met and align with their VALUES.
To your unique success,
Executive l Personal Brand Coach
Who helps high achieving leaders
stand out IN a crowd . . .
Features: What's Included ...
Unique Genius Virtual Café
Unique Genius Virtual Café
Conversations are back after a summer
SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, September
27, 2011 – 12:00 Noon ET
Gay Lynch, CEO & Senior Thought
Partner, Thought Partners, Inc. (TPI)
Focus: Do you struggle to function
at an optimal level and drive next generation thinking . . . to
motivate your teams and inspire your organizations to sustain high
Learn about the secret that Performance Engineering holds
that brings out the best in each person.
About: TPI specializes in high impact collaboration to bring
out the best in organizations, teams, and individuals through high
impact collaboration which results in sustained optimal performance.
Watch for Your Invitation in early September.
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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
upcoming speaking events and sponsors, focused on the value of
“Leveraging Your Unique Credibility Factor To Drive Innovation”
- September 21:
Johnson & Johnson, Women’s Leadership Initiative, Malvern PA
- November 15:
Greater Valley Forge Human Resource Association (GVFHRA), King of Prussia,
To learn more about Gerrie’s speaking and make a referral to
your organization, click on link:
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"What emotional triggers impact your leadership presence?"
Doug Conant, President and CEO of
Campbell’s Soup Company, noted that “inspires trust” is the core
character trait of the company’s leadership [presence] brand. (Personal
Branding Magazine, May 2011, pages 3-4. Publisher: Millennial Branding,
Jim Quigley, CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, points to two
supporting character traits as pivotal to strong leadership presence:
demonstrating respect and interest in others and building relationships
that give you access. In other words, you inspire trust that often
results in open communication channels. (Personal Braning Magazine, May
2011, pages 3-4. Publisher: Millennial Branding, LLC)
According to the Unique Genius model, authenticity, integrity and
transparency are the critical pillars of positive leadership
- So, what triggers a leader who inspires
trust to be seen as secretive?
- Or a leader who is seen as disciplined,
one who proactively stays the course, to be perceived as rigid or
obsessive, i.e., a micro manager?
- What about the leader who is
self-assured and decisive, who takes a stand on their
convictions, whose recent behavior reflects hasty thinking and is
being perceived as an ineffective decision maker?
These are behavior shifts that show up when
your NEEDS are not being met.
An Example: Let’s look at an example to clarify what a NEED is
and how it can trigger a negative response that is the polar opposite of
your typical behavior. Others see this change in behavior as
- If it’s for a fleeting moment, it doesn’t
impact your brand to any extent.
- However, if it occurs more frequently, it
has a negative impact on your ‘trust factor’ and positive leadership
You would experience it as a drain on your
energy and decrease in your productivity … you may also get headaches,
neck pain, or other physical symptoms from the ‘stress’ of being driven
by a NEED!
Let’s say that one of your NEEDS is to ‘be understood’, and
someone jumps to a conclusion about an opinion that you expressed
(similar to what happens in some team meeting!), and blasts you about
being unrealistic in your expectations.
You don’t feel understood, may feel the need to keep explaining your
position that has little or no impact on the other person. He still
didn’t understand your opinion …
You have a few choices … continue to explain yourself (that may also
appear as though you are being defensive) OR realize that it’s more
about your NEED to be understood than him to understand you. What’s
most important is that YOU understand your position.
By understanding yourself, you get your NEEDS met, and can respond from
a position of ‘emotion neutral’ and handle the situation with greater
calmness. As a result, you show up with more powerful ‘leadership
Do you see how knowing your NEEDS can help you to disconnect from
these unconscious emotional triggers?
The Unique Genius Coaching Model offers a select suite of three
assessments that includes a Needs/Values Assessment and Coaching
Exercise to reinforce and apply your learning for lasting change.
So, even if you feel driven by your NEEDS, you can get your NEEDS met.
- The first step is to identify them!
For more information, contact us at
Your Coaching Challenge:
Think of a situation that is a frequent emotional trigger for you. Does it
distract you or hold you back from achieving a big goal that you want to
accomplish? What would you put your attention on if your NEEDS
were met and satisfied regularly, all the time?
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“Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and
Getting What You’re Worth”. Author, Mika Brzezinski. Publisher: Weinstein
Books, April 26, 2011
Online Overview: “It's no secret that
women have long been overlooked and under-compensated, and while great
strides have made in recent decades, the value placed on women versus their
male counterparts is still consistently unbalanced. In Knowing Your Value,
bestselling author Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s weekday program,
Morning Joe, takes an in-depth look at how women today achieve their
deserved recognition and financial worth.
Written in Mika's brutally honest, funny, and self-deprecating style,
Knowing Your Value blends personal stories and opinions with the latest
research and polling on issues such as equal pay, women in the boardroom,
and access to start-up capital."
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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 l personal brand coach and thought leader. 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 30-minute Unique Genius strategic consultation at
For more information about Gerrie:
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