Success Matters: #35 April 2012
3 Simple Practices to Uplevel your HAPPINESS

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Gerrie Dresser,
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!

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A Message from Gerrie


Have you selected your theme or internal focus for 2012, yet? We’re over a quarter of the way through 2012, and I need to keep reminding myself about the theme that I selected for 2012, ‘Adventure’.

When you select a theme, it needs to be a stretch that takes you into unfamiliar territory that feels energizing AND challenging and also helps you to move toward your New Year Resolutions!

 Take a few minutes and commit to your 2012
theme, and post it where you will see it every day. You still have almost 9 months to achieve your 2012 goals!

Your response to the Feature Article in our January edition, ‘What does HAPPINESS have to do with Driving Profit?, confirmed the importance of my presenting more depth to the subject. Although HAPPINESS was the cover story for the January / February Harvard Business Review, it’s often difficult to integrate theory into practical application.

So, in the next few months, the Feature Article will outline key strategies to help you apply the principles and concepts to your role.

I also want to extend a Special Invitation to a webinar that I’m delivering on
May 23! The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, Mid-Atlantic Chapter asked me to speak on the topic, Develop and Lead High Performance Teams, for their 2012 monthly webinar series.

If you’re not able to attend, the slides and recording for the webinar will be available ‘on demand’, and you’ll gain access to a Special Report that is an in-depth reference resource. You just need to click on the registration link below.

During the webinar, you’ll learn the secrets to developing a team who feel inspired to go the extra mile . . . who feel greater satisfaction from their efforts because they are working toward a shared vision.

Do you want to experience more HAPPINESS? Read the Feature Article below to learn 3 simple practices to uplevel your HAPPINESS!

Enjoy a uniquely perfect day,


Gerrie Dresser
Executive l Personal Brand Coach
Who helps high achieving leaders

stand out IN a crowd . . . DIFFERENTIATE YOURSELF!

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P.S. – We’re rethinking our conversations in the Unique Genius Virtual Café, so stay tuned for more information in upcoming newsletters.

Speaking Events . . . Your Special Invitation!

You’re invited to a special webinar that I’m delivering on Wednesday, May 23
… the Wednesday, just before Memorial Day weekend!

To learn more about Gerrie’s speaking and make a referral to your organization, click on link:

Phone: 610-429-0359

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Feature Article:
"3 Simple Practices to uplevel your HAPPINESS"

At Zappos, their employees primarily bring 3 goals to the company life coach - career development, weight loss and finances / budgeting.

What do you think is the #1 challenge that clients most frequently bring to OUR work together?

If you didn’t guess it, it’s the focus of two highly successful books – You Want Me to Work for Who? by Julie Jansen and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith.

It’s people, and more specifically, it’s the manager or ‘boss’. So, whether you’re the boss or direct report, the extensive research conducted by Gretchen Spreitzer and Christine Porath will be enlightening.

What they uncovered is the negative impact of ‘UNcivil behavior’ on many levels, professionally and personally. Based on my observation, the ‘UNcivil behavior’ by bosses [and others, as well] is often precipitated by the ongoing restructuring, reorganizing, and downsizing in organizations that has become a consistent occurrence in many companies.

In addition to the pressure and stress that everyone feels, it has a significant negative effect on the company’s business performance. Employees feel anxious and fearful which often results in decreased creativity and productivity. In the research, some managers report feeling that people are MORE creative and productive when they feel threatened, uncomfortable or anxious about their jobs.

The research shows just the opposite … people hold back when threatened and excel when they are ‘appropriately’ challenged with goals that are a stretch, but not out of reach. Reward works better, consistently!

There is also extensive research that confirms the correlation between happiness, productivity, and being focused.

The major finding in a study of 15,000 people in 83 countries uncovered the fact that people’s minds wander nearly half the time [that’s 50% of the time!] and this appears to lower their mood. In addition to reducing happiness, mind wandering on the job also reduces productivity.

According to the researchers, “wandering to unpleasant or even neutral topics is associated with sharply lower happiness; straying to positive topics has no effect either way.”

It’s a bit surprising, but whether you are a CEO, executive, entrepreneur, emerging executive or emerging leader, or a professional, there are 3 simple practices that you can put into practice immediately that will uplevel your happiness and focus and reduce your mind wandering.

As a result, your productivity and sustained performance will increase, so it’s a total win across the board - the company, your organization, your team, and you all win!

  1. Pay at least as much attention to where your mind is as to what your body is doing.

    If you notice your mind wandering, be intentional about bringing it back to the present or practice mindfulness.  
  2. Nurture your social connections. Engage in many daily, positive interactions with your co-workers to have more social connection, consistently.

    The frequency of your positive experiences is a much better predictor of happiness than intensity of your positive experiences … if you have many nice things happen each day, you are likely to be happier than someone who has a single truly amazing thing happen.
  3. Collaborate with your boss to get engaged in projects that are a fit or be resourceful and realign your projects so they energize and challenge you.

Your Coaching Challenge: In the next month, uplevel your happiness, focus, and engagement!

  1. What can you do to focus your mind during an important meeting, but one in which your mind often wanders?
  2. How will you nurture your relationships each day?
  3. What are you going to do, consistently, to energize and challenge yourself?

Remember, the Small Stuff counts!

Then, send me an email to let me know what happens.

  • Do you feel happier? more focused? more productive?
  • What positive experiences show up in your life that are totally unexpected?

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  • 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 organization
  • 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 Unique Genius strategic consultation at  ($187 Value)

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