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A Message from Gerrie
Have you taken time to pause over the
summer season? Even if it’s for a long weekend without computers and phones,
it helps to shift your perspective about what’s possible in your life.
During my long weekend in Cape Cod visiting family a few weeks ago, I
enjoyed a ride on Sandy Neck Beach and took a refreshing dive into the clear
and warm water, spent quality time with family, and had the luxury of
reading and getting more sleep than usual.
It was perfect timing to shift my perspective, especially since I had
just returned from a business conference about the influence of our mindset
In the past few months, I’ve heard from a number of clients about their
amazing transformations in recent years while I heard from other leaders
that they’re struggling to move forward, they feel stuck and confused about
HOW to advance their career.
So, it brought up some questions about WHAT the clients were doing that
helped them to achieve advanced goals while other leaders continued to
struggle. Based on my observation and research, it points back to
Yes, I attended a half day conference on the subject of mindset, but it
really brought the concept of mindset to life when I witnessed, first-hand,
the BIG changes that are possible, once you change your mindset from a
fixed, contracted mindset to a growth, expansive mindset.
It takes 3 SIMPLE steps to make the shift: awareness; education; and
action. They are simple steps, but I would hardly say that they are EASY
because they require you to stretch your thinking and take bold action.
- In the recent editions of
we’ve focused on happiness, productivity, and profitability.
It struck me that it would require courage
and a shift in mindset to take the BOLD action needed to apply these
concepts to organizational changes, such as new business practices or
company culture. And it all starts with your leadership!
So, I’m dedicating upcoming editions of
to mindset and one whole module in our
Mindset, Leadership & Money Retreat
on October 12 to the 3 core elements of mindset – your beliefs, feelings,
and thoughts! Combined, these create your experiences.
Are you ready to expand your mindset for greater success? Read the Feature
Article below and dedicate time in the next month to complete your Coaching
Challenge. Then, let me know about what changed for you.
Enjoy a uniquely perfect Summer day,
Executive l Personal Brand Coach
Who helps high achieving leaders
stand out IN a crowd . . .
Features: What's Included ...
Speaking Events . . . Save the Date – Friday, October 12!
Leadership & Money Retreat!
Our first LIVE Event … a
Gerrie Dresser and Stephanie McCullough!
- A NEW Date: Friday,
October 12, 2012 – 8:30am – 2:30pm: LIVE Retreat, co-facilitated by
Gerrie Dresser and
of Sofia Financial
Corporate Center, 100 Matson Ford Rd., Building 4
Radnor, PA 19087
for your personal invitation in August
If you’re ready to
stretch your vision of success and shift your mindset from struggle and
frustration to clarity and focus, mark Friday, October 12 on your calendar!
After in-depth collaboration, Stephanie McCullough and I decided to focus
the October 12 Retreat on 3 topics that are intricately connected – mindset,
leadership, and money!
For example: Your mindset affects your confidence in asking for a raise
or promotion. This obviously impacts your
leadership capacity and earning potential.
Your mindset also affects your beliefs … if you ‘believe’ that advancement will
be more stressful, then you’ll hold back from even considering advancement.
Our goal is to outline the keys for you to accelerate your path forward … to
help you stop struggling and get unstuck through greater clarity and focus.
We’ve intentionally limited the number of
participants to foster the conversation, community, and personal
attention that is critical to shift your mindset and focus.
SAVE the NEW DATE on your Calendar:
Friday, October 12, 2012.
More details to follow.
- Sept 26:
“3 Secrets to Redesign and Advance Your Career … Even during Adversity”
Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association,
AstraZeneca, 1800 Concord Pike Wilmington,
Wednesday, September 26: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Watch for link in August edition
of Success Matters
To learn more about Gerrie’s speaking and make a referral to
your organization, click on link:
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"Mindset 101: 3 Simple Steps to LEAP Forward"
“Whether you think you can, or you
think you can't--you're right.” Henry Ford
The story of Thomas Edison’s ‘mindset’ around his invention of the light
bulb is a perfect example of how your mindset is often the difference
between success and failure.
Thomas Edison was interviewed by a young reporter who boldly asked Mr.
Edison if he felt like a failure after thousands of attempts to create a
light bulb, and if he thought he should just give up.
Perplexed, Edison replied, "Young man, why would I feel like a failure?
And why would I ever give up? I now know definitively over 9,000
ways that an electric light bulb will not work. Success is almost in my
grasp." And shortly after that, and over 10,000 attempts, Edison
invented the light bulb.
There are two polar opposites related to mindset that have been
extensively researched by Carol Dweck, a world-renowned Stanford
University Psychologist . . . a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.
Edison, obviously, had a growth or expansive mindset.
- In a fixed mindset,
you adopt the perspective that you are born with certain talents
with little room for developing new talents; your primary focus is
on the outcome, not the process or adventure of learning. You also
tend to accept what you know [or believe] to be true rather than
questioning the status quo.
For example, if you believe that you can only advance your career
one level at a time, the possibility of advancing two levels would
never occur to you, so you wouldn’t even ask.
The paradox of a fixed mindset is often seen in people who
experience BIG success. They begin to fear failure if they take a
risk to stretch themselves. So, rather than continuing to grow and
develop, they stay stuck and hit a plateau.
- In a growth mindset,
you adopt the perspective that you can always learn to develop new
talents and capabilities through mentoring and experience; your
primary focus is on the process of growth and learning, not on the
success or failure of the outcome.
For example, if a position opens up that really interests you and is
two or even three levels above your current level, you’ll apply for
the position to explore the possibility. You’re thinking more about
how you can position yourself in the best way possible for the
position, rather than worry about being rejected.
As a point of reference, what we don’t
see beneath the surface is that your unconscious beliefs create
feelings of fear, doubt or confidence. These feelings create
thoughts which then create your experiences.
So, if you have an unconscious belief that your income will never
surpass a set point of $100K
challenges and obstacles start to show up just when you’re about to hit
your money set point. This is a major factor in people
‘struggling’ to advance, only to feel like they’re stuck or boxed into a
- Are you open to stretching
yourself and uncovering some of the hidden factors that drive your
The Coaching Challenge below is
designed to help you take the first of 3 SIMPLE steps to shift your
mindset: Step 1, Increase Your
Your Coaching Challenge: In the month ahead, identify a goal that
you’ve wanted to achieve, but whenever you get close to the goal,
something distracts you. This could be a goal related to weight or
fitness, money, relationship or your career.
1. Make a note about the distractions that show up and get in your way.
2. Reflect back on how you felt when you got distracted or what
you were thinking about.
Since most of you have experienced a career transition / job search,
let’s use that as an example:
- During your job search, did you
stand firm in your belief that you would land the right job, feeling
confident about the value that you would contribute? OR . . .
- Did you worry about the
competition in the marketplace or feel discouraged about the
availability of jobs because of the poor economy?
Coaching Question: Which
perspective would help you to NOTICE new opportunities that unexpectedly
show up and take action?
3. Describe the process that would set you up to experience personal
growth, remove the distractions, and help you to stretch yourself and
step out of your comfort zone (i.e,, shift your mindset).
Then, send me an email about your observations and experiences.
According to Napolean Hill, “No man is ever whipped until he quits in
his own mind.”
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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 Unique Genius strategic consultation at
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