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A Message from Gerrie
Do you remember the 2012 Summer Olympics? With the end of summer just around
the corner, it seems like the Summer Olympics is a distant memory with all
the flurry of activities with the start of September.
But, let’s go back to the start of the Olympics and media coverage of
Michael Phelps, promoting him as the greatest athlete of all times (thank
you, Bob Costas!) during an interview before the Olympic Games even
So, I wondered if Phelps would succumb to the fixed mindset that was
referenced in the July edition of
Success Matters. It sets in when
someone experiences BIG success and begins to fear failure so rather than
grow, they stay stuck in a plateau.
It wasn’t even 48 hours after Phelps’ first interview when the media
headline read, “Michael Phelps' Olympic reign has come to an end -- he
finished in fourth place in the 400 IM, not even getting a medal.” You know
the story . . . American Ryan Lochte took the gold, the first for the U.S.
in the 2012 Olympics.
Fortunately, Michael Phelps moved past this one setback and took on the
challenge, ending with 22 medals earned in his Olympic swimming career.
Phelps has had years of intensive training on the winning mindset, so
he quickly shifted his mindset and won the gold in the next Olympic event.
We can only assume that he . . .
- Raised his awareness of the
challenge and stood firm in his belief that he would win the next race
- Embraced all the winning mindset
training he received over the years
- Committed to taking decisive
action (which he did to achieve his goal!)
What did you notice when you took on the
Coaching Challenge listed in the July edition . . . identify a goal
that you want to achieve, but something distracts you just as you get close
to the goal.
It is the first step in shifting your mindset,
The second step in Education,
so this month’s Feature Article focuses on an important concept for leaders
at ALL levels to consider … What
does Mindset have to do with Leadership & Transparency?
Enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend,
Executive l Personal Brand Coach
Who helps high achieving leaders
stand out IN a crowd . . .
Are you ready to Stretch Your Vision?
Check out your invitation to the
Mindset, Leadership & Money Retreat
on October 12!
P.P.S. - Early Bird Registration ends on
Tuesday, September 4
– just a few days away! Seats are already
filling up, so you want to make sure you don’t miss this inaugural event.
Features: What's Included ...
Speaking Events . . . Special Event – Friday, October 12!
Mindset, Leadership & Money Retreat!
Our first LIVE Event … a
Gerrie Dresser and Stephanie McCullough!
- Friday, October 12,
2012 – 8:30am – 3:00pm: LIVE Retreat, co-facilitated by
Gerrie Dresser and
of Sofia Financial
Early Bird Registration ends on
Tuesday, September 4!
So, if you’re ready to stretch your vision of
success and shift your mindset from struggle and frustration to clarity and
focus, register now! There is limited seating to foster the conversation,
community, and personal attention that is critical to shift your mindset and
September 19 – NEW DATE: “A Panel Discussion: Redesign Your Career for
Success - Even during Adversity
Association, Mid-Atlantic Chapter
AstraZeneca, 1800 Concord Pike
Date / Time:
Wednesday, September 19: 4:30pm – 8:00pm
- Monday, September
24 – Friday, November 16: “Leadership in Practice – Equanimity Under Duress”
Virtual program divided into six
modules, featuring five HBA industry thought leaders with insight
from two executive coaches*, concluding with a reception at 2012 HBA
*Executive Coaches: Gerrie Dresser; Diane Summers
Date / Time:
Six week program, starting with Kick-Off, week of September 24 and
ending with Reception, week of November 5
- Tuesday, October 2:
“The Art & Science of Building and Leading High Performance Teams
SIM Philadelphia Chapter
Doubletree Hotel, 237 Broad Street,
Date / Time:
Tuesday, October 2: 3:30pm – 5:00pm (Dinner Meeting, 5:00pm –
To learn more about Gerrie’s speaking and make a referral to
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"Mindset 201: Mindset, Transparency & Leadership"
does Mindset have to do with Leadership and Transparency?”
The role of the 21st century leader
is increasing in complexity. When leaders of today are faced with
challenges and crises, the ‘fight or flight’ response is often
triggered, resulting in less than endearing behavior.
Yet, transparency is gaining recognition as the new leadership
imperative with emotional awareness and self-management being
foundational skills for any leader. If we consider the difference
between a fixed vs. a growth mindset, then it’s a matter of
awareness and education about what it takes to manage your emotions even
when you’re under fire.
According to Malcolm Gladwell, a company that cannot self-correct,
cannot survive. Other researchers noted that a growth or fixed
mindset is often the critical factor in a company’s success or
downfall. For example, the blueprint for the Enron culture focused on a
talent mindset in which ‘talent’ was worshipped. No one admitted that
they were wrong nor did they correct their mistakes, reflecting a big
gap in transparency. As you may recall, the company imploded in 2001.
Leaders whose brand is that of a ‘brutal boss’ (perceived or real)
foster a fixed mindset, because they instill fear in their
organization, and thus suppress learning and development. People fear
being judged, so the company is negatively impacted because it’s
difficult for courage and innovation to survive in this type of culture.
But, how do you know if you’re perceived in a way that fosters
innovation or fear? You may encourage creativity and risk-taking 85% -
90% of the time, but if you hit a cycle of personal challenge when
stress and challenges trigger an emotional response, it may put your
people in a tail spin.
From a growth mindset, the most important response is to be
upfront with your organization with ‘appropriate transparency’, i.e.,
use good judgment about WHAT you share (too much information [TMI]
doesn’t serve anyone in this instance). Acknowledge your response and
refocus on their successes and contributions.
According to researchers on mindset and leadership, there are a few
behaviors that you can begin to implement, immediately:
- Negotiation is an advanced
communication skill. Negotiators with a growth mindset are able
to push past obstacles and reach agreement that benefits both sides.
So, go into a negotiation with an open mind about options that would
result in a win-win outcome.
- Talent development is
indicative of a growth mindset. Managers with a growth mindset
are sensitive to their employee’s development, recognize their
improvement, and provide more effective coaching. Managers with a
fixed mindset hold onto their initial impressions, and often stifle
behavior that results in higher performance.
- Leaders with a growth mindset
are open to improving their own capabilities. They often seek
out feedback from their peers, direct reports, and senior
management. They are not threatened, but rather consider it an
opportunity to grow as more effective leaders.
In other words, they practice
transparency and authenticity and model a growth mindset, often
resulting in a higher performing and innovative organization.
The Coaching Challenge below is designed to help you take the second of
3 SIMPLE steps to shift your mindset:
Step 2, Education.
Your Coaching Challenge: In the month ahead, be the observer of
your behavior when something triggers you that could set off an
automatic ‘fight or flight’ response. How do you react?
- Do you experience frustration and
impatience with the issue, stuck and not able to access options?
- Do you consider it a learning
opportunity and grow from it?
- Make a note about how either
response may impact your organization.
- Identify another way of handling
it that would help others to know you and understand your thinking.
People are more
loyal and compassionate when they know you as a person.
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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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