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
In just one week, we’ll be celebrating
Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season, the time of year when the
holiday spirit starts to show up . . .
- People express more cheer towards
- You start to reflect on the past year
and look forward to the new year
- You take time to contemplate on what
you’re thankful for
2012 has been a year with many historic
events – some that remind us of the realities of human nature and
unpredictable weather while others serve to uplift our spirits with
gratitude and optimism for the future.
- What will you express thanks for
One of the many things that I’m thankful
for is the opportunity to be of service to you over the past 11.5 years
since I launched the business on 05/01/01.
One of the most influential programs is the
Unique Genius™ Coaching Program
that has helped many clients experience impressive outcomes that brought
more meaning to their life, accompanied by a significant positive bump in
However, I’ve realized that your unique genius is just the start of the
bigger contribution that you’re making in the world. The real value is
when each client / each leader applies their unique genius to make a
bigger impact in the world, engaging with their teams and organizations
to be more innovative through an integrated team effort.
So, our brand will be changing from
with an anticipated launch in 1Q13.
- In the next few months, I am
revamping the website to reflect the products, programs, and services
that have been most influential in elevating the game that you play in
- Our newsletter will change from
to Impact Matters.
In other words, the key differentiator to making a difference in the
world is taking ACTION in the work that you do for greater impact.
This change is the result of my own
work over the past 6 months, and responding to what I’ve heard from you and
other leaders who I’ve met during my speaking events.
- If you’ve been thinking about a goal
for a while and you haven’t moved the dial, I encourage you to take time
for your own ‘mindset’
work over the holiday season … it’s
perfect timing before the New Year!
This month’s Feature Article wraps up the
series on Mindset with a focus on mindset and companies or organizations!
If you’ve missed the previous Feature Articles on mindset, visit my website
to access the
Archives for the July, August, and October editions.
Wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.
Executive l Personal Brand Coach
Who helps high achieving leaders
stand out IN a crowd . . .
Features: What's Included ...
We are booking
speaking engagements for 2013 in the next few months, and I’m looking forward to
meeting with many of the professional organizations where I’ve spoken before,
including Greater Philadelphia
Senior Executive Group and
Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.
Because of the increased need for interdependence and more collaborative /
cooperative relationships in the business world across corporations and
functional areas, teamwork is being recognized as a requirement for high
impact performance at all levels.
So, in addition to speaking on topics related to leadership
and personal branding, I’ve developed
signature presentations and half day workshops on two important topics:
“It’s a NEW YEAR . . . Make 2013 Your Best
Year Ever”: Special Virtual Seminar to Launch the New
Once you define what you WANT in 8 key
life areas, you activate a strategy to achieve your highest priority goals
January 15: 12:00 Noon – 1:00PM [NEW
January 22: 12:00 Noon – 1:00PM
January 29: 12:00 Noon – 1:00PM
To learn more about Gerrie’s speaking and make a referral to
your organization, click on link:
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Special Focus: Mentoring
Do you ever wonder if you have time for mentoring?
You may be thinking, “Yes, it would benefit many people, but I just don’t
see how I can squeeze it into my schedule.
Read the article, “5
Tips to Being an Efficient Mentor (Yes, You Do Have Time!)”
Citibank’s Women & Co.
Online Newsletter, 11/05/2012
nationally recognized writer, journalist and author
Interview Content provided by
Dresser, PCC - Executive Coach
"Mindset 401: “What MINDSET makes companies leap from GOOD to GREAT
. . . and sustain their GREATNESS?"
Do you remember the 5-year landmark
study by Jim Collins and his research team that was the foundation for
the book, From Good to Great?
- The study team selected 11
major corporations whose stock returns skyrocketed relative to other
companies in their industry and sustained this edge for
We all know company leaders who would
relish being able to achieve these outcomes, especially in this changing
economy. However, many leaders haven’t opened their eyes yet to the need
for leaders to change by adopting a growth-mindset and align with the
The Good to Great Companies were ahead of their time because
their leaders, particularly the executive team, had already adopted a
Do you remember characteristics of the leaders who transformed their
companies from GOOD to GREAT? A few of these characteristics include . .
- Self-effacing people
- Belief in human development
- Constant focus on improvement
- Constantly ask and confront the
most challenging questions
- Thoughtfully reflect on and
integrate the brutal answers
- Look failure in the eye while
holding a belief in their ability to succeed in the end
- Face their mistakes directly,
apply the feedback, and alter their strategies accordingly
There are specific practices that
these leaders don’t practice:
- Don’t claim credit for others’
- Don’t try to prove that they’re
- Don’t undermine others to feel
Comparison of Leaders with Fixed
Mindset & Growth Mindset:
(Reference: Mindset: The NEW Psychology of Success,
Chapter 5 – Mindset and Leadership, pages 108 - 138. Author, Carol S.
Dweck, Ph.D. Publisher, Random House, 2006)
Most of you remember these names, all who represent a
Lee Iacocca of Ford & Chrysler; Albert Dunlap of Scott
Paper; and Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling of Enron.
Their primary downfall was when they were faced with critical decision
points. Rather than opting for what would serve the longer-term
corporate goals, they made decisions that would make them feel and look
good. Each felt a sense of personal empowerment and entitlement.
In contrast, leaders who represent a
include: Jack Welch of General Electric; Lou Gerstner of
IBM; and Anne Mulcahy of Xerox.
These leaders are known for transforming their companies by establishing
a culture of growth and teamwork and instituting a belief in human
potential and development for themselves, their employees, and their
companies. Although Jack Welch has a bigger than life persona and ego,
he held them in check. Their belief was basically that people can
substantially improve their basic skills, and they introduced the
systems for their people to grow.
- Do you see some of the
fixed-mindset or growth-mindset characteristics in yourself?
- Do you sometimes limit your
employees in their development for fear that they might make a
mistake that would reflect on you or encourage thoughtful
- Does your company culture foster
a belief that everyone has the skill set they have now with little
room for them to grow or a belief that people have the capacity to
change and grow and encourage employees to develop their human
Here are a few practices that you
can adopt today to help you develop a more growth-oriented mindset:
- Be less defensive about your
mistakes, profit from feedback you receive, and be more transparent
with your people.
- Implement new ways for your
people to develop on the job, i.e, workshops, coaching, mentoring.
- If you head up an organization or
company, dedicate time for self-examination and introduce teamwork*
as a new way of doing business.
*An excellent book on team performance
is Great Business Teams, Cracking the Code for Standout
Performance. Author, Howard M. Guttman. Publisher, John Wiley &
Sons, Inc, 2008
Your Coaching Challenge:
This is designed to help you foster a growth mindset through a few easy
questions to ask yourself each day, reminding you to look for
opportunities to help others grow, as well.
- What opportunities are there for
learning and growth today … for me, for my people, for my
- Since a plan is essential to
realize the benefits of a growth mindset, when, where and who will
execute on your plan?
- Obstacles are sure to show up,
and with a growth mindset, you formulate a new plan. When, where and
who will execute on your NEW plan?
- To make sure that your growth
mindset sticks, ask yourself, “What do I need to do to maintain and
perpetuate my growth?
“Most people never
run far enough on the first wind to find out they’ve
got a second. GIVE YOUR DREAMS ALL YOU’VE GOT, and you’ll be
amazed at the energy that comes out of you.” William James
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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
For more information about Gerrie:
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