Success Matters: #49 October 2013
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Gerrie Dresser, PCC
The Executive / Personal Brand Coach for High Achieving Leaders and Innovative Companies to . . .

Maximize their distinctive value and deliver strategic impact through an engaged team effort.

A Personal Note from Gerrie

Greetings ,

Have you ever had one of those days when everything you planned to accomplish got pushed to the bottom of the list and replaced with a steady stream of crises?

In today’s business world this scenario is often the norm, but there are a few key strategies to filter information and get organized so you maintain your attention despite distractions. You show up with more powerful executive presence and gain respect as an influential leader.

Although these strategies require a ‘behavior stretch’, your character traits are the integral factor. I’ve worked with a number of executives who know how their behavior gets off balance or ‘off Tilt’. Through astute self-awareness, they can easily pinpoint when they are over-using or under-using specific character traits and get back on track, quickly.

I know how important it is to your overall sense of well being to reduce stress and keep on track, especially during challenging and dynamic times. So I’ve dedicated this edition to help you reduce distractions, get organized for increased productivity, and embrace the growth that often accompanies change. I invite you to read our featured article, “5 Strategies To Focus & Execute Your Top Priorities” to keep yourself in balance.

To your unique success,


Gerrie Dresser
Executive l Personal Brand Coach
Who helps high achieving leaders
Accelerate GROWTH through Leadership

Features:  What's Included ...

Speaking Events

  • Did you know that one of the most effective ways to introduce a new concept or perspective is through small group discussions, orchestrated through experiential workshops?

Initiating and implementing organizational change is one of the most challenging undertakings of leaders. It involves time, planning, and collaboration across all stakeholder groups to introduce a strategic, predictable sequence of events.

From small, intimate groups to major corporate events, our
high content – high energy - high value events - are custom designed to inspire, engage and motivate your organization, so that change happens and sticks. Each participant is motivated to face challenges head on and bring more to the table at work every day.


Upcoming Events!

  • True Tilt & Tilt 365*: A New Framework for Positive Leadership Influence

Sponsor: Executive Search Firm in Greater Philadelphia for key executive clients
Date/Time: November, 2013
Register: By invitation from Executive Search Firm

Overview: Effective leaders know their own best leadership qualities and understand how to maximize them, resulting in more creative and innovative organizations. As a leader, your ability to influence change is an absolute necessity. Whether you’re a newly promoted manager, individual contributor or a top level executive, your ability to influence change can MAKE or BREAK your leadership success.

At this event, you’ll gain access to real life examples of how to expand your leadership capacity and advance your capability as an influential leader.

*For more details, go to and

Gerrie Dresser, CEO of Unique Impact, is a nationally-acclaimed speaker, known for her dynamic delivery of high content, high energy, and high value presentations laced with real world examples and “how to” strategies for immediately actionable outcomes.

Phone: 484-947-5992

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Feature Article:
“5 Stratgies to Focus & Execute Your Top Priorities!”

Our country just cycled through a government shutdown.

Many companies are restructuring, merging, and getting acquired with leaders feeling confused about how to keep their people and organizations focused.

Other companies are leading the market in product development, and have an accelerated path to launch readiness, resulting in the need for decisive action on the right thing.

Many dedicated people, going through these changes love their work and feel a strong sense of loyalty to the company, their boss, and their customers. They have a strong work ethic, and want to excel in their current role, but they are also torn with the continuous change.

And you, as the leader, need to continually move you, your people, and your organization forward. This requires the capacity to influence and inspire your people.

  • What is the solution?

It’s simple to state, but not as simple to practice . . . ‘Embrace the growth that goes with change and practice wisdom in solving the daily challenges and high stakes crisis situations’.

Let’s look at 5 ways you can instill a feeling of trust and engagement in yourself, your people and your organization.
5 Strategies to Focus & Execute Your Top Priorities:

  1. During an emotional confrontation, take time to step back, examine the facts, and assess the truth in the situation. [Commendable Trait, Objective*]

    Example: When one of your ‘star leaders’ shifts from his naturally collaborative style to resisting new ideas and puts up roadblocks during a critical path in the project, there may be many factors in play. Schedule a conversation to explore the facts behind his resistance … they may surprise you!
  2. Each day, you’re faced with people who need your input NOW and problems that need to be solved NOW … each one takes you off track. Invest 30 minutes at the end of each day to organize your ‘to do’ list for the next day, identify your top 3 highest priorities, and practice saying ‘NO’ graciously so you are attentive despite distractions. [Commendable Trait, Mindful*]

    Example: Assuming it’s not your boss, of course . . . someone else’s definition of what you need to get done NOW doesn’t align with your priorities. Rather than getting frustrated with the person, thank them for bringing it to your attention, ask them if you could get back to them [in a reasonable amount of time], so you can give them your undivided attention.
  3. Two executives are demanding your time in the next 3 hours, but your boss has also asked for a high priority item. Identify a way to filter the information so that you and your boss meet the top priorities. [Commendable Trait, Selective*]

    Example: Rather than trying to filter the information on your own, ASK your boss for input on priority setting, as she will ultimately be held accountable. There may be an alternative path that neither of you would have identified on your own.
  4. Appearing organized often leads to increased productivity in completing your work [Commendable Trait, Disciplined*]

    Example: You’re working on multiple projects all with different timelines and levels of urgency and you’re feeling bewildered about how to set priorities. Rather than expressing your feeling of bewilderment that adds to your stress, set time aside to organize each project. According to research, you save 9 hours for every 1 hour of planning.
  5. Trust and confidence in each other are built through reliability in actions over time. [Commendable Trait, Consistent*]

    Example: Whether you are stressed about the pending changes at the company or in your department, delivering on your promised outcomes will help you to establish a sense of internal reliability and integrity. It also nurtures trust-based relationships that increase your ‘brand value’ to your team, your boss, and the company.

Your Coaching Challenge:

  • In the next month, what is ONE strategy you will implement to focus on your top priorities and execute your work more effectively?

Keep in touch … what strategies have helped you to step up as a more influential leader?

*5 of 48 Commendable Traits in the Tilt 365 Positive Influence Predictor (,

  • If you’d like more information about Tilt 365, contact me to schedule an informational conversation.

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Unique Impact 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 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.

If you’re ready to step into a bigger game for your work / life, contact Gerrie for a complimentary Unique Impact Strategic Consultation at

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