Gerrie Dresser, PCC
The Executive / Personal Brand Coach for
Courageous Leaders and Innovative Companies
to . . .
Maximize their distinctive value and
deliver strategic impact through an engaged
A Personal Note from Gerrie
Ho . . . Ho . . . Ho . . . ‘Tis the season
to be jolly!
This week is the official start of the holiday season when people get into
the holiday flurry and the pace of life accelerates.
It’s also the season of looking ahead to your New Year goals with year-end
just around the corner. If you haven’t achieved a few of your 2013 goals,
celebrate the season by embracing a feeling of gratitude and appreciation
for what you did accomplish. Then, reflect on how you can reframe the goal
Although the holiday season is typically represented by an uplifted spirit
of joy and generosity, it often brings a heightened sense of stress.
- Do you ever experience this … when
you combine holiday stress with year-end business goals, the ‘people’
factor often gets impacted?
To help you elevate your holiday spirit,
this month’s Feature Article explains the fourth Tilt 365 Strength,
Humanity, and outlines key strategies to put into practice during the
If you missed the Feature Article over the past 3 months, focused on three
of the four Tilt 365 Strengths of Wisdom, Resilience, and Courage,
you can access them in our archive,
I invite you to read our Featured Article, “5 Secrets to Collaboration .
. . the Key to Leadership of People” to greet the holidays with more joy
Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday,
Executive l Personal Brand Coach
Who helps courageous leaders
Accelerate GROWTH through
Features: What's Included ...
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
step up to more courageous leadership!
Gerrie Dresser, Facilitator / Coach
Virtual Webinar and a few surprises to Launch the New Year!
Jan-Feb; specific dates and time to be announced
See upcoming Invitation.
This is the 4th Year that we’ve launched the NEW YEAR
with this virtual seminar series to help you ACTIVATE a strategy to
achieve your highest priority goals. Many people attend this program
each year to continually ‘stretch’ themselves beyond last year’s goals.
In 2013, we introduced a BONUS module on MINDSET,
“Elevate Your Success Set Point!”
In 2014, we have a few other surprises, so watch
for more details coming soon!
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.
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“5 Secrets to Collaboration. . .
the Key to People Leadership!”
What IS Collaboration? It’s
positioned as one of the most effective ways to resolve conflict in the
Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, and is described as being on
the assertive and cooperative continuum.
Merriam Webster defines it as “working with another person or group in
order to achieve or do something or to work jointly with others
especially in an intellectual endeavor”.
In collaborating, the intention is to work with the other person to find
a solution that fully satisfies the concerns of both, digging into an
issue to identify the underlying concerns of the two individuals and to
find an alternative that meets both sets of concerns.
- I’m sure you’ve experienced
the difficulty with collaboration when you have perspectives that
are polar opposites!
In this type of dialogue, the key is
to learn from each other’s insights, resolve some condition that would
otherwise have you competing for resources, or try to find a creative
solution to an interpersonal problem.
- This all takes time and
thoughtful intention . . . wouldn’t you agree?
What often results from our fast paced
business world is a lack of verbal acknowledgement about each person’s
unique value which is foundation to effective collaboration.
For example, when teams work together through many challenging projects,
their stress behaviors often have residual impact on the team’s
cohesivness. Rather than communicating directly with the person about
the behavior, team members ‘vent’ to each other. This can have a long
lasting, negative effect on the team’s productivity, innovation, and
- But, what are the benefits of
being more generous with your time and thoughtful intention?
One of the secrets to people
leadership is to foster a culture of collaboration. This requires
consistent attention to transparent communication, acknowledgement of
each person’s talents, and respectful resolution of conflict and
dissonance among team members.
This requires the Strength of Humanity to consider the unintended
consequences that can result even with the most emotionally intelligent
Let’s look at 5 secrets to a collaborative culture that advocates
authentic transparency and builds social influence that serves to expand
your influence across internal and external environments.
“5 Secrets to Collaboration . . . the Key to People Leadership”:
- When there are rumors flying
about changes in the company and leadership, disengage from the
‘group think’ that often escalates and draws conclusions without
Example: When your co-worker confides in you that Leader A
didn’t land a position in the new organization, acknowledge her
update and inquire if there was a company memo to confirm the fact,
indicating your preference to wait until an official announcement is
broadcast. Redirecting the conversation often helps you to build a
bridge and give the other person the benefit of the doubt by ending
the conversation on a positive, non-judgmental note. [Commendable
- One highly valued employee may be
facing a potential lay off at year end because of an unusual
circumstance in her organization. She has a strong advocate in a
senior level executive who is held with high regard across the
company. You commit to exploring alternatives.
Example: With your commitment to err in favor of preventing
unnecessary harm to the employee, you learn that there is a perfect
role for her in a growing organization that is open at the start of
the New Year. Although it appeared that the layoff was inevitable,
the new department approved an accelerated hire and viewed it as in
the best interest of their organization and the company.
[Commendable Trait, Compassionate*]
- During a critical time in your
department with an intense and aggressive timeline for key
deliverables, one employee needs a significant amount of personal
time off and you feel concern for her.
Example: Your co-workers begin to complain about the amount
of work that is required of them since their co-worker needed time
off. Although it means a lot of late hours for you, you’re concerned
about her well-being and also display real compassion toward how
it’s affecting everyone’s circumstances. Rather than jumping into
the complaint surge, you respectfully and diplomatically take the
initiative to redirect everyone’s energy towards completing the
deliverables. [Commendable Trait, Respectful*]
- You just landed a new role in the
company, and you’re excited about your new boss who is known for
developing his people. He also positioned you in a strategic role
with growth potential that reflected his appreciation for your
Example: In your new role, you only had one 1:1 with your new
boss before you learned that he was promoted and your new boss’s
strength is in business development, not people development. You
decide to honor your first boss’ positive regard for your
contribution, and shift your perspective by appreciating your new
boss’ strength and requesting mentoring time during your 1:1
meetings. [Commendable Trait, Appreciative*]
- The business environment is so
fast paced that giving credit to each member of the team often gets
Example: Your team just excelled in their delivery on a project.
Although they felt a sense of accomplishment, they all felt that
they were ‘just doing their job’ and didn’t ‘need’ any celebration.
However, you scheduled a special recognition event during which you
gave credit to those who carried out the work by acknowledging each
person’s distinctive value that helped to bring the project to
impressive success. [Commendable Trait, Generous*]
Your Coaching Challenge:
- In the next month, what is ONE
strategy that will bring more ‘Humanity’ to your leadership
of people – personally and professionally – during the busy holiday
Keep in touch … what strategies have
helped you embrace the holidays with more joy and generosity?
*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
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and with greater focus and clarity. Some of the benefits include . . .
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- 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.
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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