Success Matters - Newsletter from Gerrie - #5 May 2007

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Redefining success with mid-career professionals to create more focus - vitality - passion in their work! #5 May 2007

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Greetings

We have had such unique weather this past season in the Philadelphia area! It was 70 degrees in late January and then the temperature dropped to 20 degrees a week later. I was shocked when we had snow in April!

It reminds me of the unique challenges that Baby Boomers are experiencing that will forever change the term ‘retirement’ and the definition of ‘success’.

You may have had a ‘70 degree day in January’ with a recent success and lots of excitement around a satisfied client, promotion or great sales deal and then had a ‘20 degree day the following week” when the company started to reorganize or you started to wonder, “I know that I don’t want to be doing the same thing in the next 5 years, but what else is there?”

Many of you have shared these sentiments with me, and are beginning to ask the question so that you can map out a sound transition plan. It takes courage and wisdom to step outside your comfort zone, and ask yourself the hard questions that require change and accountability to your dreams.

Oftentimes, the comfort zone isn’t really ‘comfortable’, but it’s familiar. One of my clients wrote to me, “I haven’t felt like I’ve been ‘winning’ for so long in this organization that I lost sight of my talents. I just never framed things that I have accomplished the way you did.” A client success story . . . this client changed jobs and landed a promotion!

I encourage you to begin asking yourself the questions outlined in the Coaching Exercise, following our article, “Baby Boomers Redefine Success!”

One of my passions is to take an active part in this ‘longevity revolution’ (the overarching term for these trail-blazing changes of baby boomers) through my coaching/speaking, and communicating trends, issues, and resources.

Drop me a note with your thoughts, questions, and success stories!

Enjoy more ’70 degree days in January’!

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Baby Boomers Redefine Success!

It’s an exciting time for us, as Baby Boomers – wouldn’t you agree?

If you’re like many baby boomers, you have a burning desire to make a difference, have experienced job loss through down-sizing, or feel confused about navigating the challenges of corporate leadership or your next career move.

In true baby boomer style, we are reinventing retirement, living longer and healthier, and want to find more meaning and passion in our lives.

We are also redefining success!

  • Webster defines success as “a favorable or desired outcome or result; degree or measure of succeeding; the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence; one who succeeds.”

  • Baby boomers are defining success in their career reinvention and un-retirement work to include “finding meaning, fulfillment, and lasting relationships”. I call this the ‘inside-out’ definition of success.

    Authors of the book, Success Built To Last, (Porras, Emery, Thompson) support baby boomers' definition of success. They define success as “a life and work that brings personal fulfillment and lasting relationships and makes a difference in the work in which they live”.

With the increased desire to have more meaning in one’s life and making a difference beyond an immediate role, many people hire a coach to help them clearly define their values and life purpose. Although one’s life purpose is described in a simple statement, it’s much more difficult to discover because of the personal depth that it represents.

Success and Your Life Purpose:

You might be asking yourself, why spend the time to discover my life purpose? How do I know if I need to invest the time? Here are a few questions to consider . . . .

  • Have you experienced the level of success that you know you are capable of?
  • Have you felt, at times, as if something is ‘missing’ from your life?

Why make the investment? Because. . . most people experience greater success in their life when they can identify and align with their life purpose.

What is meant by life purpose? One person defined their life purpose as ‘promoting peace’. Another person defined their life purpose as ‘having those that know me best, respect me most’.

Each person has a unique and specific purpose. Rather than finding your purpose in a career or job, as some people think, it’s an overarching foundation for your life and is much broader than one job or career. You use your career and life to accomplish your broadly stated ‘purpose’.

Stephen Covey describes your life purpose as a key element in crafting your mission statement, which is defined as "connecting with your own unique purpose and the profound satisfaction that comes in fulfilling it."

Now, why would Covey focus on your life purpose when he’s a time management expert? From his perspective, you might be wasting years if you’re misaligned with your life purpose, so why worry about saving minutes?

The principle is that if you’re aligned with what is most important to you, you are more productive, focused, and more effective at prioritizing your time vs. managing it.

What is YOUR definition of success?


COACHING EXERCISE: 10 Clues to Your Success!
Most people leave clues about their life purpose or definition of success that can easily be discovered by answering a few questions. Find a quiet spot for reflection, and have fun discovering clues to your success!

1. What do you love to do? When you have spare time, how do you like to spend it?

2. What do you daydream about doing?

3. What parts of your present job or life activities do you thoroughly enjoy?

4. What do you naturally do well?

5. Is there a cause about which you feel passionate?

6. Imagine you are writing your epitaph. What things do you want to be remembered for, at the end of your life?

7. What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

8. What would you love to do/be/accomplish in your life (personally or professionally) so that you consider your life to have been well-lived?

9. What is your passion in life or what makes you the happiest and most fulfilled?

10. If you could devote your life to contributing to or serving others, and still have the money and lifestyle you needed, what would you do and how would it look?

BOOK REFERENCES:

Success Built To Last – Creating A Life That Matters by Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery, Mark Thompson. Wharton School Publishing, 2007

Succeed On Your Own Terms – Lessons from Top Achievers Around the World On Developing Your Unique Potential by Herb Greenberg and Patrick Sweeney. McGraw Hill Publishing, 2006

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle. 2005


PROFESSIONAL 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. If you're not sure whether coaching - or the timing for coaching, is right for you, schedule an exploratory conversation with Gerrie and learn about other client successes by clicking on http://www.successassociates.biz/ravereviews/index.html  

Gerrie Dresser is an ICF credentialed Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and practical, innovative career strategist who works with mid-career professionals to create more focus – vitality - passion in their work. For more information, click on http://www.successassociates.biz/about/

Contact me at gerrie@successassociates.biz for your FREE professional coaching consultation ($150 value).


NEWS & EVENTS:

Upcoming:

May 9, 2007: Women-owned Conference Series
“Intra-Networking and Net-Weaving: Building Win-Win Relationships One Connection at a Time”
Sponsored by Montgomery County Woman-Owned Business Network, scheduled for 7 weeks in Spring and Fall semesters.

Specifics: 5:00pm – 6:30pm; Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) Blue Bell, PA
Contact: MCCC, 215-641-6397; Susan Race, Program Coordinator, 610-594-1282

Previous Event – Reference/Resources:

March 26, 2007: Women’s Conference
“The Power of Coaching: Learn; Explore; Experience”
Sponsored by Women’s MBA Network

The evening featured nine coaches from the Greater Philadelphia area conducting a group panel about coaching, followed by individual breakout sessions so you can learn more about specific topics.

Break-out Session delivered by Gerrie: “Intra-Networking and Net-Weaving: Building Win-Win Relationships One Connection at a Time”

Handouts: You can access the handouts from all break-out sessions at the following link:
http://www.womensmbanetwork.org/newsevents.html

March 23, 2007: Business Team Retreat
“Relationship Building & Communications”
Sponsored by Judy Kosek DeLello, CEO of Informed Systems, Inc

Established in 1995, Informed Systems, Inc. (ISI) is a consulting company, specializing in the value-added reselling of Microsoft Business Solutions. http://isisupport.com/


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