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Are You Worthy?

by Mary Lee Gannon
This one question stands apart when determining who will succeed and who will not. Learn how to position yourself with your unique value to build self-confidence and self-worth. In my work as a CEO of organizations over the last 17 years as well as in my coaching practice I have come to realize that there is one overarching feeling that successful people have that those who are not successful don’t. Those who are successful feel that they are worthy to be where they are.  They carry themselves with confidence because they feel confident. People trust them with great responsibility because [...]

Can You Go Into that Dark Space?

by Mary Lee Gannon
When you can actually walk your friends, colleagues and clients into that dark space of doubt and help them to realize what they are afraid to feel - you have gold. It starts with sitting in that space with your own doubt first. Connection. It is what generates all the fulfilling emotions such as love, happiness, excitement, joy, compassion, empathy. Like it or not it is also what generate business and a collaborative work environment. When you can connect with someone trust is present. And from trust openness blossoms and a bond develops. Sometimes you meet someone with whom you [...]

Change Your Profile

by Mary Lee Gannon
When you seek to advance your life - move up, attract more business and enjoy the freedom that comes from success - you start by first looking inward to discover your unique value. How do you close the gap between what you think you do well and what others see as your flaws?  This takes humility. You can’t narrow that gap unless you are willing to see something new in the way you define yourself.  You must change your inner-profile.  I am sure you could easily make a list of five things you do well.  If you seek to increase your executive [...]

Fear – The Fear You are Running From is Running Your Life

by Mary Lee Gannon
Just when you need to lean in to vulnerability you lean out in fear. Dreadful. Exactly when you have the opportunity to deal with what is holding you back - to break through your comfort zone - you turn away. How long can you afford to do that? Fight or Flight – you’ve certainly experienced it.  Your heart rate and blood pressure elevate. Several hormones are then released into the bloodstream – the most significant being epinephrine or adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones temporarily boost your ability to focus, remember and react spontaneously. But eventually these drop off and concentration, mood and flexibility are compromised. Many [...]

Mindfully Connect with Your Employees and Customers with these Three Steps

by Mary Lee Gannon
You’ve read the Gallup data – 70% of the workforce is not engaged or actively disengaged in their work. Studies have proven that people make buying decisions based on what they feel not what they know. Surveys show that the annual performance review isn’t enough feedback for employees to feel appreciated. So how do we connect with employees and customers so they feel we care about their careers, their business and their future? How can we mindfully notice what is important and demonstrate empathy authentically?  1. Care About What They Care About Your employees and customers have the same issues [...]

Mindfully Sail Past the Three Barriers that Keep You Trivial

by Mary Lee Gannon
The world needs the expertise that only you can provide. It is human nature for you to share your gifts with the world. It is human nature for you to want to be your best. So what holds you back from shining and keeps you from the fulfillment you are destined to have? 1. Expectations Expectations are the antithesis of happiness. Setting expectations is akin to taking every happy ending you ever heard and prefacing it with “Should have happened to me.” They are nothing but a feeding ground for disappointment. When we expect we completely leave our destiny to [...]

Set Reso-YOU-tions

by Mary Lee Gannon
Would you take a trip without a map? Of course not. So why do you think you can create a resolution and get there just because you want to? The reason most resolutions fail is because they are simply notions centered on “getting” something and not grounded in the root of what drives people - authenticity and values. 12 Reso-YOU-tions for Any Time of Year 1. Write down your resolutions. Studies show that people who write down their intentions reach them far more than those who don’t. 2. Define WHAT you will let go of. What’s the head trash that [...]

The “I’m Overwhelmed” Release”

by Mary Lee Gannon
Being overwhelmed is a product of anxiety. And anxiety is a perception of fear. The real fear will most likely never happen but your perception that it might holds you back from being vulnerable. Vulnerability brings openness to change, new opportunities and enlightenment. The feeling we are afraid to feel, run our lives. The goal of fulfillment and high performance is authenticity in the moment. Pause. Stop "doing" and focus on "Being." Free yourself from the anxiety of having to be perfect and work on just being you. Shame gets in the way. It is deeper than guilt. In guilt, [...]

The Seven Deadly Sins of Management

by Mary Lee Gannon
This is a 'Not-to-Do List' of things managers should avoid as well as flipside advice on how to engage your team. 1. Pride that you are more capable than your employees. How gratifying is it to be dubbed ‘King Know-It-All’ when everybody hates your guts? When you make all the decisions and give continual directives it cuts off their ingenuity, independence and desire to take risk. 2. Sloth in your dedication to develop your team. You develop projects but how often do you develop talent? When is the last time you asked an employee, ‘Where do you see yourself a [...]

Values – Start Here to Reinvent

by Mary Lee Gannon
You have a lot of energy but you don't know what to do. You've read a lot of books, talked with a lot of people and you still feel like you are running in place. The answer to what will fulfill you is not in books or other people. It is inside yourself. Have the courage to slow down enough to finitely describe what is important to you. I find in the leaders that I coach that the number one reason they are conflicted, underperforming, unhappy and living without satisfaction is that they are living a life or leading an [...]