The bigger game comes in many forms. Perhaps you aspire to take on greater responsibility or a new role – one that will challenge you to grow in fundamentally new ways. Or maybe your organization is facing tremendous change and uncertainty, requiring you to expand your capacity to act boldly, lead with conviction and take risks. Whatever form your bigger game takes, it will require courage. What is the bigger game you long to play and how might coaching help you get there?
Playing a better game begins by reconnecting to your greatest strengths – those things you do exceptionally well and that enliven you. It also involves identifying old habits and patterns that keep you from playing at your best. This can be hard to do without the support of a coach. When asked why he still worked with his coach after he had reached the pinnacle of his sport, Tiger Woods replied, “Because I can’t see my own swing.” What is your reason for wanting to play a better game and how might being able to “see your own swing” help you?
The desire to play a different game can live quietly within you for some time, causing a restless discontent. Maybe you long to change roles, change companies or change careers but you lack the clarity or conviction to move forward. Or perhaps you are playing an unwinnable game – one in which you can’t be successful no matter how long or hard you work. Do you long to play a different game? If so, how might working with a coach help you discover the clarity you need to forge ahead and find your next steps?
Leaders at all levels can benefit from hitting the pause button to reconnect with their purpose, re-evaluate their priorities and reflect on the quality of their leadership presence. Whether you are a CEO of a rapidly growing businesses, a senior leader facing significant challenges or a rising star who wants to develop their potential, leadership coaching will expand your capacity to succeed in the face of increasing complexity, uncertainty and change. I bring a strengths-based approach to coaching along with a systems perspective. The net result is new insight into who you are at your best along with new strategies for bringing your best self forward in all of your relationship systems.
In today’s increasingly competitive market place, developing, engaging and retaining your top performers is more important and more challenging than ever. I help leaders to develop their key talent and to solve some of their toughest people-related challenges. Here are a few of them:
High performing organizations recognize that optimal results are possible when individuals learn together, engage in the right conversations in the right way and develop tangible action plans. I design and facilitate energizing and results-oriented retreats that accelerate your team’s development and produce valuable interpersonal, tactical and strategic outcomes. The result is a leadership team that is more productive, aligned and engaged.
Looking to inspire your leaders and/or attendees at your upcoming conference? I have delivered key note presentations and break-out sessions for a number of organizations including George Mason’s Well-Being Conference, the American Gastroenterolgical Leadership Conference, and Booze Allen’s Leadership Summit. The most requested topic I speak on is Resilient Leadership: How to Lead with Calm, Clarity and Conviction in Anxious Times. To see a clip of a recent key note, click here
Resilient Leadership: I have trained over 600 leaders and managers in how to become more resilient leaders in the face of escalating change and complexity. With my partners at Resilient Leadership LLC, we have designed and delivered ½ day, full-day and three-day programs that introduce participants to a new way of seeing and leading, one that pays huge dividends not only at work, where increased resilience helps them to rise above the turbulence of change, but also on the home front, where they are able to bring a renewed sense of calm that contributes to healthier functioning for all. For more information on Resilient Leadership training, click here
Strengths-Based Leadership: In addition to Resilient Leadership training, I design and facilitate customized ½-day and full day Strengths-Based Leadership development training, based on Gallup’s StrengthsFinder 2.0, an on-line assessment that provides insight into a person’s greatest strengths. This program helps organizations to better appreciate, develop and leverage their individual and collective talent. It can be delivered as a team building workshop or as an employee engagement and development training program.
Bridgette has co-authored two books - both are available on Amazon.
Countless books have already been published on the topic of leadership communication and the outward-facing conversations that leaders must skillfully navigate with their stakeholders to produce positive results. "Missing Conversations: 9 Questions All Leaders Must Ask Themselves" is the first book to name the inward-facing conversations that leaders must have – first and foremost with themselves – in order to lead with greater authenticity, credibility and calm. This book captures nine areas of essential reflection that will deepen your self-awareness, increase your satisfaction and accelerate your success. Click here to download the introduction to the book.
Book on Amazon
Resilient leaders are able to remain calm, clearheaded, and principled in spite of increasing anxiety and escalating change. In this informative and innovative text, you’ll study the predictable but often unseen patterns that surface in every organization’s emotional system during times of uncertainty and change and learn how to navigate them effectively. Each chapter features three “Big Ideas” that introduce new dimensions of seeing, thinking, and leading along with suggested core practices for applying them. Click here to download a quick assessment from the book: Are You a Step Down Transformer?
Book on Amazon
Bridgette’s expertise is helping her clients to become more inspired, energized and influential in their leadership, especially during times of significant growth or change. She has 25+ years of experience coaching and consulting leaders at all levels and in a variety of institutional settings including large corporations, government agencies, non-profits and smaller entrepreneurial enterprises. Her clients have included The Marriott Corporation, Sodexo USA, The FDA, Booz Allen, George Mason University, and Asbury Communities.
Bridgette takes a strengths-based approach to coaching, helping clients to gain a fresh perspective on their unique strengths, who they are at their best and how they can leverage their strengths in new ways. A key focus of her work is around leadership presence and capacity management. When it comes to developing greater leadership presence, Bridgette is particularly adept at sharing observations with her clients about how they come across to others, enabling them to strengthen their ability to both command an audience while connecting powerfully with others. By learning how to manage their capacity (and their team’s capacity) more effectively, her clients are able to build a more scalable organization and sustain their leadership efforts over time. As a result of working with Bridgette, clients are able to rise above the chaos of daily demands and lead with renewed clarity, focus and impact.
"Bridgette has had a profound and powerful impact on my life as a leader and on my organization in general. She brings a lightness of touch, sense of humor and empathy in combination with deep expertise and experience as a coach. The result has been a new sense of clarity, direction and self-understanding for me personally and for everyone who has been privileged to work with her in the company. I highly commend her to anyone with the courage to face important change."
“Before I became CEO, I had a million ideas for improving our organization. I quickly discovered that the view changes considerably once you actually get the job. It was clear that the organization couldn’t absorb all these ideas in the way I envisioned. More immediately, I needed to improve soft skills that I hadn’t fully developed throughout my career. Bridgette worked with me to create a clear picture of where I wanted to lead the organization, how I would lead and how to communicate with clarity to those in the organization. She was particularly effective at helping me strengthen my leadership skills: resilience, empathy and especially the ability to bring calm to anxious situations. My investment in coaching and time spent with Bridgette was repaid a hundred-fold, as I have become more confident and clear about my role.”
"There are people in life who cross your career path that make a lasting and immeasurable impact. Bridgette Theurer was that person for me. Charged with needing to “find my voice” among the executive leadership team at my organization, Bridgette transformed me from someone who was reluctant to speak up and share my opinion within this group to a team member who possessed confidence, courage, and clarity. In my work with Bridgette, I identified my core values as a leader, discovered and appreciated the strengths that I bring to the table, and came to embrace my introverted style as an asset rather than a disadvantage. I feel lucky to have crossed paths with Bridgette; my time spent with her was a pivotal moment in my career, bringing into focus what I was capable of achieving and helping me to create a hopeful future for a very gratifying career."
“When I became CEO, I inherited a fractured board, an organization in need of reinventing and a culture that was anxious and reactive. Having Bridgette coach me through this transition was a game changer. She helped me to build a foundation of trust with the board, clarify and communicate my vision and develop a stronger and more effective leadership presence. While I had been with my organization for a long time before taking on the role of CEO, the learning curve in this new position was steep. I’m grateful that I had the support and guidance of Bridgette’s coaching to help me climb this learning curve quickly and well. If you are facing an important transition or have taken on a new leadership role, I highly recommend working with Bridgette. She will help you to more fully access the talent, potential and vision that resides inside of you so that you can lead from a place of strength.”
"I have worked with Bridgette on and off for over a decade and I can honestly say my life – personal and professional – is markedly better for it. What started as a traditional corporate coaching arrangement for a somewhat dysfunctional management team has developed into a partnership between our companies that extends to all levels. Bridgette is an expert relator. She listens, observes and pulls the important issues from our discussions. She helps us identify areas needing improvement and to draw on our own strengths as individuals and as a company to fulfill them. Her ability to assess and adapt is something that sets her apart. She effortlessly adapts to the person, the organization and even the energy at a particular point in time, all of which enable her to maximize the value she can add. Bridgette has helped us develop and understand seemingly simple concepts such as how to establish and build trust in relationships, how to give effective feedback and how to collaborate as a team, all of which have improved how we work together each day. Although it is clear that Bridgette believes strongly in the concepts she presents, it is not the material itself that produces growth and awareness in those she teaches, but her ability to elicit positive change in others. She genuinely cares about, and invests herself in, the development of our people. Because of Bridgette, our company as a whole is more effective and successful and so are our individual employees."