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Libby Gill Quotes

Libby Gill

Libby Gill quotes: words of wisdom from the executive coach.

“Make your desire known. As my mom used to say, ‘If you wanna play with the big dogs, you’ve gotta get off the porch.’ Don’t be afraid to make your ambitions known. You’ve got to take the risk if you want to get to the top.”

“Ask and answer these three questions before you get carried away with creating your logo and website: 1) What are my strengths and skills? 2) What are my passions? 3) What does the marketplace want from me? If you can answer and act on those, you might just have a business.”

“First, clarify your vision of success in your personal and professional life. Second, simplify the most direct route to realizing that vision including letting go of limiting assumptions and excuse-making. Third, execute an aggressive action plan against measurable milestones. And always add factors for accountability whether that means hiring a coach, joining my accountability club or having a family member keep you on track.”

“Resist the slippery slope of excuse-making. Even if the excuses are true—’I’m too old,’ ‘I’m too poor,’ or ‘I don’t have enough time’—find ways to transcend excuses and start taking action.”

“Effective leadership is about having a clear vision, perseverance, correcting the course, and continuing to move towards your vision as long as it stays true to what’s in your heart, your mind, and your gut.”

“As a business leader, reach out for support. Some people perceive asking for support as a weakness, but it’s a tough time, and we’ve got to open up ourselves to receiving help and support.”

“Know your culture fit. If you don’t understand your culture and how you fit into it, advancing to the top ranks is a non-starter. If you’re a disruptor but your organization thrives on traditional processes and button-downed people, it might be difficult to climb the ladder. Unless, of course, your contrary perspective is exactly what the enterprise needs. Understand how your skills and style can impact the organization and thrive in its culture.”

“Have a fundamental belief that change is possible. Not everybody believes that change is possible. There are plenty of people who are always justifying their defense of the status quo, and they’re going to stay exactly where they are forever. But as we move to an age that’s beyond the information age that’s about ideas and imagination, we need to be able to carry out those visions. It all becomes possible by having a fundamental belief that change is possible.”

“Link belief to behavior. When you link belief to behavior, that’s where the magic happens. If you link belief to behavior and the vision, then you’re going to act your way to achieving your vision.”

“There’s no such thing as an overnight success. Have money in the bank, great advisors and an idea that you’re so passionate about, you’re willing to crash and burn rather than abandon it before you really play it out.”

“Have patience. Opportunities get pretty slim up at the top, so timing is everything. Find out if and when your management would consider you for a C-level position. If there’s someone in the spot you want who’s early in their tenure and doing a fabulous job, recognize that while your time may come, it may not be anytime soon. Either settle in and wait your turn or set your sights elsewhere.”

“Bring your C-game. It’s important that you’re excelling in your current role before you announce your desire for a bigger one. You should always be developing your skills and knowledge base, as well as demonstrating your impact on the organization. Meantime, ask your higher-ups what else you need to learn, build, or achieve… to prove you’re ready for the next level.”

“Steal from the best. That is, find a role model or several who do what you want to do and see what works—and what doesn’t work—for them. It’s a lot easier than starting from scratch.”

“Rally support. You should always be building a network of allies, but it’s especially important when you have your eye on a C-spot. Make sure you venture out of your comfort zone and get to know—and support—people across the enterprise.”

“What is the most valuable gift you have to share with others? Maybe you can teach financial literacy, boost physical health and wellness, or guide people to shift to more positive mindsets. Whatever it is, start, or continue, honing your gift.”

“Determine the type of individual or organization where you know you can make a difference and begin making connections.”

“Don’t expect your friends and family to get it. This is your obsession and it’s likely that no one will be as enthusiastic as you are. Realize that your ambition and drive may rock the boat and do it anyway.”

“Steer clear of ‘limiters’ and embrace ‘liberators.’ It’s been said, ‘Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.’ What kind of company have you been keeping? Maybe it’s time to mix it up a bit. Watch out for the limiters who, unwittingly or not, may limit you because of their own fears and jealousies. Instead, surround yourself with liberators who often have more faith in your ability to reinvent than you do yourself!”

“Just by shifting the focus from finding people to support you to supporting other people, you actually end up attracting supporters.”

“Invest in yourself and your business. What works for you today may not necessarily work for you tomorrow, so keep learning, growing, and hiring people smarter than you to help.”

“Assess your ‘advance or avoid’ behavior patterns. Become a student of your own risk-taking patterns. Are there some risks toward which you easily ‘advance?’ Others that you’d rather ‘avoid?’ As you become more aware, begin to build your risk-taking repertoire by trying bold, new risks that will advance your goals.”

“The difference between those who advance on risk and those who avoid it is that the advances have the course to take the blinders off.”

“Capture the mindshare—that is, the heads, hearts and loyalty of others—and the market share will follow.”

“Most of us have been taught to wait until you get before you give. But that’s ass-backward. People who are winners understand that success is based on exactly the opposite—abundance, you set energy in motion.”

“Why build a legacy list instead of a bucket list? Sure, bucket lists are fun to create and compare with others. But they tend to be experiences to enhance your life whether jumping out of an airplane (no, thanks) or traveling to every continent (yes, please). They may make you a better person and that’s okay, of course. But legacy lists can help you decide what you want to leave to the world to make other people’s lives better. And isn’t that the best thing you can do with your life?”

“Allow your future self to provide exactly the kind of guidance that your current self craves, whether it’s comfort, confidence, sympathy, wisdom or a chuckle.”

“Understanding what fear is, where it lives and what triggers it is critical to getting you unstuck.”

“At its core, most fear is fear of failure. Failure to conquer, failure to influence or persuade, failure to win the heart of another, failure to compete in the workplace, failure to adequately care for others, failure to appear competent and in charge.”

“Clearly, sticking with an anxiety-based mindset only serves to increase our fears at a time when we most need to be thinking of creative ways to build our business, find new jobs or increase our savings.”

“Stress robs you of the energy, focus and enthusiasm you need to change your life.”

“If you give in to the negative impulse without exploring all possible options, you’re just allowing fear to absolve you of the responsibility and hard work of taking the risk.”

“Reframe change as your biggest growth opportunity.”

“Reinvent your company culture to embrace ambiguity.”

“Make a list of five characteristics you want your future self to possess. They might include: compassionate, joyful, energetic or productive.”

“I grew up in a chaotic environment that included divorce, alcoholism and mental illness all jumbled together in my immediate family. I went to eight different schools (including two as a high school senior) before putting myself through college waiting tables. I got my first ‘real’ job at a production company founded by the legendary writer/producer Norman Lear. It was uphill from there and I went on to head the communications departments at Sony, Universal and Turner Broadcasting. I left the corporate world in my 40s to become a first-time entrepreneur, founding Libby Gill & Company, an executive coaching and leadership consulting firm based in Los Angeles.”

“I was the keynote speaker at a Gulf Region leadership conference in Dubai where I participated in a panel discussion with heavyweight leaders from the oil and media industries as well as the government. I was the only woman on the panel and during the Q&A, every single question was directed to me. It was interesting to see the hunger for not only thoughts about leadership but for a woman leader’s thoughts about leadership. I am excited to see this shift happening in places one might not expect.”

“I have authored five books. They include an award winning: You Unstuck and Capture the Mindshare and the Market Share Will Follow. My latest is The Hope-Driven Leader: Harness the Power of Positivity at Work.”

“My method to help emerging and established leaders bring out the best in themselves and their teams is to focus on changing the culture of the workplace.”

“Articulate a crystal-clear vision of the future that is so visceral and so exciting that employees can’t wait to jump on board. Understanding not only what your company wants from you, but what your followers want, you’ll inspire rather than demand followership.”

“Followers most want stability, trust, compassion and hope. So, feed hope into your organization—in whatever way suits your style and culture—and watch your team flourish.”

“Feed hope and people will follow you anywhere.”

“At its core, every business and career is about providing value to others whether that’s to internal corporate colleagues, customers or clients.”

“My coaching clients and the audiences I speak to have taught me more than any one person. I take their insights and feedback, including criticism, about my work very much to heart and that has helped me get where I am today.”

“Although sleep experts have long recognized that serious sleep problems like chronic insomnia, sleep apnea and narcolepsy increase the risk for illness, now they’re discovering that even among people who are generally healthy, a lack of adequate sleep can carry significant risk.”

“I’d love to hang out with Jennifer Lawrence because she’s fun and fearless. And Bill and Melinda Gates because they have the smarts and drive to put their money where it really matters.”

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