Spilling Our Secrets

 

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Want to know our secrets?

Are you ready & willing to do what it takes to become a dynamic leader?  Our series, FOR WOMEN ONLY: Secrets to Being a Dynamic Leader, led by Doreen Bolhuis, President/CEO of Gymco, offers the crucial skills, practice & individual mentoring needed to become the leader others want to follow.

Our series will follow a Roundtable format & focus on leadership issues that are gender driven.  Members will meet once per month for two hours and each session will be devoted to learning, studying, and discussing a new leadership concept.  The facilitated discussion will explore practical ways to implement leadership skills and how to personalize according to individual style, position, and industry.  Members will practice implementation of the leadership concept in their business and personal lives over the next month, noting challenges and successes.  

Each member will receive a monthly personal coaching session with Doreen to discuss and enhance their leadership growth.  When the group convenes, the first half hour will include exploration and discussion of personal challenges and successes during the previous month, to gain insights and further refine individual development. 

Secrets to Being a Dynamic Leader will offer practical tools and strategies that women can implement every day in their business and personal lives, enabling them to break through barriers and launch to the next level in skill, confidence, and insights. 

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What Do New Alliances & Trick Skiing Have In Common?

Answer: Doreen Bolhuis

Doreen Bolhuis, President/CEO of Gymco Inc., has joined forces with Suzann Foerster to empower leaders with her vast experience. Her success as an entrepreneur, speaker, board director, mentor, teacher & coach makes her uniquely poised to fill a growing need in our community. And her alliance with Suzann will allow her to offer invaluable insights & practical, applicable knowledge to women who have great leadership potential.

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Bio.

Doreen has excelled as a leader in business & a pioneer in her industry. She developed a unique successful business model where none previously existed & at a time when female business owners were almost non-existent. Doreen’s development of Gymco’s business systems & high performing team attest to her leadership & business acumen. Gymco has been named Small Business of the Year by the G.R. Chamber of Commerce & honored as a Top Women Owned Business by the Grand Rapids Business Journal three times. Gymco has been on the list of “101 Best & Brightest Places to Work” five times by the Michigan Business & Professional Association. Doreen has been honored three times as a “50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan”, received the “Inner Circle” honor by Inforum of West Michigan, & the Pillar Award by the Women’s Resource Center.

Doreen’s community service includes The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Board of Directors, Inforum of West Michigan Council, the Huntington Bank Women’s Advisory Board, & more.

Doreen is a life-long athlete, embracing the lifestyle promoted in her work. Her favorite sports include running, paddle boarding, snow skiing, biking, gymnastics, tennis & yes, you guessed it – trick water skiing. Doreen enjoys a life-long appreciation of music & the arts. She plays the cello with the Kent Philharmonia Orchestra & the Ambiance Quartet. Oh & in her spare time, she is learning to ride a unicycle.

Praise.

“Doreen Bolhuis has been one of the most influential forces in my professional life.  Her energy, expertise, instinct, and acumen were instrumental in helping me get to the next level of my career.  Her ability to spot my potential, followed through with sound guidance, advice and knowledge took me from novice to veteran.  She is the consummate professional, and to this day, remains a trusted and dependable mentor.” 

 – Erin Melcher, Principal & Executive Director, Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center

“Being the owner of an event planning firm, and state president of a political organization is no easy feat. It has taken the right team, wisdom, insight and quite a lot of courage to hone and execute my leadership skills.  I have been fortunate to have Doreen Bolhuis as my mentor for the past five years. Through her mentoring and excellent example, I am learning to lead boldly, with confidence.  I have been able to produce better results that directly add to my bottom-line. That means more for my family, more for my community and achieving more of my goals and dreams.

 – Jessica Ann Tyson, President, Events by Jessica Ann

Leadership Insights from Justin Bieber

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I was listening to “As Long As You Love Me” by Justin Bieber feat. Big Sean (don’t ask!)  Anyway, Big Sean says “The grass ain’t always greener on the other side, it’s green where you water it.  
 
As leaders, change agents, and provocative thinkers, we often suffer from neomania.  Neomania is the obsession of the new or modern for its own sake; “the next big thing”.   As humans, we’re easily bored and often confuse and use “new” and “improved” synonymously.   But we may be missing something.  Something that’s right in front of our face or under our feet. Something wonderful, that we’re taking for granted.
 
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Here’s Your Challenge…  
 
Instead of assuming you need something new, different, or more – whether it’s an employee, partner, career, etc., consider watering what you already have.
 
Where might a small investment in your time and attention pay off for you?  Are you SURE you need something new?  What do you already have that you could more deeply appreciate?
 
 Carry water with you and your grass will always be green!
 
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If you have already taken on the Coach’s Challenge, how did you do?  Please feel free to comment below or send us a note.  We’d love to hear from you!

Supporting Women in Business

Huntington Bank and their Women’s Initiative work hard to support women in business.  And I appreciated the opportunity to be featured in their Spring Newsletter! 

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What’s an Ambivert?

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We are all in sales.

Whether we’re pitching to colleagues, entrepreneurs enticing funders to invest, or parents convincing children to study, we spend our days trying to move others.

We hope that you will find our top 5 favorite  points from Daniel Pink’s latest bestseller To Sell Is Human intriguing & useful. You can still get our Executive Summary if this piques your interest. Just give us a few tiny details when you sign up in the Get Updates field below. We won’t bombard your inbox. Promise.

The Mystery of the Fuller Brush Man

We stay up at night reading the latest literature about the most intriguing concepts in our field. The best of late? To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink. It adjusts our lens on how we should look at “sales” today. And uncovers the mystery about the overnight disappearance of the Fuller Brush man.
When you sign up for updates (below), we will send you our executive summary of this fantastic read. Go for it!

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