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 Mary Lee Gannon, CAE
Your Life/Career/Business Reinvention Strategist
Mary Lee Gannon is president of
 - a coaching and consulting firm that helps people and organizations reinvent to enjoy the freedom that comes from success. With more than 18 years of experience as a CEO of organizations with up to $26 million in assets, Mary Lee helps leaders develop business strategy and fulfilled employees who know how to make work fun and productive. 
She is an International Coach Federation Certified Coach, a graduate of Duquesne University's Professional Coaching Program, an alumnus of the Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital Coaching in Medicine & Leadership Conference and a Certified Association Executive. 
Mary Lee's personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother with four children under seven-years-old who endured a divorce that took she and the children from the country club life to public assistance from where she earned success to support her family.   
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Mary Lee Ganon is Recognized 

Michelle Wright of WTAE-TV, Mary Lee Gannon and Beth Caldwell of PPW - Women of Integrity Award 

Mary Lee Gannon is awarded the 2012
"Woman of Integrity" award by Pittsburgh
Professional Women on December 1st at Le Mont.  Awardees are women of distinction who have balanced career and civic responsibility, who share their success by mentoring others and
supporting their communities.  Pictured
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and Beth Caldwell of PPW.

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"Starting Over" 

Mary Lee's first book illustrates her personal turnaround as a stay-at-home mother, with four children under seven-years-old, who endured a divorce that took she and the children from the country club life to public assistance. From there, within a short time, she worked to the level of CEO, directing three hospital foundations over the last 16 years each with assets of up to $26 million.  

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Use these simple techniques to be the top performer.


1. Get organized with files or folders for your specific projects. You will delineate long-term projects and short-term projects (weekly or daily list) separately so that you are able to plan for things in advance. Have a file called "Parking Lot" to "park" ideas that you do not know what to do with to revisit later.


2. Create a master schedule of projects with deadlines and review it every morning before you start to work. Schedule into your calendar specifically what part of the long term project and at what time you will work on it the next day before you leave work each day.


3. Chunk the work into lists of deliverables within the specific projects. You'll be less likely to lose track of the details when you have them written out in list form - due date, who needs to be contacted, what information is necessary.


4. Follow a Routine. If you're running around in different directions you will not progress. Sort your day into a pattern that becomes habit - ie: "Must do" get addressed first thing in the morning. Phone messages are retrieved at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 pm. Long term project work is from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. daily. Also, make sure that you go to bed and wake up at the same specific time each day.


5. Limit distractions. Be a minimalist. Clear clutter from your desk. Have work organized in piles and folder. Have the folder upright or in a drawer where easily accessible. Put your cell phone on silent. Close your door.


6. Don't multitask. Using the file folders that you have and the lists that you've drawn up, you can go from project to project in a prescribed way and not like the Road Runner darting back and forth.


7. Exercise midday. That can be something as simple as a walk around the block, jumping jacks, Yoga stretches in a quiet room or a run at lunchtime. Biking or swimming after work are also great stress relievers and help with focus.


8. Take breaks. A good way to keep your brain sharp and willing to focus on the smaller details is to allow it to take breaks. Make sure that you schedule 10 to 15 minute breaks around the same time each day.


9. Build memory with memory cards and math. In your free time you can use a simple deck of cards and choose 8 to 10 pair patches. Place them face down. Flip one over, look at it, and turn it face side down once more. Each time you find a pair, remove it from the game. Add pairs as you master. Play with a friend! Your ability to remember where the cards are on the table will help build attention. Practice your math detail by balancing your checkbook or budget by hand. The next time you have to wait in a doctor's office recite you math tables and see how far you can go.


10. Practice with "what's wrong with this picture" exercises or put puzzles together. The more you practice these visual puzzles the better you'll find that you are paying attention to other details.


11. Memorize an image. Look closely at a scene (you can do this anywhere: at work, on the bus, at a coffee shop), close your eyes, and recall as many details about the scene as you possibly can. Write them down. You may so the same with a photograph. Or sketch what you remember.


12. Meditate. Meditation begins with the simple art of noticing your breathing pattern. This monitoring of your breathing builds self-awareness. Begin in a quiet space and just notice your breathing. Allow thoughts to come and go from your head without judgment. Simply notice them and release them to come back to the focus of your breath. You can mediate on your break or at home. Start meditating for 5 minutes and build to 15. You will see a difference in your aura of peace.

For Your Next Meeting or Conference: Speaker and Corporate Training Sheet
Watch Mary Lee's NEW Corporate Training Video: "Effective Negotiations."
Watch Mary Lee's Expert Panel VideoLife/Career Reinvention Coach Mary Lee Gannon appears on a panel of top coaches at Rivers Casino for Pittsburgh Professional Women here showing what you do when you feel overwhelmed and fear failure.
Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE helps you position your executive leadership signature to enthuse transformational change. She is an award winning speaker, coach and president of, a consulting and leadership training firm that helps you position your unique leadership impact to create a movement. Her purpose is to wake you up from autopilot (your business metrics, employee engagement, sales, productivity, organizational vision and purpose, doubt, innovation, executive presence, conflict resolution) to your unique leadership signature so that you can change the world instead of just flying around it. She is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives, the Woman of Integrity Award by Pittsburgh Professional Women and the Leading Lady Distinction by Oakland Catholic. She's been featured in Money Magazine, NPR,, U.S. News and World Report,,,, Her column appears in the Pittsburgh Business Times and she presents regularly to national audiences on leadership, executive presence, conflict resolution, employee engagement, coaching versus managing, and career development. Read testimonials from her clients. Both of her books: Reinvent you - From Welfare to CEO and Starting Over are available in bookstores, from online booksellers or on her web site at  
Mary Lee is a featured executive coach in MONEY MAGAZINE. 
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