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Mary Lee Gannon

 Mary Lee Gannon, CAE

The Life/Career

Reinvention Coach

From Welfare to CEO of organizations with up to

$26 million in assets

  

Mary Lee Gannon is a Life/Career Reinvention  Coach, strategic planning consultant and president of 
StartingOverNow.com - a coaching and consulting firm that helps people and organizations reinvent to enjoy the freedom that comes from success. 
She is 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.
 
 

Clients are throughout the US and are individuals and entrepreneurs.

 

Are you:

  

An entrepreneur in a flat business

Chilled from divorce

Idle in your career

Burdened by a job loss

Void of life purpose

Missing a loving relationship

Afraid that "empty nest" means "empty future"

In need of executive presence

Unable to "just move on"

 

Clients are working hard but not smart because there is a lack of vision, goals, accountability or good work/life balance in place to produce exceptional results. So bureaucracy, personal agendas and cynicism have grabbed hold when what they want is rekindled passion to create the best product or service in their industry, be the provider of choice and be fulfilled by a lifestyle friendly business.

 

Services:  Life/Career Reinvention Coaching / Strategic Planning / Board Development /  Healthcare / Management Consulting / Public Relations / Meeting Facilitation / Leadership / Productivity. 

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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
here with Michelle Wright of WTAE-TV
and Beth Caldwell of PPW.

The Book 

Cover to Starting Over Book
Starting Over

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 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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The Career Changer's Dilemma: You want to change careers or start a business but you keep telling yourself you are not qualified or that your current career skills do not demonstrate that you are diversified enough to bring value to a new setting.

 

You already have plenty of skills that you may not realize are very marketable and useful. These are called "transferable skills" or skills that you already have that can be applied in another setting.

 

Your resume should feature transferable skills and the measurable accomplishments you gained using them. For example: Built a department of 15 direct reports and within six months was able to increase sales 11%. It doesn't matter what you were selling - the ability to sell is transferable.

 

If your skills and knowledge are valuable to only one employer, you are in trouble. Sooner or later your employer will no longer be interested in buying those skills or can get someone new to do them for less, and you will have no place else to put them to use. Make sure you are always acquiring new transferable skills or developing the ones you have.

 

Transferable skills fall into three categories:

 

1) Communication

2) Organization of Information

3) Operation/Fixing of Systems and Equipment

 

Communication Transferable Skills:

 

Speaking effectively

Writing concisely

Selling

Building consensus

Facilitating group discussion

Negotiating

Perceiving nonverbal messages

Reporting information

Interviewing

Editing

Inspiring and motivating people to act

Developing rapport

Listening

Providing support for others

Delegating with respect

Train others

Managing conflict - people

Delegate responsibility

Evaluate Your Own Work and that of others

Handle complaints

Networking

 

Organization of Information Transferable Skills:

 

Forecasting and predicting

Creating ideas

Identifying problems

Creating solutions

Analyzing alternatives

Identifying resources

Creating plans

Defining process

Setting goals

Defining needs

Developing evaluation strategies

Attend to detail

Make sound decisions

Manage a Budget

Coach

Manage change

Attend to written, visual and auditory detail

Delegating with respect

Keep records

Research

Meet deadlines

Crisis management

Time management

Ability to think and act independently

Create and implement strategy

Independent learning

 

Opration/Fixing of Systems and Equipment Transferable Skills

 

Install software

Engineer systems

Coordinate equipment interfaces

Manage a sound system

Manage a lighting system

Manage facilities operations - HVAC, utilities, etc.

Build things

Install appliances

Interface technology

Engineering

Compare systems

Commercial and residential real estate construction

Repair equipment / machinery / appliances / technology

 

Define your transferable skills that may be applied to another career oryour own business. Practice how you describe them on an interview, networking situation or sales call. Assure the voice in your head, which is trying to protect you from failure, that you have the skills defined above to be an asset to any organization.

 

Understanding your transferable skills will give you the confidence to apply for "stretch" jobs and start things you weren't sure you had the background for. They are the foundation for moving forward. They will empower you to acquire and hone new skills. They are your springboard to building a stronger background of skills.
 

Make a list of your "Transferable Skills" and what you have accomplished with them. Make sure that accomplishment is quantifiable. (Decreased costs 3%, increased sales 6%, shortened the time to market 15%.)  Start now!

   

Watch Mary Lee's panel video: Life/Career Reinvention Coach Mary Lee Gannon appears on a panel of top coaches for Pittsburgh Professional Women at Rivers Casino here showing how to put the head trash and overwhelmed feeling aside, move beyond fear and get the freedom that comes from success.  View video

 

 

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Mary Lee Gannon is an executive and life transition coach, strategic planning consultant and president of StartingOverNow.com. She championed a life change that took her from welfare to CEO and has advanced organizations with up to $26 million in assets within many complex systems over the last 16 years. She is a graduate of the Duquesne University Professional Coaching Program and an alumnus of the 2010 Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital Coaching in Medicine & Leadership Conference. Her 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 worked up to the level of CEO to support her family. Her book "Starting Over" is available in bookstores, online or on her web site at www.StartingOverNow.com Email her to get a free e-book and get on her mailing list for free exercises and tips at marylee@startingovernow.com

 

         

 

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Mary Lee Gannon is the president of StartingOverNow.com - Helping people and organizations reinvent to enjoy the freedom that comes from success. With more than 17 years of experience as a CEO of organizations with up to $26 million in assets, Mary Lee coaches individuals and organizations with a Goals-Accountability-Results system. Read testimonials from her clients.  She is a graduate of The Duquesne University Professional Coaching Program and an alumnus of the Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital Coaching in Medicine & Leadership Conference. Her 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 rose to the level of CEO to support her family.  Areas of Specialty: Live/Career Reinvention Coaching, Strategic Planning / Board Development /  Executive Coaching / Healthcare / Public Relations / Meeting Facilitation / Leadership / Productivity / Life/Career Transition.  Her book "Starting Over - 25 Rules for When You've Bottomed Out" is available in bookstores and from online booksellers.  

  

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