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Energize Your Leadership


Discover, Ignite, Break Through

by John ThurlbeckCreatespace / 228 pages / April 2015

Energize Your Leadership springs from a collaboration of 16 leaders from around the world who came together online. They recognized a lack of energy, excitement and sense of purpose in the leaders they interact with each day. As they explored ways to help these disengaged, overwhelmed and discouraged leaders discover a new spark an extraordinary community of friends developed. Here they share stories from their individual journeys to demonstrate how energy ignites leadership success.

Join us to energize your leadership – Discover, Ignite, Break Through. Energize Yourself Regardless of whichever philosophical or spiritual path you choose to follow, all of them have one factor in common – the root of all energy begins within, since the seed of all energy is found within ourselves.

In this first part, we examine that seed by taking a look at four crucial energy centers found within ourselves and how best to tap them: Values, Gifts, Self-Questioning, Creativity. Energize Others Energizing others begins with the self. When you deeply know your values and gifts, the next step is bringing that true self outward – with authenticity and honesty. A foundation of authenticity brings life, vigor and genuine connection to personal and professional relationships.

From there, you can meet the needs of others and motivate them to be active participants in the co-creative process. In this section, we look at four practices key to people-energizing: True to Oneself, Being Seen for What (and Who) You Are, Deal with Problem People, Serve to Lead - Lead to Serve. Energize Your Workplace An organization, like any collective of people, is not just the sum of its individuals but an entity unto itself. Together, these collected people form a singular organism with its own behavior and culture. We hope for one whose energy crackles with positivity and growth.

Although all the insights in this book can be applied at the organization level, in this part we look at four factors that are especially crucial to an organization’s collective energy reserves: Brand "You", Gut Thinking, Gratitude-Based Organizational Attitude, Love Multiples. Energize Your Future The future is often presented as some uncertain void of chaos and unpredictability, and while this is true to a large extent, such a representation also ignores the fact that we are each armed with those tools that can give us the best chance at success in the future. But how best to energize a future that holds so much unknown? Here are four concepts to do just that: Have a Plan B, Recognize the Role of Fun, Explore the Unknown, Face Whatever Comes with Positivity.

All the authors:

Susan Mazza – Florida, USA

Energize Your Values

CEO of Clarus Works, Susan Mazza is a business coach and motivational speaker who works with leaders and their teams to transform their performance, relationships, and work environment from acceptable to exceptional. Named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders by Trust Across America/ Trust Around the World in 2013/2015, Susan co-authored The Character-Based Leader and is the founder/author of the highly acclaimed blog

“Core values drive your behavior and emotional responses. Leveraging this access to emotional intelligence can.” ~ @SusanMazza

Terri Klass – New Jersey, USA

Unwrap Your Gifts

Terri Klass is a Leadership Training Consultant and Speaker who partners with organizations to create cultures of empowerment and develop future leadership. She delivers highly successful leadership workshops and is a speaker and author of articles about working with the different generations in the workplace. Terri has an MBA and is Myers-Briggs certified. Learn more about Terri at

“When we play to our gifts, we feel more alive in our leadership.” ~ @TerriKlass

Barry Smith – Oregon, USA

Question Yourself

Founder of Building What Matters, LLC and a founding member of The John Maxwell Team. Barry is an international Coach, Speaker and Author focused on Leadership and Personal Development. Barry believes in building what matters and what matters is people. Author of Leadership by Invitation. Learn more about Barry at

“A strong enough WHY will always reveal the HOW.” ~ @BLDWhatMatters

Tony Vengrove – Connecticut, USA

Unleash Your Creativity

Tony Vengrove is  Founder of Miles Finch Innovation, creator of the Idea Climate Equation®, and an innovation omnivore. His career spans NYC ad agency and Fortune 500 brand marketing and innovation roles, which arms him with a unique general management perspective of leading innovation and change. Learn more about Tony at

“Sameness is no friend of creativity; sameness only safeguards the status quo.” ~ @Tony_Vengrove

Karin Hurt – Maryland, USA

Being Authentic to Others (and Yourself)

Karin Hurt, CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, is a leadership speaker, author, consultant and MBA professor. She’s a former Verizon Wireless executive with two decades of diverse cross-functional experience in sales, customer service, and HR. She helps leaders get better results by building deeper trust and connection with their teams. Learn more about Karin at

“There is no greater gift you can give your team than leading from who you truly are, toward head-turning results.” ~ @LetsGrowLeaders

Alli Polin – DC Metro, USA & Australia

Be Seen for Who You Are

Alli Polin, CPCC, ACC, is a former senior executive with deep experience in leadership, change management and organization development. Now an expat, coach, speaker and facilitator, she is driven to help people create a full life and achieve professional success. To learn more about Alli and her work visit

“Forget showing the world you’re perfect. Show people that you’re human.” ~ @AlliPolin

Carol Dougherty – Illinois, USA

Speaking Up Around Problem People

Carol Dougherty is the President of Delta Consulting Group, LLC. She helps the next generation of leaders develop their potential by building skills in communication, time management, decision-making, and leadership. Learn more about Carol at

“Know your triggers to be prepared for problem people pushing your buttons.” ~ @DoughertyCarol

Daniel Buhr – Minnesota, USA

Serve to Lead, Lead to Serve

Daniel Buhr has been an EHS information analyst in the Fortune 500 corporate world for over 27 years. He is also a leadership developer, promoting the PAR principle that in leadership we each have the Permission, Ability and Responsibility to lead. You can find him on social media as @Cybuhr or at

“Fitting in only leads to mediocrity. Coming together as who we are produces greater energy.” ~ @Cybuhr

Lalita Raman – Hong Kong

Brand You, Brand Your Organization

Lalita Raman is an Executive and Leadership coach, trainer and speaker who partners with people, business and organizations to develop, empower and assist them in delivering results that they seek. She delivers leadership and sales training workshops and assists in discovering and developing the talent of organizations and individuals. Learn more about Lalita at

“You can revitalize yourself by the energy you bring to what you do and in the way you articulate your purpose.” ~ @rlalita

Chery Gegelman – Middle East

Encourage “Gut Thinking”

Chery Gegelman was once a frustrated visionary that learned how to instigate and lead system-wise change from the middle and the edge of organizations. Today she speaks and consults with people and organizations that are learning to lead through change to growth. Learn more about Chery at

“Energize your leadership by tuning into the truth your gut just knows.” ~ @GianaConsulting

Dr. Hoda Maalouf – Lebanon

Build an Organization of Gratitude

Dr. Hoda Maalouf was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. She moved to the UK for graduate studies at Imperial College, earning a Ph.D. in Communication Engineering. Hoda currently teaches, advises students and serves as head of the  Computer Science Department at Notre Dame University, Lebanon. Learn more about Hoda at

“Be grateful to be alive! Get up, shake off the dust and move on with your life.” ~ @MaaHoda

Scott Mabry – Tennesee, USA

Love and Let Love Multiply

Scott Mabry is a former school teacher and experienced senior executive with a passion for helping others find meaning in their life and work. He still teaches every day and shares his thoughts on how we can “bring our soul to work” at

“Our struggles can serve us if we allow them to change us.” ~ @soul2work

LaRae Quy – California, USA

Plan (B) for the Future

LaRae Quy is a former counterintelligence and undercover FBI agent. She speaks and coaches on how to develop the mental strength to control emotions, behavior, and thinking that lead to personal and professional success. Learn more about LaRae at

“If you focus only on your barriers, you’ll never see the road.” ~ @LaRaeQuy

Jon Mertz – Texas, USA

When Confronted with Challenges, Have Serious Fun

Jon Mertz is one of the 2014 Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business and writes to empower Millennials to become conscious leaders, build stronger teams, and lead a richer life. Learn more about Jon at

“Fun delivers a beautiful simplicity; clearing boundaries and cleansing spirits.” ~ @ThinDifference

John Thurlbeck – United Kingdom

Lead with Curiosity

Founder of Wear Consulting Limited, John is a super-connector – an international facilitator, trainer and coach focused on critically transforming relationships, building extraordinary networks, developing energized leadership and enabling powerful organizational change. Learn more about John at

“Curiosity enables you to be receptive, reflective, perceptive and open; all traits of an authentic leader.” ~ @JohnThurlbeck

Cynthia Bazin – California, USA

Positivity Is Always Possible

Cynthia Bazin is a motivational speaker, expert writer and mentor who has 20+ years of leadership experience. She is an Investigative Expert and former Private Investigator who owns SmartChic, a premier mentoring company for women. She empowers women with her laser-focused strategies so they can live their most successful and happiest life. Learn more about Cynthia at

“Focus on moving forward, on action and results, on the things you can do.” ~ @TheSmartChic


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