Welcome to the Media Room for Ann Potts, a Chicagoland Training Professional, Executive Coach and Motivational Speaker with the power to inspire managers to lead and employees to thrive during times of critical change. Ann brings more than 25 years of successful corporate leadership, communication and change expertise to support and empower clients. Interview and expert-speaking requests from the media are welcomed. Read more about Ann, her background and specialties on the About Page.
Ann Potts’ Immediate Contact Info
Phone (IL): 847-364-1933
Email: ann (at) executiveperformancefuel (dot) com
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Pull Quotes Attributable to Ann Potts
“What if these times of economic turbulence are the perfect catalyst for redefining how you relate to your work and your employees? Sometimes it’s when we are forced to reinvent ourselves that we find the greatest creativity – new ways of being and doing. Stretching ourselves to find new ways of interacting with those we work with and those we love can totally transform the palette of our work and our lives.”
“The crisis of my spinal cord injury taught me the importance of having a diverse support team…no one should count on only one or two people to sustain them during times of intense change. It’s essential to have the diversity of multiple perspectives for your own sustenance and it’s also much fairer to those supporting you. One person can’t be or do everything. So one of my first recommendations to people in the midst of crisis is to identify several people with different strengths and diversity of opinions to support them.”
“One of my greatest pleasures as a manager was writing and delivering appraisals. A well-written assessment that highlights an employee’s uniqueness will light them up and illustrate your commitment to them. It’s unfortunate that so many managers don’t maximize the potential of reenergizing an employee during an annual review.”
“The five generations now in the workplace have such an opportunity to share and learn from each other. An effective leader will find ways to capitalize on the collaboration opportunities versus getting mired down in judgment.”
“Innovation requires letting go of your attachment to how things are so that you can welcome the possibility of what can be. People don’t see themselves as creative and yet their lives are full of history of reinventing themselves if they can only step back and see it.”
Potential Interview Questions
- Do you have tips for people or organizations who are overcoming a massive change?
- Employers are talking about the need for innovation. What mindset does innovation require and how can both employers and employees foster innovation?
- What are the biggest opportunities facing corporate leaders caught in survival mode and how do you recommend they respond to them?
- What are the key things leaders need to understand about managing multiple generations?
- Can you describe what you mean when you say that leaders can find a natural intersection between their personal passions and the visions of their companies? Why do you see this as critical to career satisfaction?
- How can leaders best communicate change to their employees and gain the buy-in essential for implementing it?
- Why is now the best time to be planning for a new career?