The Unlimited Newsletter

Potential Unlimited

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Banner graphic of Carey-Ann Oestriecher
April, 2016 | Volume 4 | Issue 9 Facebook Twitter YouTube LinkedIn

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Unlimited Newsletter...

Spring is a great time for new beginnings. I have been feeling myself even more upbeat and optimistic about all of the possibilities ahead.

One of those great opportunities was the chance to be interviewed by author Maggie Georgopoulis for her book, Up the Ladder in a Skirt, which will be released at book stores in North America and Europe as well as online this summer. My interview with Maggie is for a feature case study within her book that memoirs my own leadership journey and advice I give to other women who want to progress to the senior executive-level at their organizations. Preparing for this interview was a great chance for me to reflect and really appreciate the career journey I have had thus far.

Speaking of career journeys, last month HRD released its Who's Hot List for 2016. Among the winners is one of my clients and friends, Elaine Cruise Smith, Chief Talent and Culture Leader, Worldlynx Wireless. In this month's Unlimited Newsletter, I took the opportunity to sit down with Elaine and talk to her about what it takes to be at the top of  her game, strategies that have helped her and if she has been able to achieve balance in the midst of it all. Definitely check out Elaine's great story and advice below!

Wishing you an exciting Spring full of amazing possibilities!

Enjoy the ride!

Carey-Ann Oestreicher
Chief Engagement Officer
Potential Unlimited


Exclusive Interview With HRD's Who's Hot for 2016!

Last month, HRD released its Who's Hot List for 2016, the who's who features 32 of Canada's senior HR professionals who impact business outcomes and achieve overall excellence in all aspects of HR. Among the winners is one of my clients and friends, Elaine Cruise Smith, Chief Talent and Culture Leader, Worldlynx Wireless. Not only is Elaine a superstar in her career, she is a mother to a six-year old daughter and 13-year old son.

Read on for advice on Career and Life from Elaine's journey (photo featured too).


Who Are You Influencing Today?

Recently, I was walking downtown in my suburban area when I noticed an older gentleman, seemingly in his early 80s with white, thinning hair, bending down to pick up something on the sidewalk.

As I got closer, I saw he was picking up garbage. When he saw me, he looked up and smiled with warmth glowing from his face that seemed to cut through the frigid cold wind of the day. "Good for you!" I praised the man. "I do what I can," he said as he bent down gingerly to pick up the next piece of blowing paper running across the sidewalk.

Well, I made about 10 steps past the man and here in front of me was a front section of the local newspaper lying on the sidewalk at my feet. I've got to pick this up now, I thought to myself. It would be like a slap in the face to this man if I praised him and watched him kneel his 80-year old frame down to the ground to pick up garbage and then I proceeded to step on this paper and walk by. Read more about the power you have to influence others.

Today's Thought: Your greatest accomplishments may not be what you achieve, but what you overcome.


Carey-Ann Oestreicher

Carey-Ann Oestreicher

Carey-Ann Oestreicher (pronounced O-striker), Chief Engagement Officer for Potential Unlimited, works with individuals and companies to help them reach their full potential.

A Top 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Award winner and nominee as one of Canada's Most Powerful 100 Women, Carey-Ann has held a variety of senior positions including vice-president level and she has worked in industries such as: financial services, automotive and transportation, publishing, cosmetics and fashion.

Carey-Ann's media appearances include CTV's Canada AM, Global TV's Survivor series, CBC NewsWorld, TSN. She has also been quoted in numerous publications such as The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine and Canadian Business magazines.

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