The Unlimited Newsletter

Potential Unlimited

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

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October 2014 | Volume 3 | Issue 9 Facebook Twitter YouTube LinkedIn

Welcome to the Unlimited Newsletter...

For me, this month is filled with mixed emotions. As you read this, my 66-year old Dad is at a hospital in London, Ontario, receiving several weeks of radiation to his brain, lungs and kidney. Six months ago, we had no idea my Dad had cancer...and definitely not advanced stage lung cancer.  This is the second most aggressive cancer.

On the other hand, one of my brothers, Cory, and his wife, Amy, are about to have their first baby. We do not know if this baby is a boy or girl, but this baby will be met with a lot of love. It is like watching the circle of life unfold right before my eyes.

For Canadians, this month is a celebration of Thanksgiving. I am thankful for my Dad and all of my family, friends, clients as well as my own life. I am thankful for chemo, radiation, our health care system and medical practitioners. I am thankful for you, taking the time out of your busy schedule to open your heart to my journey and leadership lessons. I hope I can share with you some tips and useful information to help you grow as an executive and as a person. We are all in this world together. The more we can collaborate and help each other, the stronger we will become.

Enjoy the ride!

Carey-Ann Oestreicher
Chief Engagement Officer
Potential Unlimited


Collaboration is the 'New' Competition!

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In the early stages of my career, I was taught success is about the ability to compete.  I needed to be the best and constantly keep an eye on the competition. As my career (and I) matured, I began to see things differently. 

I remember when I started working at General Motors, I was shocked to see the President and head of engineering go on 'Drive arounds.' This is an event where all of the Presidents and lead engineers of the major automotive manufacturers come together, bringing one of their own company's cars for each team to drive and inspect so as to learn from each other. At first this concept seemed completely foreign to me. But after some thought, I realized that this examination was something that was going to be done anyway - either in front of the executives or privately back at the shops. And if these 'competitors' can share some learning, it will help consumers and strengthen the industry.  Where do you stand in your actions at work? Are you a competitor or a collaborator? Read more 

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No doubt you have worked hard to climb your way up the corporate ladder. Probably at times throughout your career, you wished there would be two of you to accomplish what you needed to do. And then, you made it to the leadership ranks and executive assistant appears! This is a dream come true. An extension of yourself. Someone to help you free up more time to be strategic and coach your people. But in the work I do as an Executive Coach, I can tell you that this Executive Assistant Fairy Tale sometimes ends up being just that and the time of the leader and the EA is not utilized as well as it could be. As such, I'd like to share Potential Unlimited's Top Tips to Working With Your Executive Assistant for Maximum Impact!

1.Get Personal. Any good leader-executive assistant relationship is never 100 per cent professional. It becomes a unique relationship filled with mutual respect and love. Take the time to learn about this person who works closely with you. Ask about her family life and interests. Be sure to share personal information about yourself too. Of course you don't need to fill your days listening to each other's problems, but the more you know about each other, the more connected your relationship will become.

2. Carve Out Boundaries. Creating boundaries with your EA isn't something to leave to chance. You need to reflect on what your boundaries are and communicate that clearly to your EA. He needs to know what you want, what your preferences are and how to best help you get what you need. This can change from time to time, so it is a good idea to sit down once a year and talk to him about exactly what you need. Read more

I love receiving feedback from my coaching clients. This is one that I can share with you, and provides inspiration for us all!

"Just wanted to let you know that because of you and the work we did together, my family and I are realizing our dream, on our trip around the world!! 2.5 months and 7 countries in...I couldn't have done it without your guidance a few years ago. I just proves that if you set your mind to your dreams, you can do it." Stephanie, Account Executive


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.

Recipient of Top 40 Under Forty Award and Nominated 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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