The Strategic Edge
An Interpersonal Communication Company
Meredith Gardner, Ph.D.
Noted Behavioral Psychologist/
“I’ve learned more in a half hour with you, Meredith, than I have in the past year.”
—Stephanie George, Vice Chairman of Women’s World Daily (WWD)
parent Fairchild Fashion Media, Inc., a division of Penske
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What People Problems
My High-Potentials are half-baked and need expert seasoning.
Some people aren’t “playing nice in the sandbox” – and a few
are even throwing sand at each other.
Key people don’t talk to each other, and we may well lose some clients.
Teams are coming unglued and productivity is down — little trust, collaboration, and limited innovation.
There’s so much to do and so much to
learn. Where do we start?
People keep talking in circles and nothing is getting done!
A key speaker for our conference just cancelled at the last minute!
I want a new position yet keep running into brick walls. What new strategies do I need to put my
career back on track?
Let Dr. Meredith Gardner Resolve Your Pressing People Problems So You Can
TOSSING & TURNING
A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP!
Dr. Gardner’s education, skills, experience and wisdom produce often immediate, and
Just Read the Testimonials!
She has Saved more than 100 Companies from Spending $Millions on:
Training & Outplacement
Loss of Productivity
She has even stopped a
Mutiny on the Brink!
100% Satisfaction Guaranteed!
Using new, different and uniquely effective methods in her programs, presentations and coaching sessions, Dr. Gardner consistently and overwhelmingly surpasses all expectations.
Situations that used to be difficult are now easier to deal with.
The levels of trust, respect and rapport rise exponentially across the board.
Teamwork is enhanced, and people become less anxious and more productive.
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High-Potential Leadership Development—One-on-One Executive Coaching
The Strategic Edge
Using her proven coaching techniques and disarming sense of humor, Dr. Meredith Gardner, author of
Vice President, Time Inc.
“Thanks to you, my business is up 20% and I’ve had a spectacular year.
-H. Thompson Rodman, Jr.
Alex. Brown & Sons Incorporated/now
Improve rapport for increased employee engagement.
Fine-tune tact and diplomacy.
Develop more tolerance for different points of view.
Adapt to many varied communication styles.
Deepen understanding of character traits, leadership
and ways to motivate others.
Demonstrate the ability to analyze situations, assess options, and resolve problems.
Behavioral Turn-around—One-on-One Executive Coaching for Difficult
People & Situations (“Elephants in the Room”)
“Usually these are the irritating, difficult, brilliant yet misunderstood people…”
“…In your case you have not only consistently surpassed customer expectations, you have taken on extremely delicate cases requiring proven conflict management skills,
—David Dosamantes, Associate Director
Department of Synagogue Management
Union of American Hebrew Congregations
Your people who are not “playing nice in the sandbox” learn how to:
Demonstrate higher self-awareness and a greater sense of
responsibility for personal behavior.
Trust rather than micro-manage for improved employee engagement.
Summarize thoughts instead of pontificating, rambling or interrupting.
Choose to take action rather than procrastinating.
Encourage with positive
feedback rather than denigrating through hyper-criticism.
Convert pushiness into collaboration.
Business-to-Business (B2B) Mediation: Internal and External Conflict Resolution
“Thank you for working magic!”
—Anonymous comment from
the acquiring or acquired company, are just a few examples…
The dialogues you shepherded… provided us with a very health head start.
“When any relationship – internal or external – goes awry, survival of the entire enterprise is at stake!”
—Dr. Meredith Gardner
People (within your organization, or externally, with clients/vendors/M&A contexts)
Clarify differences in values and focus on areas of similarities.
Find areas of commonality that will foster trust for enhanced employee engagement.
Determine a hierarchy of values and agreement points.
Merge disparate visions into a
greater and unified vision.
Foster tolerance and respect for different cultures, points of view, and personality styles.
Convert their personal agendas into collaboration.
Team Building Programs
“When you’re in the sandbox, it’s your choice whether to throw sand in somebody’s eyes, or
“It was a pleasure working with you on the recent team building effort in our organization… The work that you did with individuals was tightly focused on the behaviors that required improvement.
The second phase of your assignment focused on a training program designed to meld the staff into a team…You worked well with staff members and division management to select a change vehicle that was most appropriate for the needs of this group. Ultimately the value of anybody’s work is the impact that it has on the intended audience.
Judging your work, which was conducted with a high degree of professionalism, by its
It is now almost 3 months since your engagement ended and I find that many of the behaviors that we worked on improving have indeed become a permanent part of our business culture.
Vice President, Corporate Risk Management
Work together in harmony for a common purpose and shared goals.
Adapt their own communication styles to those of others on the team.
Value and accept
different points of view.
Utilize the many and varied strengths of the team members.
Give others what they want and get what they need at the same time.
Develop a win/win culture for increased employee engagement.
“There’s more to leading people in companies than having a big corner office.
“Your seminars on ‘Empowering Your Personality’
—Elaine Armstrong, ATM
Toastmasters International, District 46
From Employee Participants at Time Warner
Re Group Seminar on Presentation Skills
What I liked about the Seminar:
Meredith “… gave examples, she was funny, she was engaging, and there was an opportunity to meet other Time Warner employees.”
Meredith has “…energy and enthusiasm for the subject.”
“Definitely added to what I
previously learned ….”
“Your tone and energy, props, and examples were fabulous.”
Participants in Group Seminars & Trainings will experience at least two—most likely three or more—AHA!
Deputy Managing Director,
American Lung Association
“The Strategic Edge Facilitation is designed to straighten out people who are talking in circles.”
—Dr. Meredith Gardner
Participants in Facilitation Sessions/Retreats learn how to:
Agree upon objectives.
Clarify listening and responding.
Value and accept different points of view.
Bridge the gap between ideas and action.
Build consensus for greater employee
Keep content, process, structure, and follow-up on track.
“It was terrific to see you in action...You had your eye on everyone.
—Dr. Nahma Sandrow
Professor of English
City University of New York
“It was obvious to me that your ability to communicate with your audience was extremely effective.”
The Seeing Eye, Inc.
“Your audience, whether corporate executives, business students, doctors, lawyers, or others, will benefit from your expertise.”
—David N. Daniels, M.D., Clinical Professor
Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral
Stanford School of Medicine
You’ll walk away from Dr. Gardner’s presentations and speeches motivated to take action as a result of learning:
“…my heartfelt appreciation for the outstanding contribution you made to the DBM/IBM Career Transition Project in Valhalla, N.Y… I am proud to have had you as part of this elite group.
Vice President, DBM/IBM
“Meredith's ability to interact with people is admirable! Her passion for instilling knowledge and passing along information is greatly appreciated by all, certainly me. Meredith is an asset to
Special Events/Tours & Operations at Disney Theatrical Group
“I do extractions even though I’m not a dentist! I extract information from people— important information that will guide them to being happy and successful for the rest of their life.
—Dr. Meredith Gardner
What is the Password
For Emotional/Social Intelligence-based Skills
In the World of Work?
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The Importance of Self-Awareness:
“It is only when
feelings, and beliefs...that we can take responsibility and act accordingly.”
—Dr. Meredith Gardner
Other people recognize our blind spots, but we don’t!
Controlling and intimidating others–without realizing it
Not standing up for yourself–without realizing it
Making other people
Masquerading manipulation with kindness–without realizing it
Promoting a false image–without realizing it
Being envious–without realizing it
Being too intellectual–without realizing it
Being too anxious, too ambivalent, or too argumentative–without realizing it
Avoiding bad news–without realizing it
Interpersonal Communication SoftSkills
“Meredith is an innovative author and leadership thinker, and is perhaps
the most astute communicator I know--she is extremely perceptive.”2
Thomas A. Kolditz, Ph.D., [now Brigadier General (Ret.)],
Executive Director, Doerr Institute for
New Leaders at Rice University;
When the updated version kicks in, the earlier default and/or derailing behaviors get archived.
“It’s your choice—old, or new—you’re in charge!”
“Play nice in the sandbox”?
At the onset of new Awareness, situations that used to trip us up no longer grip us with the same high voltage.
Trust, respect and rapport rise exponentially as
new Awareness kicks in.
There’s a positive correlation between Awareness and Peak Performance.
People on the Team become happier and more productive at the same time.