In Honor of Pear Pleetissamuth - Her Reception!

Yesterday, on June 21st, members and friends got to celebrate with our associate, Pear Pleetissamuth,  who recently graduated with her second degree, a Masters Degree  from the University of Arkansas in Operations Management, Engineering College, complementing her Bachelors Degree from the Walton College in Small Business further complemented by her minor in Chinese.  Pear has been a wonderful contributor to our team for over 30 months and we are all grateful for the opportunity to get to work with her.  She modeled teamwork, sought best practices, executed with grace and grit, helped us upgrade how we do things in many ways, all the while with a smile and strong discipline.  In addition, our members and Pear created some special bonds over the months.  

Pear will be returning to her home country of Thailand to start, with a partner, an Essential Oils enterprise, targeted to the growing affluent Chinese who increasingly visit Thailand. 

For these combined reasons, we wanted to have a Pear Party before she leaves for Thailand.   Some incredible people showed up.  It was a Thai Food feast and a lot of uplifting conversations.  Please enjoy some photos of the event.   


 Names of those in photos:  

1. Pear and Molly Rawn                                                                 

2. Dan Sanker, Tommy and Robyn Van Zandt, Pear

3. Santiago and Gabriel Machado, Tommy                       

4. Stewart & Grace Nance, Mafe & Camela Machado, Robyn Van Zandt

5.  Stewart Nance, Pear, Tim McFarland

6. Michael Iseman & Shannon Bedore

7. The Machado Family, Tim     

8. Ed Nicholson & Brian Shaw     

9. Elevate Team


Pear takes with her the hours of shadowing and assisting peer advisory group meetings, where members address real-world issues and help one another seize opportunities or respond to challenges or issues and thanks to their peers, often with greater success.  She is equipped with a host of takeaways and pieces of wisdom from about every member and client.   She understands the real world of leading an organization and valuable keys to doing so.         

Pear, you may be moving to Thailand but we are still here to be helpful to you at any time along the way.   We know you are well positioned for success.  We also know that every start-up is challenging.  We wish you the very best in this new endeavor!   

Thank you to everyone who attended Pear's Party!
-The Elevate team


What Does Being a Leader Look Like?

Leadership....We Were Going Through Some Keepers Relating to Leadership and Found This Piece Dating Back to 2010

What Does Being a Leader Look Like?

From the book CEO Material by Debra Benton,

Page 91,

If you choose to lead (because it is your choice), you

  • Think “we” instead of “me”; you put forth individual effort to create team-based wins

  • Have other awareness not just self-awareness and campaign for others, not yourself

  • Understand that being a leader is a service job – service to employees, social causes, and customers (note: we would add shareholders, suppliers and providers of credit)

  • Improve your people’s reputation, not your own alone, and you keep it about others, not you

  • Grow others and share credit; you make it possible for others to use their abilities and take people to places they normally wouldn’t go on their own

  • Don’t just focus on your work but focus instead on the business as a whole; you get a large number of people moving in a similar direction where they’re able to accomplish a great thing

  • Build a team of like-minded people around you and fill in gaps of what’s missing in your own expertise

  • Take responsibility for your own weakness, even if only in private, and you get skills or put people around you with skills

  • Grow things and free up capital, and you see where the company can go and where you can be of help

  • Keep whatever team you lead moving

  • Do more than get everything done; you make a huge impact every day

  • Spark ambitions in others-both those under your direct control and those who are not

  • Make choices, minute by minute, that make you better in your work

  • Treat your people as associates / colleagues, not subordinates

  • Have organized thinking, and you can take a problem or opportunity and sort it out logically.

Ways a Leader Can Step Up Our Leadership Capacity

When it comes to stepping up our leadership capacity, consider the below recommendation.   

This recommendation comes from what the members of our forums have taught us as well as various guest speakers and / or workshop leaders presented by Elevate Performance. 

Please consider this knowing the author of these materials is flawed and while sharing this with you, we are also encouraging ourselves.  We know it is a journey and none of us will achieve mastery of leadership as it is hardly possible. We can constantly improve our leadership effectiveness and below are some of the best ways to do this.    

  • Performance expert Stan Beecham encourages, we want to "access our best more often."  As we put together a string of these days and weeks and months, it can do a lot for how much more we can enjoy our career time and the people with whom we work.  It also gives our team members a greater opportunity to appreciate us.   
  • We all have flaws and we are human and not perfect.  That is why Elevate speaker Stan says it the way he says it: to pursue "accessing our best more often."
  • How is that done?  A lot of it is forgiving ourselves and our people sooner than in the past.  It is bringing more heart and gratitude to the party.  It is recognizing that anything in the past is in the wake of the boat.  It is back there. It has no power.  What matters is what I do today; how can I access my best more often?
  • If emotional intelligence is twice as important in getting what we want in our career, even our lives, than IQ, there is significant upside for every one of us by going deeper around understanding and practicing emotional intelligence.  Empathy, heart, and self-assessment are at the top of this list.  

No doubt, we have to have business acumen, industry expertise, a sense of strategic thinking/acting and common sense to be a great CEO.  Our competitors often are high on these traits as well.  We will be pretty equal around these traits.  It is in executing the EQ where we can differentiate ourselves from our competitors and is likely the area where we can find the greatest gain in our own performance.