About LIFT: 7 Quick and Powerful Ways to LIFT Yourself, Your Team, Your Organization and Your Community to New Levels of Peak Performance:
We designed LIFT – 7 Quick and Powerful Ways to LIFT Yourself, Your Team, Your Organization and Your Community to New Levels of Peak Performance at the request of our clients to create a book and subsequent handbook that they could quickly reference to answer fundamental leadership questions. We’ve given away hundreds of our handbooks to the amazing leaders we have the privilege to work with every day.
This book is organized into our top 7 leadership attributes from our handbook with a deeper exploration of each. For a free, printable copy of our LIFT handbook, please visit our website, leadpeakperformance.com. We provide our best insights to these attributes based on decades of leadership experience and research. We hope this book can be a key resource for you on your leadership journey. We use the word “leadership” development synonymous with “personal” development. We believe they are one in the same. We also believe that leadership begins with leading ourselves and, therefore, we are all leaders.
The Lead Peak Performance Center for Strategy, Leadership, Operational Excellence & Personal Growth
Our Mission: Igniting people, teams, organizations and communities beyond current success to new levels of Peak Performance.
Our Vision: People in organizations and communities are strengthened to be innovative in obtaining measurable and meaningful results.
Our Values: Indomitable-Spirit; Humble-Urgency; Diverse-Mindedness; Other-Centered; Inspiring-Service
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Mary L. Burkhardt, BS, MA, CAS, serves clients in their development as strategic, innovative, progressive leaders in strategy creation and engagement for execution, positioning ever-maturing leaders and team members to win in our highly competitive global marketplace and how to excel in operational excellence. Mary is recognized as a performance results leader applying innovative solutions, discipline and best practices to significantly improve sustained personal, team and company Peak to Peak Performance.
Mary helps clients make leadership and strategy everyone’s job, leverage and align diversity and culture as a key performance asset, apply methods for simplifying and removing waste in business processes, consolidate functions for improved efficiency and cost reduction, and implement fast cycles of improvement and strategic transformation renewal for successful competitive advantage.
As an experienced global change agent, Mary has led people in small to worldwide organizations to be more focused on customer delight, accountable, flexible, proactive and productive as compared to the competition. She has demonstrated the ability to build performance-based cultures through proactive relationships with customers, suppliers and people across multiple organizations. Mary has held a wide range of leadership roles in public and higher education, business units, manufacturing and corporate functions including serving for a number of years as a Corporate Vice President of a Fortune 100 Company, responsible for the performance of thousands of employees.
Mary authored three books, two of which achieved #1 Best Seller status on Amazon. She is currently writing a fourth book scheduled to be released in 2020.
* LIFT: Lead to Ignite Futures and Teams
* Worlds Collide: How Business Can Be Enriching for All
* The Upside Down Triangle: Ignite the Life-Force Within Your Business
Mary wrote the forward to “Why Johnny Still Can’t Read: A New Look at the Scandal of our Schools” by Rudolf Flesch, was published in “Empty Pages: A Search for Writing Competence in School and Society” by Clifton Fadiman and James Howard and in “Changing Focus: What’s Changing in the Business World” by Alecia Swasy.
Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, a Master’s Degree and Post-Graduate Education in Educational Administration, and further executive development includes: Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Leadership in the 21st Century, Kenan Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina; Program for Manufacturing Excellence, Carnegie Mellon University; Statistical Thinking for Managers, Joiner Associates; Communication Skills for Managers, Ridge Associates; Lean Thinking and Simplification, Toyota; Quality Management, Dr. Edward Deming; Motorola Six Sigma; Executive Coach, Corporate Coach U and The University of Rochester.
Edward E. Davison-Gwynn, BS, Certified Coach, serves clients by engaging with them in leadership development, strategy development, business development and executive leadership coaching. Ed works with progressive leaders who believe in customer-pulled, employee-first cultures where enriching the lives of employees and customers are lead indicators of success. Ed is a thought partner in helping clients reach new levels of business and personal Peak Performance.
Ed has served in numerous leadership roles in both for profit and not for profit organizations. He led empowering work environments, always striving to develop team members to help them reach their highest potential. Ed led multimillion-dollar units attributing success to creating uplifting, positive cultures on teams he led where each teammate felt invested in and valued.
Ed helps lead and serves on the Board of Directors for an international not for profit that helps at risk youth break the cycle of poverty through education.
Ed authored three books, two of which achieved #1 Best Seller status.
Ed holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Business. Additional education and development include: Leadership Coaching Certification, University of Rochester; Effective Communications and Human Relations/Skills for Success Certification. Further studies include: Psychology of Human Behavior; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Effective Communication Skills; Mysteries of Modern Physics; Einstein’s Relativity and the Quantum Revolution; The Story of Human Language; The Psychology of Performance; From Yao to Mao: 5,000 years of Chinese History.
Ed’s favorite areas of interest are spending time with loved ones, reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors.
Ed’s passion is leadership, specifically; how inspirational leaders can transform the world.