Six Million Ways to Fail

Does this seem like you?

How John redefined success.

John was becoming frustrated with his business partners, who were also all best friends.

He and his best friends had joined together about nine years ago to create a $6 Million business. They made good money, had seen significant growth, but their attitudes towards change were starting to diverge. Times had changed, due to ever evolving technology and infusion of millennials into the workforce, along  with new and creative ideas impacting his industry. He knew change could be effecting his business soon.

Despite the fact that he was making a six-figure salary that provided an very comfortable lifestyle for his family, he spent most of his time working in the business while his partners, who he perceived as resistant to a more current approach to their company, took a different path. They seemed to be happy with the current state of the business, while John was always worried about the future.

When he first showed up in my office, John had just returned from a stressful meeting with his team.

Understandably, he desired strong team alignment and better distribution of work among the partners, who he still held closely as treasured friends.

And now, he was beginning to feel the stress and tension his demanding schedule was putting on his personal life – his health and time with family were suffering due to the heavy workload.

I’d been there and knew I could help. 

So together, we brainstormed things he could do to improve his situation:
First, we laid out a plan to more clearly define his company’s assigned roles and responsibilities.
Second, John engaged his key team members in leadership coaching sessions.
Third, we worked toward better team alignment through a clear understanding of the company’s mission, vision, values and goals.

Believe it or not, after some intense coaching, John became aware of the importance of considering his health and personal life as his most important priority. He became comfortable enough to dial back on his expectations, and was able to continue to be successful just by changing his perspective.

As our coaching engagement  progressed, John felt more confident that the business would continue to prosper and that he did not need to constantly give 200% 24/7. He learned that successful leadership often comes from a small change in perspective, and clearly defined roles and responsibilities, as well as establishing the company mission, vision, values and goals and living them.

If this kind of success seems out of reach for you, I can assure you, it is achievable.

Through my background and extensive training, I know how to help good leaders become even better.

I helped my client learn that leadership manifests itself in many ways. For him, it was success in health and personal happiness thorough more clear communication with his team.

And now I want to share these same methods I use with my clients, with you too.

Join me at Success is an Iceberg: A Full-Day Workshop, on Friday, April 28th at the Warwick Center for the Arts, 3259 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886, where you’ll learn how to:

  • Clarify what is right and wrong in your business or career
  • Spell out the actions you want to take. Are you ready yet?
  • Test your culture. What is it like to work in your business?
  • Be willing to explore, try or experiment with new ideas. Don’t do everything all at once.

It will be a real eye opening experience, and you’ll want to invite your friends to attend as well

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I sincerely hope to see you there,

Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL, ACTP, ACC

PS. Feel free to forward this invite to friends or colleagues who you know this event would be a great fit for. Thank you, thank you.

Our venue is the beautiful and historical Warwick Center for the Arts. You don’t want to miss the experience of enjoying the amazing art and at the same time, learning. Food and beverages are provided free all day, and there will be free chair massage and a free wine and cheese tasting networking event to follow. I’d love to connect with you there!


Mary T. O'Sullivan

Mary T. O’Sullivan, Master of Science, Organizational Leadership, Member, International Coaching Federation, Society of Human Resource Management. Candidate, Master’s Certificate in Executive and Professional Career Coaching, University of Texas at Dallas. Member Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Honor Society. Advanced Studies in Education from Montclair University, SUNY Oswego and Syracuse University. Mary is also a certified Six Sigma Specialist, Contract Specialist, IPT Leader and holds a Certificate in Essentials of Human Resource Management from SHRM. Mary O’Sullivan has over 30 years experience in the aerospace and defense industry. In each of her roles, she acted as a change agent, moving teams and individuals from status quo to new ways of thinking, through offering solutions focused on changing behaviors and fostering growth. In additional, Mary holds a permanent teaching certificate in the State of New York for secondary education, and taught high school English for 10 years in the Syracuse, NY area.