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Meet Ann Gladys of Sommét Enterprises

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ann Gladys.

Hi Ann, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I have had an interesting and varied career. Initially, I was a senior Fed and ultimately curated the first telework for the government in Southern California. This experience, along with the research I undertook during my doctoral journey, led me to write my first book, The Invisible Leader.

In the subsequent “chapters” of my professional journey, I have taught in three doctoral programs, consulted to major corporations, and chaired doctoral dissertations. I guess you could say I have become a bit of a “gigster”! I am an author, a consultant, a professor, a mentor, a speaker, a development professional, and a leader in various community organizations. More recently, I authored the book, Mesmerize: How to Give Your Best Presentation Ever. My mission with this book was to help countless professionals and students learn how to overcome the fear of public speaking and create stellar presentation decks.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Since hard work and brute tenacity are part of my DNA, I found that as long as I remained patient, and most importantly, consistent – good things would happen. Sure, there have been times when money and time were scarce. Nonetheless, I have found that keeping a strong mission and set of goals in my field of vision paved the road ahead. When problems and failures occurred, I took the time to focus on the lessons learned and made sure not to make the same mistake more than once!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Sommét Enterprises?
Sommét Noun. 1. Summit; 2. The highest state of development. Pronounced (so máy). The Mission of Sommét is to partner with each client in the journey to the “summit” of success by creating a unique, customized, and personalized approach to achieving outstanding performance and results.

Established in 2009, the Sommét organization is a management consulting and training organization focused on the growth of each individual client. We work to ensure that our consulting and training paradigms are structured in a customized manner to identify the professional strengths in each client and offer methodologies that are results-oriented and metric-based. Our goal is to ensure each client reaches the personal “sommét” of peak performance by setting the stage for accomplishing goals, not just listing them!

In partnership with a team of colleagues who are experts in the fields of human development, organizational strategic planning, and change management, I offer employee and leader assessments, training, strategies, and tools to help clients reach both personal and corporate goals. What makes Sommét different, first and foremost, is its focus on the client. Realizing that each client is unique and therefore needs a customized program of support means that Sommét is a “client first” organization.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
Most notably, I have found that the topic of remote work is more important than ever. My first book, The Invisible Leader, today seems to have been somewhat predictive of the future of work; the book addresses the single most crucial aspect of leadership in the virtual world – leadership style. Leaders who rely on a “supervisory” mindset will quickly find their employees looking for greener pastures! Leaders who are autocratic and dictatorial will find themselves without an organization to lead. On the other end of the spectrum, laissez-faire leaders who ignore their employees will suffer a similar fate of employee migration.

I am currently completing another book, The Invisible Employee, which addresses the steps virtual employees need to take to stay focused, be noticed, and receive accolades and promotions while working “out of sight.”

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Image Credits
Headshot Photographer – Camille Quartz Mesmerize Cover – Ghislain Viau Invisible Leader Cover – Deb Tremper

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