Monday, September 24, 2012

Who Has Helped You Succeed?

Last week at CEO Connect (see attached video), in addition to our discussion on executive coaching we had a fascinating conversation about mentorship. This week I encourage you to look back and ask yourself who in your life has helped you succeed? Candidates include a parent, a relative, a teacher, a coworker, a friend, etc. Odds are somewhere along the line you have been mentored by an individual who cared enough about you to take the time to help you develop. This week:
1. Contact people who have mentored you and thank them for their contribution to your   success.
2. Reach out and offer to mentor someone you care about.
3. Find a mentor for yourself.
4. If you are looking for a mentor or to be mentored, let me know and I will try to match folks up.

Coach Rob

Monday, September 17, 2012

Could You Benefit from Executive Coaching?

I have just finished writing an article for the “Psychotherapy Networker”. It’s about executive coaching, which I will be presenting on at this week’s CEO Connect breakfast (let me know if you would like an invitation).
Here are a few indicators that you might benefit from executive coaching:
1. You are grappling with a significant career decision.
2. You are having trouble with a person at work     (co-worker, partner, etc.).
3. You want to enhance your leadership skills to be able to move to the next level.
4. You have an obstacle to success which you just  cannot overcome.
If you want to learn more about executive coaching: what it is, how to select a coach, how to assess the   impact of coaching, join me, Barbara Allushuski (President & CEO of Blue Heron Talent) and Steve Gill, Ph.D. (Executive Coach) at this week’s CEO Connect breakfast.
Please share with me your experiences working with an executive coach.

Coach Rob

Monday, September 10, 2012

Leadership Lessons From the Maestros of Autumn

September: Baseball ends in a flurry; football kicks off in a rush; the art season commences in a    flourish. What leadership qualities do football coaches,  baseball managers and symphony        conductors have in common?
1. All have to take a group of individual prodigies and blend them into a cohesive team, which wins and loses as a whole.
2. All have to calculate the odds and take risks: no risks, no glory.
3. All have to operate within the glare of the spot-light.
4. All will be second guessed by Monday morning quarterback/critics who know more than they do.
5. All win some, lose some, and “hopefully” wake up Monday morning to start all over again.

What lessons have you learned from the maestros of pigskin, hardball and melody?

Coach Rob

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What Important Task Have You Been Putting Off?

We all do it. While we think we are busy doing “Must do activities,” we are putting off dealing with something really important. Often, it’s not a work related task. It may have to do with health, key relationships or finances. This week identify an important task you may be putting off. Here are a few tips on how to get to what you have been avoiding:
  1. First determine what it is. Maybe you’ve forgotten, so you may need to ask your friends, family or coworker to remind you.
  2. Write down what it is you have to do and tape it to your mirror.
  3. If it’s complicated, do the first step. For example if you have to call an old friend who’s been ill, look up his or her phone number and write that down.
  4. Assign yourself a deadline and share your commitment with someone else.
  5. If you’re still avoiding doing the task, put off doing something you like, such as watching your favorite tv show, until you have done the task you have been avoiding.

Coach Rob