Monday, October 29, 2012

Ken Dallafior’s Keys to Effective Leadership

November 9, Ken Dallafior will be our speaker at CEO Connect. Recently Ken has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Group Business and Corporate Marketing for Blue Cross Blue Shield. Ken will be speaking about how coaching is a key component of leadership. As a former Detroit Lion, he understands the relationship between coaching and corporate leadership. Here are his key lessons for how to apply coaching to leadership:

1. Remember: it's the players who have to carry out the action. The coach cannot play the game.
2. Give consistent, repetitive messages.
3. Coach each player as an individual, recognizing differences in terms of what motivates each person.
4. Emphasize: One team, one agenda.
5. Never forget, the key objective is to win.

Sign-up to attend the next CEO Connect and hear more about Ken's approach to leadership.

Coach Rob Pasick

Monday, October 22, 2012

Do You Understand Big Change When You See It?

At times we miss the truly momentous events that shape our lives. The Healthcare Reform Act (Obamacare) may well be one of these historical events. This week at CEO Connect, a panel of experts will be explaining what this Act means and how it will likely impact you and your business.
  1.     Think how aware you have been about momentous changes that have impacted your life and your business.
  2.     How prepared were you for the impact that these events had on your self and your business?
  3.     How prepared are you today for the changes that will occur as Obamacare is enacted (even if Romney wins the election, parts of Healthcare Reform will still be enacted)?

Please click the link below, if you would like to attend the CEO Connect breakfast on Healthcare Reform.

Coach Rob

Monday, October 15, 2012

Why You Should Always Be Thinking About Your Next Job

Some of my clients are happy with what they are doing.  Some are not. In either case, they know that in today’s economy, job uncertainty is a constant companion. While they know they should be always thinking about their next job, somehow they never find the time to “get around to it.” They are too busy with their current job to plan what they want to do next. Here are some tips for planning your next job when you are so consumed with your current job.
  1. Create a file, notebook or list where you post your thoughts, questions or resources about what you might do next.
  2. Schedule conversations with friends or family about your next steps.
  3. Have casual conversations with people who might be connections for your next job.
  4. Consult a career coach.
  5. Devote some days off to do networking and thinking about your next steps.
  6. Do some contingency planning: if you were let go tomorrow, what would you do? How much of this can you do now?

 I will be presenting on “Finding Your Occupational Sweet Spot” at the December CEO Connect.

Coach Rob Pasick

Monday, October 8, 2012

Tough Talks

I recently gave a presentation to Ann Arbor Junior League titled “Tough Talks: Using Emotional Intelligence to Manage Emotions, Stay Calm, and Thrive Under    Pressure”. I emphasized the following points:
1. No matter what, having the tough talk rather than stewing on the conflict, is always the best practice.
2. Since there are always two sides to every story:
             -Listen well to both sides.
             -Consider having a meeting to bring together  the people with different opinions.
             -If you are stuck, consider bringing in a third  party to mediate the disagreement.
2. To get to the “truth”, ask questions rather than share your “wisdom”.
3. Know you can never totally be objective, everyone has his or her biases. Learn to know your own well.
4. Remember the border between truth and lies is permeable and constantly changing. Just when you find the truth, it’s easy to lose it.

What are your best practices for having a tough talk?

Coach Rob

Monday, October 1, 2012

Does Your Work Align With Your Values?

In choosing an occupation, your values should matter. Here are some questions to consider to see if your current work situation aligns with your values.

  1. Does society value what you do?
  2. Does your work support your personal and family health and well being?
  3. Does your work consistently put you in compromising positions where you have to take actions which conflict with your values?

This is a difficult topic to understand, I’d be interested in your thoughts on the issue of values and work.

Coach Rob