Monday, February 25, 2013

Why Embrace Positive Psychology?

This week I will be presenting at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship on my research about finding your occupational sweet spot. The    Center is based on the ideas of positive psychology which seeks “to find and nurture genius and talent and to make normal life more fulfilling rather than merely treating mental   illness.” Here are some key findings from the field of positive psychology:
1. “Recruit people who are in their element in the job, as opposed to having the right competencies for the job.”
2. “Young people should be trained to pursue excellence in their field, as well as engagement in accordance with their normal belief systems.” - Howard Gardner
3. “Evidence suggests that while negative emotions can be damaging, positive emotions can undo the cardiovascular   damage caused by negative emotions.” - Barbara Fredrickson
4. “A key aspect to successful living is healthy and strong relationships.” - George Vaillant
5. “Where as money makes a significant difference to the poor (where basic needs are not yet met), it has a greatly diminished effect once one reaches middle class.” - Daniel Gilbert
6. “Unlike money, which has at most a small effect, marriage is robustly related to happiness.” Martin Seligman

We are proud to have Kim Cameron, one of the world’s leading experts on Positive Organizational Scholarship, presenting at the next CEO Connect on March 29.


Coach Rob Pasick

Monday, February 18, 2013

Be Consistent With Your Mission

While it may be common sense to think that we should be consistent with our missions, how many families can boast that they've been on the same mission for over 50 years? The Sarns family would never boast, but the fact is that they have been on a mission to help those with cardiovascular disease for over 50 years. Dick Sarns founded Sarns Inc. in 1960, which is now owned by Terumo, the leading     provider of heart lung machines and cardiovascular products used in open heart   surgery worldwide. In 1987, he founded NuStep, Inc. which has successfully developed, manufactured and sold over 60,000 NuStep Cross Trainers used in physical therapy settings worldwide. And he has not done it alone. At first he worked with his brilliant wife, Norma, and now works with his sons Steve and Dick. We are      extremely proud to have Dick and Steve Sarns as our presenters at the next CEO connect on February 22. How have they done it? Here are a few of my observations:
1. They have stayed highly focused on doing one thing and doing it better than anybody else.
2. Not only have they been highly committed to their customers, but they have been extremely dedicated to their employees.
3. They have sustained their humility.
4. They have been innovators who have been willing to take risks and go where others have been fearful of treading.
5. They have been strong supporters of their community and have given time, energy, and money to support Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan.
6. They have supported others who are trying to be entrepreneurs and researchers.
7. Through it all, through ups and downs, they have maintained a great sense of humor and a positive attitude.

Link to CEO Connect on February 22:

Coach Rob

Monday, February 11, 2013

Learn How To Relax

An important part of maintaining emotional control and staying healthy is learning to relax and pace yourself. Going full tilt, all the time, with no rest can lead to getting sick, making mistakes, or jeopardizing key family relationships. Here are a few of Dr. Rob’s favorite tips on how to take better care of yourself and to learn to relax:

1. I teach my clients how to meditate
2. I teach the process of self-reflection through journaling
3. I encourage my clients to schedule regular date nights with their significant other and one-to-one time with each of their children, including grown children
4. I encourage taking naps
5. I make sure my clients take all of their vacation
6. I suggest my clients take a 15 minute break every 90 minutes
7. I emphasize getting enough sleep (8 hours is the best)

For more about maintaining emotional well-being, take a look at my video on emotional intelligence and also read Tony Schwartz’s article “Relax! You’ll Be More Productive” (see links below).


Coach Rob

Monday, February 4, 2013

Do You Know How Others Experience You?

Several years ago, I worked with a leader who thought she was an open and honest person. Yet, when I talked to her coworkers, I heard repeatedly that they did not trust her. They felt that she shaded the truth, hid things from them, and talked about them behind their backs. When I gave her the feedback, she was shocked.
Here are some suggestions I gave her on how to understand herself better and to see herself through the eyes of others?
1. At the end of conversations, ask for feedback on how well the conversation was received by the other party.
2. Listen to the feedback without defending yourself.
3. Act on the feedback by trying to improve yourself and not by an act of retribution toward the person providing feedback.
4. Don’t tell people you are “open and should be trusted”. Work to earn their trust.
5. Remember one act of dishonesty can ruin trust that has been built up over years.
For more on emotional intelligence, please see my video on emotional intelligence which I recently did for U of M Alumni Association.

Coach Rob