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  • November 24, 2016

May the good things in life be yours in abundance, this Thanksgiving and throughout the coming year!

happy thanksgiving

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Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • October 20, 2016

tough decisions at workExecutives often find themselves having to make tough decisions. Though the decision may positively impact your business, being bold and showing courage can be scary.  This behavior, though, is exactly what will help you succeed. History has proven that those with the guts to lead change are the winners when things turn around.

Here are four ways that you can be bold and make tough decisions at work:

  1. Be courageous – Boldness comes from your head and courage comes from your heart. Successful business owners and executives are the ones that can combine the two. Even if you are afraid, do not let fear paralyze you.
  2. Move toward your fear – There is always fear of the unknown. Fear is not something that should be avoided.
  3. Stay in front – Your subordinates need to see you as a bold and courageous leader. Lead from the front to inspire those around you and to show that you’re a team player.
  4. Embrace anxietyResearch says that a little anxiety may help you perform at you peak. Feeling a little scared about the consequences of a tough decision will help you be bold.

Do you have tips for dealing with  a tough decision at work? Share them with us in the comments below.

Posted in Career Coaching, Leadership

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • September 16, 2016
  1. work life balanceIf someone were to take a bird’s eye view of your schedule or daily activities, would that “glimpse” reflect what is truly important to you?
  2. Do you participate in a daily ritual that enables you to take time out for yourself?
  3. Does your investment of time and energy in work, family and friends, balance with the amount of time and energy you spend on yourself?
  4. Are you able to leave “work” at the office?
  5. Do you feel in control of your schedule?
  6. Do you take and fully enjoy vacations?
  7. Is there time and room in your schedule for regular exercise and physical activity?
  8. Do you have time for a social life?
  9. Do you feel in control of your career?
  10. Can you happily and healthily sustain this pace for 5 years or more?

If you often feel out of balance and you answered “NO” to more than three questions, you probably would benefit from making some changes toward balancing your career. Rodas Coaching personalized career coaching programs focused on your unique needs. Together we can achieve real results that go above and beyond traditional routes to help you reach your career goals.

Posted in Career Coaching, Rodas Coaching

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • August 8, 2016

business people teamwork in an office with hands togetherTeam building is important for any organization, as success typically depends on the ability of individuals. Taking the time to build an effective team will improve productivity and motivation.

The following team building tips will give you ideas on how to accelerate your team building and build a more sustained, productive team:

  • Create A Common Vision – Spend time as a team thinking about what you want to create and where you want to go.
  • Set Common Goals – The goals of your organization should be understood and supported by all team members. Make sure team members know what role they play in supporting these goals.
  • Make Clear Roles and Responsibilities – Clarifying individual roles will help in achieving your common goals.
  • Provide Management Support – Make sure that managers are following up with team members regarding what their needs are and how team building can be improved.
  • Plan Engaging Exercises – Team building exercises should be fun, engaging and challenging.

Creating an action plan is the best way to ensure that team building is part of everyday work. Innovative Team Building recommends having managers follow up during regular staff meetings. Other ways of sustaining team building include manager check-ins and internal/external coaching.

And, most importantly, don’t forget to have fun with your team!

 

Posted in At Work, Career Coaching, Leadership, Rodas Coaching

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • July 13, 2016

executives on linkedinIt is important for business leaders to be visible on the social networks that their colleagues, employees and peers use. Executives should use LinkedIn to increase their personal brand and build their network.

Beef Up Your Profile – First impressions last and having an incomplete profile is worse than not having one at all. Use a professional headshot and write a compelling headline to run under your name. Make sure your short description is creative and include keywords for your industry.

Use LinkedIn Publisher – Self-publishing on LinkedIn can help you gain visibility in your industry. Writing about your professional experience is a good place to start.

Connect – Create a connection strategy for connecting with existing professional and personal contacts. Start by connecting with friends, current and former co-workers, and other people in your industry who you may know. Then develop a habit to send a LinkedIn request each time you meet someone new or have a professional interaction.

You can see more tips for how executives should use LinkedIn here. In the meantime, be sure to connect with me on LinkedIn to start building up your connections.

Posted in LinkedIn, Rodas Coaching

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • July 4, 2016

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Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • June 15, 2016

rodas coaching building an effective teamTeam building is an important aspect of being a manager. Most organizations know the importance of building and fostering teams, but building an effective team requires ongoing work and input from managers. Rather than limiting teams to what each member can do on their own, the key is to unite your team around a common goal, which will raise productivity.

Huffington Post shares five steps to build an effective team:

  • Establish leadership – Managers need to develop the right kind of leadership skills, so that employees will work effectively on their own. Instead of asserting authority, foster trust through honesty and transparency.
  • Form relationships with employees – Learn more about each team member, like their skill sets and how they’re motivated. This information is invaluable to leaders because they can match each employee’s expertise and competencies. Giving your team open-ended projects will allow them to determine the best solution and encourage them to cooperate.
  • Build relationships between employees – Examine the way your team works together and try to improve communication and cooperation. If there is conflict, act as the mediator.
  • Encourage teamwork – Help your team work together effectively by encouraging them to share information among themselves and within the organization.
  • Set ground rules – Include your team in creating team values and goals, so they know what is required and they agree to it.

What tips do you have to build an effective team? Share what has worked for you in the comment box below.

Posted in career, Career Coaching, Leadership, Rodas Coaching

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • May 6, 2016

encore careerMany people get to a point in their lives when they have worked hard for decades but don’t want to work 40+ hours every week. An “encore career” refers to a career transition that takes place in the latter part of one’s career. Typically an encore career happens in social sector fields like education, nonprofits, the environment, and health care.

If you are thinking about pursuing an encore career, you are not alone. According to a recent study, nearly 9 million Americans between the ages of 44 and 70 have encore careers.

If you are considering an encore career, first consider these things:

  • Think about the skills that made you successful in your personal career and explore opportunities where those strengths can be used
  • Once you’ve chosen an area to pursue, catch up on industry news by subscribing to industry newsletters and joining relevant LinkedIn groups
  • When meeting with people regarding your encore career, be sure to promote the active part of your personality during networking activities and in interviews

You can see a list of resources for encore job seekers here.

Posted in Career Coaching, Job Search, Rodas Coaching

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • March 26, 2016

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Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • March 24, 2016

According to a new study, your Myers-Briggs personality type (MBTI) could predict what your career path will look like. Yes, your chances of career success could depend on whether you’re an ENFJ or ISFP.

Not familiar with Myers-Briggs? The personality assessment traces the patterns in your behavior and assigns you to one of 16 personality types. It gives you a framework for understanding yourself and appreciating the differences in others. You can take the Myers-Briggs personality assessment here.

Over 25,000 people participated in the MBTI study and it broke down how people with different Myers-Briggs personality types fair when it comes to job satisfaction, performance and even average income. The study found that your personality type can make a huge impact on your career path.

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Study highlights:

  • Extroverts report higher job satisfaction than Introverts
  • Judgers earn more than Perceivers
  • Thinkers supervise more people on average than Feelers
  • Intuitives are more likely to be self-employed that Sensors

You can see the full study findings here.

 

Posted in career, Rodas Coaching

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.