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Issue: 7
May 2014

Can you believe Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner? This year is going by incredibly fast. 

In this month's issue of The Power of Talent, we dive into the true meaning of being a great leader and exceptional communicator. Good leaders know that it isn't about drawing attention to yourself, but spotlighting the talent on your team. It is a leader's job to develop their team and build solid relationships in their business. Continue reading to find out what skills a leader must master to be successful. 

In the process of developing a team, are you dedicated to furthering the success of the group? Our blog of the month takes a look at what it means to practice leadership development in the workplace. 

Also, don't miss the exciting news about one of our team members, Deborah Saks, Executive Coach and Facilitator, in our What's New section! 

Here at Torchiana, we believe that your people are your most valuable asset. That's why our staff of professionals has expertise in all facets of leadership development, executive coaching, career management and career transition/outplacement services to help your company grow.
Please contact us if you'd like to discuss how Torchiana can assist you or if you have questions about our new Career Development and Transition Programs. 

All the best,

Kristi Rocha & Lynne Saiz


Are You a Good Communicator?

Fact: Good communication is not about you, your opinions, your positions or your circumstances.


Great leaders know this.


Being an excellent leader requires communication that exceeds rudimentary conversation and mediocre interaction. More often than not, problems arise between employers and employees, as well as peers, due to lack of proper communication. Opinions may be lost because of fear of rejection, and ideas are often hushed because of poor communication practices. A great leader reaches past this; they read between the lines, listen closely and get personal with their audience - whether it's one individual or a group of dozens.


Great leaders have clear goals and make impactful statements that they back up with knowledge, relatable stories and truth.  They take the attention off of themselves and instead, make it about the other person and about the team as individuals.


Want to know the other methods and communication tactics that great leaders have mastered? Continue reading here for the Top 10 Secrets to conquering their skills as shared in this recent Forbes article. 


Blog of The Month
Leadership Development: Do You Practice?

Luciano Pavarotti was quoted as saying, "If I don't practice a day, I know it. If I don't practice for two days, my wife knows it. If I don't practice for three days, the world knows it." Judging from Mr. Pavarotti's career, it is evident to me that he may have never missed a day of practice. In the business world we are measured by our performance much like a world class operatic tenor, such as Pavarotti, is measured by his fans. It takes relentless dedication and practice to be the best at one's craft. Successful people aren't born with talent; they work to improve their skills and competencies by practicing on the job each day.  


A frequently asked question in business coaching is, "How do I practice business acumen?" Many areas of business, in fact, are directly practical; presenting, negotiating, delivering evaluations, deciphering financial statements, etc - and we can practice them all. Still, these skills are not the true essence of leadership success and performance. The great leaders are masters at communication and relationship management in critical environments...while under pressure. It takes communication and relationship management skills, along with critical thinking, for one to navigate through the treacherous waters of leadership. In order for a person to hone their soft skills, they must practice and welcome feedback. Feedback is crucial, and getting it should be no problem in business. The problem is people do not always seek it. We find that they wait for it, avoid it or hope it will never come. Without guidance, we are traveling without a roadmap. To be a successful leader, one must have guidance and the opportunity to experience wins along the way. 

Continue reading at the CareerPartners International website.
This article was provided by Career Partners International.

What's New at Torchiana: Insights Discovery

Torchiana is pleased to announce that Deborah Saks, Executive Coach and Facilitator, is certified in the Insights Discovery Assessment Instrument and Program Facilitation. 


Insights Discovery is a learning and development system for optimizing personal and professional effectiveness by helping individuals uncover who they are and how they interact with others.  With roots in the work of Carl Jung, it's continually validated and refined to ensure accuracy and insightfulness.  The custom profile includes information on personal style, decision making preferences, strengths, potential challenges, communication style preferences, potential blind spots and more.  The Discovery Profile is the center piece of a full suite of programs and classroom learning primarily for teams, leaders, and sales organizations.  Clients report an improvement in employee engagement, leadership effectiveness and increased team productivity.


Please contact us for more details.   


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Upcoming Events


The Great Debate: Do career initiatives help or hurt employee motivation to grow?

Date: Thursday, May 29

Time:  4:30-6:30 pm

Location: Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale

Register here. 


HR Strategy Forum

Big Data: How HR can play a more valued role by fully mining Big Data

Date: Tuesday, June 10

Time: 8-11:30 am 

Location:  Silicon Valley Bank, Santa Clara

Register here.


Torchiana and Career Partners International 

Webinar: Ex-celerating Success:  The Power of Executive Onboarding

Date: Thursday, June 12

Time: 11 am PDT

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Leading Dynamic Change: HR Partners in the Design of Productive Workplaces

Date: Wednesday, June 25 

Time: 4-6:30 pm  

Location: Onyx Pharmaceuticals, South San Francisco

Register here.


HR Star Conference

Date: Wednesday, July 16

Time: 9-4:30 pm 

Location:  South San Francisco Conference Center

Register here.


About Torchiana Mastrov & Sapiro

Established in 1980, Torchiana is the Bay Area's most experienced independent career management firm. Our staff of professionals have expertise in all facets of leadership development, executive coaching, career management and career transition/outplacement services. WE have established strategic alliances with select organizations to fulfill additional human capital and business needs.

We firmly believe that your people are your most valuable asset. Our offices in San Francisco, San Ramon and Santa Clara provide service to more than 300 companies and we deliver our services worldwide through Career Partners International (CPI).