Rob Pasick likes to say that he had a mission in life long before he knew what a mission was. As a kid, he was always the one pulling people together - organizing neighborhood ball games or setting up ways for people to talk through their differences during the tumultuous 1960s. Perhaps that's why he was drawn to the field of clinical psychology. He was a family therapist for 25 years in Ann Arbor, specializing in working with men. He continues to run men's groups and has spoken at men's conferences with authors Robert Bly and Sam Keen. This work also led Rob to write one of his most successful books - Awakening from the Deep Sleep. (It's the one that landed him on "The Oprah Winfrey Show.") He's also the author of two other books geared toward men, Men in Therapy and What Every Man Needs to Know, as well as two geared toward man's best friend,Conversations with My Old Dog and Pet Loss: A Death in the Family. (Note to dog lovers everywhere: Conversations with My Old Dog was updated and republished in 2010. Look for Conversations with My Old Dog - a warm series of "conversations" with Lucy, the aging golden retriever, written in free-form poetry. It's guaranteed to get you thinking about life.) Today, Rob is a clinical and organizational psychologist and executive coach with a cheery, big-windowed office in one of Ann Arbor's historic commercial districts.
Since earning his Ph.D. in clinical psychology and public practice from Harvard University in 1975, Rob has provided leadership development services through teaching, coaching, speaking and writing. He is the president and founder of LeadersConnect and CEO Connect, which are leadership development and networking programs for executives and entrepreneurs. He also is a faculty affiliate at the William Davidson Institute at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He has made many public appearances on radio and TV. In addition to "Oprah," he has been featured on NBC's "Today Show," NPR and CNN. He often can be heard on radio in Detroit and Ann Arbor. Rob's clients range from veteran Fortune 500 executives to men and women starting their first businesses or stepping into their first professional careers. Two of his recent clients won entrepreneur of the year awards in Michigan. He has provided leadership training to the Ministers of Government of Rwanda and has worked with Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Czech, Chilean and Russian executives. His areas of specialty include life science, auto and financial services companies. At the Ross School of Business, Rob has coached dozens of teams in action-learning programs for first-year students in the MBA program. He also co-authored a case study on Reuters' response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. With the publication of Balanced Leadership in Unbalanced Times, Rob is launching a series of seminars and workshops on the theme of "Keeping Your Balance During Unbalanced Times." Rob clearly has a passion for work, but he also works hard to balance that with his other passions: his family, friends, baseball, Motown, ice cream and - of course - dogs. He has been married to Pat Carino Pasick, also an author and clinical psychologist, for 39 years and has two grown sons.