Rita Giacalone, Ph.D.
The seminal book, First Break All The Rules, refers to people's inherent talents
as "superhighways" in the brain. I would like to tell you about my superhighways,
my inherent skills that make me a perfect fit for my job. I like nothing better than to
take the time to discover someone's likes, dislikes, hopes, fears, and idiosyncrasies.
I love hearing the stories of people's lives and relationships, in and out of the
workplace. People often say to me after first meeting me, "I don't know why I am
telling you so much about myself. I never do this." People do this with me because
I convey a deep interest in and respect for every person I meet. People walk away
feeling heard, valued, and worthwhile. This is the basis of trust. Trust is the key to
what I do and why I do it so well.
By nature, I am keenly aware of people's unique traits. I have the ability to bring
people together to discover what they have in common and appreciate and
capitalize on each other's differences. This is crucial to team development. I
facilitate conversations that lead to understanding and agreements that otherwise
would go unspoken.
I think systematically and I gather ideas and communicate about issues in a
practical, straightforward manner. My training in psychology taught me how to
use my inherent predisposition for systematic thinking to identify patterns in
relationships, processes, and cultures. When I don't know the answer to something,
I won't stop until I discover the facts and consider them very carefully before
providing feedback or stating my ideas. I read, I probe, I analyze, I reflect... all in an
effort to provide the best possible guidance to my clients.
Finally, I am passionate about affecting positive change and growth in individuals,
groups, and whole organizations. I truly live to serve. I take tremendous pride
and pleasure in working to develop people and solve problems that lead to a more
enjoyable, engaged, and productive workplace. For better or for worse, most of us
spend the majority of our adult lives at work. I help people make the most of it.
Education and Experience
Rita Giacalone earned a BA from Georgetown University and Ph.D. in clinical
psychology from the Wright Institute in 1997. She did her pre- and post-doctoral
training at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), where she provided
clinical and organizational consultation to schools. It was at UCSF that Dr. Giacalone
gained essential experience and working knowledge of how to effect positive
change within whole organizations, not just with the individual or the family unit.
As a result, Dr. Giacalone pursued additional training in executive coaching and
organizational development at University of California, Davis.
Dr. Giacalone has been providing organizational and executive consulting services
for the past eleven years. She has become passionate about using her training and
experience in the field of psychology and organizational development to help
elevate leaders, teams, and organizations to optimal performance. Her emotional
intelligence based approach to working with executives has proven highly effective
in enhancing the ability of leaders to truly inspire the best in others.
What others are saying...
Effective consultation relies on keen analytical analysis, the capacity to hold and represent multiple perspectives and sensitivity to systemic influences, individual experience and interpersonal dynamics. Rita possesses an abundance of each of these characteristics and adeptly employs them in her consultative endeavors.
Infant-Parent Prgm Director
UCSF Dept of Psychiatry