Words of Wisdom with Trish Rodriguez

Trish_RodriguezTrish Rodriguez
Senior Vice President/Area Manager
Kaiser Permanente

What are three things you wish you’d known as you embarked on your career?

  1. Listen more – speak less. Execution and the creation of results are what matter.
  2. Do not make a mountain out of a molehill. Don’t overanalyze or over-read situations to make them worse than they actually are. I have lost a lot of sleep unnecessarily. Care about things that really matter. This will give you more time to focus on the important.
  3. Learning is not finished when you complete your post-secondary degree. Dig deep and keep learning about things, both inside and outside of your field.

Did you have a mentor? If so, what was the most important piece of advice they gave you?

I still have two very important mentors and have many powerful mentors throughout my career. One of the best pieces of advice was "don’t sweat the small stuff."

How did/do you handle work/life balance?

I have become more and more diligent about fitness and nutrition as I have become older. I wish I would have started much earlier. I never compromise on taking most of my vacation time. Even if it is only a 3-day weekend, I walk away refreshed and happy.

I also made the decision not to have children early on in life, which is not the right decision for everyone, but it has given me flexibility that some don’t have. I admire men and women who can fit it all in.

Do you have any suggestions of books, articles, websites, etc. that might help a young professional?

  • Leading Change – John Kotter
  • Stewardship – Peter Block
  • Good to Great – Jim Collins
  • Harvard Business Review – read each month, cover to cover

How important is it to be involved in organizations outside of work (church, networking, philanthropy, alumni, athletics, etc.)? Why?

I love the Boards that I work with. I believe that community service is a fundamental part of being a good leader.

What do you love about Sacramento?

The Sacramento region is filled with great people, events, restaurants, and civic amenities that cannot be beat. My husband and I continue to find great new finds throughout the region.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell the 40 and under business professionals in our region?

It is such a great time to be in Sacramento. The economic resurgence is going to create great opportunities across the board. Be ready to seize the opportunities.