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Yoga is a way to unite the mind, body and spirit. It has been a path to a happier, healthier and more mindful existence for me. I am excited to share that I recently completed the Silk Road (Yoga) Sangha and Multidisciplinary Yoga teacher training.
My intention is to share my passion for this way of being with others as part of their self-exploration as leaders. It is my belief that yoga can help leaders be more effective. I have started to incorporate yoga practices with individual leaders I coach, I’ve added aspects of yoga into leadership classes I teach (including breathe work and meditation) and I am integrating yoga into corporate retreats and team building events.
Yoga is transforming. The goal of yoga – samadhi – is the inner state of oneness. To achieve this state we must be in tune with our breath, with our body, with our mind and our actions.
In the coming weeks, I will continue to draw the connection between yoga and leadership. I would also like to hear your ideas on how yoga makes better leaders.
J9 Leading Solutions is now a certified Go Team Training provider. With 18 team-critical topics, Go Team, is a complete team-training resource that supports all kinds of teams, included brand new teams as well as teams that have been together awhile. It’s a just in time training resource, which means that you select the module that is most urgent to the team, right now.
There are no PowerPoints, and no lectures. All of the learning is active, dialogue-based and driven by the members of the team. Each module takes two to four hours to complete.
Watch the video to learn more. For a free consultation to explore the possibilities for your team, please contact Janine McDonald at 949-433-1840.
As a coach and a consultant, I preach the importance of “unplugging” and “recharging” as a way to increase creativity, energy, productivity and overall well-being. On a recent family vacation, I set into practice what I preach.
I left my laptop at home and headed to Sunriver, Oregon for a taste of the outdoors. Instead of being tethered to my desk, on the phone or in meetings, I went hiking, mountain-biking and river-rafting. I did not read one email.
What did I do instead?
8 days of quality time spent with my son
3 trips down the Paulina Plunge natural waterslide
4 Class 3 rapids crossed
1 family sing-a-long with a local musician
1 book of fiction read (all work related articles or books were left at home too)
215 photos taken
27 family meals eaten
Daily deer sightings
3 family game nights (I was not the victor in any)
1 – 500 piece puzzle completed
2 afternoon naps
What did I miss while I was gone? Nothing critical! Clients knew I was leaving and respecting my choice to unplug. It took me a half a day upon my return to sort through my inbox. I was able to delete 90% of the emails. The remaining 10% I handled in the next couple of days. I highly recommend a digital detox. I promise the world will not come to an end if you do.
Full disclosure: I took my cell phone but only to take pictures like this one.
I wasn’t even tempted to email, tweet or surf the web.
I hired Janine to assist me in facilitating an offsite meeting with my team. She did a great job of helping to develop our agenda, facilitate our meeting and deliver the results we were looking for.......she was positive, energetic and strategic.
Russ Ortiz Vice President Global Brand Marketing Oakley
I truly enjoyed working with Janine MacDonald on our strategic plan. The results were eye opening and really helped us to clarify our mission and vision statements. Her personal expertise in the corporate world, coupled with an invested heart for non profits create a well balanced field for growth and self discovery. I am a better leader as a result of our partnership.
Je'net Kreitner Executive Director Grandma's House of Hope
I wanted to take a moment to share with how much I have appreciated your ongoing support and coaching. Thank you for being such a grounding and insightful sounding board and guide and contributing so much to my growth personally as well as to the organization.
Paul Kelway Executive Director International Bird Rescue
I can't thank you enough for being such a wonderful facilitator and giving me great direction. Your ideas are terrific and you lead the class phenomenally. I am very appreciative of your time and will keep you posted as I move forward. I'd take any class you have to offer!
Erin Nielsen Executive Director Tustin Community Foundation
When BIA OC was faced with creating a program for its members to enhance and develop their leadership skills, Janine McDonald was instrumental in bringing the vision of a Leadership Academy to a reality. As an expert in leadership development she worked closely with the team to identify the needs of our members, design a robust program and deliver it successfully.
She is passionate about leadership and it shows in her commitment to the clients she is helping.
Kristine E. Thalman Chief Executive Officer BIA Orange County
For over 10 years, Janine partnered with me in leading and planning the company's annual strategic planning process. She was responsible for creating long-range plans and tactical operational plans as well as tracking and monitoring implementation for results. She also championed strategic planning programs for over 200 of our clients.
She is highly creative and skillful in her facilitation and knows how to engage participants in the process.
Melinda Masson Founder/CEO The Merit Companies
I have seen first-hand her ability to facilitate small and large groups and bring them to deeper levels of understanding and expand their performance capacity. She has tremendous talent for delivering exceptional learning experiences. If you engage her services, prepare to be "wow-ed!"
These qualities, along with her humility and passion for service, lead me to recommend her for any work focused on leadership, management, and organization development.
J. Marcus (Mark) Maier, Ph.D. Associate Professor & Founding Chair Leadership Studies
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