Volunteers Lift Us Up

April 9th, 2014

Over 1,100 people gathered for 38th Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards to honor Orange County’s outstanding volunteers and the 2014 Giving is Living Nonprofit /Corporate Partnership recipients  Habitat for Humanities of Orange County and The Home Deport.

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Hosted by OneOC, this  event recognizes and celebrates volunteers who with their willing hands and selfless hearts inspire and lift us up.  Nearly 400 individuals, families, groups and corporate teams were recognized for their exceptional volunteer contribution to our communities.  Orange County’s nonprofit institutions are more vibrant and successful because of the volunteers that energize them and move them forward.

To learn more about how you can get involved contact info@oneoc.org.

Teamwork, Synergy & Trust

April 4th, 2014

What is the one thing that can change everything?  Trust.   Imagine the difference it would make if you were able to increase the amount of trust in the important personal and professional relationships in your life.

Second Harvest Food Bank, CEO, Nicole Suydam recognizes that trust is a performance multiplier.  She knows having her leadership team perform at it’s highest level is critical to helping them achieve their mission to end hunger. 


To enhance and build trust among her leadership team she enlisted the support of OneOc. Janine McDonald facilitated a workshop using the GO TEAM Building Team Trust module.   Participants identified the top trust building behaviors the group felt were most important to their collective success.  Their list aligned with many of the behaviors outlined in Stephen M.R. Covey’s book, The Speed of Trust.

  • Talk straight
  • Demonstrate respect
  • Create transparency
  • Right wrongs
  • Show loyalty
  • Deliver results
  • Get better
  • Confront reality
  • Clarify expectations
  • Practice accountability
  • Listen first
  • Keep commitments
  • Extend trust

Second Harvest reaches out to the community for donations, grants, fundraising, food drives, food rescue, harvesting, and volunteers to help provide food, education and advocacy for the hungry. The Food Bank partners with more than 340 member charities who feed the hungry in more than 470 locations throughout Orange County, including church pantries, shelters, senior centers, rehabilitation centers, and homes for abused women and children.

The Leadership Gap

April 4th, 2014

Leadership “remains the No. 1 talent issue facing organizations around the world,” with 86% of respondents to the survey rating it “urgent” or “important.” However, only 13% say they do an excellent job of developing leaders at all levels means there is an enormous “readiness gap.”

Where should organizations begin?

  • Engaging top executives to develop leadership strategy and actively govern leadership development.
  • Aligning leadership strategies and development with evolving business goals.
  • Focusing on three aspects of developing leaders – developing leaders at all levels, developing global leaders locally and developing a succession mindset
  • Implementing an effective – and unique – leadership program.

Senior leaders should create a culture that broadens the opportunity for leaders to develop in new ways.  This means putting potential leaders in positions that stretch them beyond their current skill sets, and continuously coaching and supporting leaders so they can build their capabilities as rapidly as possible.

J9 Leading Solutions specializes in helping organizations develop leadership talent.  For more information please contact janine@j9leadingsolutions.com.

More Love, Less Hustle

February 11th, 2014

What if you chose to live this year with more love and less hustle? How would your state of mind and well-being be impacted? How might you gain more, by doing less? I was in the presence of an amazing group of women recently and we were sharing the best resolutions we’ve made and kept.   This idea resonated with me, and I realized I’ve been trying to enact this way of being that isn’t about packing more in, but being more present and in the moment.

photoIn the past if I had a 10 minute chunk of time, I would ask myself what can I do in 10 minutes. Now I view that 10 minutes differently, perhaps it will allow me to arrive early and calmly to my next appointment instead of running in the door with a minute to spare.  Maybe I can close my eyes and breathe deeply to help ground me for what’s next in my day.  Or I can just sit and be still and notice the people and the beauty that surround me.

This Valentine’s season, I hope you’ll take to heart this idea of loving more and hustling less. Cherish the space you can create in your life by being more intentional and mindful about how you spend your time.  Love yourself.   Love others.  Love your community.