McDonald Honored

December 14th, 2014

Janine McDonald

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) Orange County Chapter, formerly ASTD, honored Janine McDonald, CEO of J9 Leading Solutions with the Distinguished Service Award and the Walt Tait Community Service Award at their annual recognition event.

McDonald who served on the Board of Directors for two years and co-facilitated the Organizational Development Special Interest Group for the past four years  has made a significant contribution to the chapter and a strong commitment to the training and development profession earning her the Distinguished Service Award.

For her exemplary service to OC nonprofits through her affilation with OneOC she awarded the Walt Tait Community Service Award for creating good will and respect in the community for ATD and the profession of training and development.   McDonald currently serves on the Board of the Make A Wish OC/IE and she is the Chair of the Women’s Circle of Wishes.

ATD is the world’s largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. ATD recognizes excellence and sets the standards for best practices in talent development. These professionals, like McDonald, help others achieve their full potential by improving their knowledge, skills, and abilities.

It’s My Time! Women’s Conference

October 27th, 2014

Please join me for It’s my Time! Women’s Conference on November 14, 2014 at Ponte Winery presented by Women Empowered Rock.  This is your time to focus on you. Your hopes, your dreams, your truth.  If you’re experiencing a life transition or feel the need for change, this is your time.

  • Embrace your inner strength and acquire valuable skills toward personal and professional development.
  • Ignite your passion and explore all your possibilities towards living a successful, happy and healthy lifestyle.
  • Identify and define your own vision, purpose and passion.  Be empowered to be your best self.

A Brandman University alumni, Danielle Boudreaux is the driving force behind this event.  The vision is to bring together a community of women to be uplifted, empowered, and transformed through speakers, workshops, and interactive presentations.  I am honored to be speaking and sharing my insights on how to live an integrated life.  You won’t want to miss it!

WE Rock has also teamed up with Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire and will be conducting a silent auction during the It’s My Time! Women’s Conference and donating 100% of the proceeds to Make-A-Wish.   With the help of generous donors and volunteers, this local Make-A-Wish chapter has granted more than 5,000 wishes to children with life threatening conditions.  For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit  and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.

It’s your time to make positive changes that impact your world and to take hold of your destiny by accessing the inspirational and practical tools provided to transform your life.

For more information and to register:
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A Growth Mindset Creates Leadership Confidence

October 27th, 2014

“Opportunities for leadership are all around us. The capacity for leadership is deep within us.” M Albright

Do you believe leaders are born (fixed mindset) or leaders are made (growth mindset)? A person’s belief about this creates his/her reality.

“The philosophy you have about human potential matters a lot. If you believe that talent is innate, then feedback becomes a threat, stretch opportunities are dangerous and others’ success is a problem. If you believe talent can be developed and intelligence isn’t fixed you are able to process information differently,” according to Neuroleadership expert David Rock.

People with a growth mindset believe it is possible to get better and improve. They embrace challenges and are persistent.  The believe effort is the path to mastery.  They welcome feedback as a learning opportunity.  With this mindset comes a gain in leadership confidence.

If you are a leader, find ways to encourage a growth mindset in your people.  Ask yourself,

  • How are goals stated?
  • How is feedback delivered?
  • What is measured/acknowledged?

It’s important that we all work toward educating the workforce about mindset choice and it’s consequence.


Change, A Crashing Wave

September 26th, 2014

Do you feel like a wave is crashing over you, ready to take you out, and drag you to the bottom leaving you breathless and grasping for air?  A client recently used this metaphor of a crashing wave to describe the pressure he was feeling from multiple changes in his organization.

I asked him, what do you fear most about the changes you are experiencing?  He responded, “The uncertainty and the ambiguity.  I am not sure what these changes  means to me.”  Not surprising, our brains crave certainty and without it our brain goes into threat mode.  So it’s no wonder, that  many change initiatives fail.   That’s why it is imperative to communicate in a way and with the frequency to help people understand what the change will mean to them.  Here are some effective questions, to help create dialog around changes that are happening:

  • What do you think about this change?photo (1)
  • Do you know why the changes are taking place?
  • How do you feel about this change?
  • What do you see your role as in this change?
  • What is your opinion about this change?
  • What is your experience with this type of change?
  • What are you working on and how will you be impacted by the change?
  • What are your ideas about this change?
  • Would you change anything about the change?
  • Why do you think this change is needed (or not)?
  • If you could tell the CEO one thing about this upcoming change, what would it be?
  • What are you already doing in your day to day work that supports the change?
  • What areas do you feel will be a challenge for you to adjust?
  • What is your experience with past changes?
  • What would help you most during these changes?