The Next Evolution…

LogoHello J Spot Community!

Over the last few weeks when I have written Take the Risk  and True Courage with an eye toward believing we can do things beyond what we can see with our eyes only.  Now I have the opportunity to do just that.

As I have spoken with some of you, I have shared that J. Smith & Co. is much more than just a business. For me, J. Smith & Co. is the culmination of a dream that, for a while, I didn’t even know I had. A dream that included creating a company for the sole purpose of helping others reach their goals. Each day I get closer and closer. Each day I talk to someone new who is happy to hear about what I do and how they can partner with me. It is truly a surreal experience for me. Each time it happens I am reminded that I am truly blessed.

That said, please allow me to share with you the next evolution of J. Smith & Co.

Talk radio.

Starting on Monday July 28th I debuted the very first episode of my new talk radio show, Behind the Desk. Behind the Desk is a show that I created to talk about Human Resources and Human Resources related issues. Here are the details….

  • New episodes of Behind the Desk air every Monday at 2:00 PM PST.
  • Behind the Desk airs on an Internet “radio” station on the 1TalkNetwork.  In order to tune in, you can do so in 2 ways:
    1. Log on to Click the large button “play” button next to the words “Listen Live”.
    2. Go to your app store and download the RadioLoyalty or Tunein app. Once in the app search 1talknetwork.
  • If you miss the show on Mondays, you can always catch replays of the show each day the rest of the week at 2:00 PM PST.

I am so grateful to have you all as a part of my network. Without you this does not work. So tune in. Leave your feedback and suggestions for radio show topics below in the comments section.


Continue to be blessed!


What Are Your Words?

We’ve all heard them. What are yours?

What are the words or phrases you believe should be banned from describing women leaders?

I am sure for most of us the words are too numerous to count. The ones that stand out to me the most are from people that I thought were my gateways to success.   They were words spoken to me by managers. Manager that told me I was “unapproachable.” or “…lower your standards.” Those words stung, but they didn’t deter me from continuing to work towards my goals. If anything, they proved that I needed to work a little harder because being in an environment where I wasn’t lifted up was not to be the end of my journey.

What are those words or phrases for you?

I am sure most of you have heard about the campaign to ban the word “bossy”. If not, Google it. It’s a campaign launched by Sheryl Sandberg to empower girls to lead. According to statistics, 75% of girls are less interested in leadership by the time they reach middle school because they don’t want to be perceived as “bossy”. It’s an interesting campaign, but it is only the start. Where is the campaign to ban the words “Bitch”, “Black Widow”, “Angry” and “Unapproachable” as acceptable words for describing women leaders? Does having been put through the adversity of being called “bossy” as children help us to form a thick skin so it doesn’t affect us as much when we are older? Look, statistics don’t lie and of all the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, less than 5% are women1. What is truly stopping women from breaking into the C-Suite? Does being called “bossy” as a little girl really hold that much impact? Or is it the choices that we are forced to make between our careers and our lives? Say what you will about Sarah Mayer (Yahoo), but the fact that she even had to formulate a plan that encompassed how to maneuver her maternity leave while being CEO of Yahoo is a topic that might require some review.

We are a community of like-minded individuals, who may not all be headed to the same destination, but we are all on a journey. So I ask ….

What are the words or phrases you believe should be banned from describing women leaders?

At the J Spot, I can start the conversation, but it takes your thoughts, ideas and love to make it grow.  So, take the risk, leave a comment below where it says “Leave Your Contribution to the Community…” Let us support you on the journey to finding your passion.

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Today is the day….

We have been walking our journey together for a few months now. With the on-set of Spring and all of the newness that it brings, I thought that I would try something new.  How about you write the blog this time around.  I will even get you started.

“In the spirit of the vernal equinox, today is the day….”

Now you tell us…What is today the day for?

Take the risk, leave your contribution to the blog below where it says “Leave Your Contribution to the Community…”  Let us support you on the journey to finding your passion.

True Courage

Sigh….so it’s been a really long time since my first post to the J Spot.  I wouldn’t be worth my salt as a coach if I didn’t dig deeper to find out what that was all about.  While I haven’t posted since June, that’s not to say that I haven’t logged in or even written things to be posted.  Nonetheless, I just couldn’t move myself to action.  If I were coaching a client, I’d probably ask the question “What’s that all about?”  I know because I’ve been asking myself the same thing for the last 2 months.   At first I wasn’t writing because I couldn’t get the formatting correct.  Then I wasn’t writing because I couldn’t find anyone that I was comfortable with to proofread for me.  Then I felt like I shouldn’t be writing because I had no idea how to blog.  Then finally, just as recently as last week, I couldn’t write because I didn’t have pictures to use when I wrote a post.  The truth of the matter would be that while those may be very real obstacles to overcome, none of that was the real reason that kept me from writing.  The real answer would be that I am scared to death of it!  Scared that no one will want to hear what I have to say.  Scared to open myself up and be vulnerable to those that I know and those that I don’t.  Dare I say it….I am scared that it might be a success!  Isn’t it funny how we can dream about being successful but when the opportunity to get where we want to be presents itself we sometimes secretly sabotage ourselves?  Well for me, that all stops right here.  I may be scared, but I’m going to do it anyway.  So, I’m asking (don’t leave me hanging)….

What is fear secretly sabotaging in your life?

I need your thoughts, ideas and love to make this grow.  So, show your courage, leave a comment below where it says “Leave Your Contribution to the Community…” and let us support you on the journey to finding your passion.