311. When Corporate Life Soured, Life Coaching Brought Her Full-Circle
She was loving her job, building quality by inspiring the company’s staff to do their best, by making them feel like they were working with friends and family. Then, after a second acquisition, the culture totally changed. A one-on-one consultation morphed into being an employee number on a faceless hotline call.
Jodi Flynn left a successful career in mutual fund operations as the assistant vice president of corporate quality, to embark on a new adventure: a coaching business of her own. She specializes in partnering with women who experience self-doubt to help them overcome stress, get organized, and start creating the business and the lifestyle they’ve dreamed of having. Her podcast, Women Taking the Lead, inspires women from humble beginnings to overcome self-doubt and lead with confidence, integrity and a sense of humor.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
Jodi was enjoying her senior executive work with a mutual fund, inspiring the staff to maintain high standards of corporate quality. “A large part of the strategy that I adopted with my team was to make the work environment feel like working with your family and friends, so everyone wanted to do their best to make life easier and support each other.” But after her firm was acquired twice, each time by larger corporations, the corporate culture changed. The emphasis on quality and family feeling decreased, and Jodi sensed the time had come to move on.
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
As her job at the mutual fund became less gratifying, she began hearing about life coaching, sensing its connection to an earlier calling in life. As a college student she had earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and almost completed work on a master’s degree in counseling psychology. The main options for that pathway were in social work, “So, that’s when I pivoted into an entry level position in corporate, that actually worked out great for me.” When the corporate world began to lose its appeal, “I started meeting coaches and talking to them about it. Coaching was everything that I loved about psychology. Everything started to come together. The coaching certification program I wanted to do started in two weeks, so the timing was absolutely perfect.”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“Though it sounds kind of corny, ‘Follow your bliss’ is an expression that makes perfect sense. Follow what interests you, what gets you excited, where you want to make a difference in the world, doing work that lends itself to your strengths, talents, and interests. That’s where you’re going to hit your sweet spot.”
Steps to Success from Jodi Flynn
1. Find communities of like-minded people and consider joining a formalized networking organization like Business Networking International.
2. Pay attention when life is spiraling you around full-circle. It’s an opportunity for self-discovery.
3. Make sure that you’re doing work that makes a difference for yourself and is in alignment with your values.
On Her Bookshelf
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, by Eckhart Tolle
Connecting With Jodi Flynn
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