Women taking the lead with Jodi Flynn

Who are you, and where do you work?

My name is Jodi Flynn and I am a leadership coach working with small business owners and corporate executives on their soft skill: self-awareness, communication, relationship-building, and personal organization.

What did you want to be when you ‘grow up’.

I had no idea. I envied people who knew exactly what they wanted to be because they focused their energy and resources into making it happen. I felt like I was just falling into different jobs and opportunities.

How long have you been working in this particular industry?

Five years.

What is Your Vision for Women Taking the Lead?

I envision an organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering women to practice everyday leadership.

What has been your biggest struggle starting out in your career?

I am a great coach, an excellent leader but I did not know the basics of owning a business. There was a bit of a learning curve to overcome when I started Luma Coaching.

Have you had a good support system throughout your life?

Yes. I have always had people supporting me and providing guidance. It was always a matter of whether or not I recognized it and took advantage of it.

What has been the turning point in your personal life?

When I realized the impact negativity had on me and I took steps to start removing it from life – everything changed. I had so much more energy and I started to experience more success and happiness in all areas of my life. The negativity I removed was not only in the form of relationships but also books, movies, TV shows, the news, periodicals, gossip, and food.

Do you have a good balance between work and ‘life’?

I believe I do though other looking from the outside in may not agree. My business is a part of life purpose and so I invest a lot of time in it and I also carve out time just for down-time and pleasurable activities.

Which bad habit is still a part of your everyday life?

Sometimes I skip parts of my morning routine if I feel like I don’t have time for it. That usually comes as a result of saying “yes” to too much.

Have you ever had to let go of certain people/things to move forward in life?

Yes. It’s not easy but it’s absolutely necessary.

Are there any books, films or series that has influenced your journey?

The Diary of Anne Frank
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
Essentialism by Greg Mckeown
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Movies: Miracle, Gandhi, The Power of One

What advice would you give to someone that is feeling completely stuck and overwhelmed?

Get outside and go for a walk. Changing your physicality and getting the blood flowing releases tension, gets the endorphins flowing and clears your mind. After a walk you are in a better state of mind and body to reassess your options and choose an action (even a baby step) that will get you moving in a new direction.

Links: Jodi’s Flynn Website


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