Through my company, Loxentus Inc., I teach leaders how to attract and retain top talent – leading to sustainable growth – through impactful leadership, targeted recruiting, and employee empowerment.
I'm also the Chair of the Forbes Business Council's Employee Empowerment group and a member of the Women Executives and Public Speaking groups.
JOCELYNE'S PERSONAL JOURNEY
Yes, that’s me on the set of the quiz show Jeopardy!
No, I wasn’t a contestant, let alone win. I did attend a taping, though, and had my picture taken. For me, this is more of a symbolic picture.
At the time, my husband and I were full-timing on a motorhome. We were in Southern California and this is a touristy thing I wanted to do. The motorhome hadn’t been the original plan.
A few years prior, we had sold our house, most of our belongings and set off on a sailboat. After spending about a decade sailing the Thousand Islands and Lake Ontario area, we dreamed big, dared big and wanted to sail the world. We traveled on our sailboat for a little over a year before deciding that, although it had been an awesome adventure, with some challenging moments, it wasn’t the lifestyle we were looking for. The realities of that life were drastically different than what we had dreamed about or even expected.
Still, we weren’t ready to go back to fixed-address living. So, after much thinking, we sold the boat and bought a motorhome. And, then, we found our groove.
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
– Robert F. Kennedy
How do this life-altering decision, leadership, Jeopardy!, and Robert F. Kennedy’s quote all tie together?
When we told people about our plan, which included me leaving a very nice, secure, government job, some were supportive – envious even – others, not so much:
“You can’t live on a boat!”
“You can’t leave your secure job!”
“You can’t give up this level of income, these are your prime earning years!”
"You realize that you're ruining your life, right?!?"
Full transparency, at times, I allowed those voices to scare me. Worrying that I might be making a mistake. That they were right, and I was being foolish.
Did this really matter, though? After doing all the research, all the preparation, all the groundwork, even after taking every precaution, would it be the worst thing to have it not work out as planned? No. Not trying would be the worst thing.
In the end, our sailing adventure didn't turn out the way we expected, but, knowing what I know now, I absolutely would do it all over again – with a few modifications. And that adventure led us to the motorhome life, which we absolutely loved. Throughout this five-year nomadic adventure, I became a solopreneur, learned new skills from positions of convenience, did all that I could to keep growing and acquiring experience, and, eventually, made my way from an executive assistant position to being the CEO. All while following my moral compass and personal path.
And it is on this path, where I gained perspective on previous positions and on life, that I uncovered the most meaningful work: creating and leading profitable people-centric organizations. Training leaders on how to have meaningful impact, how to empower their team members, and how to develop the skills required to be the type of leader that makes a difference.
Although outcomes may be different than expected, sometimes, they reveal an even better way. Join me, and, together, let’s dive into the world of impactful leadership and people-centric organizations. Let's be the role-model leaders that are the change we want to see in the world!
Exploring Mammoth Cave (KY), 280 feet below the surface
Hiking in the Grand Canyon (AZ), South Rim
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