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10 Questions with Maureen Jenks

Maureen is a personable, dynamic Certified Life and Career Coach with years of experience in healthcare, leadership, education and life! Her passion is helping others reach their personal and/or professional goals through open communication, by promoting a self-discovery process, and showing others that they have many tools that they need, but just need to realize them.  When she is not focusing on the success of others, she enjoys birdwatching, hiking, gardening and tap dancing.  She believes that being fulfilled enables her to help others do the same.  Maureen resides in Connecticut, has two daughters, Kelley and Julianna, two birds named Toby and Stella, and enjoys spending time with her life partner, Steve. 

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED AND WHY?
Listen to your gut instinct because it is usually right.  This has proven to be true for me when looking at career opportunities, friends and even my life partner!

WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU AND WHY?
Believe it or not, Charlie Brown.  He never gives up!  He keeps flying that kite no matter how many times it gets stuck up in the tree.  He keeps trying to kick that football no matter how many times Lucy pulls it away from him.  He is humble and kind and loves his dog.  What more can you ask for?

WHAT IS THE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU COULD SHARE WITH OUR READERS TO UPLIFT THEM IN LIFE AND CAREER?
Be true to yourself.  Don't change to fit in with others or to be what others think you should be.  I say this because when I was a new leader in healthcare, I once had a boss tell me that I would never make it as a leader because I was too human and wore my heart on my sleeve.  I did not last long at that job.  I believed, and still believe, that as a leader, family member, friend or partner, you need to feel free to be compassionate, empathetic and show others that you have emotions.  Naturally, each situation calls for a different reaction, but it is okay to be you!  I have had over 20 years of success in leadership and many employees who said I was the best boss they had ever had because I stayed true to myself, listened and showed I cared.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK AND HOW DID IT INSPIRE YOU?
My favorite book of all time is Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.  This is an amazing book about climbing and surviving Mount Everest.  It isn't without tragedy but it showed me that you can push yourself beyond your comfort zone, even into your panic zone and be successful.  It inspired me to not give up on my dreams. 

WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
I am truly a bird nerd!  I love watching, drawing, and hearing birds.  I also love to hike but naturally get distracted by birds. Tap dancing is something I love to do as well because since I have two left feet it allows me to laugh at myself and get some good cardio in!

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU OR YOUR INDUSTRY FACES, AND HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THOSE?
Nowadays, job loss is at a critical high and many cannot afford to invest in themselves so obtaining a coach is sometimes out of the question. 

As a coach, you cannot always be revenue centered.  I try my best to offer guidance and suggestions to those in need as much as possible with the realization that the assistance I offer now, may bring others seeking my help in the future. 

WHAT IS ONE TREND IN YOUR INDUSTRY THAT EXCITES YOU?
In the Coaching industry, I am seeing a trend of more and more people (who are able to) investing in themselves, having the courage to set goals and make changes personally or professionally.  There is nothing like ending a coaching session knowing that your input and guidance was valued and you asked questions that inspired others to think differently about themselves or their situation. 

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU DO EVERY DAY THAT ADDS TO YOUR SUCCESS?
I read at the end of each day.  It helps me let go of anything stressful that happened during the day and to relax in order to get a good night sleep so that I can face the next day fully refreshed. 

WHAT TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
My iPhone.  I need to stay connected with family and friends who are far away. 

PLEASE, FINISH THIS STATEMENT: LEADERSHIP IS...
a skill.  It is not a given even if you are in a leadership role.  Leadership is about listening to, collaborating with, and valuing those who look to you as a leader.  

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