Episode #191: Jeannie Moravits Smith

Dana GoodierBlog, Out of the Trenches Podcast

Jeannie Moravits Smith is the founder of Dynamism Leadership, formerly HR-Rx, a Leadership Mindset and Organization Development Consulting firm established in 2005. Prior to becoming CEO, she held Executive Leadership roles at a variety of organizations.  Now with over three decades of personal and professional experience, Jeannie has helped thousands of leaders learn how to take charge of the catabolic thoughts and feelings that control their mindset and replace them with anabolic energy.  Jeannie holds certifications in Leadership Coaching, Energy Leadership, & Human Management, as well as a Master of Science degree in Human Resources. Jeannie’s clients state that she has helped them enhance their relationships, both personally and professionally, with themselves and others to enhance connection, attract & retain top talent, and make massive profits.

Trench story: standing up for values. Will talk about being a VP of HR 30 & single or caregiver for her mom. Career w/ vision to be HR executive and challenges as a woman. Senior VP asked her for a cup of coffee… She grabbed his hand, skipped him out the door. Talks about women standing up for themselves in a way they’re respected. She walked him through process of making his own coffee. Can talk about finally being heard at a board meeting. Plan B was she makes the choice what job she’s going to have. “Now you don’t have to ask someone like me to do something like this for you”. She didn’t get fired but gained his respect. Served herself, not react.

How do you flip the switch on thoughts & feelings controlling one’s mind in terms of having impostor syndrome? It’s what triggers you to respond rather than react. That controls your mind, thoughts, feelings. Can talk at length about that- Winnie the Pooh, we’re braver than we think we are. Gremlin feelings are keeping us back. We compare ourselves to other people. If she wasn’t going to be respected, she wasn’t in the right environment. Values-understand your core values. Her # CV is respect. You can quickly determine when they’re being compromised, instead of reacting. Trust your intuition & take a deep breath. If you’ve had a hard experience, look at what you’ve learned from it. You’re ready for it. 

How can trust be cultivated to enhance connection? Communication in the workplace. Communicating the good and the bad. Be honest w/ ppl. She’s had ppl who “can’t handle it”. Do what you say you’re going to do. Ask ?’s, clarify ppl’s expectations. Ask if you can meet w/ them in 3 days. Be OK saying you don’t have all the answers. Then your manager trusts you’ll be 100% honest w/ them. As a manager, ask your staff empowering ?’s. Trust they know what they’re doing. Listen 2x’s as much as you’ll talk. 

What is Energy Leadership? It’s how you show up w/ your friends, family, etc. She does an assessment how it applies to ppl under stress. When you understand what energy leadership is, you can change how you show up in world & workplace. She couples w/ values assessments. For example, she was handing out flowers to kindergartners for t’ appreciation day. She reacted w/ “whatever email address you have on file”, instead of “give me a minute and then I’ll get back to do”. That’s when the relationship has been damaged w/ staff, when you react.

Talk about your books: Success Codes: Secrets To Success You Weren’t Taught In School & Own the Microphone: How 50 of the World’s Best Professional Speakers Launched Their Careers (And How You Can, Too! (co-author on both) Sucess codes, her chapter was “It’s an inside job”: There’s book smarts. There’s the internal, listen to your gut smarts. Intuition won’t let you down. Self-talk. You only need to compare yourself to yourself. You should be able to define success any way you want. Everyone’s a leader of their own life. We have the choice to define diff levels of success. Internal elements of success. Understand your values, worth, knowing you can do anything if you surround yourself with the right people. Own the Microphone we can talk about her chapter, showing up authentically, being you. So many speakers get on stage & try to be just like so & so. There’s so much phony stuff, how do you find the truth in it. Chapter is “jump in w/ both feet”. Not comparing self to others, like on social.

Talk about some of the services listed on your website about HR consulting, Leadership consulting, training & development? She has group & and 1-on-1 coaching. She has staff of 9 contractors. Schools are looking to bring in more SEL expertise. They can help w/ that. 

What is the single most important piece of advice you would give our listeners? Be yourself- authentic. You’re way more present in the moment. You have so much more joy in your life. she would say that if there’s something you want to do in life, there’s no reason you can’t. If you set your mind to doing something and focus on it. break down into micro chunks. You should only compare yourself to where you were yesterday.

Out of everything…...be open to change, communicate, ask for what you want. Communicate your needs. Don’t expect people to be mind readers. Click To TweetBump up your Emotional Intelligence. 

Find Jeannie online? https://sociatap.com/JeannieSmithHRRx  all links here website: www.dynamismleadership.com

View this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/otsbSEaWGsk


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