by Fey Ugokwe, Esq. @pinkpurseintl
FEY: You’re a Gallup Strengths, Fortune 500/Organizational Trainer, with a cutting edge emphasis on corporate strengths—and a background as a corporate tech innovator. What was it like to be a change agent in business tech—and how did that effect your transition to business training?
TRAINER JENEQUA ELDRIDGE: It was an exciting undertaking. I’m always interested in learning new things and creating better processes. I was in the right place, at the right time, to move forward.
I’ve always known that I had a passion for training, learning, and development. No matter what my position in a company was, I'd eventually make my way to the training department—even if it was informally, just to give input or ask what was on the horizon. This just gave me the opportunity to flex that training muscle on a larger scale: I was able to have an impact throughout an entire organization.
FEY: Organizations and corporations are always seeking a way to prevent or address issues amongst staff, management and boards, increase their effectiveness, and secure new business. What is your training approach to those concerns?
TRAINER JENEQUA ELDRIDGE: I have a project management approach to my interventions. I always begin with a gap analysis. I ask the organization to articulate what the current situation looks like, and more importantly, feels like. I then ask them to clearly describe and envision what it would look and feel like when the current situation is resolved. We then strategically begin the process of filling the gaps.
FEY: Women across the industries also continue to grapple with achieving a workable work/life—inclusive of health—balance. How do you maintain a reasonable work/health/life balance in your own day-to-day walk?
TRAINER JENEQUA ELDRIDGE: That balance requires an intentional focus. I literally have to pencil in my self-care. I really enjoy my family time, so I usually don't have to work to keep that in check. However, I have had to really work on the health piece. Also, the move to independent consulting has given me more control over my schedule, so that helps.
FEY: You’ve just launched a powerful new business podcast, on which you plan to interview change agents across the various industries—and already have an impressive lineup of scheduled guests. What topics to you hope to delve into during your first season, and how can everyone find and listen to your show?
TRAINER JENEQUA ELDRIDGE: I am ecstatic about this endeavor. My first guests are all women who are making indelible, positive impacts in their respective fields or communities. They are all engaged in empowering women in some fashion or form. We will discuss the particular challenges that women face in the areas of healthcare, work-life balance, and navigating the corporate executive space. The podcast is "Talking It Out with Jenequa" and it can be found on Blog Talk Radio, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/coachjenequa
FEY: What would you like prospective clients to know beforehand about your approach to business coaching, and how can they locate you online to learn more?
TRAINER JENEQUA ELDRIDGE: I want my prospective clients to know beforehand that--I am committed to leaving everyone I meet better than they were when I met them. I bring discernment, extensive process-building knowledge, as well as a desire to help.
I can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram: @JenequaEldridgeCPC and at www.JenequaEldridge.com