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Jun 19, 2019

Welcome to She Leads Podcast Season 4, Episode 8! This episode of She Leads Podcast features Joy Pittman founder of J.V.P. Legacy Consulting.  Joy Pittman is a Solutionist, Strategist, and Thought Partner who leads her life like the Boss she is. To hear Joy Pittman’s take on leadership, listen to her interview as she discusses the importance of self-care, finding your confidence, and evaluation.  

Joy Pittman Bio

Known as an unprecedented force in the field of Human Resources and Business Management, Joy A. Pittman is a Solutionist, Strategist and Thought Partner. Armed with a Master's degree 1n Human Resources Management, Bachelor's degree 1n Economics and certifications as a Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR, SH RM-SCP) in her current role Joy serves as a trusted advisor and Business Partner to C-Suite and executive level leadership. Beyond the boardroom, Joy is a keynote speaker, panelist, and facilitator. She is the CEO of J.V.P Legacy Consulting LLC where she fulfills her passion for educating and empowering others by providing effective and efficient strategies to visionaries, entrepreneurs, small business and not-for-profit decision makers.

In addition Joy is the creator of "Still Arriving", her personal content website and the producer and host of "The Joy Ride," her web-series that introduces her audience to thought leaders, content experts, and industry professionals. Through these platforms, Joy aims to foster personal empowerment, multi-generational connection, knowledge sharing and inclusion within the business environment. It is her desire to use her voice, her words and her presence, to challenge societal assumptions regarding power and privilege.

A champion for diversity and the re-centering of underrepresented identities in marginalized communities, Joy serves on the Associate Board of Grace Outreach, a nonprofit organization fostering women's empowerment through higher education and is a member of the New York Urban League of Young Professionals. Her proven methods of business development, risk avoidance, strategic planning and implementation allow her to facilitate operational efficiency while you to focus on your pursuing your passion.

Nicole Walker’s Interview Commentary

I really enjoyed this interview with Joy and I hope you did as well!

I agree with Joy’s viewpoint on the importance of self-care to be more effective and productive.  As Joy mentioned, our eating, sleeping, and exercise habits play a direct role in how we show up. Taking time to care for ourselves puts us in a better place mentally and physically, which leads to increased focus and the ability to get more done with the time we have.  As Joy mentioned, we need to add more quality to our time, and self-care is a great way to achieve this. A quote by Katie Reed reads, “Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you”.

I admire Joy’s acknowledgement of originally not being a good follower, which as Joy stated is also a part of being a good leader. Being able to support another leader in their weak areas without judging and ridiculing definitely takes maturity. Understanding and respecting the bigger picture helps to make this aspect of leadership easier. I love how Joy went back to her previous leader and apologized for her shortcomings. As Joy illustrated, successful leaders acknowledge their mistakes and learn from their past behaviors.

I can relate to Joy’s struggles with her face showing her thoughts and emotions as I battle in this area as well. Initially I did not realize I had this issue, and I would often wonder why people responded to me in certain ways. Once I realized that my facial expressions can be off putting, as Joy stated, then many things started to make more sense. Learning to be mindful of my facial expressions is a constant battle that I will continue to engage in until I have mastered this craft.

Nicole Walker’s Takeaway of the Week

Joy mentioned the benefits of expanding ourselves as we grow. I really enjoyed the analogy Joy gave about how trees grow in height, while their roots increase in depth and expand in width. Successful leaders understand the need for personal and professional expansion, and actively seek ways to expand themselves.

I will make it my business to continue to expand myself personally and professional as I am to be a deeply rooted leader. One of my goals is to stand strong under pressure, so expanding myself is essential.

A quote by Nikki Rowe reads, “The chaos doesn’t end, you kinda’ just become the calm.”

Nicole Walker’s Leadership Challenge

My leadership challenge for you would be to think about the one thing you can take away from this episode and adopt into your life.  I know it’s hard to absorb too much information at one time and it’s even harder to try and implement too many changes at once.  When I attend a training or listen to podcasts I aim to walk away with a least one thing that stuck out to me and one way that I can change as a result.  I challenge you to do the same!  If you decide to take me up on my challenge I would love to know about your key take way.  If you care to share please go to the She Leads Podcast Discussion Group on FB and leave your comment under the Takeaway Thursday post for Season 4 Episode 8.

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Thanks and until next time “Be Empowered and Empower On”!