Wednesday, May 3, 2017

BOSS Spotlight: Corporate and Career Strategy with Nicole Grimes

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Corporate/Career Strategist, Nicole Grimes, M.Ed. is an advocate for empowerment, education, image development, and strengths-based coaching, with a passion for leading others to their purpose-driven lifestyle. A native of Louisiana, Nicole is currently employed as a Special Education Supervisor and is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership. 

Q1. What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?

A1:    Creating a new level of balance and making “it all fit”

Q2. What inspired you to break into your particular industry?

A2: I was inspired to break into this industry, over time, through multiple experiences in my life, and through the encouragement of those close to me. Over the years, I have assisted many people with supporting their career goals, personal image development, and maximizing their strengths/talents to create their best selves through coaching. After much prayer, encouragement, and much planning, I took the steps necessary to make my vision a reality.

Q3. How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?

A3: I balance my personal and professional life through time management, prayer, exercise, strategic scheduling, and goal setting. Another key to creating balance is open communication to ensure understanding, commitment, and to further develop trust. When individuals, especially those close to you, truly understand your journey, it makes it much easier to support the process. We often forget that we cannot do THIS alone.

Q4: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?

A4: One of my most inspirational quote is from Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT), “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Q5. Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?

A5: My dad for his focus and wisdom. Over the years I have seen him serve others as a premier educational leader, now a pastor, and own multiple businesses. My brother and sister-in-law also have really been encouraging and supportive. They too have professional careers, and own multiple businesses. Additionally, I have a very tight-knit group of friends that encourage me daily. They are also brutally honest with me which helps me to remain focused. There’s no better feeling than knowing you have true supporters in your corner.

Q6. What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?

A6: My “must-haves” to keep my career and business going include my Bible, my computer and smart devices, a written plan, my business coach, personal mentors, a close circle of family/friends, and a great network to support my vision and execution.

Q7: What is your definition of a BOSS?

A7: My definition of a BOSS is someone who is a leader through influence, service, and the ability to produce results in their particular field. This person is a trendsetter, an innovator, an influencer, and has fought against the odds to manifest his/her vision. A BOSS is someone that is a risk-taker, and lives a life of purpose through serving others.

Q8: Provide us with two words that describe you? Ex. "Success Coach" "Beauty Expert."

A8: Career Strategist

Make sure you follow Nicole at www.thenicolemg.com and on IG, Facebook and Twitter @thenicolemg 

Monday, May 1, 2017

BOSS Spotlight: Positive Psychology with Dr. Toya K Wilson

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Dr. Toya K. Wilson is a Positive Psychology expert from Chicago, IL. She specializes in the use of both ancient and modern techniques such as meditation, mindfulness, energy healing, and knowledge of Self to help individuals, companies, and communities heal. Her guiding belief is that everyone can live a happy life!

1. What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?

A: When I first began the process of starting my business, my largest obstacle was requiring payment for my services. I believe that happiness and peace of mind is everyone’s birthright so it seem counter intuitive to charge clients for it.

2. What inspired you to break into your particular industry?

A: Being from the south side of Chicago and working in the Englewood area, I was surrounded by crime, depression, and dysfunction. But through it all, people naturally reached out to me seeking answers and I enjoyed watching people heal through my “work”, so I built a career around helping people live happier lives.

3. How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?

A. I live by the mantra that when Toya’s good, the whole world is good! I take care of me first. By living this way, my professional life flows naturally and i’m able to operate at peak performance and stay balanced.

4.What is an inspirational quote that you live by?

A. Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success! If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. ~Herman Cain

5. Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?
A. I have a mixed bag of influencers who encouraged me along the way ranging from my mother Alicia Wilson to Dr. Maya Angelou and  Buddha. 

6.What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?
A. Because so much of my business is done online, I must have access to a computer and internet connection. Also, I have to have access to current research in my field so that I can stay in ‘the know’ about current findings and breakthroughs.

7.What is your definition of a BOSS?
A. In my opinion, a BOSS is someone who has found freedom and self-expression through their career. Yes, there’s a cost to being the BOSS, but the reward is the freedom to share your gift with the world on your own terms in your own way. To me, there’s nothing better than being a BOSS,

8. Provide us with two words that describe you? Ex. "Success Coach" "Beauty Expert."
Happiness Coach

Please visit Dr, Toya at www.Drtoyakwilson.com or https://twitter.com/DrToyaK