Feb 6, 2023
In this week’s episode of the Int-HER-rupt podcast, our host
Linda Yates spent some time in a conversation with Monique Jenkins.
Jenkins is an HR leader who has worked for the state of Georgia for
a decade. Her infectious energy and leadership skills come through
in this podcast as she discusses how she has recovered from various
setbacks over her life and career, and what gave her the strength
to stay motivated to achieve her goals.
- Jenkins enlisted in the army at 18 and planned to stay for four
years, but ended up coming back to Mississippi and attending
university. Leaving the army was an early setback that she
- She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from
Mississippi University for Women (the first public school for
- In 2009, Jenkins moved to Georgia and began working for the
state supporting HR professionals
How Jenkins Recovered After a Major Professional
- After planning a major event, due to a hurricane, the
conference had to be stopped. The entire team that had planned it
had to quickly change focus, pivoting to ensuring the safety of all
of the guests, and recovering from the loss of a fundraising
- Jenkins had a strong team. They were all involved in
decision-making, developing plans, and changing those plans.
- After the event, Jenkins took some time to process and recover
and encouraged her staff to do so as needed.
- She also thought back through all the decisions that were made,
and gave credit to her and her team for doing the best they could
given the information they had at the time.
3 Tips for Motivating a Team After a
- Acknowledge their concerns. Then help them see
the big picture, and have perspective on the larger goals you are
all looking to achieve.
- It’s okay to be vulnerable. Demonstrate to
your team that it’s okay to take a step back and recover if that’s
what they need to do. Create a safe environment where it’s “okay to
not be okay.”
- Remember that we are all human. Things are not
always going to go our way - as Jenkins says in the episode, “the
path is not always straight.” If the leader can remember that, they
can remind the team of it as well.
Jenkins acknowledges that it’s not always easy to see the bigger
picture right after a setback happens. She encourages people to
process and feel the emotions of disappointment and sadness that
may come with crises, large and small. But once those emotions have
been processed, staying focused on the goal and carrying on is the
next, and most important, step.
If you connected with this message and you’d like to reach out
to Monique Jenkins, you can find her on LinkedIn. You
can also reach out to Linda and let her know
how this episode relates to the challenged you’ve faced. This
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