Emergenetics International is thrilled to have Jennifer Baker as part of our great speaker lineup for the 2017 Brain Summit in Vancouver, Canada! Jen is a professional leadership executive and career coach with a strategic business background. Her career includes more than 20 years’ experience in the food industry in management, marketing and sales across Europe.
She is highly passionate and motivated in helping organizations transform performance and for individuals finding the personal development skills needed to achieve their greatest goals professionally and personally. In every coaching relationship, she utilizes Emergenetics to help her clients succeed, achieving more than they believe is possible.
Let’s get to know Jen better in advance of the 2017 Emergenetics Brain Summit.
Q: You are in the process of becoming an Emergenetics Master Trainer. What’s something new that you’ve learned during this process? Have you had an Emergenetics “ah-ha” moment?
A: So many, where do I start! Greater flexibility in how I communicate and with greater self-awareness of how others ‘experience’ me enables me to adapt appropriately to ensure good rapport and engagement. Critical for leadership coaching.
The ah-ha moment was “falling in love” with Structural thinking and adapting to be more first-third Flexibility. I fall in the 5th percentile and 89 respectively. This also combined with my preference for Conceptual in the 95th percentile, I have a tendency to have a zillion great ideas, and with every new ‘better idea’ being attracted to change. A bit like magpie attracted to new bright and shiny objects!
When I debriefed a client who has Structural preference said, “…green thinking makes the world work…” the ah-ha moment came driving home after the coaching session, was of course it does! Structural thinking does make everything work…airports, planes, trains, hospitals, schools, businesses, the world!
I have now used my preferences, my strengths, to apply my third-third assertiveness to myself every day; where my ‘mantra’ is:
“Use Structural thinking to give me process – which results in action which results in more achievement = success to reach more people (coaching). This turns my vision (conceptual ideas) into something tangible.
Use Analytical thinking to identify the logic, rational objective and evidence of my work, proving it is tangible. What results must I see to know that it is working
Be first-third focus = strengthening my mental energy to be focus and firm = more results, more success, more accomplished.”
This process is rewiring my neural pathways and is working!
Q: What do you enjoy most about being a leadership coach?
A: The privilege and opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients; to connect, to engage with them, to inspire their learning and growth.
Q: Do you have a leadership philosophy or motto?
A: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Nelson Mandela
Leadership is about the ability to influence, engage and connect others…with the aim of achieving a goal. Communication, rapport and relationships are the foundation of great leadership. Mandela’s quote says it all; Emergenetics enables leaders to talk to others, in their language.
Q: Do you have a favorite Emergenetics activity or exercise?
A: Great Karnac:
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become.” Anon. And hence our preferences are what we become.
The Great Karnac illustrates if we give ourselves more time to think we can think and behave differently, achieving what we truly want, and that yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks! (not that I nor my clients are old dogs!)
Q: What was a lesson you learned or advice you were given early in your career that you think could benefit future the leaders of today?
A: Give everything a go, don’t hold back, be in action. Always look after and care about people.
Q: What are you reading/listening to right now for personal/professional development?
A: So many, but my current favourite that I’m also using with clients, is “The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness” by Prof Steve Peters
Q: Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what is it?
A: “The greatest tragedy in life is that so many men and women go to their graves with the music still in them.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809-1894, American Supreme Court Justice
Q: How would you describe the term Emergineering? What is an Emergineer?
A: Emergineering is using Emergenetics principles throughout an entire organization.
An Emergineer is someone who fully aware of their preferences, adapts and uses all the attributes in the right situations to maximize outcomes, enabling full engagement, effective communication and rapport.