Lessons From the Ballroom

Our wonderful July speaker, Jacque Daniels, shared lessons this month from her personal leadership journey as a female executive in healthcare.  The lessons shared were so easy to understand and appropriate for the ears of so many of our motivated and driven professional women.

PWWS Member, Kristin Spivey, was kind enough to share her notes with the board and we just had to share with those that couldn’t make it!

Jacque shared three things to always remember and live by:

  1. Learn something daily
  2. Make a difference in someone’s life
  3. Be open to what life brings you

Do we embrace differences as strength?  ** This is something that Jacque learned during a 360 evaluation that was done while a part of the executive team at Novant.  It is OK to be different!

Jacque grew up as a dancer and an injury left her unable to pursue dance as a career.  Now, something that Jacque does to find peace and balance in her life is ballroom dance.


Notes from the book “From the Ballroom to the Boardroom” 

How to manage work life balance:

  1. Know who you are. At your core, who are you?
  2. You have to keep your feet on the ground.
    1. Accept who you are.
    2. It is OK to be fabulous and flawed
  3. Technique does matter
    1. You have to start by taking care of yourself so that you can give to others.  Self care is not a selfish act.  You need to manage your energy.
    2. If you give everything to a company you aren’t giving them the best of you.  Jacque learned this lesson when she found that she was burning the candle at both ends.
  4. You have to partner.
    1. In dance there is both a leader and a follower
      1. Both roles are active and are just as important.
      2. The balance of the two is where the magic happens.
  • Be intentional
    1. Doing nothing is not nothing.
  1. Find the emotion of the dance.
    1. There is a difference between being emotional and emotion.
    2. If the emotion and use it.
    3. If you don’t allow yourself to feel the emotion you miss an opportunity
  2.   Breathe
    1. Relax
    2. It is OK to make a mistake.  Is the mistake going to matter in 10 minutes, 10 months, or 10 years?

Breathe,  put your feet on the ground and enjoy the dance.