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Q&A with J&J Human Performance Institute’s Jennifer Lea

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Editor’s Note: Johnson & Johnson is a proud sponsor of the Know Your Value tour, a nationwide effort focused on empowering women to express their worth in business and in life. Part of the tour includes the Grow Your Value contest hosted by best-selling author and Morning Joe co-anchor Mika Brzezinski. At the Center of the Contest is the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, which works with the finalists to help transform their lives through coaching, networking and support. J&J recently spoke with HPI Performance Coach Jennifer Lea about coaching women to recognize their value and the important role of energy management.

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Jennifer Lea (right) with Joanna Schwartz, winner of the Grow Your Value contest in Philadelphia.

Q: How is the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute playing a role in teaching women to know their value?

A: The Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute is the pioneer in training business leaders to achieve sustained high performance by expanding and managing their energy. We’ve developed life-changing programs that take a holistic, mind and body approach to help individuals achieve their best at work and at home by making fundamental life changes. Our renowned Corporate Athlete Program helps people become physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused, and completely aligned with achieving their personal mission so they can achieve their personal best both at work and at home.

Q: You talk a lot about energy management. What is energy management?

Energy is the most critical resource we have as human beings. And managing energy – not just time – is the key to extraordinary results. When we become stressed and we don’t take the time to recover, we become drained. This causes burnout, and it causes illness. That’s why managing one’s energy and learning techniques to replenish one’s energy is so important, especially for women.

As a working mother of two, I understand the importance of balance and energy management, and I am passionate about empowering women to be their best selves at work and at home. My passion lies in empowering women and mothers to be their best selves without compromising their health and happiness, and in helping women understand the importance of balance and energy management.

Q: How does energy management play a role in women learning to recognize their value?

To know, grow and communicate our value requires our full and best energy. There are ways to support our ability to have the right quantity, quality, focus and force of energy to ensure that we are “showing up” as the best version of ourselves. Wouldn’t it be great to have the same amount of energy at the end of the day as you do in the morning? I’m here to tell you that it’s possible. Movement is one of the best strategies for managing energy because it is the body’s most powerful natural stimulator. Yet we don’t do it often enough, even though we all already know we should be moving more.

Q: Why do women in particular seem to lose their voice when it comes to advocating for themselves at work and in life?

Many women often fall into the role of caretaker. It’s much easier for women to sacrifice their own care than sacrifice their care for others. As moms and as wives, we often tend to look out for our children and spouses before our own needs. The same goes for advocating for ourselves. But how can we be good to others if we’re not good to ourselves? In the long term, sacrificing self-care and our own needs is not sustainable. It is critical to schedule some time for yourself and focus on your mission. Your mission matters and is worth the investment. Once you learn to invest in yourself, finding your voice and advocating for yourself becomes easier. But it takes time and practice.

Q: What steps can women take today to start managing their energy?

Learn how to set boundaries. This is particularly important for working moms. Boundaries are not a luxury; they are a priority. Without boundaries and guardrails for how and with whom we invest our energy, it becomes very difficult to create any sort of harmony between work and home. And don’t let guilt stand in the way. When you feel yourself sliding because you feel guilty, take a moment to think about who and what matter most and reset those boundaries.

To learn more about Know Your Value, including upcoming dates for the tour, click here. To learn more about the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, visit the HPI website. You can follow Jennifer Lea on Twitter @TheEnergizedMom.

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