Melna Jones

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Melna Jones ICF ACC PMP

Melna is a seasoned leader, having served 13 years in the military, 8 of those years as a Naval Officer.  She has worked over 25-years in leadership roles in Federal Government service managing and directing programs and people.   She has a proven record as a results oriented business leader, creating successful vision, identifying opportunities, developing leaders, and building successful organizations.  Melna has always believed that being a leader meant serving someone else – providing the tools, clearing the path, and empowering others to do their job.

Melna’s first management role was the best and the worst job she’d ever had. As she said, “I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I learned early on how important having a mentor or coach could be. Without one, I literally drowned those first two years in my position.”   She is now using her talents as a motivated, energetic, Business and Leadership Coach working with clients that are transitioning into first-time leadership or executive roles.  She also works with those who have been at it for a while and are transitioning into higher-level positions.

Melna holds the role of Public Relations Director for the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the International Coaching Federation.  She is a certified Project Manager and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), as well as a certified Program and Project Manager of the Federal Acquisitions Center.

Education & Certifications
  • Master of Science, Telecommunications Management, Golden Gate University
  • Bachelor of Science, Professional Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • UC Davis, Certified Professional Coaching for Life and Work
  • International Coach Federation (ICF) Board Member – ACC Candidate
  • Program and Project Managers Certification, Federal Acquisition Center
  • Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
Coaching Specialities
  • Leadership and Executive Coaching
  • Leadership Skills Development
  • Organizational Development & Change Management
  • Organizational Transformation/Realignment Planning
  • Career Development/Management Coaching
  • Performance Improvement
  • Team Building
  • Group Coaching
  • Leadership Development
Testimonials

I have been using Simply Lead Coaching services for approximately one year. I did not actively seek out assistance until I started to seriously look for another career path, and I knew I could not do it alone. Prior to interviewing for my current role, I went to Simply Lead Coaching and asked for guidance with interview preparation for the interview, as it has a potential for a leadership role. Melna coached me in preparing for the interviews and we plotted out my 90-day plan, if I were hired. I believe that the preparation was the reason that I was confident in the interview process, and was later offered the position.
My coaching did not stop once I was hired, and we continue to prepare for the management opportunity that is on the horizon. I recommend anyone who may be seeking another career path, or just assistance with the interview process, to consider Simply Lead Coaching as a tool for success.   Leadership Career Transition Coaching         

I reached out to Melna at Simply Lead Coaching when I decided I wanted to pursue a Management position. I was impressed as my entire thought process regarding interviewing was changed and I was able to feel confident and secure in my abilities as I went into the interview. I was no longer attempting to “memorize” what I wanted to say, but simply spoke from my experiences, and allowed my strengths to shine through. Thank you, Simply Lead Coaching, for your amazing abilities which allowed me to secure the leadership position I was hoping for.      Leadership Coaching

Melna is one of the finest individuals that I have ever had the opportunity and pleasure to work with. She has a visible passion for coaching and people development. She is kind, caring and extremely knowledgeable regarding business practices, trends and helping you discover your passion and interests. Melna is a superb communicator, who has helped me develop my personal mission and vision statement and action plan to achieve my career and educational goals. More importantly, she truly values the work, provides constructive feedback, and challenges you to maximize your potential. She takes an avid interest in the success and morale of each of her clients and is an excellent motivator and coach. She has a knack for finding client’s strengths and utilizing them to increase growth and creativity. I would recommend Melna and Simply Lead Coaching to anyone.      Leadership/Career Development Coaching

In 2014, I may have been at my lowest point in terms of my professional career. I was in a position where I felt underappreciated and underutilized, and it was beginning to take a toll on my confidence and my outlook on myself. I was pondering new career paths, but I found that I did not have the energy to really get started on that road, nor did I really know what I wished to accomplish.

I was fortunate enough to work with Melna and her company, Simply Lead Coaching, and to say that she was a huge catalyst in where I am now is an understatement. She helped set up a road map to follow every day, whether it was to find something that I wanted to really do and look at ways to pursue it, or convincing me to re-apply myself in terms of higher education. She also was consistent with follow up meetings, checking in to see how my progress was coming along, and helping me push through in points where I did not know if I could move forward.    

I don’t know where I’d be right now without Melna and Simply Lead Coaching, but it scares me to think about it. God blessed me with a wonderful coach at the time when I needed her the most, and I will gladly endorse and recommend her for any coaching job. She never took it easy on me, which I appreciated.  Her professionalism always was at the forefront, and her wisdom still resonates.    Career Development Coaching

Workshops and Assessments

Workshops

Stuck in the Middle: Managing Up, Down and Across the Organization     Proactively managing your relationships is a skill that is core to your job, if you want to do it well.  If you’re leading projects, programs, and/or staff, you are probably often feeling the pressure – of being squeezed in the middle.  In this workshop, you will learn what it is to manage your boss as well as your staff, peers and stakeholders, and why this could be one of the most beneficial jobs of influencing you’ll ever take on.  We’ll give you strategies for interacting from the middle more effectively so that you’re equipped to do your job successfully, while supporting others in doing theirs.  In the end, you’ll build relationships that are positive, productive, and gratifying.

90-Day Strategy (To a Successful Job Transition)   Did you know that 40% of new leaders fail in the first 18 months? How can you avoid failing as a new leader, and learn from other leaders’ mistakes rather than making so many of your own?  Transitioning of any kind is challenging, particularly when you take on a new Leadership role.  There’s going to be a learning curve and in most cases, the skills and individual contributions that got you into the new position are simply not enough to help you stay there.  In this workshop, we’ll discuss where you’ll need to focus to move forward quickly with a solid plan that positions you for success.

Assessments  

DISC       The DISC profile assessment is a personal development assessment that measures an individual’s tendencies and priorities.  It is designed to support an individual’s understanding of his or her work-related behaviors, the behaviors of others, and how to apply this knowledge in work situations.

EQP        Emotional Quotient reflects a person’s ability to empathize with others: identify, evaluate, control and express emotions one’s own emotions; perceive and assess others’ emotions; use emotions to facilitate thinking, and understand emotional meanings. This emotional intelligence assessment will evaluate several aspects of your emotional intelligence and will suggest ways to improve it.

360 Degree Feedback     The 360 Degree Feedback solicits feedback regarding an employee’s behavior from a variety of points of view (subordinate, lateral, and supervisory). Organizations have most commonly utilized 360-degree feedback for developmental purposes, providing it to employees to assist them in developing work skills and behaviors. However, organizations are increasingly using 360-degree feedback in performance evaluations and employment decisions.

Values Assessment   The Values Assessment helps you identify your “Why”.  When you are clear about what your values are, it is easy to understand your drivers and motivations for doing things.  You can actively build your decisions, actions, and vision for a better you, a better career, or life around them.  Through a facilitated process, you will discover knowing that your values can act as your compass to help give direction to what, how, and why you do what you do every day.

Career & Life Wheel      Commonly used by professional life & career coaches, it helps you consider each area of your life, or work, and assess where you are at.  It helps you identify where you would like to give priority, and areas that need more attention. The Wheel is a powerful tool that will give you a vivid visual representation of the way your life or work is currently, compared to what you’d ideally like it to be.  Our professionally certified coaches can help you identify gaps in the wheel, and map out action plans to get you where you want or need to be.

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