We had the good fortune of connecting with Janine Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janine, what principle do you value most?
The value of balance is infused into every action I take. I’ve always been driven by leveling the playing field, which explains the work I’ve done in supporting women entrepreneurs, and teaching entrepreneurism to at-risk youth and incarcerated individuals. But it also infuses the work I do as an Executive Coach and Facilitator. I’m often brought into companies when something has gone off the rails. Companies are systems, and when those systems are out of balance, it shows up in myriad ways. Maybe turnover numbers are really high, the team is having a lot of backchanneling, the cultural walk is not being talked, there is an inability to have hard conversations, or there are inequities in how people are being managed. I’ll do interviews with employees at various levels, followed by a root cause analysis, and invariably something will emerge to explain why the system is out of balance. By addressing that variable, the leadership team is able to bring the equation back into balance. Currently we are experiencing a society and a relationship with nature that are clearly out of balance. Each individuals’ efforts to create balance in themselves, their relationships and their systems is a step towards creating the balance so necessary at a grander scale. The opportunity I have to facilitate that process through my work is my rocket fuel.
What should our readers know about your business and how did you end up where you are?
Evolution’s approach aims for deep, sustainable development across all dimensions of business — individuals, teams, and the organization as a whole. Many coaching organizations only focus on one of those dimensions, but we view them as inexorably linked. We also span traditional 1:1 executive coaching and organizational development work. We tend to get in with our clients early and scale alongside with them. Slack is a perfect example. We’ve worked with them since early days, through their exit and will continue to partner with them into the future. I found my way to Evolution through a very circuitous path. I started off in engineering, rising to the C-level, then got into tech recruiting/people ops and eventually realized that coaching and facilitation was why I was put on earth.
I met Evolution’s founders through a mutual connection that I’d met at super random networking event many moons ago. When I first looked at Evolution’s site and saw the tagline “Scale Without Losing Your Soul”, I knew I had found my tribe. Kismet. In terms of my personal approach to the work I do, I like to describe myself as part weirdo/part scientist. I was a math major and tend to think quite logically. But I’m equally intuitive and bring both sides of the equation into my coaching.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I grew up in LA on the Westside (Uni High), and still love going there, but I’ve lived in the South Bay now for 25 years. I love the access to beaches, hiking trails where you don’t have to see a soul and we have parking! I’d start us off with a beach walk where we would invariably see the huge dolphin pod that cruises up and down the coast around here. Then we would have breakfast at Good Stuff in Hermosa or Redondo. After a meditation and maybe pilates, we’d go for a hike on one of the many trails around Palos Verdes. Then on to Terranea in for walk on the cliffs over the ocean, followed by one of the art or cooking classes they do, and then a glass of vino at Nelsons to watch the sunset.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to do a shoutout to all my friends and colleagues at Evolution, the coaching collective where I’m a Partner. I’ve never met a group of people more soul- and mission-aligned towards helping companies become holistic and evolutionary. The depth of knowledge and wisdom is profound. By being able to tap into that, my own coaching practice and abilities have gotten infinitely stronger. I’m ten times the coach with them then I would be without them.