We had the good fortune of connecting with Joi K. Madison and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joi K., we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
The word “risk” implies that the focus is on what could be lost or how things could go badly. While I understand the importance of assessing those elements, I don’t choose to focus on them. Instead, I choose to see everything I stand to gain and all the ways things could work out in my favor. Of course, I consider potential outcomes when making decisions about projects, partnerships and other aspects of my business, However, when I look back over the years and all the things I’ve accomplished across several businesses, I don’t attribute those milestones to risk, I’d prefer to call it faith. I move with inspired action towards things that may not always make sense on the surface but, when viewed through the lens of my understanding of who God is and how the universe works, it doesn’t make sense not to move forward. Being an entrepreneur requires a mix of confidence, conviction and crazy. Some of the moves I’ve made – emptying my bank account to start a business, closing a business before the next one was up and running – some might call that crazy. When you can’t see my vision and all you can see is everything that I could potentially lose, I see why that looks like risk from that angle. But from there I stand, it’s always about faith.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My work is multi-hyphenate. I do group and individual coaching, corporate and non-profit facilitation, online course creation and am available for hire as a speaker, including keynotes, panels and podcasts. I learned long ago not to box myself in. My approach to the work I do is to stay focused on the message and the mission and allow the manner in which it is delivered and achieved to unfold along the way. My work evolves as I do. Every few years, we recycle the conversation about “finding one’s purpose.” It’s my belief that we all have the same purpose: to serve others with our gifts. With that in mind, I use my gifts of teaching and speaking in service of others by inviting them to be their best and highest self through emotional intelligence. My philosophy is that our relationships, particularly the intimate ones, offer us the grandest opportunity to know ourselves, so relational work is at the foundation of my efforts. But the material I cover is relevant in every facet of life, hence why I find myself in various spaces teaching, facilitating and speaking. More than any one particular accomplishment, I’d say I’m most proud of my commitment to process of learning, unlearning and relearning. Another reason people trust me with their staff, students, members and constituents is that I have proven my skills when it comes to consuming and synthesizing information, applying it in my own life and then using it to guide and support others on their path, without judgment. My curiosity and openness allows me to cross paths with all types of people and these connections lead to opportunities which is how I continue to grow my skillset and, in turn, expand my business.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In no particular order, if I had a friend in town for the week we would definitely stop by Nobody Jones boutique in mid-city LA to update our wardrobes with new threads. We’d follow our spree with a stop next door to My Two Cents, a southern style restaurant with friendly service and delicious food. We’d also have to stop by Residency Art gallery in Inglewood, CA to take in their latest exhibit – sure to be beautifully curated and inspire thought-provoking conversation. Then we’d skip down the street to Stuff I Eat, a vegan eatery tucked away on historic Market street. Anyone who knows me will tell you, there’s no hanging with me without some form of physical activity. A nice bike ride to the beach would land us at Neighbor, a garden bistro and cocktail bar in the heart of Venice Beach, where we’d grab a refreshing drink and light bites before pedaling back home. More art, history and culture? Yes, please! An afternoon at the California African-American Museum always has a wide range of exhibits featuring contemporary artists as well as artifacts from generations past, It’s a great place for stories and experiences to collide and create new memories. A few miles away is the original location for one of my local favorites, Comfort LA, where we’ll go to get “that action” and play dominoes while we wait for our wings and fries. Don’t forget to ask for “that sauce”! We’d round out the visit with a little pampering at Powder Beauty Co. A bright, beautiful and bold manicure and pedicure followed by a sweet cupcake treat from South Girls Desserts.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Of all the amazing people in my life who have supported me along the way from sports coaches and mentors to my therapist, my friends and all those who believe in my knowledge and skills enough to enroll in my programs and courses and refer their loved ones to work with me, I’d have to give this shout out to my parents. The relentless, unwavering support they have shown even when they don’t quite know or understand what it is I do is unmatched. I do not take for granted that they have cheered me on and even cheered me up throughout each season of my life, every step of the way.