166: Jillian Medoff: My career had hit the skids

//166: Jillian Medoff: My career had hit the skids

166: Jillian Medoff: My career had hit the skids

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Jillian Medoff was a business consultant with a passion for being a novelist. After having sold a few novels she was unable to sell her next manuscript. That’s when the editor of her first novel gave her some advice that she thought was crazy. But it paid off and Jillian is now following her passion of writing about corporate life.

For many authors, art comes from chaos. For Jillian Medoff, it’s the exact opposite. The eldest daughter of a traveling salesman, Jillian moved 17 times by her senior year in high school. Although she’s been writing fiction, she was eight years old when she knew that the way she’d eventually earn money would have to be separate from her artistic life.

Having steady, stable employment (i.e., a corporate job) not only offered her financial security, it also ensured she’d never be forced to write solely as a means to pay rent. As a result, she’s pursued two distinct, unrelated careers over the past few decades: becoming a solid corporate citizen during business hours, while earning an MFT and publishing four novels in the shadows.

Jillian’s day job is in management consulting. She’s worked for a range of employers, including Deloitte, Aon, Revlon and Max Factor. Now, as a senior consultant with a professional services firm in NYC, she advises clients on communication strategies for all aspects of the employee experience, such as workforce engagement, performance management and professional development. She’s fluent in HR practices and procedures, with deep subject matter expertise in benefits and pay programs.

At the same time, she’s a novelist whose character-driven books examine complex family dynamics. Her current novel, THIS COULD HURT, is a hilarious dissection of a corporate family through the lens of five HR colleagues grappling with professional and personal challenges in the aftermath of the 2008 financial collapse. Her other novels include I COULDN”T LOVE YOU MORE, HUNGER POINT and GOOD GIRLS GONE BAD. HUNGER POINT was adapted into an original cable movie starring Christina Hendricks and Barbara Hershey.

Jillian currently lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband, Keith Dawson, and three children, Sarah, Olivia and Mollie. Along with her job at Segal Consulting, she’s working on her next novel, a 21st century BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES.

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“When people consider HR, either they underestimate the value that HR brings to an organization or they are terrified.” -Jillian Medoff Click to Tweet 

“Stripping down HR is totally contradictory to the ethos of what HR should be within an organization.” -Jillian Medoff Click to Tweet 

“On one hand, HR is given a lot of responsibility and no means to enforce it.” -Jillian Medoff Click to Tweet 

“Your employees are what drive the organization.” -Jillian Medoff Click to Tweet 

“One of the things that HR has traditionally done is undersold itself.” -Jillian Medoff Click to Tweet 

“With solid branding and messaging, an HR department can become for the employees a source of strength.” -Jillian Medoff Click to Tweet 

“Ultimately, HR needs to have reckoning with itself within the organization.” -Jillian Medoff Click to Tweet 

“If you’re aligning your goals with the organization you lose a lot of employee buy-in.” -Jillian Medoff Click to Tweet 

“Every organization is its own very small universe.” -Jillian Medoff Click to Tweet 

“By making their messaging and communications stronger, HR then has a stronger presence.” -Jillian Medoff Click to Tweet 

“Strive to find your best self and find peers or mentors that you admire and emulate them.” -Jillian Medoff Click to Tweet 

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Hump to Get Over

Jillian Medoff was a business consultant with a passion for being a novelist. After having sold a few novels she was unable to sell her next manuscript. That’s when the editor of her first novel gave her some advice that she thought was crazy. But it paid off and Jillian is now following her passion of writing about corporate life.

Advice for others

Trust yourself in the moment and keep going.

Holding her back from being an even better leader

Self-consciousness.

Best Leadership Advice

Treat others the way you’d like to be treated yourself. Lead others the way you’d like to be led.

Secret to Success

I will never give up.

Best tools that helps in Business or Life

Compassion

Recommended Reading

This Could Hurt: A Novel

The EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence and Your Success

Contacting Jillian Medoff

Email: jillianmedoff [at] gmail.com

website: http://jillianmedoff.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JillianMedoff

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jillian-medoff-91961714/

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