Q&A with Dr. Monique Carlisle Johnson, owner of MCJ Consulting. Based in the Cincinnati area, Monique works with schools and organizations and individuals who are ready to improve, grow, and change in ways that make a difference in the world. MJC Consulting is especially committed to full customized counsel, guidance, and support to educational organizations focused on student success.
Among other achievements Monique has her doctorate in Counselor Education with a focus in Higher Education Administration and a minor in Human Resource Development for Trainers, The Pennsylvania State University.
*Editors privilege: When you meet Monique you can’t help but know that she is committed to what her role is. I love to give this example of how she and her family live. She and I were GS leaders together on an overnight camp out. Camping is NOT Monique’s thing. When she told her husband that “camping is for the birds” his response sums up their family mantra: “So be a bird then”. And you know what…she was a bird. She cooked out, hiked, and sang songs like her entire heart was in it. Because that is who she is. Committed to the role she is in and gets the job done.
Q: Did you always want to have your own business?
Over the past year, I began studying entrepreneurship and had an inspiring encounter with a retired Principal who inspired me to own it. MCJ Consulting was born in June of 2016.
Q: What has been your most favorite part of operating your business? What is your least favorite?
Keeping up with social media is my least favorite part of being a new business. You have to use social media in order to be seen. I’m by nature a private person, so it’s been a struggle for me. Although I am quite personable, I find social media to be sort of contrived at times and I want to quit. I’m considering working with a virtual assistant to manage that aspect for me.
*I love that Monique is talking about outsourcing something that she believes has to be done but is a weakness. I 100% believe that all business owners can learn from that statement. No one is an expert in everything.
Q: Best piece of business advice you have gotten and from whom? And life advice?
Working with a coach, mentor or joining a mastermind group has been helpful for me. It’s a great way to connect with like-minded people. I’ve also enjoyed sharing resources and learning from other’s experiences. There are a ton of coaches out there and endless webinars and people with the “best” formula to make your business grow. I would advise you not to overwhelm yourself with too many webinars, and on-line courses because, after a while, it gets confusing and can actually impede your progress.
At some point, you have to tune it out, do what’s best for you and move forward.
If you decide to work with someone, pace yourself, and connect with whoever makes you feel most comfortable and has the credentials you are seeking.
My interpretation – when a student finally grasps a concept you’re teaching or you get your first client in your new business, or you volunteer your time …your heart beats a little faster. It’s the joy of serving.