Janice Doucet Thompson, EdD

Business Name: JD Thompson & Associates, LLC
Certifications/accreditations: Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership
Business Structure: LLC
Number of Employees: 2
Year Founded: ’96 p/t; full-tiime Nov 2009
Services Offered: Leadership Coaching, Change Leadership, Talent Management & Succession Planning,
Leadership and Management Development, Multi-Rater Assessment and Feedback

Business Category
o  Leadership Coaching

Contact Information
Mailing Address: 2386 Fair Oaks Blvd, Suite 116, Sacramento, CA 95825
Office: 916-803-5551
Email Address: janice@jdthompsonassoc.com
Skype:  live:jdthompsonassoc

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Geographic Region Served

  • Sacramento Region
  • Northern California
  • Western US
  • International

Industry Sectors Served

  • Education
  • Energy
  • Government
  • Nonprofit
  • Professional Services

Insights

What led you to do the work you do?  I am passionate about helping successful people be even more successful.  My purpose is simple – “I believe in helping people be their best so they can live more productive, happier lives.”

Describe your ideal client: • A leader or executive team that is successful and wants to be even more successful • Believes and promotes people as the organization’s most valuable asset • Treats leadership as a partnership with employees; and • Values involvement, transparency and communication.

What situation or circumstances might lead a prospective client to your services?  Many times the successful executive has received some feedback that needs to be addressed, or is having trouble with a Board member or direct report. Often the executive wants to get better but doesn’t have a clue about how to go about it…that’s where I come in to help.

What’s the best way for colleagues to refer prospective clients to you? I love to collaborate with colleagues. Sometimes an email, followed by a quick call, can set the context for the client’s needs.  Then I prefer to have my colleague make the introduction by email and introduce me along with my bio. I’ve also met with the colleague and the client over coffee or lunch and that works, too.

How does a typical engagement begin?  I meet with the prospect face-to-face to listen to their story and learn more about what is going well and what needs improvement. There is never a charge for this first meeting and it can take up to 90 minutes. If I think I can help and there is a good connection, then I prepare a proposal for the prospective client and things move ahead from that point.

What services might a typical engagement include?  As a Leadership Coach, I begin with a 360 feedback assessment. This can be done electronically, but I much prefer to meet with key stakeholders and interview them about my client. I create a confidential report that is shared with the client and together, we decide what is most important to focus on based on stakeholder feedback. We then set up coaching sessions.

What might you be doing if you hadn’t pursued this career? 
I love what I do and feel that I’ve prepared my entire career to do it well.

What about your work gives you greatest satisfaction? Helping people be their best so they can live more productive and happier lives in both their personal and professional endeavors.

What might your colleagues be surprised to learn about you? 
We downsized to east Sacramento a few years ago and lived in a 480-square-foot converted garage for 18 months while we remodeled the
house.

What do you enjoy doing most when you’re not serving your clients?  Whenever I get the opportunity to travel (and combine it with my work) that is a very good thing!