Leaders Perception Magazine is currently running an interview series called – Building a Successful Remote Work Culture: Discussing strategies and best practices for fostering a productive and engaged remote workforce, addressing topics like communication, collaboration tools, work-life balance, and employee well-being
Interviewee Name: Jackie Sinclair
Company: 913 Productions / Sinclair Real Estate
Position: CEO / Founder
Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackiesinclair0913/
Jackie Sinclair’s favorite quote: “ Comfort, the Enemy of Progress. – The Greatest Showman”
Step into the world of Jackie Sinclair, a dynamic entrepreneur and the CEO of 913 Productions and Sinclair Real Estate. With a background in Human Resources and Office Administration, Jackie’s journey led her to launch her own virtual assisting business and later venture into the realm of Digital + Social Media Marketing. In this inspiring interview, Jackie shares her personal triumph over cervical cancer and her dedication to maintaining a work-life balance. Discover how she merged forces with her husband to establish Butter Peach Inc, now known as Sinclair Real Estate, and 913 Productions, a photography and digital marketing company. With 20 years of corporate exposure and experience in building her own companies, Jackie understands the importance of effective communication and individualized support for her team members. By embracing flexibility and prioritizing the well-being of her employees, Jackie cultivates a positive and successful work environment. Join us as we delve into the philosophy of “come as you are, and rock what you do!” and gain insights from Jackie Sinclair’s entrepreneurial journey.
Thank you so much for joining us today! Tell us a little bit about yourself. What is your backstory?
Jackie Sinclair : I come from a Corporate background, I like to refer to myself as a Recovering Corporate Warrior. A majority of my experience is in Human Resources and Office Administration. My husband and I grew up in the Bay Area and started our careers there, then in 2014 we moved to Southern CA to the Palm Springs area. In 2015 I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer and went through a Hysterectomy and have been clear for the last 8 years! During that time I made the decision to stay home with my oldest and launch a Virtual Assisting business. I launched and left my 8-5 within 3ish months and was working full time from home by summer of 2016. I found and trained in Digital + Social Media Marketing and feel in love. So I refocused my services to that and started Go Digital Diva where I found great success and passion with my clients, team members, and overall life balance. During the pandemic – my husband and I decided to merge forces and work together. We started to work on building our own brokerage and production company. In late 2020 we formed Butter Peach Inc which is now Sinclair Real Estate. And, in 2021 we formed 913 Productions which is our photography + digital marketing company. Through my 20 years of corporate exposure and building our own companies I have been trained, encountered, and hired many many people, teams, executives, and new office opens. I have seen a lot of what works and doesn’t work, being someone who started on the ground floor, I’ve never forgotten or lost touch with that. It’s what I call upon when making choices regarding my team and clients. I love the philosophy of ‘come as you are, and rock what you do!’
How do you ensure effective communication and collaboration among remote team members? Can you share any specific tools or practices that have been particularly effective for your organization?
Jackie Sinclair : I like to find out their preferred and best method of communication they like. I usually ask a few questions upon interviewing to find out how they best learn and take in information. It doesn’t matter if they sit next to you or are across the ocean – if you know how to communicate with them in a productive and efficient manner – there will be success. I believe in being part of a leadership role you need to adapt to your teams methods in order to cultivate a positive and successful result.
Maintaining work-life balance can be challenging in a remote work environment. What strategies do you recommend for remote employees to create boundaries between work and personal life? How can organizations support their employees in achieving a healthy work-life balance?
Jackie Sinclair : Again, as a leader it’s your job to find out how your team best works on an individual level and together as a team unit. Once a new team member joins, I ask questions while getting to know them to find out how we can support one another and understand what is important and needs to be prioritized. For example: An employee who needs to come in a little later so her kids don’t have to wait at school for an extra hour until the gate opens. Or an employee who has to leave early on certain days to be present for kids activities. I had an employee once work extra time each day to take off early on Fridays or come in late on Mondays depending on our projects, so that they could go visit their parents on the weekends.
When your employees appreciate the flexibility of an employer or workplace – they will work twice as hard and dedicate more to that organization. I personally want happy employees, I do quarterly check ins to see how projects are progressing, finding out if any tweaks needs to be made. Making sure if an employee wants to take a Thursday morning yoga class, so they can feel more centered in life and work – go for it!
I want the work done on time and in the best possible version, how you get to that point – is really up to the employee. ‘Come as you are, and rock what you do!’
Leaders Perception Magazine would like to thank Jackie Sinclair and 913 Productions / Sinclair Real Estate for the time dedicated to completing this interview and sharing their valuable insights with our readers!
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