Deseret News writes about Jane A. Herron, Certified Leadership Coach

HER HIGH, she said, was being invited to be the opening keynote speaker with 650 women present at the Women In Business Leadership Conference in Salt Lake City. Until 1986, Jane worked as a sales executive with three Fortune 500 companies: Ship’n’Shore® Womens Division of General Mills, Levi Strauss & Co®, and Wranglers® Womenswear– better know as Blue Bell Overall Company. Because Janewas in the top 3% in the manufacturing sales division with all three companies for 12 years, Jane was frequently asked to do internal trainings and to speak to the other sales representatives about her success. Keep in mind she was ‘the token women’ for most of those 12 years operating out of the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, and Salt Lake City Merchandise Marts.

In 1986, Jane joined National Speakers Association in the very competitive Los Angeles market, she was living in Santa Monica as she began writing the Sales & Leadership program she hoped to deliver around the world one day.

Her high was opening the Women In Business Leadership Conference on a Friday morning. She was on cloud nine her dream of being a professional speaker was ‘happening’, she had transitioned successfully from being an account executive to being a motivational speaker!  She could not wait to call her sister, a graphic artist in Denver, Colorado. They had a wonderful, heartfelt, loving conversations full of congratulations and joy, but her lowest low was soon to be discovered when she picked up her voice mail messages early the next morning, her was killed in a motorcycle accident.
A few months after the highest HIGH and the lowest LOW, Jane met a woman on a hike in the canyon. Jenny, who Herron described as a “granola woman,” saw that Herron was heavy hearted and needed to talk. As they hiked down the canyon together Jenny told her about a full-grown eagle she had seen eating chicken feed among a flock of chickens.

Jenny had approached the farmer and asked him whether he knew there was an eagle among his chickens. The farmer explained that the eagle, named Matilda, was hatched by one of his hens when the egg mysteriously was discovered in his barnyard. “Matilda believes she is a chicken,” the farmer said.

Jenny, not satisfied with the farmer’s response, argued: “She may think she’s a chicken, but she has the heart of an eagle”. She asked the farmer if she might ‘work with’ Matilda.  He agreed.

So Jenny carried Matilda to the top of the farmer’s house and encouraged her to fly. Matilda momentarily flapped her wings but she quickly resumed her place on the ground among the chickens pecking at the feed in the barnyard.

Undaunted, Jenny carried her to a peak, which was far from the barnyard. Jenny had carried a very small mirror with her in her pack so Matilda could see for herself that she was not a chicken but instead a majestic eagle. Miracle upon miracle it was at the exact time that Jenny was holding up the mirror to Matilda and talking to her about becoming who she really was, that two eagle flew overhead . . . and in an instant everything changed . . .  she saw herself differently and she decided to FLY!

“A paradigm shift can happen in the twinkle of an eye, but often it takes something radical like a highest high or a lowest low to get your attentions.  All too often we find women stuck in their own mental barnyards, pecking away at the chicken feed instead of finding a way to soar with the eagles.  We all have these sort of choices to make!”  Herron said.

Herron offered her conference participants three challenges.

– Ask youself: Am I a CHICKEN or an EAGLE?

– Would you prefer to play it safe with the chickens in the barnyard, letting life feed you chicken feed, or do you have the HEART of an EAGLE? and if you could, would you FLY?

– And if you would love to fly, then why not work with someone who knows what it means to go from a chicken to an eagle.  Jane Herron has been training women how to fly for over 30 years, and now she wants to work with you.