Entrepreneur in Action – Jennifer Flowers | Accreditation Guru

Jennifer FlowersJennifer Flowers is the creative force behind Accreditation Guru, Inc., a company dedicated to helping organizations prepare for Joint Commission, Council on Accreditation, CARF and other accreditations. My own path crossed with Jennifer’s when she was the Director of Volunteer Services for the Council on Accreditation (COA). As a Peer Reviewer for COA myself, and as the accreditation leader for several non-profits, I had the pleasure of working with Jennifer on a number of occasions. In contrast to what could have easily been an adversarial relationship, Jennifer’s assistance and support was more of a trusted advisor than of a micromanaging evaluating body. Her quick rapport and vast knowledge of accreditation, leadership and management competencies is a natural fit for her role as CEO of Accreditation Guru. I am pleased to present her as another successful and inspiring ‘Entrepreneur in Action!’

1. Career influences

I am fortunate to have a number of good friends who have had success leading and growing their own businesses and I take inspiration from them. I look to their perseverance, dedication to client services and strategic risk taking. Whether these individuals own an insurance company or graphic design firm or another type of business, there is always good information to be shared.

2. Biggest career success

My biggest success came precisely two years after I was unexpectedly laid off from an executive position with a large nonprofit organization.  After spending the better half of a year leading the development of a new long-term strategic plan, I facilitated a Board of Directors retreat for a $50M nonprofit agency in Jacksonville, FL. During the retreat, the Board members voted unanimously to accept the strategic plan. This achievement was crowned with the feedback that this was the best Board retreat that the members had ever participated in. I will always be extremely proud of this achievement.

3. Recent lessons learned

Embrace seeking the assistance of others. While ideally, most of my time would be spent consulting for and supporting my clients, crucial functions including sales, marketing, managing finances, website design and others each require the time and attention to ensure the continued success of my organization. Whether participating in sales training courses to further my knowledge base or hiring someone to improve my search engine optimization (SEO), it is key to partner with others who are experts in their fields.

4. What inspires and motivates

I am continually inspired by knowing that I can help agencies to embrace the many benefits of accreditation and how this will, in turn, help improve the overall function of an organization and the services it provides its clients. I not only work with my clients for them to become successfully (re)accredited, but to set them up to truly “live” accreditation even after my work with them is complete.

5. Share a leadership story

If you love what you do and are very good at it, people will gravitate toward you and support your mission. Personally I have had a number of very talented people who want to work for me, develop strategic alliances or have offered to be advisors because they believe in me and the business that I am building. Those that I have brought (or will bring) onboard are not only subject matter experts, but share my passion for this work and desire to help client organizations to Prepare for Greatness! Always surround yourself with talented, dedicated people and everyone will benefit.

6. Your Top Two

#1: Dream big and go for it! Really. Your future is whatever you make of it, so reach high!
#2: Get out there and network, there are connections to be made that can enhance both your personal and professional growth…and always remember to enjoy the journey!

7. About Jennifer

Jennifer Flowers, President
Accreditation Guru, Inc.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AccreditationGuruInc
Twitter: @jen_flowers
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferflowersmba/
Prepare for Greatness blog: http://accreditationguru.wordpress.com/

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About Brian Loebig

Owner of LoebigInk.com, author of TheInkBlog.net, CriminalThinking.net and part-time Technology Manager for the Alliance for Performance Excellence, Brian has over 15 years of experience working in the quality improvement, human services and technology fields as an administrator and consultant. Brian has also worked as a practitioner and administrator in the corrections, substance abuse and human services fields with a special emphasis on technology. He continues to work with numerous community-based non-profits as a web technology consultant, board member and volunteer. Feel free to .
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9 Responses to Entrepreneur in Action – Jennifer Flowers | Accreditation Guru

  1. Uma says:

    great article! Congrats Jennifer!

  2. Mark Madsen says:

    Having worked with Jennifer in the CME arena was special experience and I learned things I didn’t know I needed. She brought to the job a special kind of professionalism and work ethic that inspired others to do their best work. One shows their true colors when organizations get bought and sold, merge with others or just collaps under their own weight of obsolecence. Jennifer and I went through all of these experiences together and emerged both wiser and kinder. Wiser because the work setting can be ruthless and cruel and kinder for the same reasons. Jennifer’s colors were always brite and clear and I realized I not only had a terrific colleague but a mentor as well.

    Mark Madsen, MPH, CHES
    CEO, Core Medical Publishing, LTD

  3. Robin Renee says:

    Hi Jennifer – Did you go to Bishop Eustace Prep?

    Great article, BTW. I am inspired to “get out there and network” today!

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