221: Jessica Hartung: Change the way we think about work

//221: Jessica Hartung: Change the way we think about work

221: Jessica Hartung: Change the way we think about work

Jessica Hartung Show Notes Page

Jessica Hartung is driven to build more mission-driven leaders. The things that are happening in our communities that are the fabric of our lives, are more often led by people who are self-interested and don’t have a healthy relationship with power. And our institutions and communities are suffering as a result. We need to change the way we think about work to lead our communities forward.

Jessica Hartung was born and raised in Downers Grove, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.   She had a very small immediate family – one older brother, and no cousins.  Her parents were both very active in the community.

Jessica’s mother was a teacher’s aide in an elementary school, and later worked at the Downers Grove Public Library – and still visits every library in towns where she travels, just for fun. Her father was a scientist, at Argonne National Lab, and became an activist for the environment, and engaged in urban planning to preserve the Lyman Woods and other irreplaceable natural habitats. In order to protect the environment and enact energy saving policies, he taught himself about the law, grass roots organizing, and public policy so he could testify before the necessary commissions to bring about water conservation and environmental protections. He was honored as Citizen of the Year by the Downers Grove Chamber of Commerce. As a clear example of a conscious professional who learned what he needed to create positive change, he has been an inspiration to Jessica on her path.

As a child, Jessica raised money for the neighborhood Park District as a way to show how important it was to protect the wild spaces.  Jessica grew up spending time by herself in nature, with a creek, trees and critters as friends as well as humans.

Intending to become a high school teacher, Jessica studied education at the University of Michigan, and after a conflict with her professor, she got a job working in a local start-up technology business.   Shortly thereafter she began a small consulting business, and began applying her desire to grow and develop the skills needed to create productive and enjoyable work environments.  Her first business; MacinTeach, was a Macintosh training and computer consulting firm that worked with non-profits and small businesses.  It was through working with the local Girl Scout Council as a computer consultant that she began to study leadership and learn about Frances Hesselbein, Peter Drucker and other leadership thinkers.

Today, Jessica inspires people to see the purpose of work as learning and development – and for us all to discover better ways of working that enrich our lives as well as create a positive impact. She is the author of The Conscious Professional: Transform Your Life at Work and founder of Integrated Work, a leadership development firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, and serves as a learning laboratory about progressive work practices. Jessica is on a mission to build more self-aware, ethical leaders, and she is encouraged by increasingly widespread movement to use business as a force for good.

Based in Boulder Colorado for the past 24 years, she has raised two children, a 16-year-old son and 21-year-old daughter, and lives with her husband, astrophysics Dr. Steven Hartung. Most early mornings she can be found walking around the Twin Lakes Open Space taking in the scenery and watching for owls, kingfisher, osprey and the great blue heron.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

Listen to Jessica Hartung of @integratedwork to get over the hump on the @FastLeaderShow – Click to Tweet

“When we bring the things that we value, that which is important to us, into our workplace we find there’s all kinds of opportunities we didn’t realize.” – Click to Tweet

“There is a mutual beneficial relationship between work and life when we bring who we are to what we do.” – Click to Twee

“All development that’s conscious, deliberate, intentional development starts with an awareness.” – Click to Tweet

“We go from awareness into willingness; and not everything are we willing to do.” – Click to Tweet

“If you can’t say no, your yeses mean nothing.” Jessica Hartung – Click to Tweet

“If you don’t actually really have choice, then you’re not wholly into it.” – Click to Tweet

“Willingness is really important because it’s where we put our values into action.” – Click to Tweet

“When we say yes and are willing to grow in a specific area, then we start to actually practice.” – Click to Tweet

“How you learn to be a great leader, you do it by practicing.” – Click to Tweet

“Sometimes we’re building our awareness based on having done the work.” – Click to Tweet

“There’s no reason why excellent quality professional development shouldn’t be available for everybody.” – Click to Tweet

“We’re constantly going through the cycle of awareness, willingness and skill.” – Click to Tweet

“When people are not aware of course they’re not willing.” – Click to Tweet

“It’s my practice and belief that we have leaders at every level of the organization.” – Click to Tweet

“Everybody wants to be working together to create that future that benefits them and those around them.” – Click to Tweet

“We can own our learning, not just related to our job, but related to what kind of future we want for ourselves.” – Click to Tweet

“Fear, doubt and uncertainty kind of constrain our world if we allow them to.” – Click to Tweet

“Your developmental edge changes as you grow in your profession.” – Click to Tweet

“There are transferrable skills between our personal and professional lives.” – Click to Tweet

“When we’re investing in ourselves and choosing to own our learning and doing it deliberately, we have more control.” – Click to Tweet

“Work is the place where leaders; at every level.” – Click to Tweet

“It’s our turn to lead regardless of what our job title is.” – Click to Tweet

“Employee engagement, employee satisfaction, retention all increase when folks are using work as a learning experience to benefit themselves.” – Click to Tweet

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Jessica Hartung is driven to build more mission-driven leaders. The things that are happening in our communities that are the fabric of our lives, are more often led by people who are self-interested and don’t have a healthy relationship with power. And our institutions and communities are suffering as a result. We need to change the way we think about work to lead our communities forward.

Advice for others

Work on building group facilitation skills to move ideas forward.

Holding her back from being an even better leader

Making sure that I make time in the mornings to really connect to myself and have meditative and contemplative time.

Best Leadership Advice

If you’re going to go into business with people, go into business with people with integrity. If they don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.

Secret to Success

Bringing what matters to you to each interaction.

Best tools in business or life

To focus on what’s happening with the other person.

Recommended Reading

The Conscious Professional: Transform Your Life at Work

Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead

Contacting Jessica Hartung

Website: https://consciousprofessional.com/

Website: https://jessicahartung.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaHartungAuthor/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-g-hartung-749346/

Resources and Show Mentions

How to Supercharge Contact Center Agent Performance, Onsite & @Home

Call Center Coach

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