From Integrated Work’s CEO Jessica Hartung: Welcome to Our New President, Jennifer Simpson!
We are very fortunate to have Dr. Jennifer Simpson joining us as Integrated Work’s new President, and I’m enjoying our collaboration on current client projects and future plans. Jennifer’s experience and strategic approach are already helping us expand and add new capabilities so we can strengthen even more socially conscious leaders. Please join me in welcoming her!
As Integrated Work’s President, Jennifer further amplifies our capabilities and capacity in organizational development, leadership, and system change. Jen brings a real passion for improving lives, strengthening communities, and adding value to organizations to her work. Her background includes over twenty-five years of experience working in and with organizations across the private, public, corporate, and not-for-profit sectors to create more meaningful and effective ways of living and working together. Jen is excited to bring this passion and expertise to the work of building the leaders our society needs through real-world work experiences here at Integrated Work. See her full bio to learn more. And check out her recent article in Conscious Company Magazine: These 5 “Feminine” Traits are the Future of Leadership. Here’s a preview:
Work is getting more and more complex every day, and leaders are trying to figure out how to set themselves up for success when yesterday’s rules no longer apply.
In the mid 20th century, being a conscious company seemed like something of a fringe luxury for the high-and-mighty and doomed to feel good but perform badly. In simpler systems, hierarchy, command-and-control decision-making, and a handful of smart people sitting at the top of a sprawling system could still produce results. This tell-you-what-to-do model was built on traditionally masculine qualities: confidence, clarity, assertiveness, and focus. Well balanced and properly directed, these traits can be extremely powerful. Out of balance, though, they can wreak havoc, and we all pay the price.
We have already passed the tipping point. The “smart-person-at-the-top” model will not be adequate to either solve today’s most pressing challenges or anticipate the disruptions ahead — much less keep an increasingly sophisticated and exacting workforce engaged. The leaders who embody and embrace a profile of more characteristically feminine traits are already paving the path to the future.
In today’s faster and more interconnected world, no one person — no matter how smart or sophisticated — can hope to connect all relevant dots. More typically feminine qualities of receptivity, connection, curiosity, listening, and relationship are increasingly important to success. Click here to finish the article on the Conscious Company Magazine website.
And you might have noticed the other big change: our new look! To celebrate our twentieth anniversary this year, Integrated Work’s website got a makeover. Our bright, colorful logo conveys the energy of the work we do, along with the integrative nature of our impact. We hope you’ll enjoy exploring our fresh look.
We are excited to partner with you and your team in making a big difference on the things that matter most in your organizations, communities, and our world. You can email Jen with your ideas or questions, or call the office at 303-516-9001 to schedule a conversation with her.