Live and Work in Joy with Eileen Hahn
Today we’d like to introduce you to Eileen Hahn, a leadership consultant who partners with organizations to assist them in hiring and leading exceptional people. Eileen has more than twenty-five years of experience as an internal and external organization development professional, and has worked with a wide variety of public, private, and non-profit organizations.
A delightful and engaging professional speaker, Eileen has been described as “exuberant” and “business savvy,” and a wonderful combination of “all business” and “all fun.” She’s known in the business world for her ability to combine practical knowledge, tools, and techniques with warmth and real world examples and experiences. Want to know more about Eileen? Keep reading!
Tell us a little bit about your work and what you enjoy about it.
I love partnering with organizational leaders to enhance their business on all levels: financial, systems, customers, leadership, and employees. We talk about the organization's vision, goals, and challenges, and together we develop and implement plans to enhance the organization's effectiveness. With open, candid conversations and creative brainstorming, action, and lots of communication, positive outcomes unfold.
What’s the most common piece of advice that you find yourself giving to individuals and organizations who hire you?
Take time to get clear on your vision, goals, values, and culture, and take definitive action to accomplish it. All organizational leaders should be aligned in this regard. When the leaders are excited and committed to the vision, goals, values and culture, and when role modeling, mentoring and nurturing their employees in that regard becomes a priority, the result is that it unfolds in beautiful ways.
How has your leadership style changed over the years and what’s the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned?
My leadership style has evolved to focus on leading with kindness and love. I know that is the most effective method for achieving high states of productivity and employee well-being. My greatest leadership lesson has been to adjust my leadership style to meet each individual where they are, and work and communicate with them in a way that works for both of us. The Ken Blanchard Companies Situational Leadership II methodology remains my go-to approach to leadership.
Your website catchphrase is “Live & Work in Joy.” Can you talk a little about what that means?
It is possible to live and work in joy. Many people believe that work is a burden or a means to an end, but it can be more than that. Work can be joyful if you are using your natural strengths, in an environment that you enjoy, doing something that is aligned with your being. My purpose is to help more people see that possibility, move towards it, and work in joy.
If you could have 15 minutes with anyone in history (alive or deceased), who would it be, what would you ask him/her, and why?
Mother Teresa has always been a role model for me. Her selfless acts of love and kindness in India are astounding. If I had 15 minutes with her, I would thank her profusely for being such a positive role model and inspiration to me, and so many others. I just want to look into her eyes, feel her positive energy and love, and give her a hug. The only question I can think of to ask her is: How can I serve you?
What are you looking forward to in the future?
I am excited about my new website, eileenbhahn.com, that focuses on living and working in joy. May more people come to know that is possible! And I’m also looking forward to the future publication of my book, Your Wild and Precious Life, so more people can see and find their path to living and working in joy. It is my pleasure to help others look inside themselves to discover peace, joy, and guidance.
We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Eileen a little more, and encourage you to visit her new website and click around to discover how she can help you and your team become leaders who live and work in joy.