WHO WE ARE
WHO I AM
Jessica Tietjen, J.D.
Jessica performs and serves many roles including spouse, mother (of twin girls and a boy), leader, lawyer, talent management professional, technology enthusiast, Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, mBIT Certified Coach & Trainer, NeuroFit Certified Trainer, best-selling author, podcast host, speaker, and business consultant.
Jessica has extensive knowledge and understanding of performance practices. She has an insatiable desire to understand human performance in the context of workplaces and business results. Jessica reads over fifty books per year and hundreds of articles staying up to date on everything in neuroscience, HR, and talent management.
Jessica’s purpose and passion in life is to help people live exceptional lives. She believes workplaces must evolve their practices to support people. This passion led her to write and publish multiple books including: The Exceptional Life R-Evolution, Fiercely Cherished Beings, and Good Choice Bad Choice.
MEET MY TEAM
Meldina Alibasic, MHRM
As Director of Performance, Meldina performs and serves many roles including performance partner, Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, and mBIT Certified Coach & Trainer.
After earning her M.A. in Human Resources Management, Meldina has spent the entirety of her career working closely with Executive Leaders on organizational talent management initiatives to increase employee engagement, productivity, wellbeing, and other key business metrics.
Meldina is strongly passionate about helping others discover their most authentic selves and how to leverage those unique qualities to make a positive impact on their lives and the world around them. Her love of neuroscience and psychology coupled with her passion for people continue to be at the center of her drive to help organizations and individuals become truly exceptional.
Top 5 CliftonStrengths: Analytical, Futuristic, Individualization, Achiever, Strategic.
MY PASSION IS FOR EVERYONE TO LIVE AN EXCEPTIONAL LIFE
I am motivated by my core purpose to help people more fully enjoy their lives, including their work, so one day they can look back on their lives and say:
“I lived a great life, an exceptional life, and my workplace was a part of it.”
I am extremely passionate about performance excellence, personal accountability, exhibiting a positive service oriented mindset, and most importantly helping people develop their talents into strengths to produce extraordinary results.
My combined talents ensure I am continually learning and improving both personally and to be the best leader.
My Top 5 Gallup Strengths Include: Communication, Maximizer, Ideation, Input, Strategic
HOW I GOT HERE
After graduating from Saint Louis University School of Law, Jessica went to work for a corporate engineering process control sales and services company. Jessica began her career focusing on a business acquisition and merger before taking on expanded leadrship responsibilities. Jessica served as Vice President of Shared Services & General counsel with responsibility for leading HR/Talent Management, Legal, Information Technology, Customer Service, Project Coordination, and Order Management.
For over ten years, Jessica shaped award-winning Talent Management programs by creating strategies for peak performance to become an exceptional workplace recognized as a three-time Gallup global Exceptional Workplace and four-time St. Louis Post Dispatch Top Workplace.
Awards & Recognition
WHAT WE DO
Jessica Tietjen & Meldina Alibasic
One of the greatest challenges in the world today is the increasing levels of stress and burnout people are experiencing in their lives. We look at burnout using the analogy of a fire, which requires three things to occur – oxygen, fuel, and a heat source.
- The oxygen represents the environment, our cultures made up of systems and structures creating experiences that lead to stress and burnout.
- The fuel represents our individual internal limiting beliefs and fears which leave us susceptible to ignition.
- The heat source or spark represents any major challenge or crisis in our lives that serves as the spark to ignite the fuel.
Today’s world is filled with more heat sources than ever before. On top of the ones that always exist (illness, divorce, pregnancy, death), we’ve had additional crises due to the pandemic, increasing severe weather, unstable geopolitical environment, and the exponential rate of change we are experiencing as a result of technology. Technology has also expanded both our awareness of and visibility to these issues unlike at any other time in our history.
Unfortunately, we have not yet evolved our bodies and beings to adapt to this changing environment which has led to higher rates of unhappiness, loneliness, depression, stress, burnout, and even suicide. Since we are unable to eliminate or reduce the heat sources, we must instead address and evolve our environments (cultures) and ourselves.
At Evolving to Exceptional, we offer solutions that support individuals and workplaces in implementing the necessary practices to address these issues by evolving people’s performance mindsets to create more exceptional experiences in life and evolving workplace systems and structures to create more exceptional results.
Our solutions include comprehensive workplace practices and programs, workplace guidance (a blend of coaching and consulting), individual coaching, on-demand training, and tools. Our extensive experience combined with our award-winning programs including a comprehensive set of practices, training, workbooks, and activities to ensure successful outcomes, guarantees our programs will be successful.
What Makes Evolving to Exceptional Successful?
At the foundation of our workplace programs, we recognize by aligning the achievement of business goals with your talent strategies, you are guaranteed to see successful results.
We look to find customers and create lasting partnerships with organizations that are positively impacting people and the world.
To ensure our customers experience exceptional results, we will work alongside you as you get your practices established. We know to create meaningful, lasting change it requires close connection, on-going support, and time to implement.
Our primary goal is to equip you and your resources with what they need to maintain your workplace practices internally. Therefore, we will be closely connected to internal HR/TM resources providing support and helping them to be successful.
We are constantly pursuing new technology and research to support your workplace performance practices. We look for and connect with other providers to create packaged solutions for lasting change.
CREATE EXCEPTIONAL RESULTS
Our award-winning programs combined with our experience are proven to create exceptional results (even when you are starting from nothing).
Our programs are all based on a unique set of neuroscience-based techniques that help people to access their own wisdom and identify the best actions for them to evolve their performance.
We know exceptional results are only possible when we address a person wholistically. While all performance programs address performance practices for the workplace, our programs apply the same strategies to both the workplace and family.
We consistently review and incorporate the latest research on performance, neuroscience, and achieving workplace excellence to ensure our programs are truly transformative.
USE AN AGILE APPROACH
PRACTICAL, SUSTAINABLE, ADAPATABLE
From our experience, lasting change requires an agile approach to people and performance.
We bring our expertise in implementing practical projects and partnerships that small to mid-sized businesses can integrate into and sustain in their workplace.
All our practices and programs are fully integrated into everyday work activities and our tools are meant to be easy to use for reference.
Our programs can be adapted and customized around your workplace culture and needs.
We attempt to make our solutions affordable for smaller businesses and even individuals.
We use various platforms to make our offerings as accessible and available to people as possible.
WHY WE DO IT
Jessica Tietjen & Meldina Alibasic
As a result of our collective past experiences, we know it is possible to create exceptional results both in the workplace and in people's lives. We are passionate about spreading these practices to help more workplaces and people evolve so they can have more exceptional experiences and results.
Excellence, Results, Achievements, Outcomes, Exceptional Life & Workplace
We aim to create phenomenal experiences for our customers by incorporating the latest research into all our programs and services ensuring we produce significant results for you and your business.
Evolve, Grow, Develop, Learn, Challenge, Push, Improve
We fundamentally believe evolving is essential to the human experience and are always looking for ways to support people's growth and development in ways that create exceptional results and life experiences.
Commitment, Awareness, Truth, Knowledge, Wisdom, Mindset, Perspective, Ownership, Resilience
We believe showing up with high self-awareness, commitment, and taking responsibility for our actions and results, good or bad, is essential to success.
Trust, Relationships, Partnerships, Perspectives, Empathy, Understanding
We strive to create solutions and programs that are customized to support long-term partnerships and build meaningful connections with our customers.
Working with an Evolving to Exceptional Team Member
Here’s what you can expect when working with our dedicated team:
Expertise in neuroscience, performance, and workplace or HR practices through consistent learning & development staying on top of talent trends, insights, and best practices
Expertise and ongoing learning about the challenges small to mid-sized business leaders and HR professionals face to deeply understand our customers
Beginning all of our engagements with a rigorous understanding of business goals to continually align to the company’s future vision
Assessment of both current and desired future states
Expertise in project and program management to separate and prioritize the most critical and practical steps needed to yield the biggest impact for businesses
A focus on building readiness in today’s workforce for tomorrow’s strategies and challenges
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