to bravely spark change that matters.
I help purpose driven leaders and teams develop creative leadership, mindful culture, and make real strategic progress on vital organizational, systems and community problems.
Can your group engage in it, grow through it and have the bigger impact you want?
Cultivating Creative Leadership
Over 150 billion is spent on Leadership Development* in North America with little proof of impact. Removing and disconnecting individuals to learn content or skills and hope they return and fix the problems you have been facing all this time – well, it doesn’t work. Context matters more than content. Culture determines if strategy wins.
Collaborating for Change
Change, growth, or impact is not a one size fits all effort. Creating change with others in your unique context and culture is where the potential for impact waits. Your challenge needs self-aware creative leaders building deeply connected teams capable of grounded and vital conversations, courageous inquiry, and bold collective action.
Serious Solutions. Seriously Fun.
Be Surprised With the Change We Can Make Together.
Develop leadership and systems that fit the complexity you’re facing. Design thinking for innovation, courageous inquiry, collaborating on transformative initiatives, and continuous learning and cultures are all rooted in people who are growing themselves and making evolutionary changes with often unexpected allies. Shake free of limiting structures – from the whole person to the whole system – the method, process and impact you need to make real progress and achieve real results.
Coaching works. But leadership development that removes people from their context and adds a skill and reinserts them doesn’t. I coach leaders and teams in their natural environment working on real problems to help them evolve and perform better WHILE they solve the problems they face. The result? Bigger capacity on your team and real problems solved.
Jeff St. John, Ph.D.
Consultant + Coach + Facilitator
I help people see who, and where, they are more clearly so they can grow their impact deliberately, and work together more effectively for things that matter.
I am a relentlessly curious, deliberately practicing, growth and impact focused thought partner, coach, facilitator and researcher. I care (a lot) about what REALLY works in the in-between places people and organizations get stuck in – like growing, changing, learning, innovating, & transforming. I have a pretty good knack for helping people do those things – often where it really matters for the good of other people (like wherever people try and organize to make the world better).
- Assistant Professor Business Ethics, UBC
"Your approach strikes a good balance between slowing down the organization so that it can become truly reflective and gathering up the threads in a way that gives it direction for going forward."
- Principal, Adaptive Capacities
"Jeff is a gifted leader with a wonderful ability to help others find order amidst chaos. His ability to create space for exploration and dialogue creates a rich experience for discovery and sense-making."
"Jeff was open and easy to work with. He took the time to listen and understand the specifics of what I was looking to accomplish and offered fresh ideas that helped organize and formulate a custom strategic plan that was easy to understand and implement. As a result, I was able to help my clients manage their defined goals and track progress."
- Manager of Strategic Initiatives
"Jeff created a coaching program that was uniquely suited for my development. Together we have engaged in some incredibly transformative conversations that have led to me taking significant and exciting risks in my leadership and ultimately my career. Through his support I trust myself more completely now and my career development has been accelerated because of this."
- Owner, Litehouse Consulting Inc
"Jeff is a thought leader in the area of social change and innovation. I admire Jeff’s ability to process quickly and make sense out of complex situations to find ways to deal with some of our most perplexing social problems."
- Former President (retired), The Mentor Group
"Jeff is my ‘go to’ guy for strategy, insight and feedback on what it takes to nurture health and vitality into organizations. A refreshingly focussed listener, Jeff connects his client(s) needs with a wealth of relevant knowledge, insight and experience gained from on the ground experience. Jeff applies his gifts and the tools of his trade with little fanfare – almost matter-of-factly. The result for the client is a trust and confidence in the diagnosis and the process for moving forward."
- Executive Director, Sagesse
"Jeff’s approach encourages a deeper level of thoughtfulness. He is insightful in his thought process and feedback, supporting both myself and our agency to engage with greater intentionality and creativity."
- Director of Client Services, CWES
"Jeff has been invaluable to our teams as we have developed new strategies for violence prevention as an agency. Jeff is a very skilled and thoughtful facilitator. Drawing on a his expertise in issues relevant to men and boys and violence prevention, he was able to engage and lead our team members through a program re-design process that resulted in new, creative, and innovative approaches to the issue. I highly recommend Jeff"
- Director of Operations, HIV Community Link
“Jeff has an innate ability to engage people in a way that helps them discover their strengths, and see what's possible. He is an adaptable coach who sees the individual (or group) as the expert and uses that as the key foundation to build upon in his work. Jeff brings an excitement and energy to every interaction that fosters an environment where creativity, strategic thinking, visioning and problem solving can authentically emerge.”
- Director, Resource Development & Communications, CWES
"I have had the pleasure of working alongside Jeff and would not hesitate to recommend him. Jeff's facilitation abilities are stellar and time and again, he was able to engage and guide our leadership team through some difficult thought provoking issues and processes with relative ease. As a result, our team has launched new and exciting initiatives which will ultimately benefit the community as a whole.”
I find that every client is unique in terms of how they think of what needs to change. If you don’t see something thats ‘quite it’ on the site, please don’t hesitate to send me a quick note and we can see if there is a fit for working together!