Curiosity. Insight. Experience. Innovation.

Jeff St. John, PhD

Facilitator + Consultant + Coach

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 coach and consultantI 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).

Professional: Dr. Jeff St. John, PhD is an organizational and systems transformation consultant and team leadership development coach. Jeff follows a deep curiosity in our human experience and the practices and processes that lead to developmental and transformative change at every level of human systems and organization.  Jeff has been working in the field of human potential and development for over twenty-five years. He coaches leaders and teams, to unleash the deep potential within.

Practitioner: Jeff’s work creates spaces for deep listening, dialogue processes and generative strategy where the threads of human systems, adult development, and community process executive innovation and operational experience can be drawn together to create and facilitate real results. known for his facilitation, conversational / dialogue process and ability to move teams and organizations through uncertainty towards common goals. Jeff builds aligned, high performing teams making meaningful impact at the intersection of our most complex human, organizational and systems challenges.

Credentials: An active scholar practitioner, holds degrees in Sociology (BA), Theology (GradDipCS), Counselling Psychology (MA), Social Construction and Professional Practice (GradDip) and Social Psychology (PhD). In addition to these he is an accredited or certified practitioner with the iEQ9, Enneagram Spectrum, and the Leadership Circle Profile. Jeff is associated with the Taos Institute, a global community of scholar practitioners advancing social constructionist ideas in community, organizational and care settings. Jeff is also a Forbes Coaches Council advisor and contributing member.

Curiosity Led. Practice Driven. Impact Focused.

Curiosity First

Expert in the key processes that make for deep inquiry and actionable insights.

Unusually Good Listening

Listen with more than one ear. As an ethnographer, facilitator, coach and executive leader, I know that anything worthwhile starts with listening with a depth and focus that is rare.

Flexible and Adaptive

The art of thinking together requires a seasoned capability to adapt and move where our future is inviting us.

Create Generous Spaces

Create spaces to foster psychological safety so the right conversations are had. Paying close attention to stance and language, together we adapt on the fly to move  people and teams to places they didn’t believe they could reach.

Complexity Invites Growth

The complexity out there illuminates a growth path. How well you develop your inner game determines whether you will succeed in environments that are unfamiliar and uncertain.

Partnering for Good

Gender, race, equality, power, truth and reconciliation, how we invest in the next generation — are all conversations which demand an inclusive and transformative approach with the longview in mind.

Who I Work With 

We’ve worked with change-makers from all walks of life. Social entrepreneurs, innovators, business owners, government officials, human services, world-class academics, renowned thought leaders, non-profits, and some religious organizations. We hold a deep respect for those we partner with and we can keep pace and keep our focus to come up with results.

Jeff lives and works primarily across Treaty 7 and Treaty 6 Traditional Territories of the Niisitapi (Blackfoot), (including the Siksika, the Piikani, and the Kainai Peoples), the Tsuut’ina, Stoney Nakoda, Cree, Saulteaux and Métis peoples.

  • "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."

    John Burton, LL.B., M.B.A., M.Div., Ph.D., Assistant Professor Business Ethics, UBC
  • "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."

    Mike Grogan Principal, Adaptive Capacities
  • "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."

    Brad Biesel
  • "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."

    Dave Sannes, MA (c) Manager of Strategic Initiatives
  • "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."

    Janay Ferguson Owner, Litehouse Consulting Inc
  • "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." 

    Chris Lock Former President (retired), The Mentor Group
  • "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."

    Andrea Silverstone Executive Director, Sagesse
  • "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"

    Gillian Weaver-Dunlop, MSW, RSW Director of Client Services, CWES
  • “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.”

    Jennifer Stacey, MA Director of Operations, HIV Community Link
  • "A refreshingly focussed listener, Jeff is my ‘go to’ guy for strategy, and insight and feedback on what it takes to nurture health and vitality into organizations." 

    Chris Lock Former President (retired), The Mentor Group
  • "Jeff created a coaching program that was uniquely suited for my development. We've had some incredibly transformative conversations that have led to me taking significant and exciting risks in my leadership. I trust myself more and my career has been accelerated because of this."

    Dave Sannes, MA Manager of Strategic Initiatives

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