About

Hey, I’m Jeff.

I help people translate their experience into wisdom so they can relate better and have a real impact in their world. My best work is with teams who are ready to ‘swim in the deep end’ and get incredibly good at working together to make the world better for all of us. I listen, ask, partner and sometimes teach, with leaders and teams working with really complex organizational and social issues to discover a deeper sense of who they are and leverage that to relate better for change. My work focuses on amplifying the way personal transformation leads to the community and social changes we need, in response to global issues.

Professional –  Facilitator | Ethnographer | Coach | Thought Partner

Dr. Jeff St. John, PhD is a facilitator, consultant, coach, and researcher with a deep curiosity in human experience, the processes of self- and collective inquiry, developmental psychology and the practices that create social change. Jeff has been working in the field of human potential and development for over twenty years. He coaches leaders and teams, to unleash the deep potential within.

Jeff’s work creates spaces for deep listening, dialogue processes and generative strategy. He brings a deep knowledge of personal transformation, human systems, biopsychosocial development, and community process together with executive and operational experience to create and facilitate real results.

A former c-level executive, Jeff has built aligned, high performing teams making meaningful impact at the intersection of our most complex human challenges. He has held executive leadership and strategic roles through much of his career and is known for his facilitation, conversational/dialogue process and ability to move teams and organizations through uncertainty towards their common goals.

Recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 for his innovative systems leadership serving homeless families, Jeff has proven experience working for change in human systems embedded in communities. In recent years, he has focused on using relational practices creating transformational change in coaching and consulting work.  He is an associate of the Taos Institute and Founder and CEO at U Group, a social impact consultancy.

Jeff has an integral and contemplative-activist approach to work and life and holds degrees in Sociology (BA), Theology (GradDipCS), Counselling Psychology (MA), and Social Psychology (PhD), in addition to certifications in collaborative and relational practices, reflective professional practices, and teaching and coaching with the Enneagram. He lives by the Bow River near the Canadian Rockies with his wife and their family of five.

  • "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 helps make sense of complex situations to find ways to deal with 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
  • "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.”

    Ann O'Donnell Director, Resource Development & Communications, CWES

Speaking Topics

Self-Inquiry:
Begin a Work that Will Change Everything

It takes courage to move towards your dreams. You might see roadblocks, or have trouble motivating yourself to do the work. During this talk, I help you find clarity in the direction of your dreams and create a self revolution to get you there. For real.

Practice U:
Bring Your Whole Self

Self Inquiry is the beginning of a journey of self discovery and self development that can lead to transformation. In this presentation, I help you explore how to bring self inquiry and discovery into the real world through meaningful and deliberate practice, that you can leverage right now and again, over time.

The Art of Conversational Leadership for Difficult Times

Help your team face complex problems by thinking with them, not for them. During our time together, I help you explore the right questions and increase effective engagement to capture your team’s best ideas and support better decision making.

Bridging the Divide: Wisdom for our most complex challenges

Great leadership skills are just one part of the equation. Today’s challenges need us to arrive with our whole self engaged and ready to embrace the unknown. In this presentation, I help your group tap into internal sources of wisdom and bridge that divide.