Liberate Your Group to Engage, Think, and Act in Ways that Spark Real Change

Be curious about the right things – engaging diverse others to get together and do something new about the big problem you are facing.

Collective + Collaborative Leadership

Growing leadership at all levels of our community – social profit, community, government, and small- to mid-sized companies – is important work. I work in practice areas – leverage points – which are often where the pain points are that hold the greatest potential for impact.

Organizational and Systems Transformation

I help you and your team make sense of structural and cultural dynamics in ways that make clear how you can shake free of limiting structures and change the way you work with the values, systems and unique realities  that make your work matter so much. From the whole person to the whole system.

Practice Areas

Everything we do is bespoke – but here are a few ways that we usually start.

Organizational & Systems Transformation

More Effective Organizations

Leading a sustainable change in your organization –means wrestling with complexity, the dynamics of change and wrestling with an alignment that makes great work possible. Organizational change work often starts with a pain point.

Some of the ways we start:

  • Strategy
  • Governance
  • Transformation and change initiatives

Team and Leadership Development

Developing a Creative Leadership Culture

Leadership is an art and a science. Knowing the difference between horizontal and vertical development for yourself and your people is critical to building a vital culture that can innovate, perform and make an impact. Amplify the very best you and your team have to offer, align your strategy, people and resources for real impact.

Some ways we start: 

  • Team sessions
  • Leadership assessments

Social Innovation and Service Transformation

Co-Creating Our Future by Design

From ethnographic and action research to design thinking and co-created process work, Jeff is a scholar-practitioner focused on the intersections of people and culture. We are critically aware of the importance of attending to the ways we design our social world.

Ways we start: 

  • Design labs
  • Service transformation reviews
  • Research

Facilitating Community Process

For Collective Impact

We help groups and organizations make sense of sweeping community issues and how to hone in on what investments will have the greatest impact. Get clear on where you are going and tap into the collective wisdom of your group and the community to create actionable strategy.

Ways we start:

  • Process design
  • Facilitating

Organizational and Systems Transformation

More Effective Organizations

Leading a sustainable change in your organization –means wrestling with complexity, the dynamics of change and wrestling with an alignment that makes great work possible. Organizational change work often starts with a pain point.

Some of the ones that we start with:

  • Strategy
  • Governance
  • Transformation and change initiatives
Social Innovation & Impact

Co-Creating Our Future by Design

From ethnographic and action research to design thinking and co-created process work, Jeff is a scholar-practitioner focused on the intersections of people and culture. Critically aware of the importance of attending to the ways we design our social world matters.

Leadership Development

Developing Creative Leadership

Leadership is an art and a science. Knowing the difference between horizontal and vertical development for yourself and your people is critical to building a vital culture that can innovate, perform and make an impact. Amplify the very best you and your team have to offer, align your strategy, people and resources for real impact.

Facilitating Community Process

Process for Collective Impact

We help groups and organizations make sense of sweeping community issues and how to hone in on what investments will have the greatest impact. Get clear on where you are going and tap into the collective wisdom of your group and the community to create actionable strategy.

Let’s connect and talk about how I can support the amazing work that you are doing! Or, if you don’t see what you thought you were looking for, send me a quick note and let’s connect!

  • "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
  • "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