Professional Background

Jathan Janove in the office

Jathan Janove, Principal of Janove Organization Solutions, works “inside out” vs. “outside in.” This means starting with your organization’s core needs and objectives, and working “out” to what services will help produce lasting, measurable change. Services include strategic planning, executive coaching, facilitation, team building, and leadership, communication and conflict resolution skills training. In his work, Jathan draws lessons from his 25 years of experience litigating the remains of workplace relationships that began win-win and ended toxic lose-lose. However, his objective is greater than avoiding such misery; it’s to help organizations create fully engaged working environments that maximize employee potential.

Jathan is an internationally published author. His works include Managing To Stay Out Of Court: How To Avoid The 8 Deadly Sins Of Mismanagement, which Dr. Stephen R. Covey described as “Marvelous! Every manager will benefit immensely,” and which Richard Drezen of the Washington Post described as “an extraordinarily useful book for managers and workers.” He is also author of The Star Profile: A Management Tool To Unleash Employee Potential, Gold Medal Winner–Business at Book Expo America 2009. Jathan’s most recent publication is Hard-Won Wisdom: True Stories from the Management Trenches, about which Marshall Goldsmith, best-selling author and world-renowned business educator and coach advised, “if you want a front-row seat to observe workplace behavior in all its intricacy and variety, read this insightful book.”

Jathan is a frequent contributor to HR Magazine. He tweets  @jathanjanove, and blogs at:  Business Management Daily – Are Your Employees Engaged?  You can also connect with him on LinkedIn.

Other experiences and affiliations include:

  • Member of the Organization Development Network Community Consulting Project (ODN-CCP), which provides pro bono consulting services to non-profit organizations.
  • Served as President, Board Chair and Chief Administrative Officer in non-profit organizations.
  • Served as Office Managing Shareholder and then as Director of Employee Engagement Solutions for an international, 750+ attorney, law firm.
  • Founded and managed a labor & employment law firm.
  • Practiced employment law for 25 years, litigating workplace disputes and advising employers on employee relations issues.
  • For books, magazine articles and blogs, interviewed dozens of thought leaders on organization development, leadership, employee engagement and human resources.
  • Trained on DiSC personality styles system.
  • Developed “HR Academy”, a multi-day immersion program for human resources professionals.
  • Recognition in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business, Super Lawyers & The Legal 500.
  • Employment Lawyer of the Year 2005, Utah State Bar.
  • Citizen Lawyer of the Year 2006, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Salt Lake Chapter.
  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School
  • A.B., Indiana University; Phi Beta Kappa

Client Testimonials:

Dan Cooper — Senior Vice President of Human Resources, American Pacific Mortgage Corporation, Roseville, CA

“Jathan has a keen ability to weave fundamental truths about leadership with real-life stories. His management training program is not only entertaining and fun, but highly applicable to the day-to-day situations managers deal with, and it provides a powerful and lasting learning experience.”
Bob Harding

Bob Harding — President, Greater Portland Market, Pacific Continental Bank, Portland, OR

“Jathan’s ‘8 Deadly Sins’ program is simply fantastic! I apply the principles and techniques on a daily basis. They help me improve organizational performance and accountability and grow as a leader.”

Catherine Burns — Director of HR, Gastronomy, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT

Restaurant managers are notoriously difficult subjects as, in general, they don’t like to sit still and have short attention spans. Jathan has always been able to keep their attention and they enjoy learning from him. We’ve adopted many of Jathan’s techniques, which have directly contributed to this being a better place to work.”

George Myers — Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Golden 1 Credit Union, Sacramento, CA

Having participated in Jathan Janove’s HR Summit on multiple occasions, I highly recommend it for its interactive learning methodology and insightful content. I found it very easy to partner with Jathan so that the Summit was designed specifically for my team, who have asked me to have Jathan back again for yet another session. My team’s feedback and subsequent growth has made it easy to justify the time and expense involved. It has my highest recommendation.
Jeff Bushardt

Jeff Bushardt — Sr. Vice President Human Resources, Comporium Communications, Rock Hill, SC

“Jathan’s program has become part of our leadership culture. The practices and tools he provided during his leadership program created excitement and helped us build a common approach to improving employee engagement.”

Keith Watts — Office Managing Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Orange County, CA

“If you or your organization is looking for someone who ‘talks the talk’ and ‘walks the walk,’ Jathan Janove is your man. Jathan has a gift – a unique talent of communicating that puts people at ease, creating an environment where they can open up, be themselves and speak freely. In his work, Jathan creates a ‘safe space’ for those who want to engage – and even for those who don’t. It’s an environment filled with compassion, self-awareness and humor — where potential blind spots are revealed and people — no matter where they are in their personal or professional careers — have the opportunity to see things about themselves and others they have overlooked or never thought about before. If you want to take your folks to the next level, Jathan’s ‘Organization Solutions’ is a terrific place to start.”
Monica Whalen

Monica Whalen — President & CEO, The Employers Council, Salt Lake City, UT

“Jathan Janove is an audience favorite whom I have brought back again and again. Not only is he captivating and entertaining but Jathan also teaches real-world concepts that can be immediately implemented in the workplace.”
Rod Lacey, 1-800 CONTACTS

Rod Lacey — Chief People Officer, 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc., Draper, UT

“Jathan’s employee engagement program is so effective at providing the essential skills vital to the success of both our new and seasoned managers that we have incorporated it into our company’s Management Development Program. The principles he teaches are absolutely essential to effective management, and his presentation style makes it extremely easy to understand and apply.”

Don Woodward — President & CEO, Upstate Employers Network, Spartanburg, SC

Working with Jathan is one of the highlights of my professional career. He has done three keynotes for conferences I organized, including most recently my organization’s 55th annual meeting. Each presentation was outstanding and Jathan received excellent comments from event participants. My only ‘downside’ to having Jathan as a speaker is having to scramble to find someone comparable for the next event!

Kimmberly Mcbeth — HR Office Supervisor, City of Salem, Salem, OR

“Our Municipality has had Jathan present on multiple occasions. We’ve received feedback that’s been nothing short of spectacular. He’s in our training and development plans for next year. Jathan has the ability to teach to the masses on a personal level. He incorporates real-life stories with education and guidance and aims to engage everyone in the room. Whether white collar or blue collar, Jathan can reach them all!!!”