Professional Background

Jathan Janove in the office

Jathan is an internationally published author, including 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 & Career, at Book Expo America 2009. His latest book is Hard-Won Wisdom: True Stories from the Management Trenches. NYT bestselling author and world-renowned executive coach Marshall Goldsmith states, “Read this insightful book. It contains compelling stories with specific, actionable advice that will help anyone’s career.” NYT bestselling author Daniel H. Pink states, “By sharing many of his best stories and experiences, Jathan Janove creates a short-cut for us to the knowledge needed to become an empathetic, effective leader in the workplace.”

Jathan writes the  “Are Your Employees Engaged?” blog column for Business Management Daily, and blogs on his website. A long-time contributor to HR Magazine, Jathan has been quoted in publications including the New York Times and Forbes.

Additional information about Jathan:

  • President of the Organization Development Network of Oregon.
  • Served as President/Board Chair of two other non-profit organizations, and Chief Administrative Officer of one.
  • Co-creator and moderator of the HR Specialist Summit.
  • Founded and managed a law firm, and served as an Office Managing Shareholder and Director of Employee Engagement Solutions of a large international law firm.
  • 25 years’ experience representing employers with employee relations challenges.
  • Certified executive coach (team and individual): Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching, and trained on DiSC personality styles.
  • Citizen Lawyer of the Year 2006, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Salt Lake Chapter, and Utah State Bar Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year, 2005.

Client Testimonials:

Jim Isaacson Testimonial

James Isaacson — Director of Design Assurance, Fresenius Medical Care, Ogden, UT

“I recently enlisted Jathan Janove’s services as an Executive Coach. His nimbleness worked seamlessly with the various work dynamics of stakeholders and me. Focusing on simple fundamentals had a surprisingly substantial positive impact. Although the baseline showed I was already doing well, Jathan found many nuggets to step up my leadership effectiveness. Thus I say, ‘If it ain’t broke, FIX IT.’ His coaching will benefit you even if you don’t think you need it.”

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.

Charles B. Baldwin — Managing Director, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Indianapolis, IN

“I worked extensively with Jathan during his time as Office Managing Shareholder and subsequently as Director of Employee Engagement Solutions. He did an outstanding job managing our Portland office, helping us deal with some challenges while substantially growing our presence in the Pacific Northwest. In addition, his presentations, executive coaching and training work benefitted the firm both internally and externally with our clients. If you desire a highly engaged work environment, I strongly recommend contacting Jathan. ”
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.”
Steve Wohlwend

Steve Wohlwend — Associate Director of Labor Relations, John Deere, Moline, IL

“Jathan Janove delivers a powerful message regarding employee engagement. Jathan is a talented speaker who provides important tips and techniques for moving employees up the engagement scale. Many speakers talk about employee engagement but don’t help managers with the tools that actually improve engagement. Jathan fills this gap.”
Steve Wohlwend
Carol Schnipper

Carol Bales Schnipper — (former) VP-HR, Citigroup, Cincinnati, OH

“In my thirty years as HR Director/VP, I have retained the services of a number of trainers. Jathan is at the top of that list. He communicates in a manner that will reach an audience of any level.”

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.”

M. Scott Vinson — Vice President, National Council of Chain Restaurants, Washington D.C.

“Jathan’s insights into the behaviors and traits of successful association leaders have been invaluable to me and I’ve sought out his advice and counsel in charting my own career path. He’s always chock-full of information on the latest research and writings on effective human interactions and communication, which I’ve applied in both my professional and personal life.”
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.”
Elaine House, Reser’s Fine Foods

Elaine House — Corporate HR Director, Reser’s Fine Foods, Beaverton, OR

“What makes Jathan special is his ability to relate to his audience and understand their perspectives. Jathan’s animated programs are entertaining and fun but most importantly, they stick in the minds of our managers.”