Jathan Janove offers these Professional Services:

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    Organization Consulting

    Jathan can help to diagnose and solve problems that are hurting your organization’s performance. More

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    Executive Coaching

    Have talented executives, but they’re having trouble managing and communicating? More

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    Presentations

    Jathan gives talks on a regular basis, at locations across the country. More


Jathan Janove at the desk

Organization Consulting


My Why-How-What Statement

Inspired by the Simon Sinek TED Talk on the “Golden Circle”, I crafted my own first Why, second How, third What statement:

The Why —
“I believe that in every organization, there’s an enormous amount of untapped human potential. My passion is to help organizations tap it.”

The How —
“I work ‘inside-out,’ not ‘outside-in.’ Outside-in means presenting you with a menu of services, programs and materials. You order from the menu, proceed to checkout, pay your money, I deliver what you ordered — and hope something sticks. Inside-out means I start with a question: ‘What is your assessment of the untapped human potential in your organization?’ If your answer sparks a conversation, we explore needs, objectives, challenges and opportunities.”

The What —
“The Why/How conversation reveals your desire for and commitment to change. It enables me to critically assess whether I can help — and whether my consulting, executive coaching and leadership development services align with and can support that change.”


Executive Coaching

Jathan Coaching ExecutivesObjective: Help organization leaders reach their potential and maximize their value. Regarding executive coaching ROI, see this New York Times article, this Fast Company article, this ABA Journal article, and this interview of Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

Methodology: Assess strengths, challenges and opportunities; create customized Development Plans, collaboratively engage with the “coachee” to trigger self-realization and breakthrough insights; foster accountability and commitment; assess results and make adjustments as needed. This interview of a company president reflects my methodology.

Skills Covered:

  • Maximize human potential through leadership, team-building and performance management.
  • Manage difficult employee relations issues and resolve conflict effectively.
  • Develop the ability to communicate and present effectively.

Jathan’s Background and Qualifications

  • Numerous magazine articles and three books: Hard-Won Wisdom: True Stories from the Management Trenches (AMACOM Books),  Star Profile—A Management Tool to Unleash Employee Potential (Davies-Black), Business Gold Medal winner at Book Expo America 2009; and Managing to Stay Out of Court—How to Avoid the 8 Deadly Sins of Mismanagement (Berrett-Koehler & SHRM)—“Every manager and supervisor who studies this will benefit immensely. Marvelous book!” Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
  • Currently Vice President, Organization Development Network of Oregon (ODN) and member of its Community Consulting Project (pro bono consulting services for qualified non-profit organizations.)
  • Trained on validated DiSC behavior assessment tool.
  • Served as President & Board Chair of two non-profit organizations.
  • Served as Chief Administrative Officer of a non-profit organization.
  • Successfully coached executives, managers, and HR professionals through high risk-high, high-stress employee relations challenges.
  • Founded and managed a law firm
  • Served as Office Managing Shareholder of a large international labor & employment law firm.
  • 25 years of litigating failed workplace relationships, resulting in development of concepts, tools and techniques to prevent problems.
  • Citizen Lawyer of the Year 2006, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Salt Lake Chapter.

Presentations & Programs

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Jathan Speaking

If you define employee engagement as “enthusiastically committed to and aligned with the organization’s goals,” where are your employees on the engagement scale? Is there room for improvement and, if so, would it help your business?

In an interactive way, this session focuses on maximizing human potential that so often remains untapped. It identifies key characteristics of high engagement cultures, and provides practical, proven steps to create such cultures.

Participants will learn to:

  • Create a shared sense of purpose and align organizational behavior with it;
  • Lead & manage collaboratively vs. employing a “Command & Control” style;
  • Turn conflict and confrontation into a positive force for change;
  • Guard against “blind spots” that often undermine effective leadership; and
  • Create measurable, sustained change in employee engagement.

Thanks to eight pervasive mismanagement Sins, executives, managers and supervisors continually turn win-win workplace relationships into lose-lose. Fortunately, however, each Sin has a corresponding Virtue.  This program will show you how to replace Sins with Virtues and replace relationship failure with success, including improved performance, accountability and employee engagement.

Concepts and tools include:

  • Reprogramming the avoidance instinct
  • Employing the D-I-S & E-A-R methods of communication
  • Creating purpose-centered relationships
  • Leading through collaboration
  • Coaching and training others to become “Virtue-ous” leaders

Every company can create a work environment centered on dignity, respect and professionalism – one that prevents harassment, bullying and other misbehavior while improving performance and engagement. This session will impart strategy and steps to maintain a jerk-free zone in your workplace, including:

  • Understanding the common yet preventable causes of harassment, bullying and other “jerkish” behavior.
  • Harassment prevention that goes beyond legal compliance to creating environments that promote trust and engagement.
  • Self-help techniques that can be taught, coached and practiced to nip problems in the bud.

Executives, managers and HR professionals encounter conflict in many ways, including (a) direct verbal attacks; (b) intervention in conflicts between others; and (c) resistance to their direction.  This session will teach you five practical, proven techniques for effectively handling conflict that comes your way. 

They are:

  • Centered Self-control
  • Verbal Aikido
  • Listening with your E.A.R./The Monk’s Technique
  • The Triple Two
  • The MIDAS Touch Apology

Tap the employee engagement potential in your organization by creating Star Profile relationships.  I define employee engagement as “enthusiastically committed to and aligned with your organization’s goals.”  Star Profiles create a foundation for a highly engaged workplace culture by aligning employees and managers with the three engagement essentials: (1) Sharing a sense of purpose; (2) Having a daily opportunity to make a positive difference; and (3) Connecting as human beings.

This program shows you how to create and use Star Profiles, including:

  • Employee selection – recruiting, hiring, promoting, and successorship planning
  • Performance management
  • Talent retention & development
  • Discipline and corrective action
  • Team building

Performance appraisals are cross-examination favorites of plaintiffs’ attorneys.  By contrast, they’re not much good for anything else, such as … performance.  However, this doesn’t have to be so. Drawing on best practices research for SHRM and HR Magazine, this program shares what employers have done to make performance reviews good for employees – and bad for lawyers, including:

  • Training managers to give effective two-way feedback.
  • Structuring performance reviews to make them user-friendly and focused on the behaviors that matter.
  • Developing a system-wide approach that promotes consistency, integrity and accountability.

How many times have you learned the hard way that the person you hired, promoted or selected wasn’t such a good choice after all? This program breaks down what typically goes wrong in the selection process – the “Stupid Switch” – and teaches a simple yet highly effective employee selection method including:

  • Creating a profile of the key actions and behaviors in a position that differentiate success from failure.
  • Conducting interviews that separate candidates that are good at getting jobs from those good at doing jobs.
  • Due diligence steps that are legally safe and greatly improve the odds of making a good selection.

Working backward from an analysis of failed investigations, this program offers the critical do’s and don’ts that separate successful investigations from ones that often end in disaster.

Concepts and tools include:

  • Setting the stage properly for a successful investigation.
  • Conducting effective interviews using the Funnel Technique.
  • Making, communicating and documenting findings that are persuasive and can withstand scrutiny.

Drawing on both plaintiffs and defense counsel experience and perspectives, this program identifies the most common paths from your workplace to the U.S. legal system…and how to stay off of them!

Takeaways include:

  • Recognizing & acting on early warning signs, including the “Profile Plaintiff”.
  • Avoiding the three harassment surprises.
  • 4 types of inconsistency and 3 “ducks in a row” questions.

Developed over a 15-year period, this interactive immersion program helps HR professionals maximize their value to their employers. Customized to fit each employer’s needs, it shows how to conduct effective internal investigations, prevent harassment and bullying, resolve conflicts, and deal with employee claims. It teaches communication techniques for effective interactions with managers and employees. And it shares best practices on subjects including employee engagement, employee selection, accountability and talent development.

Program objectives include:

  • Improve HR effectiveness in keeping organizations legally compliant and protected.
  • Hone skills for investigating and resolving workplace challenges.
  • Enhance HR’s role as strategic advisor, coach and leader.
Video republished with permission © 2015 Society for Human Resource Management All Rights Reserved.


Organization Consulting

Jathan can help to diagnose and solve problems that are hurting your organization’s performance. More

Executive Coaching

Have talented executives, but they’re having trouble managing and communicating? More

Presentations

Jathan gives talks on a regular basis, at locations across the country. More