Made in Canada Interview with LeaderSharp Group CEO Christopher Jones
Christopher Jones, CEO: LeaderSharp Group Developing New Managers Into Effective People Leaders
LeaderSharp Group is a full-service leadership development company based in Calgary, Alberta, with a team of Associates across Canada. Our team is comprised of highly skilled and experienced leadership coaches, trainers, course designers, facilitators, and consultants. We are strongly guided by our Vision, Mission, Purpose and Values. Our Mission is: Raising the collective consciousness, capability, and impact of today’s leaders for the possibilities of tomorrow. Our Values are: Every conversation is an opportunity; Distinctly unique; Better together; A love of learning; The art of possibility; Being of service.
Tell us about yourself?
I emigrated to Canada from England in 1981 and started working on oil rigs as a geologist. I quickly moved into leadership roles and spent over 30 years as an executive in the information service industry for oil and gas companies (software and data). My last executive role was leading the Canadian division of a global information company. We had 300 employees and $70 million in annual revenue. When that role ran its course, I decided to become an Executive Coach and start my own business. In 2014, a good colleague, Lisa Scott and I put our businesses together to co-found LeaderSharp Group. We are now very happily married as well as being business partners.
If you could go back in time a year or two, what piece of advice would you give yourself?
Plan carefully for the ebbs and flows of the business. Be agile enough to adjust financially. Invest more money into marketing.
What problem does your business solve?
We develop new managers into effective people leaders. We transform leaders’ effectiveness by helping them evolve their mindset to thrive in our complex and ever-changing world. We change dysfunctional groups into high-performing teams, and we create transformational blended learning leadership programs with our Docebo LMS.
What is the inspiration behind your business?
Our Purpose is: The World Needs Better Leaders. This inspires us all, and we are committed to making a positive difference in the world, one leader, one team at a time.
What is your magic sauce?
Most of us have business leadership experience as well as being certified, accredited, very experienced coaches and trainers. Our brand and reputation are of high-quality services, world-class products, and a partnering approach to clients committed to their success.
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