Plan a talk with Jonathan.

Whether for a crowd of thirty or three thousand, Jonathan has delighted audiences of all kinds delivering his perspectives on leadership, personal and professional development, and the future of how we work together.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Raymond is the CEO of Refound, a leadership coaching company that helps organizations unlock high-performance through transparent conversations about growth and accountability. Jonathan spent 20 years building careers in business development and personal growth before realizing he could have the best of both worlds by starting his own company. Now, he uses those skills to advise CEOs and organizational leaders on how to create a people-first culture that drives results. His goal is to provide Refound’s clients with a partner they can trust and a program that gives managers an experience of how they can make work a better place, one conversation at a time. Jonathan is an experienced CEO, Inc. Magazine Top 100 Leadership Speaker (Inc. 2018) and the author of Good Authority, How to Become the Leader Your Team is Waiting For. He lives in Encinitas, California. He is madly in love with his wife, tries not to spoil his daughters, and will never give up on the New York Knicks.

Key Focus Area

Teaching leaders and organizations how to unlock high performance through conversations that blend personal and professional growth

Sample Speaking Topics

Just some of the topics Jonathan can share with your audience.

More Yoda, Less Superhero - How to Become the Leader Your Team is Waiting For

You got promoted to lead a team because you’re great at what you do. Leading a team of people is an entirely different thing. Whether you’re an engineer, marketer, or sales leader, to get the most out of your team in the modern world requires a different mindset. You have to learn how to create space for others to have a voice, solve big problems, and stretch outside their comfort zone.

Through stories, thought-provoking questions, and practical examples, you will learn the three key behaviors that modern people leaders need to reach their business goals and give people the personal growth they’re hungry for at the same time.

In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Get out of firefighting mode and free up space on your calendar for strategic and creative work
  • Set clear expectations that inspire people to take ownership
  • Give developmental feedback using The Accountability Dial

Employee Retention: How to Keep Your People … and Keep Them Happy

Your most vital team members are burned out and looking for new opportunities. Your culture surveys show that leaders aren’t holding underperformers accountable. And the pandemic has proven that employees will leave a job if it doesn’t connect to their values and goals. With fierce competition for talent and people more frequently resigning, you need to act quickly and thoughtfully. Perks and raises alone won’t cut it. You have to give people a meaningful reason to stay. That reason is a manager who doesn’t see themselves as a taskmaster but rather as a facilitator. And a facilitator of personal growth and development knows that if their people are happier, more engaged, and challenged, the business results will follow.

This session will describe a proven approach to get managers to stop tracking task lists and start developing people, resulting in a high-performance culture with happy employees. Learn the three steps to improve retention—one conversation at a time—while you do the following:

  • Shift your mindset from micromanager to coach
  • Create a compelling mission for each role that reports to you
  • Give developmental feedback that sparks motivation and not defensiveness
  • Bring it all together in simple, human conversations during one-on-ones

Personal and Professional Development: One and The Same

If you gain self-confidence at work, did you develop personally or professionally? What if you learned how to manage your time better, have healthy conflict, or become a better listener? It turns out that the line between personal and professional development is an illusion. And, with the workforce looking for opportunities for learning and development as a condition to not quitting their job, it’s never been more critical to let go of that illusion. In this session, you will explore how to shift the conversation in your organization and talk about growth in a way that moves the conversation forward.

By learning how to speak with people, and how to train managers and leaders, how to have conversations with people that focus on behaviors rather than outcomes, you’ll learn how to create a culture that people want to be a part of because it’s a place where they’re learning and growing in a way that’s meaningful to them.

Hire Jonathan to speak.

We welcome the opportunity to share what we’ve learned about leadership, people management, culture change and the organizational magic that happens when you put the development of people first. Refound’s founder, Jonathan Raymond, brings just enough discomfort to fuel motivation and more than enough inspiration to spark meaningful personal, professional, and organizational change.

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