Jean brings her background as an engineer, an organizational learning/systems thinking expert and teacher, and a world class sailboat racer, to her work helping individuals and teams navigate changing environments while improving their operating performance. From her thirty years at Hewlett-Packard and twenty-five years racing her Hobiecat 16 sailboat (4th WW), she has learned valuable lessons about trusting one’s intuition, and the influence of intuition on technical know-how.
As a master designer & facilitator of learning, Jean helps others learn to continuously adapt to changing circumstances. Since leaving HP, she has worked with Fortune 50 companies on various strategy creations; a 22,000 member urban school district on a whole system change effort to significantly improve scholastic performance; and with 3 different DoD projects to identify multi-country collaboration strategies to avert terrorism recruiting in the SE Asia Region.
Jean has an uncanny ability to step into any context, quickly size up the resident strengths and barriers to progress, and then work with all levels in the community to address and move past those barriers, frequently establishing whole new paradigms of operation and personal recontextualizing for those involved.
Jean gets her greatest satisfactions from seeing a group shift from being a collective of individuals, with divergent thinking and expectations, to becoming a team, where everyone’s thinking is considered. The team can then plan actions that all want to support and enable. When this happens, the whole organization benefits, getting healthier and wealthier. This shift only happens when individuals transform.