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Through the beauty of his music, the inspiration of his stories and wisdom of his words, Michael Jones imagines how leaders through their presence can co create environments where people can learn… and ideas can grow.
Michael Jones is an evocative writer and storyteller, a thoughtful and inspired speaker and a widely recognized pianist /composer who offers a unique and memorable experience in his keynote presentations, workshops and learning conferences.
His most recent publication The Soul of Place, which is supported by the Fetzer Institute, is the third in a series of books on re-imagining leadership. It offers a refreshing and richly textured exploration of our relationship with place in nature, art and community and how this connects us with the core underlying patterns of life and living systems. His other books include Artful Leadership and the award winning Creating an Imaginative Life.
Michael highlights his thinking as a featured columnist with Management - Issues, one of the top trend- setting global business and leadership sites on the web. He is also a widely recognized Juno nominated (Canadian Grammy) pianist and composer whose 15 original piano recordings have served as benchmarks for contemporary instrumental music and attracted an audience of millions worldwide.
For over 20 years Michael has enchanted his audiences with his music and stories in a variety of national and international leadership forums. He has also been a thought leader with The MIT Dialogue Project, Banff Centre Leadership Development, The Executive Leadership Programs at the University of Texas, San Antonio, The International Leadership Association, The Creative Education Foundation, Quaker Foods and PepsiCo, The Greenleaf Centre for Servant Leadership, The MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, The Tamarack Institute and the Fetzer Institute dialogues on Leading for Transformation.
His work has been described as “… intelligent, open, genuine and transformational".
By asking the question;" Who will play your music if you don’t?" Michael creates a place for leaders to discover their own true nature as well as shaping a story of the future in which the primary challenges will be both generative and ecological.
He holds a BA in music and psychology and an MA in Adult Learning from the University of Toronto and lives with his wife Judy an artist and educator in a lakeside community north of Toronto, Canada.
To learn more about Michael and his work please visit... www.thesoulofplace.com