Canadian Michael Jones is a composer and pianist as well as a leadership educator, writer, and speaker. He is widely recognized for his unique and innovative work in bringing together leadership practice with creative artistry to further the work of community and organizational learning.
Jones has integrated musical performances in keynote presentations and seminars in a variety of forums, including events at The Banff Centre such as the Association for Managers of Innovation Conference, and the Spotlight on Leadership for the 2009 Banff Benefactors Mid-Summer Ball. He has also given keynote presentations and facilitated seminars and dialogues on the theme of Leading Artfully internationally, including The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, The International Leadership Association, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Proctor and Gamble, The Canada School for the Public Service, and The DeBaak Management Centrum in the Netherlands, among many others.
Jones is a Leadership Fellow and Associate Faculty with the executive MBA and executive leadership programs at The Center for Professional Excellence, University of Texas, San Antonio; A Charter-Consulting Member with The Society for Organizational Learning (SoL); and a Senior Fellow with The Centre for Leadership and Executive Effectiveness at the Office of Executive Programs, The University of Maryland.
He has recently been engaged in several innovative projects, working with such diverse clients as a leading international energy technologies and engineering company, The Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education in Vancouver. He has also designed and convened a variety of community and organizational engagement processes for Canadian Tire Corporation, The Canadian Community Index for Well Being, the Atkinson Foundation, and the Nova Scotia Department of Rural and Economic Development.
An evocative writer and storyteller, Jones is the author of two books, Creating an Imaginative Life (1995, 2006) and Artful Leadership, Awakening the Commons of the Imagination (2006). He has also contributed essays on reawakening the imagination to numerous journals.
As a pianist/composer he has often been described as a musical painter. The founding artist of Narada records, he has sold over two million copies of his 15 recordings of original solo piano music worldwide, and his music has served as a benchmark for the emerging genre of contemporary instrumental music. Michael has performed solo concerts widely in the US, as well as in Seoul, Tokyo, and Montreal.
He holds a BA in Music and Psychology from Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB and an MA in Adult Learning from the University of Toronto. Jones lives with his partner Judy, an educator, healer and fine artist, in a lakeside community north of Toronto.