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Develop leadership teams

Build strategies for
growth through innovation

Create accountability for results

Jonathan works with

leadership teams to help them create their growth goals while developing their capabilities and skills.

His expertise in

leadership, innovation, team development and executive coaching contribute to organizations accomplishing their desired results. Fast Company calls him an “innovation thought leader,” and Investor’s Business Daily refers to him as an “innovation guru.”  He is fairly sure that he is proud to have been labeled an “innovation geek” by Forbes.

Jonathan's Work

“I work with teams so they perform better to achieve results.”

Creative thinking and innovation


Individual coaching

Instructional systems design

Keynote presentations


New product development

Organizational development

Team coaching


Partner with Pilgrimage Professional Development, an executive leadership and organizational development practice where he regularly works with Fortune 100 companies in the consumer goods, financial services, transportation, electronics, pharma, and entertainment industries as well as small- and mid-size enterprises, various government agencies and business schools.

Adjunct Faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership and the USSOCOM Joint Special Operations University.

Moderator/Coach for Flourish Advisory Boards, where he works regularly with leadership forums to help them grow their businesses.

Former Vice President of Product and member of the global executive team of Dale Carnegie & Associates, a training organization with operations in 50 states, 90 countries and 32 languages, where he revitalized the product offerings including face-to-face training, virtual instructor-led, on-demand video, and AI-based apps.

Former full-time Senior Faculty and Portfolio Manager for innovation, technology-based learning solutions, and individual leadership development solutions at The Center for Creative Leadership.

Courses for which he led the design teams have won Brandon Hall Leadership Awards, an Investopedia “Best In-Person Sales Training” ranking, and helped organizations achieve the Training Industry’s Top 20 Company in Leadership Training and Sales Training distinctions.

President and cofounder of New & Improved, LLC, a global training and organizational development firm focused on creative problem-solving and innovation leadership skills.

Leadership development

Team coaching and development

Innovation strategy development

Executive coaching

Creative problem solving facilitation

Cost-reduction strategy  development


Experienced innovation and leadership development expert who achieves outstanding results.

Organization and team-builder with keen strategic thinking, acting, and influencing abilities who works across silos with diverse stakeholders to achieve strategic objectives.

Effective facilitative leader able to grow and manage talent to solve problems and leverage opportunities with limited resources.

Outstanding communication skills to win the hearts and minds of key stakeholders.

Able to drive multiple conflicting projects to successful completion with people regardless of reporting relationships and sufficient resources.

Publications in which Jonathan has been quoted or interviewed include Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Newsday, Investor’s Business Daily, Entrepreneur, EuropeanCEO, HR Katha, BusinessWorld (India), and Road & Track.  He is also the author of many white papers, articles, blogs, videos, books, and training manuals about leadership, creative problem-solving and the polarities of innovation leadership. He is the co-author of the books, More Lightning, Less Thunder: How to Energize Innovation Teams, SELL! The Way Your Customers Want to Buy, SPEAK! Overcoming the Fear and Horror of Public Speaking, CONNECT! How to Build Trust-Based Relationships, and LEAD! How to Build a High-Performing Team. He also wrote the book, Manage Your Boss, published by the Center for Creative Leadership. His next co-authored book How to Make Meetings Not Suck will be published by Gildan Media.

Clients include

Education & Credentials

M.S. Creativity, Innovation, and Change Leadership, State University of NY College at Buffalo, NY

B.S. Communication (Organizational Communication and Instructional Systems Design), cum laude, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

Mechanical Engineering (Undergraduate study), Union College, Schenectady, NY

Organizational Leadership Program Certificate, 2017, University of Central Missouri

High-Impact Sales Management Program Certificate, 2017, University of Central Missouri

Mini-MBA Management Certificate Program, 2007, Loyola University Chicago

Advanced Facilitation Skills – Project Adventure, Inc, 2002

Alumni Achievement Award, Center for Applied Imagination, SUNY Buffalo State University, 2015

Innovation Award, Dale Carnegie Leadership Training for Managers, 2017

Highest Award for Achievement, Dale Carnegie Course, 2016

Board Member, Greensboro Montessori School 2014 – 2016 and 2022 – 2025

Co-chair/Emcee — the Institute for International Research’s Innovation conferences, 2004 – 2012, 2014

Commencement Graduate Student Speaker, SUNY Buffalo State University

He is an avowed yacht-racing enthusiast and gearhead, having once spent a season as a track announcer at Watkins Glen International Raceway. 


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