Jesse Lyn Stoner, founder of Seapoint Center, has worked closely with leaders for over twenty-five years, helping them create collaborative, engaged organizations that make a powerful and positive impact on the world. A business consultant, coach, former executive, and bestselling author, Jesse has worked in a wide range of industries including Fortune 500s, small startups, government agencies, and nonprofits. Her clients include Edelman, Marriott, SAP, Stanley, Skanska, The Hartford, and Yale University, to name a few.
Jesse is coauthor, with Ken Blanchard, of the international bestseller Full Steam Ahead: Unleash the Power of Vision which has been translated into 22 language. She is also coauthor of Leading at a Higher Level with Ken Blanchard et.al. and as a senior consultant at The Ken Blanchard Companies, created many of the programs and materials in team and organization development.
Jesse has authored several team and organizational assessments, including the popularBenchmarks of Team Excellence, which measures whether a team shares a common vision and has developed the necessary processes and skills.
Jesse’s first experience with the power of vision took place in a fifth grade classroom, where she taught reading to children with learning disabilities. One day it occurred to her that the children had experienced so many years of failure, they probably couldn’t imagine themselves reading a book. Using mental imagery techniques, she had the children visualize themselves reading. That year the children made more progress and were happier than any previous class.
Intrigued by the children’s success, Jesse went on to study the impact of vision in other settings. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on vision and leadership, identifying the three elements of an enduring vision. She then went on to develop practical ways to help leaders create a compelling vision and ensure it is lived.
Since then, Jesse has supported leaders in clarifying their vision, developing collaborative leadership skills and building high performance teams. And she has facilitated collaborative change efforts in companies such as Honda, Jackson Hole Ski Resort, Stop and Shop, and TJX (T.J. Maxx and Marshalls), and T. K. Maxx (Europe).
Jesse was the Executive Director of Guest House Retreat and Conference Center during the start up period. She hired staff and developed the team, created the operating systems and processes, oversaw renovations to meet building code requirements, and developed the marketing plan and web site. Under her tenure they opened for business and exceeded their revenue goals.
Jesse holds advanced degrees in psychology and a doctorate in organizational development from the University of Massachusetts.
Jesse’s weekly blog is ranked as one of the top 100 leadership blogs and can be found at www.jessestoner.com