Jan and I worked together for over a decade transforming a multibillion-dollar, multistate organization from an affiliation of independent parts to a successful and cohesive operating company. Jan's contributions in the areas of leadership, talent development and organizational savvy were key. Her intelligence, compassion and insight were highly valued by the leadership of the organization.
Jan developed and led the processes that developed the initial management systems for the integrated system. Her responsibilities included talent management and development. She expanded her leadership responsibilities to include personally networking and coaching "up and comers", women and other key constituencies. Her personalized touch with these emerging leaders grew the trust necessary for the organization to transform.
Organizational design, political savvy, talent development, communications and pragmatic common sense are central to Jan's skill portfolio. She is a valued and trusted teammate.
As a system board member and board chair for Providence Health & Services, I witnessed Jan Jones' artful work in building stronger relationships between the system board and the community ministry boards over a relatively short period of time. Jan skillfully created opportunities for open dialogue among the community chairs, including regular updates from around the system and acknowledged the many contributions of the boards to Providence's strategic plan. She set up the infrastructure for continued sharing and interaction between all levels of governance which continues to grow to this day.
Personally, I know Jan to be a person of integrity who saw her own role with Providence as a calling, not a job. I have no doubt of her ability to help executives understand one of their most critical roles is to create relationships at all levels of an organization, from the mail room to the board room. She knows that top executives must be comfortable with ambiguity and understand the importance of being authentic through the inevitable highs and lows of change.
I had the pleasure of working with Jan Jones during a critical change in my career. Not only was she able to help me to discover and address unwanted behavior patterns, she was also very supportive throughout the change. It was great having a coach by my side to help manage the changes in my career and the changes needed in myself.
I was fortunate enough to work with Jan as she served as my coach while I transitioned into a new role. She is a wonderful individual, whose respected career as a healthcare executive makes her perfect to provide insight on creating a meaningful and actionable set of priorities. Jan’s style helps create an immediate connection as she listened, and gave recommendations to help build upon my current foundation—I am grateful for the help she provided to my team, and the investment she made to hold me accountable and ensure that everyone’s well-being is kept front-and-center.
I gained so much from my coaching experience with Jan. Before working with her, my stress level was holding me back in my career and significantly impacting my home life. After our sessions together, I have gained new insights on myself and readjusted my perspective about my career, and as a result I have been able to take on a big opportunity at a new organization while feeling more balanced and content than ever before.