Jeff Clanon


Jeff Clanon is a Founding Partner of Systems Perspectives LLC and also a founding consultant member and former Director of Partnership Development for SoL, The Society for Organizational Learning.

Working with the members of SoL North America, which include private and public sector organizations such as Shell, Nissan, Ford, AT&T, Boeing, the Department of Defense DoD as well as researchers and consultants, Jeff has focused on discovering, teaching, and implementing theory and practice in the area of organizational learning. He is particularly interested in leadership as systemic phenomena and its implications for senior managers as they create and sustain work environments, which facilitate learning, tap intrinsic motivation and generate effective, collaborative action.

In addition to his work with organizational members of SoL North America, over the past 10 years Jeff has focused on teaching, coaching and consulting with leaders and management teams in academic institutions, Federal Government agencies including the US Department of Education, NASA, and the National Security Agency and the World Bank Group. Jeff was responsible for establishing SoL North America’s executive coaching business, which has coached over 350 executives and managers in both the public and private sectors. Jeff is a Leadership Agility 360-certified coach and is currently the facilitation and change management consultant for the Initiative on Mass Atrocity and Genocide at Tufts University.  Website

Speaking Topics

Initiating and Sustaining Organizational Change
Leadership and the Practice of Stance
Emergent Learning Theory and Practice
Planning from the Present Forward, Coaching from a Systems Perspective
Coaching as a High Leverage Organizational Development Strategy
What Effective Communication Really Means

Bibliography & Video

Jeff has more than 30 years experience in the area of individual and organizational learning, as a clinical psychologist, educator, and organization development consultant, business manager, executive coach and speaker.


Jeff received a BA from Dickinson College, an MS from the University of Illinois and completed postgraduate programs at Harvard Medical School, Laboratory of Community Psychiatry and at MIT. He has published a number of articles in the area of organizational change, organizational learning and technology. “The Relevance of Organizational Learning for High Performing Social Networks” was published in the book Dynamic Learning Networks (2009). His article “Organizational Transformation From the Inside Out: Reinventing the MIT Center for Organizational Learning,” won an award as outstanding submission to the Learning Organization International Journal for 1999. An article published in the Systems Thinker in 2004 entitled “The Dark Side of Success: Dealing with the Organizational and Emotional Complexities of Growth” provides insights into the complexities of organizational growth and the practical application of systems thinking methodologies

Speaker Endorsement

North East South Asia Council of International SchoolsTufts UniversityBoston Consortium
SoL South Foundation (India)
Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Brandeis University
The World Bank
US Department of Education

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