“Jon is a consummate professional who is very teachable and dedicated to a lifelong growth path; his eagerness and openness to learn not only encompasses his chosen vocation, but is representative of his general orientation to life. Jon is very intelligent, insightful and creative; he is also an original thinker. Unlike many who have generous cognitive abilities, Jon is also very practical. Also, unlike many who are gifted intellectually, Jon has a high emotional quotient to complement his intellectual quotient. In fact, it is his high EQ that probably has more to do with Jon’s success than his IQ.
Jon is aware of himself, his strengths, his weaknesses and his growth areas. He is also relationally aware and easily gauges his relative relational position and the impact that he is having on others. Jon is an excellent communicator and, as such, builds relationships well. The strong relational side of Jon makes him a superior leader and manager. Jon’s relational giftedness includes conflict resolutions skills and an ability to take a win-win approach and work out solutions that benefit both sides. Because Jon genuinely values others perspectives, even when they differ from his own, Jon is able to negotiate in ways that build equity in relationships and not erode it. All of this relational ability puts Jon’s “likeability quotient” near the top of the scale.
Jon is passionate about his work and to call his work ethic “excellent” still does not adequately describe it. The amount of work Jon is able to produce in short (or long) bursts is no less than “amazing.” Jon gives the term “burst-worker” a whole new meaning! Furthermore, Jon’s work is always accomplished with utmost integrity; he is a sincere person with enormous amounts of character and moral fiber. All that Jon does, he tries to do at the highest level; Jon seldom skims the surface but almost always displays obvious depth in his analyses and work production.
Jon is a natural leader who has a winsome charisma that emanates from him as he interacts with clients, upper management, and staff. These traits contribute to his success in bringing in new business, motivating and managing staff, dealing with his superiors and negotiating contracts. These traits also contribute to his success in maintaining good working relationships with difficult and demanding colleagues. Jon’s success with high maintenance clients is absolutely invaluable.
As a leader Jon is able to do “vision-casting” in ways that are exciting and motivating. Once that path is charted Jon is able to keep the team focused on the goal until the objectives have been accomplished. In leading the team, Jon remains flexible so that the team never feels that they are merely instruments to accomplish corporate goals, but they remain real people with insights, ideas and feelings. Humor is an important part of Jon’s repertoire and he uses it strategically to keep the team relaxed as they push hard to accomplish team objectives. For someone so gifted, Jon still has an air of humility about him that is positively disarming.”15 August, 2008