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Leadership Development Grad Works Hard and Plays Hard

Jeff JonesJeffrey Jones, a Leadership Development graduate, is our featured student for December. In fact, Jeffrey has been featured in several Continuing Education ads this fall as well as on the masthead of this blog. We are pleased to share his inspiring story.

Jeff completed the Leadership Development Extension Certificate in 2012. He had just been moved up to a supervisory role in the Calgary office of Tetra Tech, an engineering, consulting and technical services company serving the oil and gas industry. Jeff is a procurement specialist and project expeditor.

His boss encouraged Jeff to “polish up his skills” as he transitioned into a leadership role with his former colleagues, moving from friend to supervisor.

“I liked learning about the cultural part of leadership, interacting in the workplace,” Jeff says. “You can show leadership from any position and get noticed.”

Jeff was recommended as a featured graduate by instructor Joanne Leskow. “He really came into his own during the program,” she says. “At first he didn’t say much but soon he was participating and coming up with unique contributions to our discussions. My classes are very experiential. We take real-world situations that we can all learn from and Jeff provided some great input.”

Jeff liked that the classes took place on a Friday and Saturday, which he felt was a fair trade-off between his work time and his personal time. “I could apply on Monday what I learned on Friday and Saturday,” he says. “That really helped to integrate my learning. I learned from others in the class as well and the role playing exercises were great.”

“Joanne was a fantastic instructor,” he says. “She actually cares about her students and still stays in touch to see how I’m doing.”

Jeff is working toward becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP®), taking online courses from UBC and preparing to write the exam. His work experience has been accepted as prior learning by the Project Management Institute.

He likes to work hard and also play hard, especially as a rugby player. His fundraising efforts to support his team have found him doing things like jumping in the Bow River, wearing a bunny suit and dying his hair red (see the photo above – although he did put off shaving it into “weird” patterns until after his photo shoot with us.) For each stunt Jeff earned $250 from his friends and colleagues towards travelling to Argentina for a rugby tournament.

No matter what he puts his mind to, Jeff Jones gives it his all. We are proud to have him as a featured graduate.

Find out more about Jeff in this video.

— by Karen McCarthy
— photo by Michael Poon

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