Jonathan Villaire C-Suite Network Advisor Since September 2017

Employee Engagement Disruptor

Business Culture

Jonathan spent ten years working in the financial services industry in a broad range of professional and leadership roles before founding Cognize Consulting. Although many organizational development practitioners are too far-removed from the experience of actually being an employee, Jonathan can tell you what today’s workforce needs and expects from its leaders. He has been party to the hushed, secretive chatter that employees only exchange when there are no managers in sight. He has been a trusted confidante to unhappy employees who would not dare repeat to their bosses or to HR what they have told him about their experiences. He can tell you what is truly disengaging your employees because he has been there.

During his time spent working for large corporations, Jonathan witnessed countless examples of disengaging leadership. He was exposed to the poor decisions, harsh words, and destructive behaviors of bad managers. Unfortunately, disengaging leadership is prevalent across the modern business landscape. Jonathan founded Cognize with the aim of teaching leaders the language of employee empathy and coaching them in fostering employee relationships that yield success for everyone.

As an employee experience coach and consultant, Jonathan is a bridge builder, truth teller, and advocate for empathy. He helps managers understand how to effectively reach, engage, and connect with their employees and, more importantly, how to stop disengaging them.

Jonathan passionately believes that employees do not engage themselves; leaders engage employees. The single most important factor that determines engagement levels within organizations today is employees’ relationship with their managers. A paycheck is no longer sufficient to inspire and engage employees. Employee experience driven by empathetic leadership is the currency of the new millennium workplace.

Jonathan holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is also certified as a Professional Coach (CPC) through the Center for Coaching Certification. He has published articles on various employee engagement topics and is author of the upcoming book ‘The Stepford Employee Fallacy: The Truth about Employee Engagement in the Modern Workplace’.