Jonathan Shaver

My own career path

I, like many of my clients, continue to simultaneously specialize and broaden my skills. Using my previous experiences as a launching pad, I have created new opportunities that provide challenge and fulfillment as I apply old skills to new situations. I have built a portfolio of experiences that allows me to bridge between the technical aspects of science industry with the people who make those technologies a reality. The third of four sons, my parents gave us plenty of work to keep us busy on our small farm in northeastern Ohio. Raising rabbits, sheep and alfalfa, I was very active in 4H and the county fairs.  All four boys are in some aspect of agriculture–veterinarian, food sales and marketing, agronomy and horticulture.

The world was opened to me by going to the only University we knew about–Ohio State.  It is to leaders at Ohio State that I give the most gratitude for the world view that I have today.  At the University of Minnesota, I earned my degrees in Plant Breeding and Genetics while being given the opportunity to continue to discover my potential.

I gained an inside view of corporate agricultural research and development as a scientist with Monsanto, and as an agronomy professor at Oklahoma State, I learned that growing outstanding leaders is the greatest impact I could have on the agricultural community.  I started Envision Partners in 2007 near Minneapolis, Minnesota.    

Together with my wife, we are raising 3 beautiful children.  My son is building his own leadership skills through Boy Scouts.  My oldest daughter raises rabbits and is a 4H member. Both girls dance ballet in class and all around the house.  I have chosen to be deeply involved in their activities.  I have been a Cubmaster and a Scoutmaster in Boy Scouts. 

Past experiences

Biology Professor North Hennepin Community College

While science on the surface appears to be highly technical, science is a way of viewing the world, understanding it and in turn learning more. Its a perspective. We all benefit from being able to learn and use a different perspective to view our world.

Additionally, having to learn an enormous amount of technical information requires an increase in self-awareness of your learning style, learning needs, capacity and interests. It is outstanding to be with students who are in a state of accelerated awareness of themselves and the world around them.

Through college teaching I honed my facilitation skills and adult education practices.  I am a quick learner and creative facilitator, engaging the audience by bringing relevance to the content and helping them to discover their own applications.

Agronomy Professor Oklahoma State University

As their agronomy professor and advisor, I worked with hundreds of young agricultural professionals as they made major professional and cultural transitions in their life. Set into the heart of southern midwestern agriculture I learned how diverse and large the agricultural industry really was compared to my corn and soy world.

Research Scientist Monsanto Life Sciences

From my supervisor, it was here that I learned how empowerment of your reports is the secret to improve your own performance.  Here, I found many role models who were able to successfully make the transition from scientist to manager. With support, these new managers were able to define and assign work projects, enable their reports and create strong relationships with their reports, bosses and peers.

 Envision Newsletter sign up here

Download an informational brochure

“Eight years into her career, Sue’s career became stagnant….” Read Sue’s story.   All too familiar?   If so, send me an email or give me a call at 952-956-4216.


Comments are closed