Spontaneous Leadership

be your best when you need it the most


By engaging people in a fun and inspiring way, Jon offers personal skills that will take you to the next level of excellence.

Entertaining, thought-provoking, and highly engaging, Jon Wilkerson brings staff development to new heights.
— Patricia Donovan

In a turbulent world, success is about thinking on your feet.

The next decade promises to be the most fast paced and disruptive in human history. We see lightning-fast technological changes, a globally integrated economy and society, and an increasingly diverse workforce and customer base.

For some, it is a world of constant worry and danger. For others, it is a world of tremendous abundance and opportunity. How this world looks to you depends on how well you can surf.

No, not that kind of surf! I have never been up on a surfboard myself (living in landlocked Colorado). By “surf,” I mean navigate with nimbleness and agility the roaring, teeming, thrashing, and perpetually shifting environment.

Surfing through the chaos is not a talent—it’s a skill. It’s something that anyone can learn and any organization can get better at. Learning to do this better will sharpen your mind, make you dazzlingly effective in challenging, unexpected, and unfamiliar circumstances, and leave your non-surfing competitors dog-paddling after you.


I have dedicated my career to better understanding the dynamic forces that are buffeting our world, the skills needed to weather the storm, and the best way to prepare individuals and organizations for the challenges to come. I offer help on becoming a more effective individual, a killer team, and an outstanding organization.

 You can read more about me here.

And one of these days, I’m going to give surfing a try too.


speaking programs

Had enough of dull speakers? We all have! That’s why Jon delivers programs that are fun, engaging, and chock-full of actionable ideas. All programs are tailored for each client to fit the audience, the occasion, and the time allotted. Please browse the programs below to find the one that is right for you.

the spontaneous leader keynote

Leadership has changed. Find out how to lead in the economy that is coming.

The spontaneous team keynote

How do teams look in the 21st Century? And how can you make them the best?

mastering the moment

Jon’s signature keynote. Everything you need to know to think on your feet!

training programs

All of Jon’s training is improv-based. He has taken apart over 100 games and put them back together to create hundreds of new structures that precisely target critical skills. The activities are worlds of self-discovery that will leave you aware of the skills you have, the skills you need, and the things you need to do to fill in the gaps.

And of course they're fun! You’ll laugh your head off. But while you’re laughing, you’ll develop killer skills for being more effective in challenging situations.

(The playfulness is intentional. It makes participants more engaged, more daring, and more likely to leave with new skills.)

Except for The B&B Special, participants will engage in small group discussions and have a workbook to write down their thoughts and ideas, and take home a summary of the program’s learning.


the spontaneous leader workshop

The intrapreneur’s toolkit.


the spontaneous team workshop

The ultimate workshop for becoming an incredible team.


the b&b special

The B&B means “Blending and Bonding.” It’s all about connecting and celebrating,