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216: Continuous Improvement, EO Leadership, and More!

Bret Keisling is joined by Jon Sweigart, principal at Praxis Consulting Group, who discusses continuous improvement in employee-owned companies, instilling leadership at all levels of a company, and his presentation with Jesse Tyler at The NCEO Fall Forum in September 2022.

On Episode 26 of the Owner to Owner podcast, host Jesse Tyler will be joined by Jon and Kim Gage of Hypertherm for a deep dive on continuous improvement, available soon at

Previous episodes featuring Praxis Consulting Group:


Episode 216 Show Notes

About Jon Sweigert

Jon Sweigart has experience providing practical and strategic support for the client’s learning and performance goals. His work helps organizations build healthy, productive workplaces where employees engage in meaningful ways and build strong ownership cultures in their broadest sense.

He draws on his professional experience in senior management, human resources, talent development and workplace learning in his work with employee-owned, nonprofit and private sector organizations.

Focus areas include:

  • Executive assessment

  • Coaching with individuals and teams

  • Multilevel leadership development design and facilitation

  • Large- and small-group process design and facilitation

  • ESOP communication

  • Strategic planning

Through his work, Jon has shifted organizations from an exclusive focus on training events with limited impact to a sustained process focused more on the resources, social interaction, and performance support that encourage autonomy and continuous learning for longer-term impact. Prior to joining Praxis, Jon served as Vice President of Personnel and Professional Development at a nonprofit organization, where he helped develop a signature service delivery approach based on customer-centered, data-informed and culturally appreciative principles.

He frequently presents at ESOP Association and the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) events and is a member of the ESOP Association’s Ownership Culture Committee.

Jon is a certified practitioner in the following assessments:

  • EQ-i 2.0/EQ 360, an assessment of Emotional Intelligence

  • Hogan Leadership Assessment Series

  • Clark Wilson 360° Leadership Practices Survey

  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

  • Team Diagnostic Survey (TDS)

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English/communication from Goshen College and a master’s degree in clinical social work from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research.

About Praxis Consulting Group

Praxis Consulting Group, Inc. was founded in Philadelphia in 1995 by Ginny Vanderslice and Alex Moss. Initially Praxis provided communication, training and organizational development services primarily to employee-owned companies. While they continue to work extensively with employee-owned companies, their practice has expanded to include work with nonprofits, socially responsible businesses and other organizations interested in developing workplace cultures that maximize employee engagement and responsibility. With the addition of consultants, Praxis has broadened its services to include: leadership development, coaching, union-management partnerships, process improvement strategies, strategic planning, governance, and conflict management.

Over the past fifteen years, Praxis has grown to include twelve staff members, who together have backgrounds in a range of disciplines, including: organizational development, social psychology, adult education, business management, and finance.

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