Maestro of CollaborAction

Jeff Young, Founder of Co-ignite

Maestro Jeff YoungYou might wonder, "Why does Jeff call himself a Maestro?" Well the title was actually bestowed upon him by his collaborators. What they experience in Jeff is the unique ability to hear and develop each person's voice while simultaneously weaving them all together into collaborative communities that sing the rich harmonic music of their blended voices.

Jeff works collaboratively with all members to create vibrant and innovative super-teams that support everyone in finding their highest purpose and creating the future they were born to manifest. He blends his considerable skills and experience in innovation, management, coaching, education, computer technology, business, creativity, organization development, and strategic planning to help individuals and teams develop the capabilities they need to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Jeff's central passion is helping people learn how to become the whole person or business they are meant to be and break the rusty, worn-out habits of the industrial era. With his appreciation and deep understanding of all styles of leadership, Jeff helps people and teams learn how to become more autonomous, purposeful, and masterful; to become more than a match for the challenges we all face in today's modern world. Jeff firmly believes we need to creatively and collaboratively utilize diverse viewpoints, skills, and backgrounds if we are to succeed in taking the next step in our collective future.

Jeff grew up in Hawaii, lived in New Hampshire, and is now living half-way between in Northern California with his wife.  His two grown daughters are not too far away so the family can still be together when they need to.

Jeff holds a Master of Arts degree in Organization Development from Sonoma State University and is a graduate of an ICF Certified Coaching Program at New Ventures West. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Boston State College.

A Message from the Maestro: Why I Do This Work

ConductorI have always loved learning when I directed my own learning journey instead of following the pre-designed path of experts.  I am insatiably curious about the dynamics of how people work together and I consistently come alive when people thoroughly engage with each other in work that they care about.  My first career was to manage, design, and implement computer software.  I thought I would always have lots to learn in that profession because technology changed so much and so quickly, but something surprised me along the way.

My interests and career changed when I became a father to two beautiful daughters.  I found that a computer could not possibly compete with the wondrous development of the human mind to become what it is made to become.  I became fascinated with how human beings learn, grow and become capable adult human beings.  I discovered in that process that there is so much more to becoming a capable human being than logic, or technique, or processes could ever describe.

I have dedicated the rest of my life to creating organizations that develop people to become the best and most capable they can be individually and collectively; organizations that release the enormous power of people collectively using their super-powers doing the work they most love to do.  I want us all to succeed and thrive in an era that will require that we all make learning and growing a constant activity in our lives.


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True Joy in Life

This is the true joy in life –
that being used for a purpose
recognized by yourself
as a mighty one.

That being a force of nature,
instead of a feverish,
selfish little clod
of ailments and grievances
complaining that the world
will not devote itself
to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life
belongs to the whole community
and as long as I live
it is my privilege to do for it
whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up
when I die.
For the harder I work,
the more I live.
I rejoice in life for its own sake.
Life is no brief candle to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch
I've got to hold up for the moment
and I want to make it burn
as brightly as possible
before handing it to
future generations.

George Bernard Shaw