Harry Jones is a leadership strategist with more than 20 years of experience in the US military. After flying helicopters for the Army for nearly a decade, Harry obtained a PhD in philosophy and taught cadets at West Point, focusing on ethics, character development, and creativity. The course he created, Character by Design, introduced students to design skills and invited them to address character-related challenges at the United States Military Academy. Harry has witnessed firsthand the need for leaders who can operate effectively in complex environments where ambiguity and uncertainty are the norm. In view of this, he is especially passionate about developing leaders of character who are expert problem-solvers, both highly creative and deeply ethical. Over the years, Harry has designed and executed numerous immersion experiences for leaders, engaging a variety of creative organizations ranging from IDEO and SYPartners to the Culinary Institute of America and the Museum of Modern Art. He has also given talks on design and ethics at Oxford University, frog design, and other notable organizations.
I’m most excited to work on projects that… bring together those from a variety of areas of expertise to address the kinds of complex problems that defy solution by any single discipline.
I am looking for partners that can help me… with developing ethical ways to leverage environmental factors to help develop leaders of character within an organizational context.
A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… seeing students light up after applying newly learned design skills to a real-world challenge, feeling both the power of the process and the confidence that they could make a difference.
Innovations in my field I’m most excited to work on… involve leveraging insights from empirical research in psychology to inform more psychologically realistic approaches to character development.