Jon Robison holds a Doctorate in health education/exercise physiology and a Master of Science in human nutrition from Michigan State University where he served as Adjunct Assistant Professor for a quarter of a century. His work centered on shifting health promotion away from its traditional, biomedical, control-oriented focus, with a particular interest in why people do what they do and don’t do what they don’t do.
Jon has authored numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of health-related topics and was a frequent presenter at conferences throughout North America. He is co-author of the book, “The Spirit & Science of Holistic Health – More than Broccoli, Jogging and Bottled Water, More than Yoga, Herbs and Meditation,” a college textbook and a guidebook for practitioners who wish to incorporate holistic principles and practices into their work. This book provided the foundation for Kailo, one of the first truly holistic employee wellness programs. Kailo won prestigious awards in both Canada and The United States, and the creators lovingly claim Jon as its father.
His 2015 released book: How to Build a Thriving Culture at Work: Featuring The 7 Points of Transformation, gives organizations a realistic, step-by-step blueprint to accomplish the difficult task of transforming their cultures to be healthier and more productive — “from the inside out.” The book was selected by Employee Benefit News as one of the top must reads for 2016.
His third co-authored book, Re-Humanizing the Workplace…Future-proofing your organization while restoring hope, wellbeing and performance, was published by Conscious Capitalism in early 2020 and won an honorable mention award from the Readers’ Favorite: Book Reviews and Award Contest.
As a Certified Intrinsic Coach, Jon understands that behavior is the outward manifestation of thinking and feeling – and that behavior modification approaches that focus on extrinsic motivation rarely result in sustained change and, in fact, often inhibit intrinsic motivation. Jon’s 3-decade long struggle with Multiple Sclerosis has enabled him to better understand the complexities, difficulties and individual uniqueness’s of the human experience.
Jon retired from his work with organizations in 2022. He continues to be passionate about many issues, particularly with respect to the future of our planet vis-a-vis climate change and social justice. He holds the firm belief that much of what passes for best practice in promoting individual and organizational change today is missing the bigger context – the fact that The United States is rapidly losing our Representative Democracy in favor of Oligarchy – a reality that, if not reversed will overwhelm attempts to significantly and sustainably improve human wellbeing for all but the very wealthy.
Before and during his academic career, Jon pursued his life’s calling as a singer and musician playing in clubs around the country for more than 40 years. As a new retiree he maintains his soul connection to his music and his passions for his wife Jerilyn, their son Joshua, humor and a 13-lb living Teddy Bear named Ginger.