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Sabbaticals for Anyone: Step Away, Explore, Renew

Sabbatical Consultation

Select a Sabbatical Consultation time that suits you

Delivered by

Fred Jones

Fee range

US $125/consultation

Contact Person

Fred Jones


This is an individually scheduled 90-minute consultation that will occur on Zoom. As a result of that consultation, we hope that you’ll have added clarity about how to approach your sabbatical--even if you have already started and are in the process of exploring options. Please note that a sabbatical does not have to be full time. A part time sabbatical needs as much, if not more, consideration so that the value can be experienced.

To talk about with Fred: What’s your state of mind as you move toward your sabbatical?

How are you moving into your sabbatical period, even if you are maintaining significant contributions to various parts of your life’s work? Use the following options as a starting point to register your “state” these days.

 Disrupted, in the midst of immediate transitions. Possibly feeling: losses, instability, or urgency to figure some things out.

 Tired, wanting rest and renewal. Possibly feeling: burned out, not yourself, or on “the edge.”

 Apprehensive, with worry about how to take a sabbatical, what to share with others about it or how you’ll be perceived.

What do you want your sabbatical to be for?

Many long for some kind of renewal. Before talking with Fred, imagine what you’d like that to be for you. Additionally, some people have one or more things in mind that they want to take on, get into or somehow advance from where it was before. Others sense the unknowns in their lives and want to be with them in a new way and see what happens; this can be more like a quest, even if where it goes is unclear. To what extent are you going in wanting either or both of these:

  • A project-building orientation. This means you have an idea for something, old or new, that you want to focus on and develop, and at least some of your sabbatical time will involve exploring it, expressing it and, in whatever way you choose, working it out.
  • A pilgrimage orientation. This means you recognize the unknowns in your life these days–possibly because you and the world around you is changing–and you want to step into and open up to them with a combination of exploration and reflection.

There is something important about how you engage either of these. A project that is another kind of production may accomplish something but not support renewal. A pilgrimage that is more like a vacation may leave you refreshed but otherwise as you were before your sabbatical.

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Cancellation & Terms

Payment is fully refundable up to 28 days before the start of the event, less a 13% processing fee; it is not refundable thereafter. If the event is under-enrolled, we reserve the right to cancel 28 days prior to the event start date, and refund your registration fee in full.

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Faculty Bios

Fred Jones

Fred has taken a deep interest in developing people and the organizations they lead for more than two decades. His core work has evolved to focus on how individuals and collectives develop in relation to questions they hold and how they stay with the challenges they face. This most often takes the form of an experience designer and facilitator, and also as a 1×1 coach and leadership team coach. Most simply, Fred helps people learn from and develop through their challenging experiences in life and leading others. He is known by those he partners with for his thoughtfulness and care, his breadth and capacity to reflect, and his instincts for generating forward progress in things that matter. In what he calls his studio, he keeps a set of R&D projects through which he plays with practical ideas and cultivates imagination for realistic possibilities. For more about Fred’s work, go to www.meanwhile.studio. Fred loves theater and takes advantage of how theater practices help us prepare for high-stakes moments and show up in a way that is congruent with our intentions. He takes special interest in transitional periods in work and life overall, and supports people designing sabbatical experiences even while still engaging their current responsibilities. Before engaging clients though Cultivating Leadership Fred worked in the United States with Humana and Texas Children’s Hospital, both of which shaped his ongoing interests in health care. He previously worked in a range of roles at Progressive Insurance and Ernst & Young. Fred earned a doctorate in adult learning and leadership from Columbia University, Teachers College, and holds a master’s in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, and a graduate of Georgetown University’s renowned Leadership Coaching program. He uses The Leadership Circle Profile and Hogan Assessments, which are helpful for gaining insight into a person’s practice of leadership. Fred lives with my wife in Austin, Texas (USA) after many stopping points since my Chicago origins. Generationally speaking, I am Mid-Century Modern. I have places still to see, bread to bake, short stories to edit and dogs to walk. I could have been the journalist who expanded your horizons, the playful game show host who relieved your burdens, the priest who helped you reconsider your relationship with church or the professor whom you now realize you should have been paying more attention to. Privilege has made my way through life relatively easy, which leads me to recognize and support meaningful ways the world needs to change.