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Jason Young    

Former Senior-Level Manager at Southwest Airlines & Founder of Culturetopia

Jason Young has been called a “rare breed” when it comes to developing leaders and customer service initiatives. As a former senior-level manager at Southwest Airlines, Young learned the value of a successful workplace culture. During his 10-years with the airline consistently rated No. 1 in customer service and employee satisfaction, he was a key driver in creating and developing the company’s innovative training programs for its successful leadership and customer service culture that have become renowned in the business world today.

Driven by the need to extend his unique insight in leadership development to others outside Southwest, Young separated from the pack in 1998, when he left the airline to launch his own consulting practice to focus on corporate training and development services provider specializing in leadership, customer service and team building. Today, as president of LeadSmart, Inc., Young shares his vision in developing successful corporate cultures and workplace environments with forward-thinking companies, including Starbucks, Radio Shack, Coca Cola and Tyson Foods, to name just a few. He has even returned to his old turf – Southwest Airlines – to extend his knowledge as a corporate training consultant in leadership development area once again. He has even captured his philosophy of creating high performance cultures in his recent books, "Servicetopia" and "The Culturetopia Effect."

Capturing the innovative strategies and tactics he created at Southwest Airlines, Young offers insights and practical information that can be implemented immediately. His keynote presentations and training programs are in demand for audiences of all types – from senior level executives to front line employees. Young’s messages reach to the core of every audience member with his unique style and engaging presentation skills. Participants are treated to a compelling experience that will change the way they view themselves, their customers and the company for which they work.

Speech Topics

Smart Teams: Creating Teams That Succeed Together

Team work. Team building. Team player. Successful organizations know that business is not really a game to be won or lost. But to achieve success, everyone must use many of the same principles found on our playing fields today. In this presentation, Jason Young goes beyond the buzzwords to expose the keys that help people work together as a team to achieve real success. By developing goals, your team will create shared initiatives out of trust and mutual respect for one another. That active collaboration will lead to employee empowerment and organization momentum. You'll discover how your All Stars can raise the bar within your organization without alienating your other players while creating an environment that rewards risk taking. From base hits to home runs, everyone plays their part to attain victory.

Lead Smart: High Performance Leadership

Jason Young teaches audiences how leaders develop, motivate, and empower people to achieve extraordinary results while providing vision and guidance throughout the entire process. Truly smart leaders know that is more than a mere statement of fact, but rather a personal and professional challenge to be met every day. Faced with two choiceslead smart or diethey'll know what to do to achieve your organization's success. They will find out the new definition of becoming a person of influence and how that applies to everyone in your organization. Your leaders will hear how organizing talent to build effective teams creates an incredible workplace culture and how applying successful coaching skills will help your teams excel. They'll learn how to handle changefor better or worseand how effectively managing disagreement can enhance team productivity.

The Southwest Way: Successful Practices of a Market Leader

Southwest Airlines has given the business world a textbook example of how providing fabulous customer service and maintaining high employee morale in a low-cost environment is possible and even profitable in Corporate America today. But what's the real story? As a key developer of Southwest Airlines' legendary customer service and leadership training programs, Jason Young knows that great culture does not "just happen." A customer service value can be created and nurtured to flourish into a customer service culture. Employees can be treated as true partners in the success of the business through shared values, shared vision, and shared efforts. Beyond the headlines and the hype, Young shares the real inside story behind the success of Southwest, a company consistently rated #1 in customer service and employee satisfaction. Best of all, you'll learn how you can take these proven organizational principles to your team or company. You won't want to miss this inside edition from the man who knows it best.

The Art of Customer Retention: Developing a Brand That Can Be Trusted

As the competition continues to heat up for goods and services, organizations today struggle to provide customer service that will create satisfied and loyal customers. During this powerful presentation by Jason Young, you will find out what outrageous customer service can really do for your bottom line, discover the meaning behind "customer-defined" service and how that may very well separate you from your competitors, learn to make the most of those moments of truth that face your organization in order to leave a legacy of service, identify the sources of service breakdowns and what it really takes to make a clear path to recovery, and discover that your commitment to service excellence can help your organization make a name for itself and leave its mark. You'll never view the value of a customer the same!

Culturetopia: The Ultimate High Performance Workplace

Based on his experience as an insider at the famed Southwest Airlines and consultant to dozens of other Fortune 500 companies, Jason Young offers a dramatically different approach to creating and sustaining a high performance workplace. His solution for companies is to create an organizational culture where employees can do their best work and that produces desired performance outcomes in productivity, profitability, employee retention, and customer satisfaction. The key is intentionally identifying and developing the essential factors that impact performance for any organization: leadership principles, management practices, team alignment, and employee behavior. These are the elements that truly define organizational culture and that have the greatest impact on results.

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