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John Christensen is a filmmaker, best-selling author, and chairman and chief creative infuser of Minneapolis-based ChartHouse Learning. The company is the official home of The FISH! Philosophy, a life-long philosophy offering fresh inspiration to help people feel more alive and engaged in the work they do.
Christensen developed The FISH! Philosophy in 1998 based on his observations of the inspiring way in which the fishmongers of Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market approach their work every day. He translated his observations into four practices — Be There, Play, Make Their Day and Choose Your Attitude — and created the film FISH! Catch The Energy, Release The Potential. The film has been translated into 17 languages in 32 countries to date and is the foundation for six more films based on The FISH! Philosophy.
Christensen in 2000 co-authored FISH! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results, which has been translated into 34 languages and has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide and is a New York Times Bestseller. Between 2002 and 2004 he co-authored three more FISH! books — FISH! Tales, FISH! Sticks and FISH! For Life — which are also sold worldwide and have combined sales of more than 1 million copies.
As ChartHouse Learning’s chairman and chief creative infuser, Christensen is the organization’s vision keeper and lead talent scout. He focuses on creating a team and workplace culture that values and rewards creativity and collaboration and is rooted in personal freedom, wholeheartedness and authenticity. Under his leadership, ChartHouse Learning in 2004 introduced FISH! For Schools and FISH! For College, its first industry-focused tools. In less than one year, both tools were being used by educators in all 50 states and distribution was expanded to Canada.
In a classic shipping-clerk-to-company-chairman story, John Christensen joined ChartHouse Learning in 1984. The company was originally founded in 1955 by John’s father Ray Christensen and was a successful production house for a variety of film projects, including documentaries, business films and television advertisements. John worked side by side with his father for nearly 15 years learning every aspect of the filmmaking craft. He assumed leadership of the company in 1998, the same year The FISH! Philosophy was introduced.
Christensen and the company have been recognized with more than 20 national and international film, creative and business awards since the late 1990s. In 2004, the company received the prestigious EXPY — Experience Stager of the Year — Award from Strategic Horizons LLP, a leading business thinking studio founded by Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore, authors of The Experience Economy.
Christensen earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota’s College of Education & Human Development in 1983. He is a board member of The LifeSkills Center for Leadership, Famous Dave Anderson’s leadership training center for native youth located in Minneapolis.
Christensen speaks frequently to a wide range of organizations about his discovery of The FISH! Philosophy and how it helps organizations reach business goals — improving innovation, productivity, leadership, culture, retention and customer service. He is also a worldwide media resource on the topics of workplace and employee transformation.
A self-professed retail junkie, Christensen enjoys discovering new retail experiences in his spare time. He’s also an avid reader. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the Twin Cities suburb of Minnetonka.
Jonathan R. Goble, MHA, MBA, FACHE
CEO of ChartHouse Learning, home of The FISH! Philosophy
Jonathan Goble has over 35 years as a Healthcare CEO with health systems across Iowa, Indiana and Illinois. He most recently served as the President/CEO of University of Chicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital, a 568-bed community health system affiliated with the University of Chicago.
A native of Paw Paw, Illinois, Goble earned a BA in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1980, a Master’s in Hospital Administration from Tulane University in 1984, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Iowa in 1995. Mr. Goble is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has received numerous awards and recognition for his servant leadership. Mr. Goble has been recognized for his ability to create an outstanding corporate culture and has leveraged this into strategic advantages in the organizations across Iowa, Indiana and, most recently, Illinois. In recognition of this notoriety, he has delivered numerous Keynote Presentations nationally and internationally on Leadership and Corporate Culture in the Workplace. He is currently in the process of authoring his first book on the subject of leadership.
Goble has served in community leadership throughout his career, including the Indiana Hospital Association Governance Committee, the Carmel Indiana Rotary, the Hamilton County Airport Advisory Board, a former Advisory Board member of Timmy Global Health, and supports the Boy Scouts of America. Goble has been a frequent guest lecturer at Anderson University, Butler University, Indiana University Kelley School of Business and the University of Indianapolis. He served 14 years as Sound Technician for St Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church Youth Choir, located in Carmel, Indiana.
Goble’s interests include music, (he plays piano, guitar and banjo), aviation (he is an instrument rated private pilot), reading, and cycling.
Goble currently resides in Coloma, Michigan with his wife of 38 years, Theresa. The couple has two grown children.
COO of ChartHouse Learning, home of The FISH! Philosophy
LaMarqué D. Ward Sr. is an internationally acclaimed educator, speaker, author, trainer and Dream Building coach. He is a captivating leader whose charismatic speeches influence students and professionals alike. Through profound insight, LaMarqué engages his audience by reaching common ground with others.
His passion for unleashing potential in others is infectious – and he has created a guide to prove he stands behind this passion. His first book “Competing as a Lifestyle You vs. You, A Student’s Guide to Greatness” has been successfully received. Even greater success resulted from his sophomore manuscript “Dream Building for Parents” and his anti-bullying book series “Malik’s Big Dream” and “Malik The Difference Maker.” His life experiences give him a unique credibility with his audiences – and his natural talent for connecting with people from any background gives him the ability to break through to audiences during his speeches and trainings.
He is an expert in tuning into the needs of others by breaking down barriers in cultures that ordinarily hinder results. He shares his life in the form of practical wisdom that is easily translated to his audience. He does so by letting his audience know that, although his road was not easy, he did not let any barrier get in his way. He turned every barrier into a teachable moment and these experiences, coupled with his academic achievements, have propelled him to a dynamic level of insight and wisdom. He has lead successful at-risk youth efforts in Cincinnati and around the country by providing expert level leadership development and coaching for staff. He also created several student interventions that focus on social emotional learning (SEL) for students.
LaMarqué is vice president of the Collective Empowerment Group Cincinnati, is the LSDMC Board Chair at Ethel M. Taylor Academy, and serves on the Executive Board of Urban Young Life Cincinnati.
He holds an Associate of Arts degree from South Plains College, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Ministries from Faith Theological Seminary, a Master of Education from the University of Phoenix, and is a John Maxwell Team Certified coach, trainer, and speaker.
Certified FISH! Consultant
Gene Girdley is Founder and President of DelRae Learning and Development. He is a leader in business processes, corporate culture change, and content development for Learning Management Systems. He has reached the highest levels of performance in automotive sales, finance & sales management, as well as holding key roles in corporate learning & development. As a National Sales Trainer and Retail Performance Manager for two major manufacturers, Gene has been certified to deliver programs such as Mind-Mapping, Time-Management, Building High-Performing Teams, and Customer Contact Skills. Gene utilized The FISH! Philosophy with great success in the onboarding process for new team members in his work in retail automotive.