Clarity is Power in The Fourth Industrial Revolution
Leadership is never greater than the quality of thinking
Think about it
How you approach leadership, understanding complexity, problem-solving, understanding complexity, and design solutions (or not!) is first thought and then action.
Your grey matter, therefore, becomes a vital tool to continually
refine to produce high-quality thinking and actions.
Thinking newsletter fills your grey matter to do just that. What makes this newsletter different from others? Quite simply you get to learn the fundamental principals of high-quality thinking.
It's a resource. You will be introduced to a vast reservoir of practice-based thinking that integrates the best of three worlds - first principle science and academic rigour and real-world commercial application.
Four Industrial Revolution (4IR) thinking. Pseudoscience, textbook MBA models and armchair philosophy have diminishing returns in 4IR. We guide you by focusing on frameworks, models and skill set necessary for effective next-generation leadership (based on extensive research (World Economic Forum - 'Future of Work 2019', University College London/Freeformers, - The Future Workforce Model and Isos Mori Generations Social Research Institute).
Focused intention. We raise your awareness about approaches to understand complexity, solving difficult problems, and designing/ implementing solutions. When you're confused think of this as your 'Prof.' who's giving you ‘bottom line' clarity.
Respect for context. Our readers are from every corner of the globe - China, Europe, Middle East, UK, South Africa, USA, Russia, etc., In addition from across all sectors - finance, automotive, sport, FINTECH, tourism, government, health care, etc. Each has a particular socio-cultural 'DNA'. All these variable might seem confusing, but our essential starting point is you - the human being and culture (I.e. ethnography).
Functional. Practice-based, versatile and applicable. Simply add context, shake and apply.
We prepare and shift leadership mindset
to solve difficult problems
in industry 4.0
Each of the three industrial revolutions has caused different demands on management and leadership. We are now entering a fourth industrial revolution where business leaders need skills to match the environment. What worked before will need to be different from what’s coming in the age of ‘Digital’, ‘Complexity’ and ‘Problematic’.
Business leaders in the first three industrial revolutions relied on physical instinct, tactical knowledge and technological innovation to solve problems. In the fourth industrial revolution accelerated change and complexity mean a leader will also have to rely on adaptive and cognitive abilities I.e. ‘Digital Mindset’.
These abilities are not well recognized yet in organisations or leadership but will make the difference between effectiveness, success and failure.
Being an effective leader is now a life-long process and continual personal development is crucial.
The *World Economic Forum describes the Fourth Industrial Revolution as the 'perfect storm', resulting in significant change, transformation, disruption and impact. By 2020 (and beyond) every industry and sector will require new and
improved leadership skill sets:
To learn these skills requires continual practice and rich interaction solving real problems. Leaders who come to us are highly skilled, accomplished and recognised in their role/sector. Typically they are looking for premium services to build capacity and improve capability at critical points in leadership execution and journey. We offer premium services focused on delivering results, which benefits include:
Leadership Capacity/Capability Building
MD (Next Generation Talent Forum)
John was able to take a complex subject and deliver a creative and interactive session which received some of the best feedback yet. I look forward to working within the future.
HR Director (FTSE 100 Financial Services)
We worked with John to introduce performance coaching within the organisation. His experience, enthusiasm and ability to transfer his coaching skills to my team have supported us in developing coaching skills throughout the leadership population. The result has been a confident training team to embed coaching and wider use of coaching as part of everyday operational management.
CEO/Founder (Executive Development Sector)
John inspires leaders to be the best they can be. He recently did a four-hour presentation as our speaker on how leader-manager-coach approach enhances role and business performance.
The learning was profound and his execution outstanding, it had humour and authority. I feel very happy to recommend him as a speaker, a coach and facilitator.
Sales Director (MD Development and Education)
John uses his unique ability vast experience to define his approach and help top-level leadership and management to hone their skills. Having someone like him to clarify both business and personal objectives, something that it is easy to lose sight of in the hustle and bustle of daily work, leads to greater focus and better, more satisfying, results.
Talent Director (FTSE 100 Global Broadcast/Telecom Sector)
One of the reasons that John is successful is because he is an outstanding performance coach, providing challenge and support in an appropriate measure to help his leaders' stretch, consider new perspectives and develop. He has excellent facilitation skills where he easily relates to core coaching philosophies to broad and varied audiences. Selecting to work with John in any capacity will definitely enhance the end product.
CEO (SME Performance/Development Sector)
We are very fortunate when we met John who shares our passion and values. He has a track record in coaching people to high standards of capability and performance. For us an extremely fortunate chance encounter.
Talent Director (UK Charity Sector)
Supporters like John are one of the reasons I love my job. His coaching skills are excellent, which, as well as making him a great role model for the participants, it's always an interesting conversation with one or two "transformational questions" that really get me thinking.
Professor of Management Practice and leadership expert integrating science and academic/theory with real-world application to solve difficult problems and achieve results. John has extensive experience in diverse global corporate, economic, linguistic and cultural contexts.
John’s heritage in human performance and development is from 25 years' experience of a multi-disciplined background/roles, which include competitive sport, organisational and leadership performance consultancy, public sector, entrepreneurship and academia. He has lived and worked in Europe, US, Africa, South America and the Middle East and is trilingual speaking English, Spanish and Italian.
Executive Coaching in Performance
Certified and Endorsed
Safe Harbour Statement
I've learned almost everything about leadership development/performance and business transformation/change from multiple and diverse sources.
Corporate Leadership Strategy, Development and Performance
His expertise in Executive Coaching for Performance was developed as a member of Faculty at The School of Coaching founded by Myles Downey a pioneer in executive and corporate performance coaching industry. As Faculty/Consultant/Coach he led Open Programmes and was responsible for consulting, designing and delivering In-Company leadership performance programmes in companies including; Sky, NFU Mutual, National Grid, British Gas, Freshfields, NHS East of England and Lloyds TSB.
Middle Market Business
John works with privately owned business and Private Equity portfolio companies using the Adizes Company Lifecycle Methodology in the areas of growth, scale and exit-transition. He is Founder of XPX London Chapter, part of XPX Global (USA) an association of professional advisors who work collaboratively to help owners build valuable businesses and assist them in preparing and executing a successful transition.
Sports Leadership/Management Development and Performance
John was a (US) state ranked athlete in three sports. Like most athletes in the USA, he was introduced to physical and mental performance approaches in early development. He learned/developed approaches like mental focus, mental toughness and the 'Inner Game'. He later
co-delivered a project with Myles Downey to establish the 'Inner Game of Coaching' in the world of professional sports coaching (football,
rugby and tennis).
Competitive Sports Experience (USA)
Professor of Practice Management (FHEA)
John is a Professor of Practice Management at the University of Bedfordshire Business School. His works at faculty executive level with the Dean and Associate Dean to deliver the business school’s Employability and Enterprise and Practice-based strategy (UK/Europe/Middle East). His multi-faceted role combines advisory, consultancy, development, design, and deliver on a broad range of projects which include; Business School Impact System, Small Business Charter, Innovation Bridge, ICT Escalator, Innovation & Enterprise, Executive MBA UK/Oman (Part-Time), Executive Education and guest lectures.