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John Scherer

MS Organization Development Alumni Conference

As a former Combat Officer on a US Navy Destroyer, Lutheran Chaplain at Cornell University, Gestalt and Family Systems Therapist, Graduate School co-creator, author, successful consultant and entrepreneur, John brings a unique perspective to his life and work. Business and community leaders from 23 nations have graduated from his Executive and Leadership Development Intensives.

From 1973-1982 John was co-creator and Core Faculty of the nation's first competence-based Graduate Program in the applied behavioral sciences, and is an internationally-respected change consultant and leadership coach. Stephen Covey named him one of America's Top 100 Thought Leaders in Personal/Leadership Development, and he is a pioneer in the emerging field that shares the name of his 1993 book, Work and the Human Spirit. His clients have included many large and small businesses from around the world, including Boeing, Exxon, Ford, Marriott, ACE Hardware, Microsoft, Siemens, Hewitt, Amway, Netia, DHL, AmRest, The Government of Canada, and others.

He was Co-developer of The People Performance Profile, the first holistic, computer-scored diagnostic process for improving organizational effectiveness. His Breakthrough Series was the first video-based resource for high-performance team-development, designed to be used at regular meetings. His most recent best-selling book, Five Questions that Change Everything: Life Lessons at Work, called 'the best business self-help book ever written' by CEO Robert Middleton, will soon be available in Polish.Living and working in Krakow and Seattle, John is the father of four, swims, runs (two-time Marathoner) and does yoga daily, plays the guitar (he's an old rock & roller), does the occasional magic show, and loves to read a good spy novel.