The Everyday Jedi
John is a psychologist and New York Times best-selling author. In the US and Europe, he works with aspiring and already high-achieving individuals as well as medium to large-sized organisations looking for an edge. He is often retained to help identify and implement ways to increase productivity by improving communication & leadership skills, organisational culture and climate – often where mainstream options have failed.
He’s proven himself adept at achieving the seemingly impossible by scaling to the heights of the best basketball league in the world, the National Basketball Association, after starting the game aged 17. From first picking up a ball, he went to a ‘starting five’ position on the Cleveland Cavaliers in just six years. His personal drive, perseverance and planning are augmented by his post-retirement research and education in psychology. He is a true ‘triple threat’ when working with individuals and organisations that want to change. Read what NBA commissioner David Stern says about John Amaechi.
Making the Connection
John appears regularly as a pundit for CNN, MSNBC, CBC and the BBC. He has also appeared on a shows like BBC Breakfast, The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Oprah and many more. Topics have included the impact of depression, interpersonal skills, leadership, team cohesion, emotional literacy and diversity and inclusion on individual and team performance.
John has extensive expertise in connecting with diverse audiences, and through dialogue, honing a coherent change narrative for any individual or organisation. He is able to set and maintain tone, as well as use wit, warmth and insight to link the individual facets of any of the APS programmes. He can prepare and guide clients through the early, difficult stages of the change process, and equip people with the skills to perpetuate tangible change. He’s no magic bullet, but with John, change can be swift.
An astute diagnostician, John can review materials and assess personnel and workplace culture and climate to provide immediate insight and pathways for progress.
John is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the British Psychological Society (BPS), the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology and the BPS Psychological Testing Centre.
He is a Senior Fellow at the Applied Centre for Emotional Literacy, Learning and Research with the well-known academic Dr. Richard Majors.
The challenge he most relishes is that of embedded executive advisor, working alongside leaders to analyse strategy, facilitate intra-organisational communication and highlight and tackle potential problems that diminish workplace harmony and performance.
In whatever role he plays, glowing feedback always reflects successful outcomes.