• Managing Partner

    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 business, corporate, economic, linguistic and socio-cultural contexts.



    John Grisby FHEA CMBE CMgrMI MA

    John helps leaders build capacity and accelerate leadership practice to achieve results, reducing failure to cope with ‘4.0’ environments characterised by complexity, change and problems (i.e. the fourth industrial revolution). He's a ‘hybrid’ combining two roles - Prof of Practice (academia) and Managing Partner (private sector). John has worked with leaders for the past 20 years across different sectors and parts of the world to help prepare/shift from pre-digital age skills '3.0' to digital age '4.0'.

    He has learned almost everything about leadership, change and problem solving from five resources.

    • First, as a Professor of Practice, integrating science, theory and methodology for real world practical application (DBA style not PhD). 
    • Second, from Dr. Graves and Becks' human mindset science, framework and principles. 
    • Third, Myles Downey, pioneer of the ‘Inner Game of Coaching’ as an approach to executive performance in coaching and leader/manager/coach. 
    • Fourth, Dr. Ichak Adizes, founder of the Adizes Institute and developer of the ‘best in class’ Company Lifecycle methodology, a core approach to organisational change. 
    • Last, but not least, from the many clients who openly shared their experiences, their successes and their struggles.
    • First, as a Professor and private sector practitioner working cross-sector and globally. I’m familiar with how academic rigour, pedagogy, research, methodology and theory applies in the real world
    • Second, from Myles Downey, author of the best-selling book Effective Coaching and pioneer in an evidence-based methodology and commercial application for executive coaching in performance (individuals/teams/organisations).
    • Third, Dr Clare Graves and Dr Don Beck. Developers of the first principle, unified science 'double-helix' theory and commercial application, core to the approach to human mindset-thinking systems, structures, development and change.
    • Fourth, from Dr Ichak Adizes, founder of the Adizes Institute and developer of the 'best in class' Lifecycle methodology with commercial application and concepts, core to the approach to organisational change.
    • Fifth, Dr Geert Hofstede Professor Emeritus of Organizational Anthropology and International Management at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, well known for his pioneering research on cross-cultural groups and organizations.
    • Sixth, introduction to all the human performance domains (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual), methodologies and approaches in early development as an amateur and semi-pro athlete in the USA.
    • Last, from the many clients around the world who openly shared their experiences, their successes and their struggles.

    Accredited and Certified to Consult, Design, Deliver, Assess, Diagnose and Enable

    HE Fellow

    Chartered Member
    (CMgr MCMI)

    Certified Management
    & Business Educator

    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)

    • Ranked Ski Racer (State)
    • Ranked State Tennis Play Doubles (State)
    • Semi-Professional Collegiate Triathlete
    • Competitive Ultra Endurance Runner
    • Happily 'retired' and uncompetitive in sports since 1992
    John has published a practical guide book for next-generation leaders in sports, Games You Can Play - Experience the Meaning of Winning in Sports 4.0 (Michael Terrence Publishing 2019). He has published numerous business and sport leadership articles internationally, which include; Chartered Management Institute Insights (CMI), Global Professional Tennis Coaching Association (GPTCA), International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching (IJSCC) English Rugby Football Union Technical Coaching Journal (RFU), and the Journal of London Football Coaches' Association (LFCA).

    Professor of Practice (Fellow HEA)

    John is a Professor of Practice Management and works at the 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 delivery 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, Help to Grow and guest lectures.

    Corporate Leadership Performance and Development (Executive Coach EMCC Senior Practitioner )

    His expertise in Executive Coaching for Performance (EMCC Senior Practitioner) was developed as a member of Faculty at The School of Coaching founded by Myles Downey, a pioneer in the executive and corporate performance coaching industry. As Faculty/Consultant/ Coach, he led Open Programmes and was responsible for consulting, designing and delivering leadership performance programmes in companies including; Sky, NFU Mutual, National Grid, British Gas, Freshfields, NHS East of England and Lloyds TSB.