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    John Grisby FHEA CMBE CMgrMI MA

    Professor of Practice (Leadership) | Managing Partner

    John Grisby is a Professor of Practice (Leadership), industry consultant and author. He’s based in London and works internationally across multiple sectors. He partners with C-Suite, BoDs, and senior executives to embrace change & transformation to deal with business/industry 4.0 environments (complexity, change, and problems). Leaders prepare, shift, and accelerate their mindset, working high-level strategic ‘upstream’, to execute and implement ‘downstream’.


    John's leadership expertise is a result of 25 years of experience in human performance and development. His multi-disciplined background/roles include competitive sport, leadership performance consultancy, executive coaching, public sector, entrepreneurship, and academia. He has worked/lived worldwide in Europe, the USA, Africa, South America, and the Middle East and is trilingual (English, Spanish and Italian).


    He has an undergraduate degree in Business Communications from the University of Colorado (Boulder, Colorado), Master of Arts in Global Communications from Emerson College (Boston,


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  • Keynotes | Publishing | Digital Media

    • Introduction to Nigerian Business/Industry 4.0, Leader’s View presentation to FIRS CEO, Board of Directors and Stakeholders (Federal Inland Revenue Service) February 21st, 2022.
    • How the European Super League’s Rise and Fall is an Example of Football’s Perfect Storm, World Football Summit, June 24th, 2021 https://worldfootballsummit.com/tag/john-grisby/
    • The Perfect Storm in Sports 4.0 - Today's Leadership Is Not Enough for Tomorrow's Problems. Distinguishing Lecture Series, Middlesex University, March, 25th, 2020 (Forthcoming).
    • Leader’s View - Thinking Business 4.0 (Educational Podcast Series), iTunes/Soundcloud Podcast Series, 2020 (Forthcoming).
    • Oil & Gas Leadership 4.0 | Oman 2040, Leader’s View presentation to PDO Change Management Team (Petroleum Development Oman), Muscat, Oman, March 3rd, 2020.
    • Mining for Growth - Enable clients to uncover golden nuggets of opportunity and growth -Win the Wild West of Consulting, GK Strategy Consultants, October 30th, 2019.
    • Leadership & Performance Culture in Practice: Sky, Diagio, Lloyds TSB and Virgin, Post Graduate Marketing (2016-19).
    • Leadership and Executive Coaching for Performance in Practice, Undergraduate Psychology (2019/2020).
    • Middle East Leadership - How Different Eras Produce Leaders with Different Mindsets, HR Revolution Magazine (Middle East) http://www.hrrevolution.me/how-different-eras-produce-leaders-with-different-mindsets/, 2019.
    • IT-Digital Leadership Mindsets, Post Graduate Digital Analytics (2019).
    • Leadership in Sports to Achieve Impact and Social Outcomes - Experience the Meaning of Winning. Keynote presented at Sports and Social Impact Conference, Bedfordshire, December 12, 2017.
    • Internal Growth Building for Private Equity Portfolio Companies, Association of Corporate Growth UK (ACG UK), October 2017.
    • What’s next for 21st Century HRM and HDR?, Post Graduate HR (2015-16).
    • Dealing with Internal Organisational Conflict – How to identify and resolve internal/team conflict, Postgraduate Law (2015).
    • Next Generation Corporate Leadership Mindsets. Keynote presented at Credit Strategy Emerging Leaders in M&A Awards, September 13, 2017.
    • Leadership for the Changing Times - Leadership in Corporate Finance for the Changing Times, Credit Strategy online https://www.creditstrategy.co.uk/events-tp/corporate-ma-exchange-conference-other-pages/leadership-for-the-changing-times, 2017.
    • Six Different Mindsets of Leadership - Find Out How Situation Helps Mode Leadership Style and How Being Adaptable Can Be the Key to Survival, Chartered Management Institute Insights (CMI) https://www.managers.org.uk/insights/news/2016/october/the-6-different-mindsets-of-leadership, 2016.

    Areas of expertise

    Corporate Leadership Strategy, Performance and Development

    His expertise in Executive Coaching for Performance (EMCC Senior Practitioner) was developed as a member of the 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 programs in companies including Sky, NFU Mutual, National Grid, British Gas, Freshfields, NHS East of England, and Lloyds TSB.

    Professor of Practice (Fellow HEA)

    John is a Professor of Practice (Leadership 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.

    Business Change & Transformation

    John understands leaders' difficult challenges in dealing with accelerated change and problem-solving. He's worked with companies, such as a seventh-generation UK family-owned business (£20M Turnover), a US fast-growth company ($50M turnover), and divisions responsible for change/transformation in global corporates. He accelerates leadership capacity/ capability building using the Company Lifecycle Methodology, ranked #3 by Inc. Magazine (USA) as an all-time 'best in class' methodology for business growth and change (E2 Adizes Company Lifecycle Certified). He is the 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 prepare and execute a successful transition.

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