A superstar basketball player in the NBA, a social entrepreneur, and a New York Times best-selling author, John Amaechi shares his insights as an organisational consultant and high-performance executive coach. He works with businesses helping them to manage, recruit, engage and maximise the performance of their human capital, informing and charming audiences with his candour and wealth of international experience.
John Amaechi has a portfolio career as a psychologist, New York Times best-selling author and social entrepreneur working in both the US and the Europe. He has built a career as an organisational consultant and high performance executive coach. John is an intelligent and engaging keynote speaker with the ability to speak on a range of topics including inclusive leadership, mental health issues and sport and diversity amongst others.
John knew from the age of seven that he wanted to be a psychologist; however this dream was temporarily put on hold when he started playing basketball at the age of seventeen. John was told he was too late to the game and would never make it, yet six years later he became a ‘starter’ in the NBA. He is the only Briton to have his jersey hung in the US Basketball Hall of Fame and he lead the English team to a Bronze medal in the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
After he retired from Basketball, John was able to pursue a PhD in Psychology and he now works within organisations helping them to assess, manage, recruit, retain, engage and maximise the performance of their human capital. John also focuses on the psychology of HR and Leadership within companies and he speaks about inclusive leadership, which involves teaching leaders that their behaviour towards company employees will affect their personal success.
John has written white papers for the UK government as well as creating an organisational diagnostic tool that allows institutions to better understand manage and improve their personnel, climate and culture. The companies he has affiliations with include the American Psychological Association, the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and the Centre for Social Justice.
The challenge that John particularly relishes is that of an executive advisor, working alongside leaders, embedded in organisations to analyse strategy, facilitate intra-organisational communication and highlight and tackle potential problems that diminish workplace harmony and performance.
In addition to his work with business organisations, John has also done a lot of work with schools in the UK and the US. He works with his own charity in Manchester, with over 2000 young people per week in attendance, helping to harness the power of young people through this holistic sporting centre for urban communities. John consulted with researchers at top Universities to create a programme steeped in the fundamentals of social-emotional training to provide an environment where young people who are coached in life as much as sport.
John was a key figure for the London 2012 Olympic Games effort, first as an Ambassador for the bid team and then as a director for the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) Board. He has also appeared as sports and social affairs pundit for BBC, Sky, CNN and ESPN.
John is a global Ambassador for Amnesty International and has five core charities including the English Federation of Disability Sport of which he is Vice President. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in June, 2011 as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
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