John’s superpower as a facilitator is empathy. His reassuring presence, words of wisdom and understanding smile are always just what participants need to get past any feelings of uncertainty or discomfort with ambiguity. Being an academic researcher himself, John connects with participants in a collegial way that puts them at ease. He speaks their language. John is a Fulbright Scholar who holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the Manchester School of Business. Currently, he is a Professor at the State University of New York’s Center for Creativity and Change Leadership in Buffalo, from which he earned a Master’s degree. His undergraduate degree from Buffalo State is in Business Studies. He was an operations manager at American Airlines and worked at Fisher-Price Toys. Today, as part of a team, John conducts research on the science of creativity and facilitating creative thinking.
John is also the Director and Founder of the Myanmar Service Learning and Civic Engagement Program. This work represents his quiet but unwavering commitment to making a difference. He overcame many political, professional and personal obstacles to bring this program to fruition. Just as he envisioned it, the program promotes social justice and helps the people of Myanmar confidently use their creative thinking to address challenges facing their country. John’s KI co-workers appreciate that he is a value-based facilitator. He can always be counted on to help them understand and respond to situations based on their own values. That clarity allows them to make better decisions and choices. They also like working with him because he can go from serious work-mode to slap-stick comedy and back in 4 seconds flat.