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2018 Chautauqua Season

2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: John J. Scherer

Aug 1, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Aug 1, 2018 3:15pm



Rev. Dr. John J. Scherer is Founder & President of the Scherer Leadership Center.  As a former Combat Officer on a US Navy Destroyer, Lutheran Chaplain at Cornell University, Gestalt and Family Systems Therapist, Graduate School co-creator, author, successful change consultant and entrepreneur, John brings a unique perspective to his life and work.  Business and community leaders from 42 nations have graduated from his Executive and Leadership Development Intensives.

In 2008 John came to Poland ‘for six months’ to introduce his unique approach to Leadership Development in the world of work and Facilitating Change in individuals, teams, and larger systems.  Central/Eastern Europe proved to be VERY interested in what he had to offer, and more and more clients began to engage his services, including Siemens, Roche, Netia, PLAY, Unilever, WARTA, Tchibo, DHL, Price Waterhouse Cooper, ING, and ALIOR, as well as Boeing, Microsoft, The US Army, the Government of Canada and many others.

John is the creator of hundreds of articles and online media, including The Scherer Leadership Report, and is author of Work and the Human Spirit (1993), Five Questions that Change Everything (2008), and the recent Polish version, Wiser at Work: Five Questions that Change the Way You Lead (2012). A prodigious writer, his work has been translated into 15 languages.  The Stephen Covey organization honored John as one of America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Personal/Leadership Development, and in 2015 the International Organization Development Network recognized him with their coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is one of the living experts on the deep development of leaders and the Action Research approach to facilitating change. 

Living and working from a base in Warsaw, Poland, he is known around the world for his ability to connect with leaders and front-line staff in bringing about profound individual breakthroughs and workplace-wide transformations.  A father of four ‘wonderfully grown and gifted artistic’ children, he runs, does yoga, still performs the occasional magic show, and loves to read a good spy novel. 


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