John Amaechi Speaker

John Amaechi

Organisational psychologist, former NBA player, and New York Times best-selling author

John is a respected organisational psychologist, best-selling New York Times author and CEO of Amaechi Performance Systems. John partners with organisations to help leaders move from being transactional to transformational.

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John Amaechi's 2022 biography

He focuses on improving performance, solving intractable people problems and creates thriving workplaces despite the challenges and disruption of the modern world. Prior to founding his own firm, John spent several years as a professional athlete, becoming the first Brit to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

John Amaechi OBE helps individuals and organisations to improve communication, leadership and culture as a way to grow, improve and achieve goals. His psychological insight helps people understand the barriers to high performance and overcome them. He understands motivation and personal development and the roots of success and enables these traits to flourish. He also considers the nature of competition, the importance of cognitive diversity in organisational achievement, and aligning personal and business values and ethics. John’s experience is unique and his skills appeal to people from all walks of life.

In addition to running his own international strategic performance consultancy, Amaechi Performance Systems, John is also a Research Fellow at the University of East London and currently holds various board and trustee positions.

In a former life, John was the first Brit to have enjoyed a successful career in the NBA and to be inducted into the US Basketball Hall of Fame. He won widespread respect for his ability to overcome adversity, including life-threatening injury. Despite never having picked up a basketball until the age of 17, John went on to a ‘starting five’ position with the Cleveland Cavaliers in just six years. He was described by one commentator as ‘a player with little innate physical talent, who rose to remarkable heights on the back of terrific will and a tremendous strategy.’ He puts this down to focus, effort and execution as much as physical skills; characteristics he now seeks to instill in others.

Whilst playing basketball, John pursued his PhD in psychology, co-authoring a paper on self-esteem and goal setting as well as becoming a leadership and performance expert. He also founded the ABC Foundation, which seeks to increase physical activity amongst the youth and encourage community cohesion.

Career

John has worked with the UK government and has affiliations with many leading organisations including the American Psychological Association, the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and the Centre for Social Justice where he undertook important work on Community Cohesion and Social Return on Investment. He has his own charity creating sporting centres in urban communities, he mentors young people and advises on ethics in policing.

John Amaechi well understands the responsibilities and potential that come with being a giant. His book ‘The Promises of Giants’ is a challenge to anyone who aspires to make a difference in their environment. Over fourteen promises, it seamlessly intertwines personal anecdotes and workplace and social observation with the latest research, to provide practical, proven tips and strategies to empower you to maximize your own potential and inspire others. It is not a self-help book. It is a how-to guide for winning, rooted in the belief that the most unlikely of people, in the most improbable of circumstances, can become extraordinary.

John Amaechi’s current / past roles and positions

  • High performance executive coach and psychologist working with blue chip clients
  • The first NBA player to speak out publicly about being gay
    Leading voice on diversity issues
  • Made OBE by the Queen in recognition of his services to sport and his outstanding work with charities.
  • ‘An inspiration to millions’ – David Stern, Commissioner of the NBA
  • Awards, Accolades, Achievements & Honours
  • Member of the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Member of the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology
  • Member of the BPS Psychological Testing Centre
  • Senior Fellow at the Applied Centre for Emotional Literacy, Learning and Research
  • Awarded an Honorary Degree by Manchester Metropolitan University for his charitable work with the National Literacy Trust, the NSPCC and the establishment of the ABC Foundation to encourage children to become involved in sport and their community.
  • Freedom of the City of London
  • Member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council
  • Research Fellow in the University of East London Department of Psychology

Speaking style

  • Educational, enthusiastic, informal, passionate, story-telling and thought-provoking.

John works with numerous bluechip brands and high profile individuals via his consultancy Amaechi Performance where he focuses on improving leadership and communication skills as well as tackling issues around diversity. He helps organizations to learn how to retain and value staff which John argues can have a huge impact on your own personal effectiveness as a leader. He has also created a diagnostic tool to help institutions recognize some of these issues and create change.

John Amaechi's 2022 talks & topics

Teams versus groups, and the notion that most people have never been on a true, optimal team

Interpersonal skills

Emotional literacy

The role of leaders as ‘custodians of culture’

General leadership development

Becoming extraordinary

Leadership being transformational, rather than transactional

Diversity and Inclusion – and what these REALLY mean and how they are 21st-century performance prerogatives

Team cohesion

Diversity in the workplace

How organisations can transform in times of challenge and disruption

John Amaechi's 2022 speaking fees

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  • United Kingdom

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