John Baldoni hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan. In fact, he lives only a mile from where he was born. But in between birth and now, he grew up in Ohio, was educated at Georgetown, attended film school in London, met his wife in Southern California, and raised his children back home in Ann Arbor. John enjoys history, sports trivia, golf and spending time with his family. We asked our CEO to describe John in a single sentence and he responded by saying, “John’s clients are very lucky to have him in their corner, as he is the most passionate and committed leadership professional I’ve had the pleasure of working with.”
Early in John’s career he was a very highly regarded speech writer.
WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT JOHN
He plays the piano and is a student of music theory and composition.
Following is an interview with John where you can get to know him through his own words and insights.
WHO DOES JOHN WORK WITH?
I am the chair of N2growth’s leadership development practice where I coach CEOs and senior leaders of global companies. I have the great privilege of teaching, coaching and speaking on leadership and communication throughout North America and Europe. I have authored a dozen books on leadership, including Lead with Purpose, Lead Your Boss and the Great Leaders trilogy covering communication, motivation and results. I count myself fortunate to have my passions and profession be one in the same.
WHAT MAKES JOHN TICK?
I love challenges. It’s what motivates me to work with men and women in leadership positions. I like to help them see the possibilities in what they can do, and in the process become the leaders their organizations need them to become.
WHO ARE YOUR GREATEST INFLUENCES?
Mom and Dad, without a doubt! My father was a family physician who believed in the art and science of medicine. He had great bedside manner but also the science to apply the right therapies. My mother is a writer and served as mayor and city council person in Perrysburg, Ohio. They both taught me that you can only live life to the fullest when you serve others.
WHAT PROMPTS YOU TO WRITE?
My career began as a writer. Writing is the avenue I use to work out ideas and present them in ways that make sense to others. I draw inspiration from all walks of life, present day as well as our historical past. The challenges our forefathers faced are often what we face today and for that reason we can find answers in literature, history and the arts.
WHY DID YOU BECOME AN EXECUTIVE COACH?
I was asked to coach quite honestly. And after much reflection, including a stint in graduate school to get a master’s, I decided to focus helping men and women in management discover their leadership purpose.
WHY IS PURPOSE IMPORTANT?
Purpose is an organization’s lodestone. It points you in the right direction and brings people together for common cause. From purpose you derive vision (where you want to go); mission (what you do); and values (what holds you together).
DO YOU HAVE A PARTING THOUGHT YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?
When folks ask me what advice I have for leaders I say three things: be seen, be heard, be there.
You want people to see you participate in the life of the organization. You need to ensure that your message is heard and understood and that you make time to listen to others. Most important, all good leaders are there for others – that is, they are available to do what the organization needs them to do.
A good leader is one with the team as well as the one who points everyone in the right direction.