Professor of Practice and leadership expert integrating academic/theory with real-world application to solve difficult problems and achieve results. John has extensive experience in diverse global business, corporate, economic, linguistic and cultural contexts.
John Grisby FHEA CMBE CMgrMI MA
John is both a Professor of Practice and Managing Partner at Grey Matter Global Ltd., a leadership strategy consultancy for the fourth industrial revolution. He helps accelerate middle-market business owners accelerate their leadership and management from pre-digital age skills '3.0' to digital age '4.0'. John is an expert integrating unified science and academic/theory with real-world application to solve difficult problems and achieve results.
Certified to Teach, Facilitate and Deliver Company Lifecycle Methodology
& Business Educator
Executive Coaching in Performance, EMCC Senior Practitioner Accreditation & Post Grad
Certification from The University of Strathclyde, The School of Coaching (UK).
Authorized by Myles Downey (acknowledged authority on Performance, Coaching and Leadership) to teach and facilitate the delivery of Leader-Manager-Coach and the development of leadership performance coaching skills.
Comprehensive Change Methodology
Business Lifecycle Diagnostic and Team Integration Phases 1 and 2 Certificate,
Adizes Institute (USA)
Certified in the foundational theory, methods and concepts of the Adizes Methodology. Certified to deliver and teach the Diagnostic Workshop, which includes; the implementation of change, impact teams and processes to realign an enterprise.
Middle-Market Companies (E2 Adizes Company Lifecycle Certified)
John understands the difficult challanges Founder/Owners face having worked with companies such as a seventh generation UK family owed business (£20M Turnover) and US fast growth company ($50M turnover). He facilitates building capacity/capability in privately owned business and Private Equity portfolio companies using the Company Lifecycle Methodology - ranked #3 by Inc. Magazine (USA) as all time 'best in class' methodology for business growth and change. As a Prof of Practice he has developed SME growth programmes (virtual/onsite) for the EU/UK/SEMLEP, which include, Innovation Bridge, ICT Escalator, ALPHAS Growth, Post-Covid-19 Business Continuity and Micro Knowledge Exchange Partnership (MKE). He is the Founder of XPX London Chapter, part of XPX Global (USA) an association of professional advisors who work collaboratively to help owners build valuable businesses and assist them in preparing and executing a successful transition.
Professor of Practice (Fellow HEA)
John is a Professor of Practice Management at the University of Bedfordshire Business School. His works at faculty executive level with the Dean and Associate Dean to deliver the business school’s Employability and Enterprise and Practice-based strategy (UK/Europe/Middle East). His multi-faceted role combines advisory, consultancy, development, design, and deliver on a broad range of projects which include; Business School Impact System, Small Business Charter, Innovation Bridge, ICT Escalator, Innovation & Enterprise, Executive MBA UK/Oman (Part-Time), Executive Education and guest lectures.
Corporate Leadership Strategy, Development and Performance (Executive Coach EMCC Senior Practitioner)
His expertise in Executive Coaching for Performance was developed as a member of Faculty at The School of Coaching founded by Myles Downey a pioneer in executive and corporate performance coaching industry. As Faculty/Consultant/Coach he led Open Programmes and was responsible for consulting, designing and delivering leadership performance programmes in companies including; Sky, NFU Mutual, National Grid, British Gas, Freshfields, NHS East of England and Lloyds TSB.
Each of the three industrial revolutions has caused different demands on management and leadership. We are now entering a fourth industrial revolution where business leaders need skills to match the environment. What worked before will need to be different from what’s coming in the age of ‘Digital’, ‘Complexity’ and ‘Problematic’.
Business leaders in the first three industrial revolutions relied on physical instinct, tactical knowledge and technological innovation to solve problems. In the fourth industrial revolution accelerated change and complexity mean a leader will also have to rely on adaptive and cognitive abilities I.e. ‘Digital Mindset’.
These abilities are not well recognized yet in organisations or leadership but will make the difference between effectiveness, success and failure.
Being an effective leader is now a life-long process and continual personal development is crucial.
The *World Economic Forum describes the Fourth Industrial Revolution as the 'perfect storm', resulting in significant change, transformation, disruption and impact. By 2020 (and beyond) every industry and sector will require new and
improved leadership skill sets:
To learn these skills requires continual practice and rich interaction solving real problems. Leaders who come to us are highly skilled, accomplished and recognised in their role/sector. Typically they are looking for premium services to build capacity and improve capability at critical points in leadership execution and journey. We offer premium services focused on delivering results, which benefits include: