Through such experiences as delivering a “Rainforest CEO” TEDx talk, motorcycling into Monument Valley, being welcomed as a change agent into a remote village in Papua New Guinea, and emerging from his tightly-wound young executive self, John Quinlan developed his Wisdom Life Chart.


Why this matters to you: John opens an opportunity door for you to become a fully human and successful leader. He provides the complete key to the Wisdom equation in his new book, Alignment Strong: A Strategic and Human-Centric Handbook for Competitive Leadership. In it, you will see how a supposed weakness — vulnerability — becomes a strength and advantage. You will gain the insights of a life-long learner, find practical exercises to round out your self-understanding and skills, and see how to gain personal wisdom and apply it to your leadership development.

A company president who was coached by John Quinlan in adopting the Alignment Strong framework summed up the experience by saying it felt to her “like an MBA on steroids.”

John’s first book, Tau Bada: The Quest and Memoir of a Vulnerable Man, detailed the gritty experiences that brought new meaning to his understanding of management consulting. The result was wisdom that he applied to both business and personal relationships.

From Patrick Hainault, Vice President Corporate Business Development at Mansueto Ventures – Inc. Fast Company. ”John Quinlan is an entrepreneurial polymath with a depth and breadth of experiences few can match. John has proven himself to be an insightful change agent in rebuilding and scaling businesses.”, not separated.


Vulnerability is an uncommon and underestimated leadership strength


Authentic change is daunting. How do you navigate through fear, mistrust and resistance?


After losing his publicly traded company, John E. Quinlan learned to have courage, be open to change, and embrace vulnerability.


John E. Quinlan is the founder and CEO of Growth Strategies Global LLC, an organization development consulting firm specializing in coaching family-founded and closely held businesses. He has been a founder and chief executive officer of a publicly traded company, a leadership coach, and a management consultant in the United States

After the humiliation of losing his publicly traded company in 1985, he turned to a basic rebuilding tool, his motorcycle. He lit out for the West, following the psychic route familiar in song and story on his quest for self-discovery.

That eventually led him to the woman he would marry and start him on an adventure that included a fishing business, and a coffee collection, processing, logistics and export business with more than 2,300 tribal farmers in the remote rainforest of the Managalas Plateau of Papua New Guinea.

What he learned on his travels over the past 40 years turned into the book Tau Bada The Quest and Memoir of A Vulnerable Man, and gave him the strategies he uses today that make him so successful as an executive leadership coach and consultant.

His second book Alignment Strong: A Strategic and Human-Centric Handbook for Competitive Leadership is a fresh and responsive handbook for CEOs in today’s complex business environment and integrates strategic and human-centric mindsets with a vulnerable leadership ethos. Result: a sustainable competitive posture.