Sir John Whitmore father of performance coaching

21 July 2017

Celebrating the life of Sir John Whitmore

On Friday 21 July, we are holding a global celebration of the life of Sir John Whitmore, our dear friend and co-founder of Performance Consultants International, who sadly passed away on 28 April. Sir John was the pioneer of coaching in the workplace, a world leader in creating high-performance cultures and an inspiration to people across the globe. His loss is felt by millions, particularly within the coaching and leadership industry and the world of motor sports where Sir John is a racing legend.

Sir John Whitmore Legendary racing driver
Sir John  Whitmore British racing champion 1990 McLaren M8F

Tributes to Sir John

So many beautiful tributes to Sir John’s life and his remarkable contribution to the lives of others cascaded onto his LinkedIn page after his death. His family and friends were deeply touched to read all the personal comments and inspiring stories before his account was closed. A few tributes we have been able to recapture can be read here. If you would like to share your thoughts, reflections and memories of John, our CEO David Brown has dedicated a new LinkedIn LinkedIn btn 20x15 thread to John’s memory, or please use the contact form on this page.


A selection of obituaries and articles

“Sir John Whitmore, 2nd Bt, racing driver and management expert – obituary” The Telegraph, 18 June 2017
“Sir John Whitmore”, The Times, 26 May 2017
“Notice of Death – Sir John Whitmore Bt (1937–2017)”, The British Raching Drivers’ Club, 4 May 2017
“Sir John Whitmore: 1937–2017”, Goodwood Road and Racing, 4 May 2017
“In Memoriam: Sir John Whitmore (1937–2017)”, International Coach Federation (ICF)
“In Memoriam: Sir John Whitmore (1937–2017)”, ICF Foundation
“Sir John Whitmore: Your Memories”, Coaching at Work, 28 June 2017
“Sir John Whitmore, 1937–2017”, Institute of Coaching
“Despidiendo a John Whitmore (1937-2017)”, International Non Directive Coaching Society, 27 May 2017
“Readers’ Viewpoints. Sir John Whitmore – Memories”, Coaching Perspectives, the Association for Coaching Global Magazine, July 2017, Issue 14, pp18-23, reproduced with kind permission of the AC

Sir John’s Legacy

In addition to his family, friends and the people he inspired, Sir John leaves a living legacy in the coaching he pioneered. The Fifth Edition of his bestselling book Coaching for Performance was completed shortly before he died and will be published in September 2017. When it was first published 25 years ago, Sir John’s seminal text introduced the world to the GROW Model which has become a favourite of leaders and coaches worldwide.

Sir John Whitmore International speaker and bestselling author
Sir John Whitmore Leadership industry expert
You can add your tribute to Sir John’s memorial page using the contact form below.

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