John Furcon is an executive coach and leadership development and organization transformation consultant based in Chicago, IL. He diagnoses client situations and designs and implements structures, processes and action strategies to build individual, team and organization-wide capability. His assistance has produced measurable results in assignments ranging from the seasoning of high potential individuals up to and including impacting the mindset and skills of thousands of leaders, in order to facilitate needed enterprise change. In addition, he has led consulting and training projects resulting in improved diversity, inclusion and equity performance in both private sector and public sector organizations.
John focuses on a variety of private sector industries, including professional services, consumer products, financial services, energy and manufacturing. In addition, he is recognized as a preeminent consultant in working to improve police and public safety organizations at the municipal, county, state and national level.
Representative private sector clients include BNY Mellon, Gillette, Kraft, McDonald’s, Pratt & Whitney, TIAA-CREF and United Technologies. Representative public sector clients include the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Illinois State Police, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office and major city police departments such as Chicago, Detroit and Miami.
His career has embraced both private sector and academic research leadership roles, including serving as a partner/principal at Harbridge House, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Buck Consultants, and divisional leadership at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.
John’s recently co-authored book (with Duncan Ferguson and Toni Pristo), entitled Best Boss! The Impact of Extraordinary Leaders, lays out a five-factor framework for 1:1 leadership, which, in the view of one reviewer, “is at once simple to grasp but profound in its impact.” Other publications include “Workforce Engagement and Retention in the United States” (Global View), “Building 21st Century Senior Leaders” (President and CEO Magazine), and “Job Requirements Audit” (Human Resources Center, The University of Chicago).
John is an active member of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Human Resource Management Association of Chicago, the International and Illinois Associations of Chiefs of Police, and the Police Executive Research Forum.
He earned the MBA, with emphasis on organization behavior, at the Booth School of Business, The University of Chicago, and the MA in psychology at DePaul University. He is recognized in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.