About John K. Coyle

John is one of the world's leading experts in Design Thinking as well as an Olympic silver medalist, Stanford grad, Kellogg MBA, NBC Sports analyst, Professor of Innovation, and award winning author. As a speaker and writer, his talent is weaving facts, examples and intellectual principles into engaging stories which bring his topics to life, and leave you with actionable ideas.

  • The best way to unlock human potential and drive growth is to design lives, careers, and teams maximizing strengths rather than fixing weaknesses.

  • The best way to innovate your life and business so you can take on greater challenges and grow is to increase personal resilience.

  • When you design your life around your strengths and cultivate your resilience, you can master "chronoception:" expanding time by creating more meaningful experiences and intense memories

In his presentations, John shares real-life stories from his experiences of finding his own strengths and resilience as an Olympian, innovator and father. His metaphors and practical guidelines empower his audience to take extraordinary action to innovate their lives and careers to achieve breakthrough performance and create meaning in the process.



Author: The Time Manifesto, Design For Strengths, and coming soon, Counterclockwise: Designing Endless Summers


Professor, Master of Business Innovation: CEDIM graduate school (Mexico). Also guest lecturer at Marquette University (Milwaukee) and Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern): Teach graduate and undergraduate courses on innovation mindset, process, and tools including design thinking, innovation leadership, and the business model canvas.

Senior Vice President and Fellow: Innovation Leadership, Maddock Douglas
Help companies invent new products, services and business models; train leaders on innovation mindsets, practices and toolsets. Design strategic interventions required to cultivate a culture of innovation.

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Commentator & Analyst: NBC Olympics
Statistician and subject matter expert for 2006, 2010 and 2014 Olympic games' broadcasts; provide in-­booth expertise to the commentators, producers and cameramen as well as on-air features and live commentary.

World-Class Athlete
20 combined years on U.S. national teams (cycling and speed skating). Represented the U.S. in 10 world championships, winning 3 world medals and a silver medal in the 1994 winter Olympic Games in short track speed skating.


Sr. Director: Marketing and Innovation: U.S. Cellular
Led a large team (80+) designing and delivering marketing for a $5 billion wireless carrier, including a multi-year strategic and cultural transformation to design, develop and deliver a new and innovative value proposition into the marketplace. 

Sr. Principal: Diamond Management Consultants
Led multiple large client engagements to build new business models and go-to-market strategies for companies including Enron, Time-Warner and Goldman Sachs.



Stanford University, d.School 
B.S., Product Design and Engineering 

J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern) 
MBA, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Entrepreneurship


Odd Facts:

John cultivates the world's hottest chili peppers including the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper and Carolina Reaper. He's known for bringing them to his events and "sharing" the heat with his clients.

John is the only person in the world to have worked on the same teams as Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay, consulting for Enron, AND Lance Armstrong, competing on the same cycling team. Considering these enterprises ended up becoming the two greatest frauds perpetrated in modern history, we are not sure what this says about John, but he's seen the ins and outs of some interesting cultures.