John Whitmore (racing driver)

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Sir John Whitmore
John-whitmore-ford-gt-performance-consultants.jpg
Nationality English
Born John Henry Douglas Whitmore
(1937-10-16)16 October 1937
Died 28 April 2017(2017-04-28) (aged 79)
Years active 1959–1966 (racing) and 1979–2017 (coaching)
Previous series
1959–1966
1961–1963
1965
24 Hours of Le Mans
British Saloon Car Championship
European Touring Car Championship
Championship titles
1961
1965
British Saloon Car Championship
European Touring Car Championship

Sir John Henry Douglas Whitmore, 2nd Baronet (16 October 1937 – 28 April 2017) was a pioneer of the executive coaching industry, an author and British racing driver.

Family life & background[edit]

Sir John was born 16 October 1937, the son of Sir Francis Whitmore and Ellis Johnsen. He was educated at Eton College, Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, and Cirencester Agricultural College. Sir John inherited The Orsett Estate Company at Orsett, Essex, in 1962, on the death of his father Sir Francis Henry Charlton Douglas Whitmore Bt. (1872–1962). The inheritance included the family seat, Orsett Hall, the grounds of which he used to take off and land his plane.[1] In 1968, he sold the house to his friends, Tony and Val Morgan. He married twice, first to Ella Gunilla Hansson, divorcing in 1969, and later to Diana Becchetti. He has one child from each marriage, Tina Whitmore, born 1966 and Jason Whitmore, born 1983. He died on 28 April 2017.[2][3][4][5]

Early career (in motor racing)[edit]

In his first year in the competition, 1961, Whitmore won the British Saloon Car Championship in his BMC Mini Minor. In 1963 he drove again in the BSCC and came second in the championship in a Mini Cooper, finishing just two points behind Jack Sears. In 1965 he won the European Touring Car Championship in a Lotus Cortina (KPU392C). He won by finishing first in his class in 8 of the 9 1965 ETCC races (and finishing first overall in 6 of the races).

Sir John drove in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for five years between 1959 and 1966. In the first year he finished second in class along with Jim Clark in a Lotus Elite. In 1965 and 1966 he raced in a works Ford GT40, but had to retire from the race both years with mechanical problems. At the end of 1966 he retired from racing.

He returned later in life to driving in historic car events such as the Goodwood Revival.

Later career (in business & coaching)[edit]

Sir John Whitmore receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Coaching

After leaving racing and the world of motor-sports, he became interested in transpersonal psychology and its emphasis on the principle of will, intention, or responsibility. He went on to apply his learning and skills first to the world of sport and then to business. In 1970 he studied at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, with the likes of William Schutz, creator of team development model FIRO-B, and then trained with Harvard educationalist and tennis expert Timothy Gallwey, who created the Inner Game methodology of performance coaching.

Sir John founded the Inner Game in Britain in 1979 with a small team of Inner Game coaches trained by Gallwey.[3] Initially they coached tennis players and golfers but soon realized the value of the Inner Game for leaders and managers of organizations. Sir John spent much of the 1980s developing the methodology, concepts, and techniques for performance improvement in organizations and showed it was possible to improve performance, increase learning and enjoyment, and find a sense of purpose in work.[6]

Sir John is regarded as a pioneer in the field of business coaching.[6] Along with Tim Gallwey, Laura Whitworth and Thomas J. Leonard, he is credited with launching modern coaching in the 1970s.[7] For some people, Sir John will always be best known as the co-creator of the GROW model, one of the most established and successful coaching models. He presented at numerous conferences around the world and contributed to many other books such as Challenging Coaching[8] and Coaching at Work.[9]

In the 1990s Sir John was a co-founder, along with Eric Parsloe, David Clutterbuck, David Megginson and Julie Hay, of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.[10][11][12]

In 2004 he founded Performance Consultants International, a provider of coaching, leadership development and performance improvement.[13]

Sir John was involved with the Professional and Personal Coaches Association (PPCA), an organization that merged in 1998 with the International Coach Federation (ICF). He served as a Trustee for the ICF Foundation[14] until his death in 2017.

Awards[edit]

Sir John Whitmore with coach & author Nigel Cumberland

His racing career awards are listed separately on this page. In his role as one of the coaching industry's founders and leading authors, Sir John has won a number of awards including:

  • A Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Coaching ("IAC") in 2013, presented to him by the IAC President, Krishna Kumar;[15][16] and
  • In 2007 Sir John received the International Coach Federation's President's Award for advancing the profession of coaching.[17]

Bibliography[edit]

Sir John is perhaps best known for his best selling book titled Coaching for Performance.[18][19][20] The book was published by Nicholas Brealey Publishing, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton (which in turn is part of Hachette UK). The book contains details of Sir John's often referred to coaching model, known as the GROW model. The first four editions have sold a million copies in 23 languages. The Fifth Edition was completed shortly before he died.

Sir John also wrote the Foreword to and is extensively quoted in a book called Nine: Briefing from Deep Space which was published in 2005.[21][22] The book is based upon interviews with extraterrestial beings which a group of people including Sir John as well as Phyllis Schlemmer[23] and Uri Geller.[24] claimed to have had over a number of years.[25] The book seems to have a popular following among certain new age groups and Sir John finds himself being quoted and spoken about on a number of websites which explore such claims.[26][27]

Media coverage[edit]

Sir John has been interviewed numberous times. Some examples include:

  • By Coaching at Work magazine[28]
  • At the European Commission[29]
  • In Coaching Magazine[30]
  • In a book titled Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ from The Essex Village Book, written by members of the Federation of Essex Women's Institutes and published by Countryside Books
  2. ^ "Sir John Whitmore: 1937 – 2017". www.goodwood.com. 
  3. ^ a b "Obituary: Godfather of coaching, Sir John Whitmore is no more". 
  4. ^ "Sir John Whitmore: 1937-2017 – dailysportscar.com". www.dailysportscar.com. 
  5. ^ http://www.mso.net, MSO.net -. "British Racing Drivers' Club". www.brdc.co.uk. 
  6. ^ a b "Sir John Whitmore". Institute of Coaching. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  7. ^ Coaching at Work (2010). "Inside Out", Coaching at Work, Vol 5, issue 3.
  8. ^ "Challenging Coaching". Challenging Coaching. 
  9. ^ "Coaching and mentoring industry looks to the future - Major event draws professionals from across Europe". Training Press Releases. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  10. ^ "The Economist: Coaching and Mentoring - Jane Renton - Google Books". Books.google.ae. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  11. ^ Name * (2016-02-03). "Coaching strategies: Which way to the outcome?". AltusQ. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  12. ^ Serbia. "European Mentoring and Coaching Council - EMCC". Emccouncil.org. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  13. ^ "Sir John Whitmore - Founder Of Performance Consultants International". 
  14. ^ "Home - ICF Foundation". foundationoficf.org. 
  15. ^ "International Association of Coaching Blog: President's Message". Certifiedcoachblog.typepad.com. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  16. ^ "From the President | International Association of Coaching". Certifiedcoach.org. 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  17. ^ "Sir John Whitmore Receives President's Award from ICF - Pressroom - ICF". Coachfederation.org. 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  18. ^ in Professional Development. "Coaching for Performance: The Principles and Practices of Coaching and Leadership (People Skills for Professionals): Amazon.co.uk: John Whitmore: 9781857885354: Books". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  19. ^ "Coaching for Performance: GROWing Human Potential and Purpose: The ... - John Whitmore - Google Books". Books.google.com.my. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  20. ^ John Whitmore. "Coaching for Performance: GROWing Human Potential and Purpose - the Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership by John Whitmore — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
  21. ^ Holroyd, Stuart; Whitmore, Sir John; Wilson, Colin; Schlemmer, Phyllis V. (1 January 2005). "The Nine: Briefing From Deep Space: The Controversial Record of a Unique 'Encounter' and a Message of Hope for All Mankind". Old King's Road press – via Amazon. 
  22. ^ Holroyd, Stuart (1 January 2008). "The Nine: Briefing from Deep Space". Athletic Guide Publishing – via Google Books. 
  23. ^ "The Only Planet Of Choice Author Bio". www.theonlyplanetofchoice.com. 
  24. ^ "Uri Geller - The Nine - Uri Geller". 
  25. ^ "Sir John Whitmore". www.theonlyplanetofchoice.com. 
  26. ^ "The Council Of Nine". 31 January 2013. 
  27. ^ "Project Stargate: Ancient Aliens and the CIA - Conspiracy School". www.conspiracyschool.com. 
  28. ^ https://www.performanceconsultants.com/wp-content/uploads/images_pdfs_InsideOut.pdf Inside Out, including John Whitmore and Tim Gallwey in conversation
  29. ^ https://www.performanceconsultants.com/wp-content/uploads/images_pdfs_Leadership_21st_Century.pdf Leadership in the 21st Century
  30. ^ https://www.performanceconsultants.com/wp-content/uploads/images_pdfs_Interview_Whitmore.pdf El Reto del Líder: En busca de los valores. Entrevista a John Whitmore
  31. ^ https://ai.wu.ac.at/~kaiser/Coachingjournal/791925930_content-1.pdf The Evolution of Coaching: An interview with Sir John Whitmore

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Doc Shepherd
British Touring Car Champion
1961
Succeeded by
John Love
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Francis Whitmore
Baronet
(of Orsett, Essex)
1962–2017
Succeeded by
Jason Whitmore