In Memoriam: Sir John Whitmore (1937–2017)

May 4, 2017

The ICF Global Board of Directors and staff are saddened to report that Sir John Whitmore, a pioneer of the coaching profession, has passed away.

Sir John was the founder of Performance Consultants International and the author of five books on leadership, coaching and sports. The best known of these titles is Coaching for Performance, which introduced the world to the GROW Model and has sold more than 800,000 copies in 23 languages.

In 2007, Sir John was presented with the ICF President’s Award in recognition of his work to promote coaching in a humanitarian capacity. Most recently, he served as a Trustee for the ICF Foundation, where he helped lead the organization’s efforts to influence humanity’s evolution through coaching partnerships focused on compassionate, life-affirming choices.

“It was with real sadness that I learned of Sir John’s passing. His legacy to the coaching community is one that we can only aspire to. His books have been a primer for many coaches around the world, and his thinking has helped shape what coaching is today,” ICF Global Board Chair Hilary Oliver, PCC, said.

The team at Performance Consultants International has invited the coaching community to publish their thoughts, reflections and memories of Sir John here. They will share these messages with his family and friends.