John Scherer, MDiv, PhD | David Couper Consulting

John Scherer, MDiv, PhD

career background

KEY LEADERSHIP TEAM -- John Scherer brings over 40 years of experience in consulting leaders and their organizations specializing in organization effectiveness, conflict resolution and leadership development. He is internationally respected as a pioneer in the field that shares the name of his 1998 book, Work and the Human Spirit. An innovator in guiding large scale strategic change— including cultural integration in mergers and acquisitions—he has coached leaders from Boeing, Aetna, GTE, Cancer Care Northwest, Sisters of Mercy Health Care, Blue Cross— Blue Shield and many others. Since 2008, John has been consulting in Central/Eastern Europe with a base in Krakow, Poland, working to ‘unleash the human spirit at work’. He is a marathon runner, and long-time yoga student.


Executive & Leadership Coaching and Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Large-Scale Strategic Change, Post-Merger Integration, High-Performance Engagement, Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI), Certifier in his own programs, the EDI, LDI and AMP (Accelerated Merger Process)

industry background & education

Consulting and Coaching with Management Board and C-level Leaders and Their Organizations from Virtually Every Industry

BA (with Honors), Roanoke College, Virginia; Officer Candidate School, US Navy, Newport, RI; MDiv (with honors), Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary,
Columbia, SC; Post-Graduate work in Human Ecology, Cornell University; Post-Graduate work, Humanistic Psychology Institute

noted accomplishments

  • Co-creator in 1973 of the first competence-based graduate program in applied behavioral science (Whitworth College)
  • His book, Five Questions that Change Everything (2003), has been called ‘The best business self-help book ever written’ by Action Marketing CEO, Robert Middleton
  • In 2008, The Stephen Covey Organization named John one of America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Personal/Leadership Development
  • Business and community leaders from 28 countries have graduated from his Executive and Leadership Development Intensives
  • Creator of hundreds of print and online articles and media resources in leading change, organization effectiveness and unleashing the human spirit at work