About John Stevens
Nearly 50 years practicing, studying, and WRITING ABOUT leadership and teamwork
Throughout a career spanning over 45 years John’s management style has been one of building teams to bring several competent people together to focus on a common objective.
For the past several years John has been a coach himself, helping mostly small business owners improve the efficiency of their operations. He helped them clearly communicate their mission to their employees and encourage the employees to think about how their work relates to the organizational mission.
In John’s most recent position as a hired manager, as Chief Pilot for Wiggins Airways, Inc., a regional air freight company providing small-aircraft “feeder” support for major small package air express carriers, he began with a low-morale group of 55 pilots with a dismal performance record and helped them become a top-performing enthusiastic team. A union movement among these pilots simply evaporated as a result of the morale improvement. The on-time performance and safety record of the pilot team improved several fold as communication and teamwork reigned.
During John’s tenure as V. P., Technical Services at VICO Indonesia, a major independent gas and oil exploration and production company operating in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, he focused on assembling multi-disciplinary teams to design the exploitation of geologically complex gas fields. This greatly enhanced the communication among these disciplines and resulted in much-improved efficiency in developing these complex fields.
Later, as Operations Manager, John worked to coordinate the efforts of the drilling, production, pipeline, and engineering departments in the front-line operation of these same fields. During his time as Operations Manager, the fields’ production exceeded budget at under-budget costs and with a safety record much improved over earlier operations. These departments encompassed over 600 employees and hundreds of contract personnel.
There’s an interesting little side story to this phase in John’s career.
Early in this stint as Operations Manager, John became acutely aware that the two largest departments for which he was responsible, Drilling and Production, were not communicating and cooperating well with each other. The Drilling Manager was a late-in-career, gruff, hard-bitten Texan, and the Production Manager was a bright young Indonesian. As one might expect they, and therefore their departments, were not “on the same sheet of music”.
John quickly recognized that their cooperation with each other was vital to efficient operation and that it wasn’t happening. He invited the two managers to his office one afternoon and explained to them that, in the Company’s sole purpose of putting gas in the pipeline, each department was vitally important to the operation, neither was more important than the other, and that their cooperation with each other was also vital. And, he said, “We’re going to make that happen – understand?”
As he worked with the two managers and other key people in their departments, helping each see the other’s issues, and coaching them on communication and cooperation, he began to see improvement.
John woke up one morning a few months later, seeing the improvement, and said to himself, “Wow! This is what I love doing. This is where I belong in the business world.”
Since then, all of John’s work has been dedicated to practicing and studying leadership and team-building. Currently John is inseparably linked with the business coaching industry.
Along the way, John has regularly written various articles, essays etc. about his observations of human behavior, and how people can improve the results of their efforts in life and business. Please check out some of those articles here. John is now publishing a weekly newsletter on similar topics. To receive it, please sign up here.
In a variety of other management positions spanning the aviation, oil and gas, and real estate industries, John’s approach has similarly been characterized by a focus on bringing people together in focused efforts so their team performance is greater than the sum of their individual contributions.
With this experience, John is uniquely qualified to do your promotional copywriting. He understands the work you do to help your clients improve their businesses, and he’s passionate about improving relationships, teamwork and leadership in business. If you would like to see examples of John’s writing each week, go here to sign up for his newsletter, or here to see other writing examples.
So John would love to discuss your writing project with you – whether it’s an e-newsletter (John specializes in writing e-newsletters), white paper, case study, blog, or even a book, which he’d love to ghost-write for you. There will be absolutely no charge or obligation for as much time as you and John need to discuss your project and see if it’s a good fit for you to work together. You won’t pay him a dime until you hire him to write something for you.
In his personal pursuits, John enjoys people, golf, sports car racing, physical exercise, pool. Of these, people are the most important part of each area of interest. Who he plays golf with is much more important to him than how well he plays, or who wins – not that winning is unimportant. The social aspect of the game is much more important to John. Interestingly, John remembers thinking, early in his career, “People are so difficult – machines are much more predictable – turn ’em on, turn ’em off, they mostly do what you tell them to do. I’d really rather not deal with people”. Now, 50 years later, people are the most important and enjoyable aspect of his life, and his work.
Call me at 814-590-3854, email John@unitycopyriting.com, or Skype johnbstevens1943. There’s never a charge or obligation for our conversation to decide if we should work together.