About John Vamos

John Vamos has worked alongside businesses for over 35 years, including many of Australia’s most successful, wealthy, and enduring family dynasties.

Regarded by many as the father of business coaching in Australia, John was certainly the first to apply ‘business coaching’ as a professional designation.

Over three decades he has also been the lead strategic facilitator for many of Australia’s top 200 public and private companies.A law graduate with 15 years of financial advisory experience overlapping 35 years as a business coach, John has witnessed first-hand the unique and especially complex issues that face family enterprise. He has met countless struggling business leaders inside family enterprise who are confused by the reality they find themselves in – everything from succession issues to business dysfunction to sibling rivalry to family disunity and fracture.

The creator of the highly successful Thinking System suite of tools, John uses these tried-and-tested techniques to address these and other thorny family business issues. The Thinking System can liberate any type of business from any type of challenge, but the rewards of resolution can be especially miraculous in family business.

John is the author of three books.

The first book “You Don’t think as Smart as You Are” is an expose on the gap between our performance and potential. This gap provides the common theme that permeates each of the three books. It introduces the ‘Five Limitations’ of the mind and the hidden conspiracy in which they partner to diminish our effectiveness.

The second instalment “Elephants and the Business Laws of Nature” dives deep into discovering the impact of these five limitations, on workgroups. The obstacles to workgroup effectiveness are explained, at their evolutionary core, their impact analysed, mediating strategies clearly laid out for all to see.

The third instalment “Four Voices” once again explores the limitations and their impact on our performance and effectiveness. However now we migrate, from the individual in book one, past the workgroup in book two and into the family and the generations that govern and grapple with wealth and succession.

Over a number of years, together with colleagues at the Centre for Management and Organisation Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, I have been researching the field of business coaching.

While there are many offers in the marketplace, our findings are that none is as distinctive, nor more useful in terms of business improvement, as the methodology of organisational coaching that John Vamos has pioneered. Having watched his coaching in action, we can see that the questions that have been devised [in the Thinking System] act as prompts to unlock potentials that were already there but otherwise lying dormant.

Professor Stewart Clegg