John really tries to instill confidence in oneself to make action on plans that you have for yourself. Instead of "I would like to do this" John's action would be to have you change that to "I will do this". With John you become a better self-evaluator and planner.
- Robert K, Seattle WA
My experience with John as my coach was very enlightening and empowering. I was a thousand miles away from home and family when it occurred to me that “Nothing is making any sense”! I realized that I needed help. And I turned to John. John and I clicked right away, John is smart and articulate and totally non-judgmental. He is very easy to open up to and talk with. I have never been a person that would tell anyone how I really felt or what I was actually thinking, I had trouble trusting and communicating with people in an open way. Through coaching with John, I was able to recognize my strengths and weaknesses and realized that I knew what I needed to do to be successful and move forward in my life. John held me accountable for making plans and following thru with them, always looking ahead and moving forward in life. Now I look forward to whatever life has to offer and I fear no conversation no-matter how difficult. I highly recommend John Spenker as a Life Coach and welcome anyone to contact me. Thank you, John, for your help and friendship.
- Richard P, Rancho Santa Margarita CA
John is an amazing Program Manager: detailed, organized and an incredible communicator. He blends his coaching skills with management resulting in a unique approach that is highly effective. His big picture view along with his ability to track details makes him highly valuable on the fast paced projects he handles.
-Jessica H, Seattle WA
John Spenker possesses the rare ability to lead with a sense of humility and compassion. John strives to make every interaction and conversation have meaning and the sense of importance he places upon people as individuals does not go unnoticed. In fact, it draws you to him for insight, advice and general discussion. When around John, you cannot help but feel optimistic and positive, as if he brings out the best qualities in every person he comes across. John is a consummate professional, a devoted leader and a wonderful friend; I would highly recommend him for any endeavor he embarks upon.
- Griffan E, Seattle WA
John is an accomplished professional that takes charge and gets results. He has surpassed every expectation with both his management and the client on every project assigned to. I would give John my highest recommendation as his former direct Manager as Director of the PMO at VOLT-VMC detail-oriented manager who watches the balance sheet like a hawk without losing sight of the strategic objective.
- Serge A, Seattle WA
Working with John at Intrepid Learning Solutions was bittersweet for me. John was incredibly talented and respected across the organization. While working in a rather fluid environment John was able to provide great value to Intrepid and greater value to the clients he interacted with. Our clients regularly singled John out as critical to the success of their business initiatives. It was bittersweet for me based on the length of time we were graced with John's services. When you find someone with John's qualities you want to always have them around. John is a fantastic communicator and displayed his capabilities internally and externally. Internally, John consistently pushed for innovation and organizational flexibility while also displaying the ability to coach and mentor at different levels of the organization. Externally, he was able to adapt to many different client challenges and helped guide them through these challenges successfully. While he displayed a very deep foundation in project and program management fundamentals it was John's ability to help an organization transform that separated him from his peers.
- Derek S, Seattle WA
It was such a pleasure to work on a project managed by John Spenker. He is exceptional at setting up reporting tools and processes at the beginning of the project -- first by asking questions to familiarize himself with the process and lessons learned -- that allow the project to 'run itself.' He's good at kindly referring back to the process tools to ensure that all team members are keeping information up-to-date and processes humming smoothly. He's also quite skilled at remaining objective about project issues -- he educates himself so he calmly state options before crisis hits, allowing stakeholders and team members to choose the right options and become part of the solution. Lastly, he's a delight to work with. I'd love the opportunity to work together again!
- Eileen V, Oakland CA
John is an accomplished program/project manager who has excellent follow through. He is detailed oriented but still can see the 'big picture' which makes him highly effective. His personality is icing on the cake - very positive, motivational, and fun. John would be an asset to any company.
- Amy O, Seattle WA
John is outstanding - professionally and personally. He is brilliant, articulate, witty, focused and passionate. Do not pass him up. Your life will be better having met him.
- Carrie E, Seattle WA
Elvis is dead, John is king. He is a consummate professional who handles project issues with ease while maintaining a wicked sense of humor. He has the unique ability to analyze the big picture and still be impeccable with the details. He is excellent with tough clients and well respected by his fellow employees. John is nothing short of amazing and any company would benefit by having him a part of their team.
- Mona M, Seattle WA
Working with John was always a pleasure. Communication skills and a meticulous organizational streak were two traits that stood out to me. John keeps you informed and can quickly assess who has the information needed for a vital project. He understands technology and can bridge the divide between technology and business by leveraging his intelligence and personality to get results.
- Ben M, Lincolnshire IL
I had the pleasure of working with John many times on a variety of efforts. His attention to detail and customer focus compliment his superb project management skills. It’s refreshing to work with someone who possesses the world class human relations skills John does. I would be honored to work with him again. I wholeheartedly recommend John!
- William M, Lincolnshire IL
John is very thorough and detailed oriented in his work which is especially important as a project manager. I had the opportunity to work with John through many years and different reporting structures --- John was always dependable and a hard worker. He was a virtual team member for many years and he thrived in that type of environment. He is a self-starter who holds himself and others accountable for delivering on deadlines. John looks at the end goal and how to get there and manages accordingly following along with diligent status updates. I would recommend John for employment within any organization as he adds a wealth of knowledge and perseverance to anything he does.
- Keith F, Lincolnshire IL
I worked with John for many years at Hewitt in Newport Beach. He was one of the most energetic, conscientious, upbeat, customer service oriented associates I've ever known. Always a pleasure to be around and to work with on special projects. He's honest, straight-forward and encouraging. John and I have stayed in touch even though our journeys have taken us in completely opposite directions on the map but I trust we'll stay in touch for years to come. He's a loyal and committed person of integrity.
- Marcina M, Woodlands TX
John Spenker has a model of project delivery that inspires team members and those around him to increase performance and quality. John's ability to coach and mentor others, from more senior to the most junior, has enabled him to deliver countless critical programs and projects within Hewitt Associates. Finally, his ability to navigate challenging situations, always avoiding raising the white flag, and finding his way to success, again makes his approach a model example of success.
- Don B, Lincolnshire IL
Working with John was truly a pleasure and he has influenced my project management style greatly. When we both worked together at Hewitt I was just starting to manage Citrix related subprojects and had recently earned my PMP. As a subproject manager I reported to John who was my project and portfolio manager. John helped to mentor me by not only bringing me up to speed on the company's project mgmt methodologies but also polishing up my soft pm skills and encouraging me through a difficult career transition from senior engineer to junior project manager. I was accustomed to having all of the answers in my previous technical role and it was humbling to start at the bottom of a new field but John was right there to lend a hand and helped me to quickly get on my feet. To this day I still use many of his teachings and owe my success as a project manager primarily to him. Since then I have mentored others and find myself quoting John on several occasions. He is a phenomenal project manager but also a great coach, teacher, and friend.
- Tony A, Lincolnshire IL
John is amazing! When I first started working with John, I felt like my business was a visionary masterpiece with absolutely no guidebook on how to actualize it. Using the lenses of coach, consultant, and intuitive, John has helped me to better see what I valued and how some of my beliefs were limiting my greater potential. With compassion and skill, John guided me as I began to construct my own step-by-step guidebook on how to ground my dreams into practical, achievable steps. Amazingly, it took little time before I began to see the fruition of my efforts in my business and personal life. Although I still have work ahead of me, I am clearer in my direction; more confident in my decisions; and optimistic about what is ahead. It helps to know that John is in my corner.
- Shayne C, Portland OR
John is, hands down, the most focused, determined, energetic, positive, inspiring, and humorous person I know. Further, he's intelligent, honest, kind, open-minded, and wise beyond his years. (Is that enough adjectives for you? Get the picture?) In his work and in his personal life, John GETS IT DONE and makes YOU want to GET IT DONE -- whatever IT is. And the bonus is, he takes you step by step and has the gift to make it easy, exciting, and FUN. (My life was devoid of fun.) You are COMPELLED to discover and achieve your personal best. You are compelled to discover and BE your personal best. Your personal spark (Life) returns. Thank you, John!!
- Kathryn L, Corona Del Mar CA
When I called John, I was just beginning to think about cutting back a little on my 'real job', and focusing more energy on my 'dream job.' I wasn't thinking about a big leap, just a small step or two towards my dream. However, I'd been taking small steps for 2 years, and wasn't much closer to it. John helped me clarify exactly what my dream job looked like (and didn't look like), and we got right to work. His genuine enthusiasm, unflagging support, and sense of humor kept me moving forward. The homework, and clear, honest feedback, gave me new perspective on my strengths and talents, and helped me build a new framework for achieving my goals. Of course there were times that I questioned my decision to make a change, and each time, John's coaching skills gently but firmly got me back on track. I ended up taking more than a few steps. I quit my day job, and am now very happily self-employed! I highly recommend working with John.
- Lori P, Portland OR
Over the years I've worked with John in various roles. To say that he is just organized, efficient or able to get the job done is a gross understatement. He has high expectations for not only his responsibilities, but for others as well. He'll bring out the best with his teams to reach goals and exceed expectations. When faced with a challenge, he'll confront it, find the ideal solution, and move forward. As if all of this wasn't enough, he's personable! He's able to interact with everyone and bring a touch of humor to the table as well. Obviously, I, along with the many others, can't say enough good things about our work and interactions with John!
- Mimi M, Acworth GA
Of all the people we come to know throughout the course of our careers, there are but a few that truly make an impact. John is one of those rare individuals that approach life with purpose and intent - by association you come to quickly appreciate the passion that he brings to every endeavor. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to work with John and would welcome the chance to work with him again.
- Laura M, Redwood City CA
John is a very creative project manager. He is able to speak to people at all levels of the organization and create a common understanding and framework for delivery.
- Jennifer B, Lincolnshire IL
John is a solid project manager. It was always a pleasure to have him run one of my projects. It is rare when you find a PM that understands the technology issues enough to be a help and not a hindrance. John is such a PM.
- John F, Lincolnshire IL
I reported to John H. Spenker as a team member on a series of high profile and critical projects during the time we both worked at Hewitt Associates. He is a diligent, well organized Project Leader who managed time, money and occasionally cantankerous team members. He always kept us on task and motivated, and I learned a lot about how to run a project while working with him. I highly recommend him, as do all the people I know who have had the pleasure.
- Mark W, Newport Beach CA
John is an energetic, pragmatic, insightful and creative professional. John and I worked together in multiple capacities where John was a software product manager and project manager. In those capacities, he brought boundless energy to every assignment. Further, he exhibited the ability time after time to make both creative and pragmatic decisions to ensure that initiatives were successful. And, he delivered insights and feedback to both team members and managers openly and constructively. John is someone whose professional judgment I trust completely
- Kim M, Lincolnshire IL
You are the most professional PM I've ever worked with and I could see the difference by reading just one email from you. I loved your communication and how thorough, organized you are, you always seem to know where to lead and I never felt I was in dark when I was in your project. The only negative side is that I now constantly compare other PMs against you and not very satisfied! I am sure many people will be blessed to work with you as much as I have been, and I am sad I had such a short time working with you. I am sure our path will cross again and hopefully I will have another chance to work with you.
- Kristie C, Seattle WA
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