John Coyle

Olympic Silver Medalist and Entrepreneur
John Coyle
  • Broke a speed skating world record at the U.S. Olympic Trials, besting his personal record by over 5 seconds
  • Re-engineered his own Olympic training using innovative problem solving
  • Emphasizes catering to your strengths to achieve success
  • Provides concrete steps to implement design think in everyday life

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John K. Coyle, Founder of The Art of Really Living, author of The Art of Really Living Manifesto: Reversing the Acceleration of Time and is one of the world's leading experts in innovation and Design Thinking. He is a graduate of Stanford's "" where his academic advisor was David Kelley, the founder of IDEO and Steve Jobs' right hand man. John earned his MBA from Kellogg and is an Olympic silver medalist in speed skating, NBC sports analyst, and SVP and Professor of Innovation.

John has been applying "design thinking" to companies, careers, lives and leadership challenges for more than 20 years. As a speaker and author, his talent is weaving facts, examples and intellectual principles into engaging stories which bring his topics to life and really make you think. They are inspiring, practical and actionable. 

A thought leader in the field of horology (the study of time), John is an expert on how to stop the perceived acceleration of time, and create summers that last forever. John's message: The best way to unlock human potential and drive growth is to design lives, careers, and teams maximizing strengths rather than fixing weaknesses. The best way to innovate your life and business so you can take on greater challenges and grow, is to increase personal resilience. When you design your life around your strengths and cultivate your resilience, you can master the art of really living: creating more meaningful experiences and intense memories. 

In his presentations, John shares real-life stories from his experiences of finding his own strengths and resilience as an Olympian, innovator and father. His metaphors and practical guidelines empower his audience to take extraordinary action to innovate their lives and careers to achieve breakthrough performance and create meaning in the process.

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Strengths 2.0.  Applying "Design Thinking" to Individual and Team Strengths and Weaknesses.  Consider the adage “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Is it time for a new approach? Through the metaphor of sport, learn how individuals and teams can use innovative approaches to identify and leverage their unique strengths (and design around weaknesses). Become empowered to: 1) achieve breakthrough performance by doing what you do best; 2) decide what to delegate or outsource; and 3) achieve greater collaboration with customers and colleagues.

Time 2.0 . Going Counterclockwise: Unwind Cognitive Time and Live (Almost) Forever. We know about the time value of money, but do we truly understand the investment value of our time? In this unique mind-bending talk, John shares breakthrough ideas on how to re-think your relationship with time. He will demonstrate that our brains process time in a non-linear manner, and hence, the value of an increment of time is unrelated to its duration. Using both story-telling and data, John explores how to slow, stop and reverse the perceived acceleration of time, and live summers longer than when you were a kid. 

Innovating the Human Experience (or "The Gift of Time"). John takes his innovation expertise, leveraged by dozens of Fortune 500 companies, and attacks some of life's larger questions. Step by step, John applies creative destruction to our standard operating procedures (SOPs) and assumptions about strengths and weaknesses, stress and resiliency, and time and "chronoception" (how humans experience time). The program includes science-backed data, real life stories, introspective self-analysis, and personal roadmap planning and development. 

Innovation Leadership Series. Innovation is the key to successful business growth, now and in the future. Do your current and upcoming leaders have the necessary toolset and knowledge to make it happen? Empower your leaders with a data-driven framework and innovation mindset to breakthrough to the next level and beyond. Partnering with your planners and senior executives, John will help you select from these modules to create a series that will deliver the best value to your organization:


  • Innovation leadership mindsets and why they matter
  • Cultivating a culture of innovation: the role of the innovation leader
    Design thinking overview and activation
  • Ideation best practices and practice
  • Innovation antibodies (victim vs. creator)
    Innovation culture kryptonite (learner mindset vs. knower mindsets)
  • Diversity, inclusion and innovation 

Resiliency 2.0. How to draw on your own natural sources of strength to flourish in the face of adversity. Humans are naturally resilient beings, but what causes some to rise to repeated challenges, and others to shrink? Explore a new model of resiliency, one where proactive challenges are designed to build capacity for ever greater performance under pressure and adversity, and where focusing on strengths and mindfulness creates increased capacity to perform at even higher levels under stress. 

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