Leadership Development in New York City

Transform Your Performance

Hyper-achieving CEOs and senior executives know that performance matters. But for many, defining exactly what performance is supposed to look like is a challenge, let alone measuring it, developing the necessary skill sets, and deriving deeper satisfaction from increased performance. This is an even bigger challenge for business leaders preparing for retirement.

My name is John Furth and I help clients deal with day-to-day issues, challenges, and opportunities with less stress, more confidence, and better results. Through two frameworks I’ve developed, “The Owning Tomorrow Performance Model” and “The Six Plus Two P’s of Leadership”, clients discover the importance of accountability, maintaining discipline and good habits, and starting a virtuous cycle of continuous learning.


But the work doesn’t end there. At some point, my clients’ confidence, courage, and commitment increase to such an extent that they find themselves able to achieve greater things than they originally thought. When that happens, they have taken an important first step to transformation, a journey that becomes more exciting and rewarding every day.

For more information and to access videos explaining my performance and leadership models in more depth, please go to the “About John” tab of this website.


From Performance to Leadership to Transformation

Mr. John with his dog

When your beliefs and mindsets are not productively aligned with whatever outcomes you have set for yourself, the external world occurs to you as a series of potentially disempowering hurdles and rejections. Uncertainty, resignation, and depression start taking over.

I developed “The Owning Tomorrow Performance Model” to illustrate the importance of maintaining productive mindsets when realizing the goals you set for yourself. That’s when amazing things start happening. External parties who might have once been indifferent to your efforts become allies who help you make better decisions and provide you with a source of energy and inspiration.

That’s also when six key leadership skills come into play: Planning, Productivity, Persuasion, Perseverance, Perceptivity and (Re-)Programming. There are two additional elements that don’t fit the model so snugly – your or your organization’s Purpose, and the most important element of all, People.

Mr. John with his dog

The videos above provide a more in-depth explanation of these two frameworks. As neat and tidy as these models might be, I found that developing a similar “guidebook” for personal transformation – which in my world transcends both performance and leadership – was far more difficult. It’s easy to explain the concepts but virtually impossible to impart what an individual’s journey will look like because everyone forges their unique path.

For me, real and lasting personal transformation is only possible if you are willing to commit to a never-ending journey towards wisdom. And the portal to wisdom is empathy, both with yourself and with others. Empathy is not the same as sympathy or pity. Rather, it is the ability to understand what people are feeling and thinking with as little judgment as possible.

Empathy is like X-ray vision – you can see through people and situations to the truth of what’s really going on. Truth is the basis of wisdom. And with wisdom comes the ability to navigate the most difficult situations, the freedom to discover and innovate, and the courage to get things done.

John’s CV


  • President & CEO, The Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF)
  • Chief Strategist, CEO Strategy Institute, Sony Corp
  • Head of International Strategy, Discovery Communications
  • Partner, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
  • Project Manager, Accenture

Community Activities

  • Provided pro-bono strategy consulting to the leadership of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
  • Member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
  • Worked with Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams, and his team to develop and roll out a borough-wide digital technology festival to build a community around new developments in the sector and showcase Brooklyn as a major hub for technology firms


  • Executive Education, Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • MBA, Finance, New York University Stern Graduate School of Business, New York, NY
  • BA, Liberal Arts, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts


  • English: Native speaker
  • German: Full professional proficiency
  • French: Limited working proficiency
  • Italian: Limited working proficiency

More About Performance, Leadership and Transformation

How the Best CEOs Disrupt to Win

Interview at the CEO Club of Baltimore

Maximizing Your First 100 Days as a Newly Minted CEO

Short Video Clip

Stop Telling and Start Asking

From a Speech About Transformation