“…with Johan’s help I have grown from being stuck in a rut, stagnating and frustrated with the prospect of being in no better position in the future to now being a leader working on his business rather than always in his business…”
I am a financial planner. I help wealthy individuals and professionals who are generally too busy to attend to the detail of their financial affairs. They are concerned that if they do not address this area they will miss out on opportunities, or worse, set themselves up for future of potential exposure, disappointment and/or financial loss.
At the time I met Johan, I was struggling to keep motivated in growing my business. I had been in business for some time and had varying degrees of success in certain areas.
However, I felt I did not have the skills or understanding of how to take my business growth to the next level. It was demoralising. Time was always too short. There was always a reason out of my control that meant I could not achieve what I wanted. I was stuck in a rut.
I felt I didn’t possess the skills to evaluate what was missing. I had also made some mistakes hiring and felt anxious about getting it wrong again.
I had worked with a coach before and was not sure of the value I had previously received. So I felt cautious in engaging someone else in my business and sharing the problems and challenges I faced. I was not fully convinced anyone could help me. Johan took the time to explain the value he could add and put my mind at ease, which gave me the confidence to take the leap of faith to engage him.
Johan helped me to take a step up from the day to day running of business and look at things from a more strategic perspective. We came up with a plan to create new facets to the business in tandem with making improvements in the running of the existing business.
We redefined my role as the leader of the business and developed a roadmap to start moving my business in the direction I wanted.
I have developed my management ability, and become a more strong and stable leader. I now have a clear understanding of what is missing and what to do next and am moving powerfully forward with it.
I now have a clear understanding of what is missing and what to do next.
I have hired a new team member who Johan actually referred to me, and started looking positively to future growth. I am now set to prospect the right sort of clients that will help me achieve my growth targets.
I have been surprised by how things have developed. I was skeptical to start with and had reservations as stated previously.
There was a curve ball in midst of my programme in the shape of Covid-19 – this posed further challenges to overcome and we dealt with them professionally without losing focus.
Throughout the program, I felt I had developed a good team with Johan. He was involved in all the decisions and fit well with me. We developed a great rapport and could be dead honest with each other. I appreciated his directness and humility. He opened my eyes to the flaws in my own character that were holding me back.
I think other professionals feeling frustrated with why they are not achieving their targets or at how they seem to be stuck in Groundhog Day would benefit greatly from working with Johan.
Owrang Rahmani, Wealth Specialist, Founder and CEO, Credius, London, UK
“…Johan’s mentoring and guidance in this area were invaluable in helping me bridge the gap from being a “technical recluse” to becoming an engaging, inspiring trusted leader of people…”
My name is Prabu Narayana. I am a qualified chartered management accountant specialising in the hospitality and catering sectors and my most recent role was Managing Director of Splendid Restaurants (Colonel) Ltd operating 43 franchised restaurants across the Midlands and the North East. In my role I had four direct reports, thirteen indirect reports and eighteen hundred employees at restaurant level.
Our aspirations were to instill a culture which drove sustainable top line sales through outstanding customer service and maximising bottom line profitability through best in class processes. Our aspirations were confronted by many challenges.
Challenges such as having ‘the right people, in the right places, doing the right things, the right way, delivering right results’.
Johan came to us highly recommended, being known for turning around QSR businesses through instilling right leadership behaviours.
The role as a Managing Director was new to me after being in finance as the CFO of the Hospitality business for 4 years, hence my CEO Stuart Bailey was keen to facilitate a seamless transition from finance to a senior commercial leadership role with all the right leadership behaviours.
Knowing that Johan has a strong Navy upbringing in his early career, we were concerned how regimental tactics would work in a civilian environment. However, it proved to be contrary to that: Johan’s mentoring was all about taking people with us whilst creating powerful business minds and clearly demonstrates his vast commercial experience in fast paced and high pressured environments.
The first thing we had to do was to identify fit for purpose leadership qualities in the senior leadership team with a view that this process would enable us to determine who was a right fit for their role and who wasn’t, who can be coached to make them a better fit and who can’t be; this largely stemmed through determining if one had the right attitude and behaviours.
That meant a whole new world of communication opening up to me in needing to win the hearts and minds of the people and take them with me on the enduring journey. Johan’s mentoring and guidance in this area were invaluable in helping me bridge the gap from being a “technical recluse” to becoming an engaging, inspiring trusted leader of people.
This transition in communication, managerial and leadership style enabled me to keep my people at their fullest potential in the rapid learning zone without tipping them into the terror zone where commitment and productivity nosedive.
This resulted in reshaping my senior leadership team with roles and abilities better matched, and an increasingly committed, productive and engaged management team and work force moving from being stagnant to results driven, customer and mission focused.
The beauty of it all is that his methods made learning something seemingly alien and challenging to me become relatively enjoyable and stress free.
Throughout the programme everything evolved around keeping ‘the main thing the main thing’. This meant prioritising and focusing on what matters the most and what adds the most value to the business and its vision. And for me personally, to my career and my life.
This helped shape and put everything in perspective.
What surprised me the most working with Johan is that I could have an open and honest conversation with him about anything that was on my mind, business or not. Being at the top can be a lonely place and we all need someone who understands our position well to challenge us to find our own destiny.
Despite his mentoring being focused on business, commerce and leadership I have found it extraordinarily useful in all areas of my life. It is hugely adaptable. It has helped me gain greater control of my health, my mind, my work and life balance. And better yet, all the skills and behaviours have stuck with me and are strongly embedded.
In short, I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of being mentored and coached by Johan.
He helped me unlock my greatest potential and maximise my performance to powerful effect. I have grown immensely as a businessman as well as a human being, and have learned and successfully applied so much – well beyond my expectations and well beyond my “blind spots”. Real coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than merely teaching them.
I am excited about my future.
Parabu Narayana, hospitality and catering sectors financial and business management specialist, London, UK
“It’s great that during this COVID-19 pandemic … I’m closing large deals because of a strong mindset developed with help from Johan”
My name is Enoch Sears, and I help architecture firm owners thrive in business and life.
I started working with Johan because I knew I needed a fundamental shift in the way I view myself and how I approach business. I know all the tactics and strategies, but I was still hitting barriers I wanted to overcome. In my own work and personal development I’ve come to realize that the key to higher levels of performance lies in beliefs, mind and being – Johan’s mentorship touches all of these.
My initial reservation in working with Johan was whether I could afford the investment to work with him. Johan and I were able to come to a value proposition that made sense.
It’s great that during this COVID-19 pandemic, while many business owners are stuck and retreating in fear and anxiety, I’m closing large deals because of a strong mindset developed with help from Johan.
I enjoy that Johan has such a broad repertoire of skills that he can advise and mentor me on that really move the needle in my life and business.
I recommend Johan without reservation because of his skill in effectuating transformation in people that have the drive and desire to do what it takes!
Enoch Bartlett Sears, AIA
Founder and Publisher, Business of Architecture, Visalia, California, USA
“I was caught up in a confusing world of priorities and “noise” and was looking for a way to get clarity on my direction, to understand my strengths…”
My name is Nick Williams and I am a Principal Consultant with Proxima Group. I help companies to improve and upskill their procurement expertise, uncover value and deliver business benefits such as cost reduction programs
I was caught up in a confusing world of priorities and “noise” and was looking for a way to get clarity on my direction, understand my strengths and to reduce the noise to get a clear platform for higher performance in my working life.
I was initially concerned about the amount of work required and the fact that the reading and personal development work would be too much to manage.
I experienced a number of breakthroughs with Johan.
His ability to help me see through the confusing and competing priorities, to be a “lion” rather than a “monkey” or “gorilla”, to see the value in taking time out to “sharpen my sword” is the stuff of legend!
The changes introduced allowed me to step back, consider my position, refocus on what I was trying to achieve, prioritise my time and deliver against my objectives which included increasing my work, completing projects, understanding the value I was providing and focussing on what is important.
These have all contributed to improved team management and the support to junior colleagues.
I was very pleased that Johan was so easy to work with, was very open and honest in his approach and expects the same from those he is coaching.
I would highly recommend Johan to anyone in business – he will raise your game and help you develop in ways you couldn’t predict possible!
Nick Williams, Principal consultant, Proxima Group, London UK
“Johan provided me with methods and systems that changed my life”
I am Sam Beard. Creator and Chairman of programs for 8 US Presidents.
My life has been an adventure. My core is service: helping others. I have had the privilege of creating and then running programs for 8 presidents of the United States – from Richard Nixon through Barack Obama. With Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, we created programming that worked with 1,000’s and 1,000’s of businesses and created self-sustaining systems that have created more than 10 million jobs in low-income communities.
The reason I started working with Johan began with severe stress. A personal crisis got me on the path to explore my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual sides.
With joy and hope and Johan, I began an intense journey to love myself and love others.
I had no initial reservations in engaging Johan’s services. Johan’s personality automatically makes you feel comfortable and you open up to the path to excellence.
As I mentioned, it started with severe stress. I couldn’t sleep and I largely couldn’t work.
Johan provided me with methods and systems that changed my life. I use Johan’s methods every day. It’s life-saving.
Thanks to Johan, relationships with my friends and my love relationships have been transformed. I learned to explore all about Sam – self-discovery and self-love.
I found that I was emotionally weak. I was not a good listener. To improve, I needed to sincerely look for, understand and empathize with other people’s passions. That’s the basis of true friendship and love.
I learned to increase and trust my intuition and strengthen my creativity. I started a journal to record serendipity – the many times that my intuition mysteriously guides me to a better place and opens significant opportunities.
When I am in “FLOW,” ideas come to me and I reach my best self. Understanding that each of us has these capacities and how to connect to find your individual greatness is life-changing.
Johan has helped transform my new nonprofit organization GIFT. We have developed a whole system following Johan’s training. “Connect with Self. Connect with Others. Connect with The Universe”.
In every session with Johan, I am continually and wonderfully surprised about his depth of knowledge and experience. Johan offers practical, simple-to-understand self-improvement messages that are life changing.
I most enjoy Johan’s sincerity, authenticity and guidance to success.
Working with the 8 Presidents, our team worked with more than 100,000 business owners and entrepreneurs. One basic message emerged: Improve yourself. You improve your business. Johan Taft is the most skilled professional I know with proven results to magnify your greatness.
Sam Beard, President • GIFT Global, • Wilmington, Delaware, USA
“…I think the biggest surprise in the process has been how fast momentum builds once you start to effect change. Small changes become seismic shifts in thinking and very quickly the culture of the business is one of change and growth…”
I am the founder of a medium sized architecture practice in central London working with private clients, developers and hospitality groups to create exceptional spaces.
I asked Johan to work with us for two reasons. Firstly as the company transitioned from a small practice, we were so focused on the work that a culture of independent and fragmented teams grew in the business. As this became more entrenched, it was impacting on our ability to retain good people and deliver work efficiently and effectively. Secondly, I was so swamped working in the business of everyday architecture and neglecting the business of business, that I was unable to focus on key tasks such as sales, people development and growth. This left us with an inconsistent pipeline, an unhappy team and an extremely fragile cash flow. These things occupied my life entirely, leaving me with a very poor work/life balance, constantly worried about our immediate future and unable to see an end to the problems we faced.
I had initial concerns regarding the cost of the programme. Johan is not the cheapest mentor out there and he is very demanding, but he was upfront about these issues so the commitment was clear from the start.
We have achieved some major breakthroughs in this first year (I have now signed up for a second year), not only in the transition of a fragmented office to single team, but also understanding my role and my value to the business. By separating myself from the operation of the business I am able to think and act strategically and with greater vision for the future. This shift in thinking has allowed me to make powerful decisions about the business I want to build and given me the time and the space to put strategies and plans into place. Cash flow is recovering as a result of time invested in sales and selling; the office is operating as a single unified team; we now have outline systems for almost every aspect of the business; we are planning growth in turnover and a move into new premises. This is all a direct result of the change in my thinking brought about by Johan.
I think the biggest surprise in the process has been how fast momentum builds once you start to effect change. Small changes become seismic shifts in thinking and very quickly the culture of the business is one of change and growth. I am so happy to see that the demands of my business and my deep love of architecture are not incompatible as I once thought and in fact, I can build a company that can fulfil both these needs more deeply that either one alone.
I would recommend Johan to creative leaders; to entrepreneurs driven by a passion for design but struggling to make the next move, be that a change in direction, or growth or refinement. When I started this journey, I could only see a mountain ahead of me to climb. Now at the summit, with Johan’s help and guidance I can see a whole range of opportunities ahead. We still have many mountains to climb, but I can see that my limitations are not markets, or staff, or cash flow, or bad clients; I am only limited by the choices I make.
Rod Moreno Masey, Founder and Director, Moreno Masey, London, Uk
“…To be challenged by Johan most of the time in every subject we work on is very good for me and my goal !…”
I’m Serge Betsen, ex-professional rugby player for more than 20 years, I represented my country 63 times and played with Biarritz Olympique (Top 14 in France) and for London Wasps here in the Premiership.
I retired from professional rugby 9 years ago and in that time I’ve created companies as a social business entrepreneur in sport B2B
and B2C. I am now able to dedicate myself fully to these businesses.
Through Serge Betsen Consulting I am sharing my keys to performance and success to my clients, using conferences, workshops or team building activities. My aim is to use my previous experience on the field and to bring it to the corporate world, empowering people to get a new understanding of both their body and mind.
My second entity is a rugby coaching programme that I run in London, where we teach children from 6 to 18 years old, from beginner level all the way to performance. I believe it’s at this young age that you create habits and skills for life, and where you create a passion for sport which can only improve well-being when they grow older.
Despite my retirement being on my own terms, which I was lucky to have, it has been hard to find a new rhythm and a new organisation. Suddenly, I had a lot of free time, which I filled with lots of activities and projects but it all seemed pretty ineffective and I was not reaching my goals. This struggle began to impact my personal and family life;
my wife sometimes mentioned the concept of burnout maybe down the line.
I wanted to get back to a certain level of consistency, taking the discipline I had in my former sportsman life to this new consultant life.
Johan helped me get a clearer vision of what I was doing by questioning every project I was involved in, and refocusing my competitive spirit on the things that matter. To be challenged by Johan most of the time in every subject we work on is very good for me
and my goals!
What initial reservations or concerns did I have about engaging Johan?
NONE. When I make a decision, I stick with it. My whole career I’ve used different coaches for my fitness, speed, flexibility, diet, physiotherapy. I even had mental coaches which was quite new back then.
Johan is passionate about his job, and has a very detail-focus approach which made it very engaging for me. His former experience allows him to see the bigger picture, and have a full understanding of people and how they function. In just 6 months I’ve learned so much, and have managed to focus on the things that make a difference, enabling me
to achieve my objectives.
One aspect of my work with Johan I particularly enjoyed was the attention given to your mind: how to set goals, how to focus, most importantly how to clear your mind, create some space in your brain to rediscover feeling good – Re-connect within your soul. Recharge your battery.
What has also really helped is learning about human relationships, how to sell and how to identify the needs of my prospects.
What has surprised me most about working with Johan was to discover the strategy on questions & answers. To every question, he has quite an analytical approach, getting to the bottom of things through research and reading – it’s always an element of science and psychology, and above all asking questions , asking questions ,asking questions !
What I also very much enjoy is that Johan is half English and he speaks French. Also his knowledge in well-being.
Would I recommend Johan? Why not? As athletes you need to be very curious to find that 1% that makes all the difference for you. And I feel Johan could bring answers.
CEO – Serge Betsen Consulting – London, UK Ex Rugby Union France World Cup Captain and London Wasp Legend
“…I am hitting more fairways sinking more puts… my stats have improved dramatically!…”
Being a keen golfer, I recently engaged in Johan’s services to become a single handicap golfer. I have yet to meet another lady golfer and most men that can drive the ball further than me. I have had all the potential in the world, yet my awesome golf swing never reflected on my scorecard.
I was anxious about working with Johan initially as Johan has never played golf. It become apparent very quickly that Johan did not have to play golf in order to help me with my golf. Johan was transferring his martial art principles to my golf game.
Johan has a wonderful gift in breaking everything into small chucks to analyse (something that I have never done before), practice and improve my game. Like most sports 90% of golf happens in the mind. Johan has been instrumental in getting into my head space. Most days after starting with a few pars I would get bored and then lose it. I can now stay focused for 18 holes.
Having worked with Johan I have changed my whole approach to golf. I arrive an hour before my t-off in order to be calm on the first shot. I now have my own little ritual I go through before each shot. I talk to the trees and the fairways. My stats have improved dramatically!
The rest of our local golf club now gets nervous when I enter competitions. My fellow athletes have remarked on my new approach and striking of the ball. I am hitting more fairways sinking more puts and soon will be happy to update this audience that I am playing off 7.
Thank you, Johan, you have played a massive role in my achievement to-date.
Nadine Rodgers, golfer, Hampshire, England
“…Johan has also taught me to take responsibility for my financial future beyond just income from my job…”
My name is Kim Le,
I am a business class flight attendant with Emirates.
I came for Johan’s help at a stage in my life where I was unsure of which direction to take professionally.
Up until then I just went through life “going with the flow” pretty much whichever direction it took me and ended up at University studying topics that I did not enjoy and as a result was worried about how I could create a worthwhile rewarding career. I was at a stalemate.
I wanted to change and realised that I probably needed to understand myself better.
Making the decision to work with Johan was not easy. I knew that in his programme I would need at some point to confront myself and my “world” would most likely be shaken up and never look the same again.
The alternative however of keeping on doing the same things the same way with the same predictable outcomes was the incentive to take the risk and jump in.
I have not looked back since. Johan has helped me to understand myself to a level that has enabled me to safely shed the old that no longer served, to harness and develop my core strengths and to reinvent my future.
So now I have been in the airline business for 5 years, thoroughly enjoying it. It was an unexpected choice yet a great fit.
Johan has also taught me to take responsibility for my financial future beyond just income from my job. As a result I am now building a portfolio of appreciable assets and multiple streams of income. I am delighted with the returns so far.
What I particularly loved about being mentored by Johan other than of course the results I am experiencing is that it was casual and very relevant without ever feeling like a series of lectures.
My point of view is now widened. My doubts and the disruptive inner chatter have been quietened and my courage to step up, make powerful impactful decisions and just “do it” has been massively amplified. I feel very proud of myself.
Thank you very much Johan!
Kim Le, Business Class flight attendant, Emirates Airlines, Dubai, UAE
“…The litmus test – I get more done; I have more control; and my business is making more money…”
I am a professional running a small Intellectual Property (IP) lawyer practice. Our client base is SMEs with a turnover typically up to £25M.
When Johan first mentioned he thought he could help me grow my business, I was convinced I did not need any help and everything was OK. But in fact in 2018 I was ‘going around in circles’. I was struggling to find new business and was frustrated by not being able to expand.
A key breakthrough came when Johan asked me where I had learned my business skills. I realised that they had mostly been self-taught and were often ‘reactionary’ in nature. He acknowledged that I was good at being a professional, but I had not had the level of training and education in business development, selling or motivating a team, as I received throughout university or during the past 30 years of my professional career.
Initially I had to work hard to overcome my reluctance to share personal information and problems germane to the business and to ‘let someone in’. I was also concerned about the investment I was going to have to make. However, I soon realised that having someone with expertise and experience to talk to, who was ‘outside the business’ and who had seen most of it before was empowering me. Johan also consistently came up with creative ideas and positive solutions.
Having overcome that ‘bombshell’ and a few other hurdles, throughout the year we explored topics including how to run a meeting, selling, negotiating, planning, motivation, management and prospecting. I am by no means an expert in these but I do know a lot more than I did. And I also know what to do when I need more advice or guidance.
I would recommend Johan without hesitation. There are many reasons: he is an expert ‘sounding board’ and has given feedback on key matters before I made the wrong call. He is someone who has been there to provide creative ways of dealing with problems. He has helped impose structure and shown me how to ‘declutter’. And importantly he has been a brilliant mentor in areas of management and sales.
The litmus test – I get more done; I have more control; and my business is making more money.
Thank you Johan!
Chartered Patent Attorney/European Patent Attorney
“…I now know that additional capacity does exist in me and I now know how to get to it. Channeling that has lead to a very successful period….”
My names is Matt Leipnik, I’m 38 and run a company called Chalk Circle Ltd. cutting my teeth as an entrepreneur.
Actually this was one of the (many) reasons I decided to work with Johan. I offer Cyber Security Consultancy and Managed Services but one of the things I struggled with was trying to refine (from a very broad range of expertise) what we did, who we did it for and how to talk about it.
What brought me to ask for Johan’s help is that apart from trying to pinpoint what we did as described above, I would say it had a lot to do with a feeling I had that I wasn’t operating at my full potential and that I had it in me but I just didn’t know to unlock it and then channel it effectively.
My number one fear and reservation about starting with Johan was the cost, because it was a commitment and it was expensive but I knew investing in myself is always a good thing. I had faith in Johan because we got on so well initially and I felt he “got” me.
I have had many results as a result of Johan’s mentoring; I think the most important being that I now know that additional capacity does exist in me and I now know how to get to it. Channeling that has lead to a very successful period.
I have grown in self confidence, I am less stressed and I have managed to quiet a lot of my internal thoughts and dialogue that was affecting my attention and energy.
What surprised me the most about working with Johan and the results we got during sessions was the initial realisation and then connecting all the dots as we discussed certain concepts and then put them into action. The stand out breakthrough though was coming from a place where I enjoyed creativity and freedom to do whatever I choose (but this meant I wasn’t getting anything done), to understanding that I actually needed a great deal of structure in my daily life and putting that in place has lead to success but also in much shorter time frame.
What has really impressed me has been Johan’s patience and flexibility and how he worked out what made me tick.
I would recommend Johan because he knows what it is like to play powerfully at life, understands how people tick and empowers you to make some real positive change in your both your life and business, even if you don’t see the two connected at the time.
Matt Leipnik, Chalk Circle Cyber Security , Kent, England.
“…I went to auditions with full confidence and capacity and got the job competing against more than 300 applicants…”
My name is Brígida Pereira Neves and I am a professional ballet dancer.
With 15 years professional experience, my performance career has taken me to many countries such as Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Lithuania and the USA.
At the moment I am a soloist with Tanz Company Innsbruck at Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck, Austria.
A few years ago, I had reached a turning point in my career and was looking for a way to overcome my sensed lack of self-confidence. I didn’t feel I was performing or showing myself to my best, specially at auditions, and this was stopping me from getting the jobs I felt I deserved and wished for. I longed to come out of my “shell of fear and judgement” but was not sure how.
At first I was unsure about starting the programme with Johan as he is not a dancer and might have not known the ins and outs of the profession. I was also anxious about opening up and talking about my deepest fears and doubts, which seemed so inherent to me.
Through the programme, not only did I release the inner dancer and artist that was ready to shine through (with Johan’s interest of dance as well as his own experience in Martial Arts), but I also dealt with questions and conditionings of my childhood and youth. I was able to apply the tools that Johan provided and taught me, not only in my professional endeavours, but also in my everyday life. Still today, I surprise myself when I think back to how I felt before the programme and am immensely grateful for the progress achieved.
I went to auditions with full confidence and capacity and got the job competing against more than 300 applicants! I take responsibility for my career and my ups and downs, and even though I am employed I consider myself “My own boss” and plan my work, my growth and my goals.
I realise I have so much more to learn and to achieve but I feel without this first impulse from the work developed with Johan, I might have never gone beyond my fears and taken the risk to see who I can become.
I recommend Johan very highly because he is dedicated to what he does and applies passion, generosity and empathy into all his work. To professional sports people and artists I go even further by adding that although we use our body for our work, our mind must be ready to be working at its full capacity and finely tuned, if we wish to achieve our goals, no matter what they may be. And for this, Johan is the right person to go to.
Brigida Perreira Neves Professional Ballet Dancer, Innsbruck, Austria
“…what has surprised me the most about working with Johan is how fast tangible results have come to me…”
I am Liam Thomas; I am a striker at Derby County Football Academy in England. Derby Football Academy specialises in developing talented young players to make it as professional footballers.
My career aim is to become a pro footballer at Manchester City Football Club. I am currently 15 ½ years of age and am progressing through the system.
The challenges that caused my personal manager and I to seek Johan’s help were that I was going through a lot of frustrating times with more downs than ups which was affecting my football performance putting me behind in my development and potentially causing my contract at Derby FC not to be renewed, which would have been a major setback.
I was struggling with opening up and talking about how I felt about things. I was worried about how my football coaches and managers were perceiving me, and my confidence was at a big low. I was beginning to think that if I was already struggling at this stage, that maybe there was something wrong with me and would I really be able to make it all the way to professional level? The more I thought about it all, the worse my playing got and the more under pressure I became.
My initial concern about working with Johan was would I feel comfortable opening up to him and sharing what was really going on? The fact that Johan is not a footballer himself did not disturb me as I was keen to get a different viewpoint from a different perspective.
So far (we are entering month 5 of Johan’s programme) working with Johan I have finally developed an approach to the game that really works for me: calm yet very alert. We have found my “zone”.
I have gained a deeper inner confidence which has resulted in better match day and training performances. The feedback from my coaches and managers has been very positive. In fact they have told me that this pre-season, I have surpassed their goal scoring expectations, impressed them with my work ethic, and my ability to retain information and retain the ball have increased.
My parents have said that they have seen a big change for the positive in me: I have matured, I have become a lot less frustrated on and off the field, I have become more responsible and I have opened up more becoming a better communicator all around.
What has surprised me the most about working with Johan is how fast tangible results have come to me and how much Johan seems to actually know about things in football that really matter despite him not being a footballer himself.
What I have really enjoyed about working with him is that we put into practice not just key football skills but also day to day life skills, which are very handy.
I would happily recommend Johan to other committed footballers and sports people especially because he has enabled me to unlock my own potential on and off the field in a very short amount of time.
I feel that it is very important to get one’s mental state absolutely right in competitive football and Johan gets the job done.
Thank you very much Johan!
Liam Thomas – Derby County Academy striker (Derby, England)
“…I can attribute this success to Johan’s business acumen coupled with his naval discipline…”
My name is Lyndon Fisher and I am a self-employed consultant, specialising in complex construction cost plans and assisting clients with frustrating budget numbers and the possibility of stressful cost over-runs.
I am also starting a drone surveying wing to my existing business of cost planning which is using camera drones and photogrammetry to make 3D models that can be used to quantify and record progress or, create a permanent digital record of a building or area.
My initial interest in having mentoring was that I was aware of my limitations in business and in my financial life and needed to do something about it. The question was what?
Having met Johan at a breakfast meeting I was reasonably interested in what he had to say and he was warm and approachable. We discussed what he did and why he was there. I decided to meet him somewhere else after this first encounter and a few days later I found myself in Canary Wharf discussing my concerns and hopes over tea. He said he had been in the Navy and that he had run a highly successful Burger King outlet and that most of his sales training and people management come from those two careers. These of course are great references; Burger King’s empire is huge and any Navy will give you incredible discipline and experience. Based on these and my impressions over the two meetings gave me confidence in my decision to use Johan.
We have moved forward from ideas into physical action, of marketing and developing the drone and cost planning business into actual sales and I can attribute this success to Johan’s business acumen coupled with his naval discipline and his interest in eastern philosophy. He has a good understanding of people, their habits and frustrations and guides you to a more elevated way of seeing the world.
Lyndon Fisher, LMMF Cost Planning and Quantity Surveying services, St Albans, England
“…the key is to embed habits that become permanent…”
My name is Simon Jacklin. I am a chartered surveyor and senior partner of Daniel Connal Partnership.
I met Johan at a networking event. Whilst not immediately thinking I needed some help I was intrigued with Johan’s story and his approach to business.
Having not had any form of management training before I decided to embark on a 12 month training programme.
Although the costs of Johan’s fees were high I took a calculated risk that the cost of the fees would be recouped with my own increased productivity and the business as a whole.
Johan initially focused on me as an individual and was very quick to identify my strengths and weaknesses.
Amongst other things we identified my leadership style and worked on how I could adapt my style to react to different behaviours and situations more effectively.
We also worked on methods to increase my vitality and decrease stress.
I identified one key area I needed to develop was my selling and marketing skills. Johan helped me put in place strategies to win more business with more confidence.
With any type of training the key is to embed habits that become permanent. Johan definitely holds you to account during the programme.
This certainly helped in keeping me on course to achieve my goals.
Since working with Johan our turnover has increased by over 15% and I have definitely become more focused and driven as an individual.
For anybody thinking of working with Johan, there is an old saying you get what you pay for. The advice and mentoring you will receive will be second to none. Once you conquer the initial fears of making the financial commitment there will be no regrets.
Simon Jacklin, Senior Partner, Daniel Connal Partnership (London, UK)
“…Johan has been a catalyst for me to react less to the bad shots…”
I am Mark Gershinson, I am a 1 handicap amateur golfer. I have played golf all of my life and now, at 54 years old I am playing my best golf ever.
I have suffered over the years with the “yips” (nerves under pressure) both in putting mainly and chipping, sabotaging key moments in tournaments.
My initial reservations working with Johan were that it was expensive and “would it have a long lasting effect?”
Johan’s approach was to deal with business before golf (I am in property investment) on the basis that everything would fall into place in my golf if I trained the mind for life situations starting with business.
Results so far (I am still on the programme):
- Winning my club championship this year, where in a tight pressure situation at the final closing holes, I honestly believe that my newly developed strength of mind reflected in my poise and as a result may have adversely affected my opponent coming down the stretch.
- My handicap went up last year and after working with Johan it went down to the lowest ever (for those who do not play golf: a low “handicap” is good)
Johan has been a catalyst for me to react less to the bad shots, to forming a new identity on the course for myself, and to making me believe that anything is possible, which culminated in a season-end major final victory in a tough situation coming from behind to win on the last putt. As I stood at that last putt I told the “chattering monkeys” in my mind: “take a hike!”
Thank you Johan!
Update 18 months later:
At 53 years old my golf handicap was sliding from a peak of 1 to 2.
I was playing worse, suffering from nerves under pressure which was affecting my short game and thus my scores.
With Johan we worked on the mental side of my game to create a shot by shot process and a specific pre-shot routine which put my mind into the right place before taking a shot, never allowing me to hit an “anyway” shot.
Consequently my game has thrived. I have become calmer, have more clarity and focus culminating in better scores, more enjoyment and reaching my lifetime goal of becoming a scratch golfer, at the ripe age of 55.
I have also become the oldest club champion, for the 6th time this year.
Johan’s thoughts and teachings are always in my mind and have pervaded other aspects of my life, especially my business, work-life balance, procedures and time management.
Mark Gershinson, Property developer and golfer (London, UK)
“…I now have resilience and a much healthier relationship to my business…”
I am Robin Sansom, I am a business owner who inspires individuals and businesses to think differently and creatively. I am the CEO of Ember Marketing, an advertising and marketing agency and have recently acquired a new business.
What had me initially seek help from Johan was to get guidance and absolute clarity on what I should be focusing on and where my strategy should lie in order to maximise opportunity – in a very disrupted and uncertain marketplace . Also I wanted to reignite the passion that had eroded away.
My initial concern with working with him was opening up to a stranger and exposing my vulnerability. I did it; it was painful yet very necessary.
The initial big result from working with Johan was that my confidence in my own ability got restored and reinforced. I was powerfully back in the driving seat with a clear way forward.
The net impact of that is that not only am I still running Ember Marketing – refreshed – but I also bought and am running a new business in a new sector on a global level, which was in no way on my radar before Johan’s programme.
Another big win is that I am now able to distance myself emotionally from my business, freeing myself from the exhausting and stressful daily circumstantial ups and downs and destructive worrying that being emotionally attached caused me.
I now have resilience and a much healthier relationship to my business and all the ups and downs of business.
I would highly recommend Johan (and already have) for his uncanny ability, amongst other things, to rapidly and clearly identify and powerfully address key and critical challenges and their root causes faced by leaders so that they can perform at their best.
Robin Sansom, CEO Ember Marketing – London www.embermarketing.com
“…courage to change direction…”
My best way to sum up what your exercises did for me was…..‘Courage’
– Courage to change direction, courage to ask to achieve the bigger goals!
Fabian Bullen – Senior Partner – St James’s Place (London, UK)
“…I’ve hit my business targets, I feel calmer and more in control of my destiny...”
My name is Zac
I’m a financial advisor based in London. I work predominantly with individuals to help them with their personal finances
I had relatively recently moved into a business development role that required me to go out there and find clients. I didn’t have much experience in this area and I was finding it difficult to gain enough momentum. I felt like I was failing and knew I had to improve my results
I initially wasn’t sure what the impact of working together with Johan would be . Cost was also a concern as he isn’t cheap.
Also I’m quite detail oriented and he didn’t give me a lot of information on exactly what we would be doing together. I had to have faith that he was going to be able to help me.
Working with Johan has had a big impact on my business life.
Our MD had commented that he has seen a big change in me as an individual and I’ve hit my business targets. I feel calmer and more in control of my destiny. Johan has given me tools and strategies that I am confident I will be using for a long time to help me achieve whatever I set my mind to achieving
I’d recommend him because he works as a firm partner in helping clients exceed their goals.
What surprised me the most was the impact he had in a short space of time. Also the changes I’ve seen in other areas of my life, for example with my family
Zac G, Financial advisor (London, UK)
“…Johan has a deep and profound understanding…”
I have worked with Johan for a number of years. We started working to improve my negotiation skills and quickly moved to a more holistic approach. Johan is a powerful mentor and combines his spiritual, energetic, health, business and military experiences into a transformational programme. Johan has a deep and profound understanding of each of these domains and combines them seamlessly. A great mentor and highly recommended for anyone struggling to make progress in their life.
Peter Cleland, Entrepreneur (Boulder, Colorado, USA)
“…gave me the confidence to walk apart from the herd, to tackle the Tour and its preparation as my own journey,…”
I am a 40 year old fund manager for a FTSE250 listed investment company. Through a friend I was introduced to Johan. He is a first rate story teller and has a fascinating life history. His experiences are very different to mine, which is why when we first met I felt I could learn a great deal from Johan.
Although I was unsure exactly what I would learn, I was impressed by Johan when we first met and I decided to employ him in spite of not knowing what he would be able to offer.
We worked together over a period of six months. In this time I went from being a non-cyclist to completing the full route of the Tour de France and raising over £420,000 for a cancer charity (against an initial objective of £50,000). It was an enormous challenge. Not only was I not a professional cyclist, I didn’t even commute to work by bicycle! On the odd occasion when I found myself cycling with friends, I always felt like the weakest of the group, the person everyone had to wait for, holding everyone back.
So to take on the Tour was the hardest thing I could possibly conceive of doing.
Another concern was that I ate a predominantly vegetarian diet: how on earth would I consume enough protein to ride over 100 miles each day, nonstop for three weeks? After research into the eating habits of two of the world’s most successful endurance athletes – Scott Jurek and Richard Roll – I decided to go vegan, and became the first vegan ever to complete the full route of the Tour de France, just one day ahead of the professional peloton.
Johan’s mentoring gave me the confidence to walk apart from the herd, to tackle the Tour and its preparation as my own journey, to adopt my own approach and not worry about the thoughts and training schedules of others.
Johan gave me the confidence to accept that just because something might work brilliantly for someone else, it may not be the best approach for me. Really it was a mental undertaking, and Johan gave me the skills to train my mind and focus clearly on the task in hand.
It is impossible to know how much of this would have been achieved without Johan’s help, but what I can tell you is that above and beyond helping me reach these phenomenal goals, he helped me think about life in broader terms, to approach the Tour not just as a physical event, but rather a physical, mental, and spiritual challenge.
I never ceased to be amazed by Johan’s expansive knowledge and emotional intelligence, and in this small testimonial I could not do justice to the wide range of subjects he introduced, of which previously I had been ignorant. He has broadened my mind and strengthened my resolve.
Whatever area of life you are currently grappling with, Johan most probably can help you. Without any reservations, I highly recommend him.
James Maltin, Founder of Ridgeway Investment Management (Wiltshire, UK)
“…his coaching has left a lasting effect on the way that we go about our business…”
My name is Saul Djanogly, founder and CEO of the Investment Fitness Club. We are a wealth management business that works with private clients to help them get their investment portfolios to peak fitness.
I was having a problem with a senior colleague , resulting in an almost complete breakdown of our working relationship.
I initially retained Johan to come in and sort this problem out. His recommendation was that both my colleagues and I would benefit from intensive coaching so as to improve our relationship.
At first I was somewhat skeptical about Johan’s coaching but it has been truly transformation for both my colleague and myself , resulting in a far better working relationship also helping me improve my management skills.
Johan went on to do a couple of training days with our entire team here , which were also of great benefit.
His coaching has left a lasting effect on the way that we go about our business, both in terms of attitude and systems and procedures.
What surprised me was the sheer breadth of the tools in Johann’s toolkit which draw on many and different sources, from the spiritual to the intensely practical.
In this sense Johan is truly a coach for all seasons, and his approach combines personal and business development so that each feed off each other.
This is a most impressive balancing act!
Johan is an outstanding coach. Not only did he help me very significantly to raise my own game both personally and in business but he also had a profound effect on my whole team at work. He has a very diverse range of different skills and tools which he brings to bear in a highly effective manner , practising ” tough love ” in the best interests of those he works with.
I would not hesitate to recommend him all the reasons above , as well as his highly disciplined and focused approach , together with his sincere commitment to his clients’ success.
In short, if you are looking for a real game changer in all areas of your life , Johan is the right man for you. If you would like to learn more about how he helped me and my team , please feel free to call me on (020) 8201 5132
Saul Djanogly – Founder and CEO The Investment Fitness Club (London, UK)
“…being able to clear the cobwebs and negativity that would create excuses for not getting to where I wanted to be…”
I had the fortune to work with Johan over a six month period last year.
I am a magician, actor and musician and wanted to work at re-engaging with the acting business and see how I could make inroads using my various skills. Having felt like i had been moving backwards in the acting industry.
I was very cynical at how Johan could help, but after an initial meeting on a sunny day in London, over coffee we developed an agreeable plan of action.
We looked at what was going on in my life and what I wanted to achieve and why I was not making as big leaps forward as I would have liked.
Working with Johan opened up a clarity in how to move forward, using the skills I already have and developing them further.
Creating a clearer mental state by addressing the positive aspects and not getting bogged down in the negative.
Learning how to be bold in asking for what I want were clear successes and being able to clear the cobwebs and negativity that would create excuses for not getting to where I wanted to be.
Moving forward I am thoroughly engaged with new entertainment industry contacts and have been developing my guitar playing skills, taking a consistent and concerted development in my life over the last year.
Sometimes an objective viewpoint and helping hand really can move things forward.
I thoroughly recommend taking the first meeting with Johan to see what he can help you do for yourself. He takes a very individual and bespoke look at you and your needs, listening to what you want to achieve be it in your personal life or business.
all the best,
Paul Roffman, Associate of The Inner Magic Circle with silver star www.paulroffman.co.uk
“…my business confidence has grown enormously and I have enormous focus and energy…”
I’m Rion Willard an Architect and director/founder of my own architectural practice The Thinking Hand Studio. I met Johan through a friend at a networking event who suggested there might be synergy between us due to our mutual interests. During this period I was struggling to get my fledgling business to turnover a liveable wage. Having met many business and performance coaches, mentors etc through various networking events I wasn’t even thinking about hiring anyone to assist with my business goals until I had a cup of tea with Johan.
I was incredibly impressed with Johan from our initial conversation. Finding out about Johan’s military background, Zen discipline and his own business excellence instantly struck a chord with me, and got me thinking how might Johan’s experience be able to assist me in creating my business dreams into reality.
My initial fears and reservations about Johan were the cost of his fees. I had no doubt that they were most certainly worth but it was beyond any budget I had. However after a conversation with Johan we developed a 6-month plan of how this might be achievable and what were the obstacles. This conversation itself was a massive breakthrough for me how I was viewing my own financial constraints.
In those 6 months I spoke with Johan once a month with mini progress reports – with this small amount of structure I was able to raise the funds and win enough work to begin his programme and boost my business.
Since we’ve begun the programme less than 3 months ago, my business has already begun to grow rapidly and I have been able to win clients that I previously thought were going elsewhere. I have been able to negotiate business deals powerfully and effectively creating win-win situations for myself and the client to create the best work. In the last few weeks alone I have secured 5 new jobs, already close to total amount of jobs I had in the previous year.
My business confidence has grown enormously and I have enormous focus and energy towards clearly defined inspiring business goals and vision. The inner work has been the most important part of this so far – limiting internal dialogues or the ‘gremlins’ as Johan calls them, that have plagued me since childhood have been replaced with a confidence that I can do anything I set my mind to – what I once saw as closed doors now appear as opportunities and possibilities. One of the most profound revelations of this is in how much I love every aspect of my work.
Johan’s approach goes deep into your internal mechanics and helps illuminate and destroy self-restricting and habitual modes of thinking. Johan’s programme is a structure for your own excellence and superior performance. To have a powerful mentor like Johan in your corner will most certainly help you unleash dormant potential by the shed load, allowing you to achieve your goals and aspirations. I look forward to the rest of the programme and the results I will achieve.
“…enabling me to take rebuffs objectively and choose how to react to situations…”
My name is Michael Rae and I act as a part-time finance director, supporting SME’s.
I met Johan soon after one main client had merged and a second had been bought by a much larger company and I was looking to either rebuild my practice or re-direct my career. My fear was that my existing network was rapidly dwindling as they approached retirement and I would have trouble finding new clients. I was experiencing a crisis of confidence and needed a new approach to take my career forward.
My initial concerns were around Johan’s unorthodox approach but I was impressed by his openness and focus, his quick understanding of my situation and his business experience, particularly in the fast food and retail industries.
Some of the tools Johan uses are simple but others require hard work and determination. However, as is often the case, the more effort I put in the more I got out.
The first thing that got restored was my self-belief and my general resilience, enabling me to take rebuffs objectively and choose how to react to situations, which dramatically reduced my stress levels. I learned to take up opportunities when they presented themselves and leverage them, rather than holding back as was my nature before.
Life can be a roller-coaster but what Johan taught me makes the journey smoother and more enjoyable. I got far, far more from his programme than I ever expected, as the training went beyond just business skills, and the benefits are still coming. Thanks to Johan’s help I am now back on track with a clear direction and my health and energy levels have significantly improved too.
I am pleased that I grasped the chance to work with him.
Michael Rae ACA Classique Consultants Ltd (London, UK)
“…through working with Johan I manifested the thing I had really wanted the most for a number of years…”
I met Johan through networking and from talking to him I felt he was a very switched on integral individual who understood human dynamics.
I felt Johan could enrich my life and take me to the next level.
Money is always a factor in these situations but I understand that you have to invest in a personal coach if you really want to succeed – all the most successful people invest in coaches and their growth. I believe that your life business etc will only go as far as you develop yourself.
Through working with Johan I manifested the thing I had really wanted the most for a number of years: my soul mate, I have built a strong spiritual practice and I am looking at taking my business to the next level.
So far so good. Looking forward to the next three months.
Kitty Waters, Author, Speaker and Mentor (UK)
“…You were a great trainer / mentor and friend to me…”
Johan, you are on my life’s “conference table” where only special and significant people who I respect and hold in the highest regard as part of my career.
You were a great trainer / mentor and friend to me almost 30 years ago now back in 1985 at Burger King in Liverpool when I was one of your assistant managers!
I will always hold you dearly in my thoughts.
David Lewtas, Regional Manager with Compass Group (Liverpool, Merseyside,
“...After the course I took with Johan my life changed dramatically…”
My name is Ross Davis and I am 20 years old.
I asked for Johan’s help because I was stuck in a dead-end job watching my life waste away, I was really unhappy just being like everyone else in the world who hates their job.
I worked in a clothes store called Superdry and everyday I did the same thing: went to work, stood around folding clothes waiting for the clock to strike home time. It was the single most boring thing I have done. So I decided to do something about it and a friend of mine recommended taking a course with Johan to rebuild myself.
At first I was very apprehensive about meeting Johan as my self-esteem was low, my confidence was non existent and I was stuck in the mentality that nothing would change, no matter what anybody could tell me or try and teach me nothing would ever change.
But my god how wrong was I. After some intense but well needed sessions with Johan I actually started to believe him and work with him rather than against him. He made me see things I never thought were possible. He made me believe things that I thought were unthinkable.
After the course I took with Johan my life changed dramatically, it really was amazing to see the transformation I had managed to achieve in such a short space of time.
I am now out of my dead end job where I was earning just £12,000 a year and I am now living my dream and earning £40,000 a year as a top car salesman in London.
The skills and tools I learned from Johan helped me beyond belief. I was folding clothes in a shop 5 days a week with no room for progression. I was stuck yet now I am in a fast paced industry where I am hitting unbelievable achievements for a new starter. I am selling over 20 cars a month and I won an award within my first two months for the 3rd highest profit margin in the company bearing in mind the company I work for is TrustFord the main dealer of Ford in the UK. And I was 3rd on profit margin. My results are unbelievable. But I am not stopping there; what Johan has done has given me the freedom and the belief that no matter how big your dream is you can make it possible.
Johan is the best mentor I could have asked for and I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone. His course, his teaching method, and just the way he works is amazing. He has made me where I am today and I couldn’t thank him enough.
Ross Davis, Car Salesman (London, UK)
“…this made a huge impact on my business relationships…”
My name is Colette Madine and I manage a successful family owned company that specialises in business consultancy and tax planning.
Having worked in the business for many years and watch it take many different directions in that time, I felt an increasing sense of lack of personal growth, lack of fulfillment and hopelessness. I felt, “is this it for me?” I had become completely ineffective in all areas of my life.
In order to prevent that downward spiral, I sought the help of Johan Taft, whom I had met at business dinner and felt that I had met someone who understood my plight.
It took some months to finally get the ball rolling and start working with Johan. I was at first reticent to commit to the time, as I realised that in order to change my way of thinking and my whole outlook, this would involve a lot of soul searching and honesty with myself. The cost was also significant and money was a real consideration at the time.
The programme commenced and the honesty and soul searching paid dividends very quickly. Johan and I met every week and worked through many areas of my life, in a sensitive but very direct matter. I began to think differently and look at and see what had previously been negative situations, in a very positive way. This made a huge impact on my business relationships, where I was expected to motivate and lead staff members, I became an effective manager once more and more importantly, I enjoyed what I was doing.
One year on, I still feel motivated and no longer feel any fear of challenges or difficult situations, I relish them.
At our initial meetings I asked Johan if he thought he could help me? His response was that “I was an eagle who thought she was a chicken”!
He assured me that he could make me understand and believe, that I was indeed an “eagle”. He did, I am soaring!
Colette Madine, Assett House Piccadilly Ltd (London, UK)
“…throughout the program I experienced paradigm shift after paradigm shift…”
I am a freelance consultant with an expertise in the coordination of clinical trials from phase I to IV. I have been working in this sector since April 2003. after spending a few years in logistic management in the chemical sector, translating in the educational sector and even in hotel management with the Disney Co in Paris.
About 4 years ago I was working for Boehringer Ingelheim Belgium. When I got promoted form senior Clinical Trial Associate to Clinical Support Manager, it was clear that although I might have the qualities and and capacities, I would be going through the transformation without the additional training or the follow-up from HR. I needed support, an impartial soundboard and business and management advice for the plain reason that I wanted success for me and the team I would be leading.
I knew Johan A Taft through a mutual friend who highly recommended him to me. Although I trust our mutual friend and Johan could give me recommendations on paper and in live persons, I was not sure that he could bring out the real ME, and that if that real ME was indeed a real leader! Another concern was that Johan has no expertise in Clinical trials and therefor might not be the right mentor.
When entering the mentoring program with Johan, I truly thought that I would get sound business advice and management training. And that is what I got initially: how to bring around a team or unwilling people, how to make change acceptable for the team, how to make the team function as a team etc. but most importantly who I was and why I wanted that change. I realized that I was becoming a leader in action and thoughts. My manager was impressed but my fellow middle managers felt threatened by my initiative and work force. This led to my dismissal. Instead of feeling crushed, I felt liberated to take the next big step in my life.
Throughout the program I experienced paradigm shift after paradigm shift. I understood myself better and therefor be a better ME and bring out the best ME.
So I made the leap from working under a payroll to becoming an independent business owner. I realized that I could achieve my biggest dreams.
My new part-time consulting role within the pharmaceutical industry gives me the freedom to build and realize my dream business: being a jewelry designer, a creator of beauty and a goldsmith, and most importantly being my own boss. And the transition is still ongoing. I have come to the insight that I need the intellectual challenges from my role as a consulting CRA and clinical trial coordination expert as well as the creativity form the dream business.
Despite, or better because of his lack of expertise in the pharmaceutical industry, Johan also helped me to develop cross sectoral insights and understanding of business in general. Under Johan’s continuous support and guidance I am now who I truly wish to be. I have gained respect from my peers within the pharmaceutical industry and equally from the goldsmith world without denying my truest self. And for these reasons, Johan has my highest recommendation.
Nguyen Dieu Thao Pham (Brussels, Belgium)
“…challenges them to push far beyond their self-limiting beliefs…”
Johan shoots from the hip. His history as Ops Director of Burger King probably drove him to become a vegetarian but professionally as a consultant, coach and mentor he is a flesh-ripping, bone-crushing carnivore. Years of martial arts training and meditation has given him extraordinary self-discipline, balance and focus. Grafting his way to the top of corporate life in the fiercely competitive and tough fast-food business has given him insight into people, politics, behaviour, motivation, systems, customers, accountability, responsibility and commercial good sense. As a coach and supporter he helps his clients focus on the real causes of their issues, challenges them to push far beyond their self-limiting beliefs and notional boundaries and holds them to account. What Johan does is tough, it’s expensive and takes real effort. Don’t waste his time if you just want your skewed worldview endorsed. But if you really want to make positive change quickly, and you’re willing to make the effort of implementing and embedding those changes into habit, Johan is the man to go to. DON’T expect an easy ride. His mind is sharp, he learns faster than almost anyone I’ve ever trained and he’s not afraid of taking risks. He drives his clients hard and your commitment to your own success is the only variable open to doubt. Any restauranteur who wants to crush their current levels of performance; any athlete who wants to break through their best historical levels of performance and compete on a world stage; any performer who finds the lifestyle and pressures of life in the public eye and on the road; or any business person who is falling short of their optimal career or commercial performance will experience value in retaining Johan. Fast, lasting change isn’t achieved without effort or investment. His path isn’t ever going to be easy but it is exciting and effective. I’ve no hesitation in recommending Johan Taft if you want to grow well beyond your current possibilities.
Marcus Cauchi Sales trainer (Berkshire, UK)
…a gentle but very precise push to improve the way one thinks and responds to life…
A soul mate of mine recommended Johan. I wasn’t sure why Johan should be the one to calm down the incredibly fast moving circle of thoughts in my mind: Why am I not really happy when everything seems to be good? Why am I on a constant search for “something” and do not know what it is? Why can no success give me a feeling of satisfaction with myself? I always sensed there is a greater sea of possibilities, but how will I get close to it?
Listening to Johan’s impressive life story when we first met and looking into his eyes made me feel sure, that there is something for me to be discovered and now is the best time to do it. Through Johan’s training I was able to detach from the endless daily “to do list” and see the work on myself as a top priority. The most delightful was that I finally DID something only for myself. I am using the energy previously lost into the spin of my thoughts into a meaningful search on what my “New Self” is like. This is the most satisfying feeling I had in the last 10 years.
Johan turns around the comms rule “80:20”, where 80 percent is the ballast and only 20 percent is valuable information we are getting from communication with each other. He literally takes you into the program with giving the 80 percent a value.
People wisdom presented with light humour, seriousness with a delightful distance from a “drama image of life” and the believe Johan creates for one, is like a gentle but very precise push to improve the way one thinks and responds to life.
The bookstores, internet and life coaches are full of good advice. But there is a big difference between hearing or reading the great stuff and actively applying it in your own way into your life which works only for you. “LIVING IT” is why Johan’s program is unique and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
And no, Johan did not come with a set of nice answers on my questions. But he gave a great direction to my search so I feel happy with myself knowing that where I am, is just the beginning of the road.
Dana P. Global Corporate Comms Manager (Prague, Czech Republic)
“…Making history, by achieving eight consecutive wins at the Scottish Men’s Gymnastics Championships, was done before any competition had taken place, and I thank you for making that possible…”
I am writing to thank you most sincerely for the sports-coaching and motivation sessions conducted by you over the past few months.
The sessions that you held, I found to be not only educational, but spiritually motivating, which is a quality that education alone cannot offer.
As an international gymnast I found the fact that with you being similarly involved in a disciplined sport, you could relate to my needs and understandings, which helped with assurance and gave me the confidence to use the skills and techniques taught to me.
The Eighth Scottish Men’s Senior Gymnastics Championships to me was to be the hardest competition of my career. It was not only my eighth consecutive title defence, but was also a battle with motivation, expectation and self-belief.
To defend the title successfully and go down in history as the most successful Scottish male gymnast of all time, I had to find a link to regenerate the belief and passion from inside of me and I feel that through the programme that you taught, together we found that link.
I particularly found the visualisation exercises useful to me because it helped me to focus completely on myself, which was a main problem to me, especially during competition, where I tended to lose focus. I could use the visuals and exercises taught to me to remain isolated and focused. During the build up to the event I was completely in control of my preparation both physically and mentally and for the first time felt fully prepared for the task to come.
Once again Johan thank you for all your help and inspiration in helping my dream to happen. And thank you for your motivation which I shall never forget.
Making history, by achieving eight consecutive wins at the Scottish Men’s Gymnastics Championships, was done before any competition had taken place, and I thank you for making that possible.
Steve Frew – Glasgow, Scotland
8 times Scottish Men’s senior Gymnastics Champion, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist for Scotland Gymnastics.
“…I now have unlocked the confidence and awareness which has been sealed in the past…”
Thank you so much Johan for your kind teaching. You have been incredibly helpful and I now have unlocked the confidence and awareness which has been sealed in the past.
Thanks to your effort, my world is refreshed and I now feel the great power within me, which is propelling me towards huge success.
Jian Yang Dong (Graphic artist, London, UK)
“…my brain fired up…”
I am fortunate enough to have been accepted as a client by Johan twice, 4 years apart, and my husband has worked with him too, so I feel both qualified and privileged to offer this testimonial to him. If you haven’t worked with him before but are being given the opportunity to do so, I would whole-heartedly recommend that you grab this opportunity with both hands. It may be emotionally uncomfortable or financially uncomfortable – or, in my case, both – but initially that becomes the driver that makes you do it.
I have found that working with Johan is not something that should be – or indeed can be – done without a conscious commitment. But I now understand that it should be looked at as an investment in yourself, and as a training programme. He is a mentor, a source of knowledge and a resource that should be valued – although that can be quite hard at the outset when one’s own state of mind is perhaps a bit fragile: on the one hand you know you need help, on the other you are resistant to paying out for it. In my husband’s case, he was so embarrassed by what he considered his failure, he didn’t even want to acknowledge that he needed external help, let alone pay for it! The lesson we both learned is value.
Johan has a vast array of tools and resources and experience that he utilises as he sees fit. His programmes are bespoke, tailored to your own individual needs and pace. He is not a hard task-master, but rather a demanding one and his exercises are designed to take you on a journey of discovery on your way to success – and he will even help you define your own version of success. Everyone is different, and Johan takes the time to find out what each individual wants to get out of the programme before even embarking on it. He certainly doesn’t waste his time, and he won’t take your money unless there is a good reason for doing so! That is not what he is about.
My first fixed length programme was to help me change myself, to lift myself out of a cycle of apathy, lack of energy, drive, oomph, and basically the mind-set that meant I was feeling very sorry for myself and couldn’t really see the point in getting out of bed in the morning. Despite wanting to participate in the programme – especially as this was at the time my husband was working in it and I could see the benefits in front of me – my resistance was high and my mind was closed. Johan’s experience and intuition took me through the basics of his programme to the point where I started taking responsibility for my own actions and asking my own questions – my brain fired up, if you like – and while I can’t say that I have never looked back, from that point on my personal development has been immense and without a doubt the programme was, according to my then aims and goals, successful.
Exactly 4 years later, I found myself at the start of what my husband calls a B-HAG – big, hairy, audacious goal – a project with life-changing consequences for my whole family, and with shock waves that would go out beyond that too. I was excited, as were we all, but the enormity of what we were about to embark on was not only daunting, but the chances of success at that time seemed, to all intents and purposes, fairly slim. I knew with a certainty that I could manage it, but needed help to make it happen. Johan came to mind. I am now coming to the end of that project and am pleased to say that it has indeed been a roller-coaster, but the outcome is even greater than what I asked for. This was a different way of working with Johan, utilising his many tools again but on a different level: still teacher and pupil, but progressing to more tutor and student. Johan equips you, not just with tools and knowledge, but with the ability to find the resources you need to assist you with a task. The practicalities of time management, project management and administration can be taught and applied; the thought processes and mind management behind those skills can only be developed, and it is exactly that development that Johan encourages. It is a rare ability and one that, in my opinion, is worth its weight in gold.
If you have been lucky enough to have been put in contact with Johan, I would heartily recommend that you consider working with him. Somebody thinks very highly of you to have recommended you to him in the first place – and it is truly that way round. It is worth investing in yourself, if only to find out why.
Pippa Williams (Portsmouth, UK)
“…I’ve finally arrived at the “promised land” of a career and life that I can create and enjoy on my own terms…”
I’ve been looking back on the past year, and despite the challenge of having a newborn baby, and going through a lot of transition in my business, it’s been my best year yet.For the first time in memory, I’m closing the year on a high, and looking forward to a relaxing break and exciting plans next year. Contrast that with the previous 3 years where I seemed to be stuck in a continuous cycle of crises.
I’ve found the work we’ve done together very challenging at times, but I’ve finally arrived at the “promised land” of a career and life that I can create and enjoy on my own terms, instead of continually reacting to external circumstances.
Thank you for your help getting here, and I’m really looking forward to our continuing work together.
Iain Gray, ITG Associates Ltd. http://itgassociates.com (Bushey, UK)
“…Johan has taught me new disciplines to reprogram my brain and allow for my true and powerful self to emerge from a deep sleep….”
I have been a client of Johan Taft for close to six months.In many pleasant ways I feel he has helped me to raise my Lazurus.I now have ever-increasing moments of synchronicity and breakthroughs in both my business and personal life.
Johan has had a profound effect on how I organize my day and prioritize my thoughts.Too many coaches and mentors focus on either getting rich at any cost or getting spiritual whatever the sacrifice.This unbalanced, one-size-fits-all style of training puts the coach’s marketing leverage cart well before the welfare of the client’s horse.
Contrarily, Johan takes the balancing act between inner and outer worlds very seriously and makes the principle and practice of present-moment living as essential for attaining good health and wealth simultaneously.As he often says, “A warrior should never go into battle without a sharpened sword.” Famous motivational speaker and coach Zig Ziglar said it more humorously, “Are you being a wandering generality or a meaningful specific?”
My journey has not been easy or even. At my age, 60, it is often believed “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”So much of my life has been spent studying truth and happiness rather than living in this manner. Johan has taught me new disciplines to reprogram my brain and allow for my true and powerful self to emerge from a deep sleep.
I have dealt with self-esteem and self-confidence issues big time throughout my life.Many people do suffer as I have and try to (over)compensate for their insecurities by willing themselves to be what they know is a phony persona.
Johan broached this phoniness element in me from the start. He stated that “Yes, you can expend a lot of energy in order to remain the Wizard behind the curtain waiting for Dorothy’s dog, Toto, to pull open the curtain and expose the fraud in you and force you to face yourself, your dilemmas, and your higher-purpose solutions. Or you can get to work before that embarrassment and find the pure, powerful you.It all begins by building a fresh vision which will encourage and support your divinity.
Johan Taft has also immensely assisted me in changing the state of my marriage union. My wife and I are communicating at a high spiritual level and our business passions have suddenly become aligned. Muchas gracias, Johan.
In concluding, if you are looking for major, positive shifts in your thinking and results, then Johan Taft is your coach.
If you are looking for a savvy businessman who knows how to create balance in life while helping you amass wealth with much less stress, then Johan’s your man.
If you are looking for a coach who works with you rather than a prototype of you, then Mr. Taft is your fella.
If you are tired of putting on airs to cover up insecurities and instead want to live an unpretentious, stealthy, enlightened, prosperous life…Coach Taft is your wholeheartedly dedicated man – 1000 percent so.
If you are doing well financially but feel empty and finding yourself asking, “Is this all there is?” – then Johan Taft is your model.
I live in Japan, so I’ll say this in Japanese:Osewa ni narimashita.Maido arigatou gozaimasu.Thanks a million for always going the extra mile for me.I am greatly indebted to you for this unswerving dedication.
Richard Posner, writer (Tokorozawa City, Japan)
“…this has led to a new revenue line for the business…”
To whomever this may interest:
Testimonial for Johan Taft of Magnify Your Greatness
This testimonial is written 4 months after my recent mentoring programme with Johan which completed around Nov 2009. I run my own business as a marketing agency, and the issues I seemed to face were increasing the speed of delivered creativity. This can be loosely defined as the creative work needed to complete more projects more quickly seemed to take a long time to do. In short it just takes too long to think up approaches.
The sessions also revealed a somewhat different set of issues: lack of centeredness leading to excessively chasing the small things around, several mindsets that drain productive thinking, who the ideal client was (which was most revealing.) The session also revealed and magnified some core strengths of my driving persona such as sharing and being constructive
A serious issue that led to why cashflow was eternally poor (it came from a major private life challenge that remains to this day) was identified, leading to one of the biggest discoveries of the session, about “expect and you shall receive”. Part of what you do is change what it is you expect and visualise it. It sounds trite saying this, but works.
I applied considerable effort to the coaching, and unquestionably make the point that applied effort makes long term changes. The programme results redefined what I it is I’m expecting and looking for, radiate that expectancy, adjust my behaviours and actions, get paid more for the creativity I have from wealthier clients, and redefine the clients. This has led to a new revenue line for the business, program management, which interestingly enough looks set to get 50% of its annual target by mid April, from exactly the right client profile identified in the coaching.
As a well grounded businessperson, and not said lightly, this coaching seems to have gone deep, with a feel of a permanent change. So if you as a reader of this testimonial are seriously considering Johan’s work, then as long as you diligently apply yourself to the program with equal effort to me, you will find yourself & your business in a quite different place at the end, as I have.
Chris Clark, founder and MD of Clark Marketing (London, UK)
“…the seventy hour week is long gone, along with the arguments, the anger and the nightmares…”
To Whom it May Concern,
This time last year I was an automaton. Each week was the same. Sixty to seventy hours at work, which at least forty was spent in traffic jams; arguments with my Director, patience from my long suffering partner and lost weekends of partying to forget the stress of the week. Mondays would drag me, exhausted, from my bed and the cycle would start all over again.
From the outside I was successful. I’d always had the well paid job and the nice car. Inside was a different story. Each night when I closed my eyes to sleep I was tormented by past events. My default attitude was extreme and explosive anger, my blood pressure was high, my liver was failing and I was constantly afraid. Afraid of losing the well paid job, afraid of losing my long suffering partner, afraid of failing to meet the mortgage payments, afraid of being afraid. Then I met Johan.
As we sat in Marylebone, talking for the first time he told me his price and I felt sick inside. I did not have enough saved and would have to borrow it. I did it anyway.
Twelve months on. Mondays no longer drag me from my bed and the only cycles that figure in my life are the natural rhythms of my body. The seventy hour week is long gone, along with the arguments, the anger and the nightmares. In its place is joy. Now my head is empty of trash there is room to see the wonders of this world. Now the exhaustion is gone I have the energy to savour each moment. Now my default attitude is happiness my liver is functioning and my blood pressure in normal. Most of all however, now I am not afraid!
Without Johan I could not have made these changes. He has shown me how to turn my life around and make it the way I want it. He has made the impossible, possible and for that I am eternally grateful.
Maria F Truman Birmingham, UK.
“…he has guided me consistently and successfully towards inner freedom, and self sustainability…
In my line of work I meet coaches and mentors all the time. Finding someone with integrity and authenticity who walks the path they teach can be a little tricky. Consistently, gradually over time Johan has guided me in unraveling so much of my past unhelpful belief system. With Johan’s razor sharp clarity and profound depth of understanding and compassion he has never left me exposed or feeling vulnerable (the feeling of needing a day to recover after a session never existed, instead I walk away from Johan feeling really strong within myself) Johan has guided me to great depth’s of new resolve to be and live my truth. I would entrust my life and the lives of my children to this man, knowing he would give anyone their freedom to live their lives unencumbered by the past, and the strength to create what they would truly love. There is nothing I cannot tell him, indeed he knows everything about my current life and continues to powerfully guide me towards my highest potential. My powerful connection to self now enables me to have clear communication with myself and others, awareness in the moment and the ability to throw out of my life situations and thoughts that don’t serve my true potential.
When I first met Johan I was chasing success. I had been running my business for a few years and it was my whole life. The rest of my existence was on hold till I succeeded. if I stopped for a moment I felt deep unhappiness and frustration with the state of my relationship to my son, family and self. My way of fixing everything was to insure I succeeded in the future.
Today I have inner peace, I am working with my business from a completely fresh place. I’m happy at home what ever I am doing and whomever I am with, even when things seem challenging here and instead of counting on my business to change my life, it is now just one part of my life.
I have spontaneity again and I enjoy the moment so much more, my internal reality is completely different and a lot clearer.
Johan is a remarkable man who I feel really blessed to have met. I had no idea what I was in for, I just knew Johan was able to listen to what was happening for me in a way I couldn’t even hear for myself.
Since then he has guided me consistently and successfully towards inner freedom, and self sustainability. It’s my great good fortune to have met him. Finding Johan is finding gold.
Finally, here is a poem that came to my mind about Johan:
Johan’s divinity (through symbolism):
“A very long Silver Sword
Light as a feather, floating in the sky
Shining in the Sun
Carved patterns adorned on its body.
Far reaching impact, spanning a great distance, carrying a message that lights the souls of others, and is so bright some turn away from its brilliance.”
Thank you Johan.
Liz Adams (London, UK)
“…I have become clear about my purpose in life, my destiny, my place in the world and how I can contribute to the best of my ability…”
I first met Johan over a year ago at a breakfast networking meeting where he was a guest. He introduced himself and explained what it was that he did and gave an example of one of his clients to illustrate. I was very impressed with the compassionate way he worked with his client, truly respecting him as an individual who needed a unique approach. I decided that I wanted to work with Johan straight away. I came to him because I had been struggling for many years with low energy and enthusiasm, being without paid work since I was made redundant five years before and in financial difficulties. I was emotionally stuck and had no idea how I was going to move forward.
Over our time together Johan has helped me step by step to put the building blocks of my life together. I have become clear about my purpose in life, my destiny, my place in the world and how I can contribute to the best of my ability.
Sometimes during a particularly difficult time for me we would have a session together where we seemed to step out of the physical world into the spiritual to find a way through and then back to the physical (where I found that my life had magically changed as a result.)
I have become very much stronger in myself to meet the difficulties and challenges of life which in the past would have left me drowning in despair. Indeed I now welcome them for the opportunities they give me to grow and become stronger and more resourceful.
My energy and enthusiasm is now high and I am setting up a business venture which is both challenging and exciting. I have other areas of my life yet to work on and view this with confidence, knowing that I have the inner power and, in Johan, the external power to win through.
I have worked with many other people in the past to help me through my difficulties but Johan is the first to really make a breakthrough and help bring about such a difference and transformation. It needed someone with amazing skills to do this so I would really recommend Johan to anyone who feels they have so much more to give but are just stuck where they are and do not know the way forward.
Peter Levitt Small business owner (London, UK)
“…it’s as a direct result of Johan pushing me to contribute more value to the lives of many more people….”
Johan is a tough mentor. Don’t expect an easy ride, He’ll stretch you beyond the point of no return which will become your greatest breakthrough.
I learnt my most valuable lesson from Johan when he challenged me to step up to the plate and contribute more. At the time I felt very challenged.
Now I’m so thankful for the challenge because I’ve had my most noticeable breakthrough to date and it’s as a direct result of Johan pushing me to contribute more value to the lives of many more people.
If you’re thinking of engaging Johan’s services as a personal mentor don’t hesitate connect with Johan and you will see the difference in a very short period of time !
Thank you for giving me the experience Johan.
Claude Bonte (Ex CEO Spyda V.I.P) London, UK.
“…you’ve always been such a strong inspiration…”
Johan, you’ve always been such a strong inspiration to me. Respect for all that you do for humanity. You really are a shining star!
PP Arnold (Singer)
“…this friend is Johan and I thank him for his infinite wisdom and love…”
The ultimate me , “big body glow” me ,the person I know so well but don’t always present, has a best friend!
This friend nurtures , encourages , inspires , invents , focuses on, shines the light on all things necessary in order for the ultimate me to emerge and stay out to play.
This friend finds interesting and often unusual ways to help me crack old boring patterns and to profoundly understand and utilise new ideas and concepts.
Profoundly in the sense that everything occurs differently although nothing has really changed and in the way that other person, the conditioned me, wrapped up in old patterns can scream shout plead beg to make me do things the old way, I still hear it but gladly and excitedly go and present my“big body glow” instead and follow my bliss!
This friend is Johan and I thank him for his infinite wisdom and love.xxx
Camilla Griehsel Vearncombe, singer/songwriter (County Cork, Ireland)
“…it enabled me to cut through all those hindrances and I discovered a new me; I like to think the real me!…”
“On a friend’s recommendation, I came to you for a breakthrough in relationships. I was lonely, afraid of intimacy and petrified of getting close to anyone, yet I really wished to get married.
The process you took me through certainly was demanding but it enabled me to cut through all those hindrances and I discovered a new me; I like to think the real me! As you know, less than 4 months later I found my soul-mate and we are now happily married and living overseas. I cannot thank you enough!!”
Janice S. (New York City, NY.)
“…he can be tough if he needs to but his gentleness is equally empowering…”
A mere 6 weeks ago, as part of my ongoing mentoring programme, Johan and I began work on a program to transform my body and the nature of my relationship to it. For some years now I had been increasingly troubled by gout and frequent heartburn and had finally reached the limit of my patience with myself for tolerating it!
Johan set out to clean my system and dramatically changed my diet, advising certain nutritional supplements and changes of approach. Since then I have been untroubled by the gout and had but a single incidence of heartburn (when I cheated the diet!!) with the unforeseen benefit of losing nearly 10 kilos! I feel like I have been unwrapped and am bursting with vitality.
What I really like about the way Johan works is how he creates with you the best ways to hold onto and stand in the inspiration that had you begin your journey, wherever it leads. He can be tough if he needs to but his gentleness is equally empowering, I can unreservedly recommend working with him whatever the dream you wish to actualize.
Colin Vearncombe aka “Black“. Singer, songwriter and poet
[Colin very sadly passed away due to a tragic car accident in March 2006. My deepest gratitude to Colin for his friendship, love and great spirit!]
“…I feel more alert, I am getting absolute clarity about what I want to do in my life, a super creativity is emerging in my mind…”
I have started my improvement programme with Johan a few months ago and must say the whole experience has been extremely beneficial so far: I am seeing positive impact in many areas in my life and I am only half way through:
I am rediscovering my vitality, my attitude to winning and loosing is becoming powerful and positive, I feel more alert, I am getting absolute clarity about what I want to do in my life, a super creativity is emerging in my mind and I am feeling more and more connected to life. I’m really having a great time doing the programme!
Johan has already over-delivered what he promised to me. I have got more practical insights and guidance in a few months that I could possibly imagine.
Johan has that special ability to clearly identify what you need most in order to help you make Quantum leaps. He is always conveying his advice very clearly and very gently.
I would highly recommend his improvement programme to anyone who is looking at increasing their personal effectiveness and well-being, living to their full potential.
Johan chooses his students, if you are lucky enough to be accepted: go for it! He has exceptional coaching abilities, he will definitely help you to magnify your greatness!
Johan has masterfully helped me refine my vision for 2009 and I now have complete clarity on all the steps needed in order for me to manifest my vision and reach my objectives; I truly feel empowered, thank you Johan for your superb program!”
Certified Guerrilla Marketing Coach “High-Impact Marketing on a Shoestring Budget” (Nice, France)