John Ficken, PhD

John FickenJohn has spent more than 20 years helping leaders and their teams handle increasingly complex business challenges with more passion, focus, and efficiency.

Most of his clients are senior executives at large companies such as American Express, CarMax, Capital One, The Thomson Corporation, Duke Energy, ING Direct, Smiths Medical, HealthPartners, and Dannon. He has also worked with leaders at smaller start ups and non-profits.

Prior to launching The Quotidian Group, John served as the CEO of KRW International, a pioneer in the field of in-depth senior level executive coaching in the United States. In that role, John led the organization’s transformation from a family-run firm into a more disciplined, profitable organization. In addition to his leadership responsibilities, John coached numerous senior clients and their teams across a spectrum of industries. John has also partnered with Tony Schwartz, co-author of the best-selling “The Power of Full Engagement”, where he trained leaders how to better manage their physical, mental, and emotional energy.

Before joining KRW, John worked at Allina Health Systems, a $2B healthcare organization, leading the development of patient assessment for a system-wide balanced scorecard. He also spent six years at NCS Assessments (now Pearson Assessments), creating behavioral health measurement systems for healthcare organizations. John also has a substantial background in measurement, statistics and technology, having worked for ten years in programming and data analysis.

John received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota.