I met this fellow about ten years ago, and I wish I could say we hit it off right away. We didn’t. He’d recently worked for one record label – Imbi and I had worked with their major competitor. We sparred – in a friendly manner. But we weren’t immediate friends. The friendship came later.
This man co-ordinated the first Africa trip I was on in 1996. At one point we even shared a room together – or I should say we froze in a room together as this was the coldest early summer in South Africa’s records – and the “hotel” had no heating. His wonderful sense of humour (combined with a rapier wit) made up for the shivering.
John Stanko is one of the sharpest guys I’ve ever come across. I remember being on a bus in Cuba while four people attempted to take him on in a battle of wits – at the same time. The four went down in flames. ‘Tis one of my (and the three others’) favourite stories. John had us laughing so hard that…(well, you know).
Dr. John has worked in business, the church, university and as a leadership consultant on almost every continent (save Antarctica). He has written numerous books and has a passion to teach and coach people in purpose, creativity, servant leadership and living life to their fullest. He’s impacted tens of thousands of people around the globe.
A week ago I drove down to Pittsburgh, in part to help John launch his new blog. It was a lot of fun hanging out together and then making the blog happen. John already has some great posts up as the blog officially launches tomorrow. Check it out!