John Hertel, MA   Founder and Director

John Hertel is an experienced administrative executive and entrepreneur and has provided personal coaching and mentoring for many professionals for over 25 years.  With a keen eye for finding both personal and professional growth opportunities in the workplace, John has focused much of his efforts on developing future managers and leaders and teams.  In 2006, he dedicated his passion for helping others by creating JSH Coaching.

John has been certified as a Business and Personal Coach through New York University.  He has also worked directly with Rich German, the renowned author, speaker and business/lifestyle coach. John earned a Master’s degree and did post graduate work in Educational Psychology at Teachers College – Columbia University.

John also donates time with the Professional Coaches Network – NYC, a group he founded in 2011 to generate networking support for the coaching profession locally in New York City.







A Personal Note from John

Why I Coach

Primarily I coach because I realized it wasn’t just me who didn’t know how to become an effective leader at work or in my personal life.  I kept hoping I’d find the guidance and support I needed.  But, like most people I talk to, I was on my own to figure it out.  Maybe that’s your experience too.

I decided I wanted to provide that support for others using the facts, skills, insights, mistakes, and the rest of it, I’ve gathered along the way. 

I am a life-long learner and always look for work and learning experiences and challenges to broaden and deepen my understanding.

I spent 30 years in corporate America where I started as a secretary and ended up as a firm wide technology director for a large law firm.  Before that, I started, ran and sold two different small businesses.

Education has played a big part in my life.  Beyond college and the school of hard knocks, I went back to school for a graduate degree in Educational Psychology in my early 40’s.  I just wanted to know more about how adults learn and how the brain works. Recently, I wanted to learn more about current thinking in Positive Psychology and coaching, so I took courses at NYU and studied with other coaches.

One thing I faced, and everyone faces, when committing to a new change is what W.C. Howell refers to as Conscious Incompetence.  It’s that place where you realize how much you don’t know. It comes with self-doubt, embarrassment and just plain fear, but you DO come through to the winning side. I’m grateful to the people who held the world steady during my transitions and transformations.  They were my coaches.

So, that’s why I coach and I would be honored to talk to you about the changes you want to make.  Let’s create your path to the other side and make some lasting positive change.