John Bauer

John E. Bauer Consulting, LLC


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John E. Bauer Consulting, LLC
Principal and Senior Strategist
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11266 W. Talon Circle
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Company Overview
An independent leadership consultant compelled to assist nonprofit organizations and their executive leaders to achieve their preferred futures through strategic, mutually beneficial partnerships and relationships with competitors, collaborators, clients and communities. Extensive experience in facilitating strategic planning processes, benchmarking performance, providing executive coaching and intervention, and training boards in best governance practices. Adept at negotiating and structuring organizational collaborations and supporting integration processes as well as providing executive succession planning and interim executive leadership.
Executive coaching, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic partnerships, board development, organizational development, succession planning, interim executive leadership, international collaboration and development, risk assessment and management,
Practice Areas (select top 3)
  • Board Support (Development, Governance, Retreats, Training)
  • Capacity Building
  • Executive Coaching
  • Interim Leadership
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Organizational Development
  • Strategic planning
Client List
Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee, WI
West Suburban Chamber of Commerce, Wauwatosa, WI
Diakonia Compassionate Ministry, Kisumu, Kenya
Immanuel Communities, Omaha, NE
Next Door Foundation, Milwaukee, WI
The Independence Fund, Charlotte, NC
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, IL
Bethel Lutheran Church, Madison WI
No One Left Behind, Merrifield, VA
Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, Pembroke, Bermuda
Save Our Allies, Durham, NC
Vennture, Wauwatosa, WI
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Milwaukee, WI
Special Forces Association of America, Washington, D.C.
Cedarburg Art Museum, Cedarburg, WI
Milwaukee Urban Stables, Milwaukee, WI
Testimonial 1
"I have worked with John in several different settings. He has done some executive coaching and teaching with CEOs in our MHS network. John is a seasoned executive. He has a strategic orientation. He understands the need to build the leadership capacities of senior leadership and boards. He is warm-hearted, intuitive, and perceptive. ~Dr. Rick Stiffney, President and CEO, Mennonite Health Services
Testimonial 2
"I have experienced the positive impact of John's leadership working with boards, both when he served as chairman and as an active board member. one of John's gifts is the ability to synthesize complex issues into actionable steps that benefit organizations undergoing transformational change." ~ Linda Timmons, President and CEO, Mosaic, Omaha, NE.
Testimonial 3
After a bit of apprehension, The Board of Directors and I embarked on a rewrite of our strategic plan. John was an invaluable asset in helping the organization to focus on meaningful and deliberate areas relevant to the organization. John used his years of experience in multiple settings on a technical and emotional level. The end result was a succinct plan, not overburdened with tactics, fluid enough to provide core direction, without ignoring the changing dynamics of our field. ~ Eric Gurley, President and CEO, Immanuel Communities, Omaha, NE

Publications & Articles

Article 1
The CEO, The Board and Sustainability
Article 2
How Can the CEO Lead the Board in Evaluating and Improving Its Own Effectiveness
Article 3
How Can the CEO Lead Strategic Planning with the Board?

Speaker's Bureau Information

Speaker Bio
Dr. John E. Bauer, Principal and Senior Strategist of John E. Bauer Consulting, LLC, began his practice upon his retirement as President and CEO of Bethesda Lutheran Communities, a $155 MM national service agency supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Previously, served as the merger integration manager and interim chief operations officer at Bethesda. Before joining Bethesda, he was the chief academic officer of Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, WI. He has extensive experience in nonprofit governance, strategic planning, international program development, and executive coaching and leadership development. He is the author of Your Preferred Future. Achieved., a new model for nonprofit strategic planning.
Topic 1
Who's the Boss? The CEO's Executive Role in Board Governance
Topic 1 Description
After a 42 year career in executive leadership, including as CEO of a national service organization to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Dr. Bauer has also served as board member and chair of numerous local, regional and national nonprofit boards of directors. He shares his experience in this exploration of roles and responsibilities of nonprofit CEOs as they work with their boards of directors to maximize their value to the organization.
Topic 2
Your Preferred Future. Achieved. - Ten Critical Questions for Nonprofit Strategic Planning
Topic 2 Description
Integrating the concerns over the need for long-range strategic planning and the development of immediate strategy, Dr. Bauer will share his experience in strategic planning to demonstrate how nonprofit organizations can engage in strategic planning that includes sustainability, environment scanning and capacity assessment into a process that includes short term strategizing with long term vision.
Topic 3
Best Practice in Nonprofit Governance
Topic 3 Description
Having served as both CEO and board chairman of numerous local, regional and national nonprofit boards, Dr. Bauer will share his experience and knowledge regarding what constitutes best practice in nonprofit governance. He will examine legal and ethical duties, governance models and styles, leadership practices and philosophy, and will point out the numerous traps and pitfalls that unprepared boards may fall into.

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