About Us

Clear Way Forward is a strategic business and leadership development consulting firm that combines the discipline of military planning and strategy development, with public and private best practices, all backed by rigorous academic research. Our methodology provides education-based outcomes for corporate leaders to develop a clear, executable strategy, to establish a long term vision that aligns all decision-makers, and to expedite growth, all while nesting subordinate initiative and decisiveness throughout organization to achieve your strategic goals, and objectives.


Clear Way Forward believes that creating culture, establishing strategic alignment, and developing leadership (both organizational and individual) are a conscious commitment and a deliberate choice to bolster organizational strength, accelerate growth, and purposely develop the individual as well as the organization.  We provide outcome-based education to help organizations develop an innovative, team-oriented, mission-focused culture that aligns, nests, and anchors all decisions to the organizational strategy. When achieved, this allows all team-mates to demonstrate initiative and decisiveness at a higher decision-making tempo than your competitors.  In today’s market place, that is a strategic advantage.


Bring out the leader in everyone. 


  • Humility
  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Honor
  • Temperance
  • Patience
  • Diligence

About the Founder

John F. Griffin is a retired Marine Corps infantry officer with special operations experience who completed multiple combat tours in Somalia, the Battle of Fallujah, Iraq, and the Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Whether delivering keynote speeches, facilitating workshops, or providing corporate development, John has a unique approach to build connections and relationships with every member of the team – from C-Suite executives to front line supervisors and entry-level associates.  John is an award-winning practitioner, and his methodologies are backed by a rigorous academic history.

John’s current activities include:

  • Associate Professor, Leadership and Ethics, Naval War College
  • Chair, Northeastern University, Dolce Center for the Advancement of Veterans and Servicemembers
  • EdD (c) Organizational Leadership

John Griffin on LinkedIn