John L. Bennett

John Bennett, President

John Bennett, PhD, PCC, CMC, is president of Lawton Associates, and helps individuals and organizations achieve desired results through strategic and tactical approaches to coping with, and improving from change. For more than 25 years, he has been helping individuals and organizations prepare for, excel through, and improve from change.

As a professional speaker, John has educated, while entertaining audiences on topics related to building resilience and leading change. As a consultant, he has worked with leading biomedical, human service, professional associations, and educational enterprises in developing capacities for successful adaptation and transition. As a master trainer, he has helped thousands of people increase their ability and willingness to engage in change. As an author, he has written numerous articles related to leading change, innovative team-based management, building resilience, and communication. He is author of the book, Leading the Edge of Change: Building Individual and Organizational Capacity for the Evolving Nature of Change and The Essential Network: Success Through Personal Connections. Also, as a coach, he has helped individuals define and realize their goals and improve performance while building personal satisfaction.

Prior to forming Lawton Associates, John was CEO of an American Red Cross biomedical services division. He has led pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution operations as well as the development and delivery of essential human services. In addition, John has led mergers and turnarounds as well as new product development/marketing and computer system designs/installations. He was host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show focusing on personal and organizational transformation as well as serving as an adjunct faculty member in the graduate school of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and the University of Phoenix Online. Currently, he is assistant professor and chair of the communication department at Queens University of Charlotte where he teaches organizational communication course including coaching, consulting, organization development, group dynamics, corporate culture, and ethics. Download his Curriculum Vitae (CV) here.

John is a member of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, the Institute for Management Consultants, the International Coach Federation, and the OD Network. He is a past president of the International Coach Federation–Charlotte Chapter. He is also a certified practitioner of the Herrmann Brain Dominance Inventory (HBDI). In addition, he is qualified to use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and numerous other instruments including DISC.

John earned a PhD in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University and a masters degree in public administration (MPA) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is also a graduate of the Corporate Coach U (CCU) corporate business coach program. John earned the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation from the Institute of Management Consultants. Less than one percent of all consultants have achieved this level of performance. And, he earned the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coach Federation.

He is involved in numerous professional and community service projects. John is a member of the Board of Directors of the Diversity Council of the Carolinas, International Coach Federation’s Research and Education Committee, and Research Advisory Panel for The Foundation of Coaching. He is a founding board member and past-president of the Charlotte Area Chapter of the International Coach Federation and a founder of the ICF’s annual Coaching Research Symposium.

He lives on Lake Norman in North Carolina and travels extensively speaking, training and consulting with domestic and multinational clients.