FAQ

Who are the "associates" in Lawton Associates?

Lawton Associates is a "virtual company". There are a number of individuals and organizations with whom we associate, collaborate and affiliate. It was designed this way in order to provide clients with access to world-class knowledge and experience from a variety of sources and to reduce operating overhead thus reduce our costs to clients.

What is the history of the name "Lawton Associates". Why is the firmed named Lawton? Who is/was Lawton?

Lawton Associates was formed in 1997 by John Bennett following a successful career as CEO of a large regional blood center operated by the American Red Cross. John's middle name is Lawton. It was his maternal grandmother's maiden name thus having personal significance.

What can an individual or organization do to prepare for the increasing speed, volume and complexity of change?

We have developed consulting, training and speaking services to help individual and organizational clients prepare for, excel through and improve from change. These services relate to building resilience, improving teamwork, strengthening leadership, project/action planning and management, and change related communication. Our newsletters address many of these topics. John Bennett's book Leading the Edge of Change also addresses this subject.

I see that you utilize the Herrmann Brain Dominance Inventory (HBDI). What is it and how does it apply to change management?

The late Ned Herrmann developed the HBDI nearly 30 years ago. It is a thinking style inventory---not a personality assessment. The premise of the instrument is that our preferences drive our interests, leading us to certain actions. From this we develop competencies. The HBDI is used to identify individual and team thinking preferences and how to apply them in a variety of situations. Examples include communication (two-way) style preferences, financial decision making, change preferences, group thinking, and creativity. We use the instrument in conjunction in a variety of workshops for change leadership, communication, and teamwork. For further information about the HBDI, your personal thinking style, or obtaining a copy of the instrument or using it with your organization, contact us.

Do I need to be a consulting client or workshop participant to enlist John Bennett as a professional coach?

No. Coaching clients come from a variety of backgrounds and settings. Many clients are not associated with consulting or training client organizations.

How does professional coaching fit with the other services you provide?

We believe coaching is a natural extension of the work we do with clients and client organizations. It is an excellent way of reinforcing learning, reinforcing desired behavior changes, supporting the achievement of desired results, and extending access to the professional staff of Lawton Associates.

Several associates have CMC, PCC, and CSP after their names. What do these represent?

The CMC stands for Certified Management Consultant and means that he or she has met strict certification requirements of the Institute of Management Consultants. The Institute was founded in 1968 by the principal associations in the consulting field to establish publicly recognized standards of competence and professional conduct for the individual management consultant. Applicants for certification undergo thorough investigation of his or her consulting experience; he or she is interviewed by a panel of senior consultants to verify their technical competence; and he or she must pass a written examination evidencing their familiarity with the Institute's Code of Ethics which he or she has pledged in writing to follow. Fewer than one percent of all consultants have achieved this level of performance.

The PCC stands for Professional Certified Coach and is awarded by the International Coach Federation (ICF) to those select coaches who have demonstrated successful completion of 125 hours of accredited coach specific training, completed at least 750 hours of coaching, provided client references, passed a written and oral examination, and been coached by a ICF-credentialed coach. Of the estimate 16,000 coaches worldwide, only 525 have earned this credential.

The CSP stands for Certified Speaking Professional designation. It is earned through a combination of professional association, professional education, professional performance and professional business management standards. It is awarded by the National Speakers Association. Requirements to earn this certification include professional standards related to the profession, education, performance, business management. Fewer than 10% of members of the International Federation for Professional Speakers hold this professional designations.

The CMC stands for Certified Management Consultant and means that he or she has met strict certification requirements of the Institute of Management Consultants. The Institute was founded in 1968 by the principal associations in the consulting field to establish publicly recognized standards of competence and professional conduct for the individual management consultant. Applicants for certification undergo thorough investigation of his or her consulting experience; he or she is interviewed by a panel of senior consultants to verify their technical competence; and he or she must pass a written examination evidencing their familiarity with the Institute's Code of Ethics which he or she has pledged in writing to follow. Fewer than one percent of all consultants have achieved this level of performance.

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