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Performance consultant, Executive coach, Educator
Certified Ontological Coach (NCOC™) by Newfield Network

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Coaching and Management

John has more than 27 years of experience in business and industry. In addition to more than seven years as a performance consultant with AT&T, he has consulted and coached CEOs, executives, and senior managers in client organizations in the aerospace, financial, telecommunications, retail, oil and gas, professional services, and governmental sectors. He is founder and president of John B. Lazar & Associates, Inc., a performance consulting and executive coaching firm. He works with individual leaders and their work teams, altering their perspective, motivation and performance to produce socially and emotionally intelligent leadership and management, breakthrough results and business success. He coaches executive teams around their alignment, trust and accountability issues, and with the fit between organizational culture and strategy, identifying the critical leverage points that can enable positive, sustainable shifts. He also consults to companies on issues of leadership, management, communications, evaluation, executive team alignment, culture-strategy fit, organizational change, and performance improvement.

Personal Background

John is a native of Chicago; he currently lives in the suburb of Forest Park. He has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s degree in clinical and developmental psychology. Trained in ontology (by Fernando Flores, Rafael Echeverria and Julio Olalla), NeuroLinguistic Programming (with Richard Bandler and John Grinder), and performance technology (with Roger Kaufman, Judith Hale and Odin Westgaard), he brings a broad, integrative, systemic perspective to his work. His interview by David Wright appears in Conversations on Success (Insight Publishing, 2006). He also has developed a ten-part series of DVDs on Take Your Power Back, each part addressing a different attribute/skill set (such as belief and perseverance). He enjoys reading, golf, travel and cooking, as well as preparing and sharing good meals with friends and family.

Professional Qualifications
  • Master Certified Coach (MCC) by International Coach Federation since 1999
  • Newfield Certified Ontological Coach™ by Newfield Network, 1992
  • Coaching Excellence in Organizations (CEO) program coach by Institute for Generative Leadership, 2010
  • Team Management and Leadership Program (TMLP) super coach for Landmark Education Corporation, 1997-2004
  • Certified to deliver and interpret Birkman Method™ assessment, Birkman Teambuilding assessment, Hogan Leadership assessment suite, Emotional Competence Inventory, Emotional and Social Competence Inventory, Leadership Style Inventory, Organizational Climate Survey, Culture-Strategy Fit diagnostic suite
  • B.A. Psychology, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois, 1974
  • M.A. Clinical and developmental psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1983

Professional Memberships
  • International Coach Federation (
  • International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI)
  • International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations (ICCO)
  • Organization Development Network/Chicago (ODN/C)

Best Practices
  • Co-founder and owner of Professional Coaching Publications, Inc., publisher of IJCO The International Journal of Coaching in Organizations™
  • Written more than dozen articles and chapters
  • Delivered more than 80 presentations to local, national and international audiences in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, England, Belgium, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, India, and China on topics including human capital management, leadership and sustainable leadership, executive team alignment, management skills, coaching, blended interventions, coaching program design, emotional intelligence, communications, evaluation, and ROI
  • Edited 31 issues of IJCO™ and book Leaders: Their Stories, Their Words
  • Member of International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring Industry Advisory Board
  • Founding member, former Acting Executive Director, former Governance and Ethics Chair, board member and President of the Board of ICCO
  • Executive coach in more than a dozen international coach networks
  • External executive coach to Boeing Corporation and Deloitte

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