The Bennett Group

Expertise: Jim Bennett has over 45 years of experience as a Director at McKinsey and Company, senior banking executive, and internet company CEO.
Cleveland, OH
Training: Company (Classroom)
Former McKinsey Director: Custom Designed Leadership and Skill Building Programs

Custom designed leadership and skill building programs of the frequency and duration desired by the client organization and covering a range of topics. 

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Former McKinsey Director: Coaching and Mentoring

Ongoing coaching and mentoring individual executives on both business skills and leadership development.

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Corporate Strategy for Companies with Revenues of $200M to $2B

The majority of Jim's work has been in overall corporate strategy development, organizational transformation, and top team effectiveness for companies with revenues from $200 million to $2 billion.

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From this consulting and line management experience across many industries and functions, he has developed a number of capability building programs for both organizations and for individuals. These programs utilize current circumstances of the participants as learning opportunities (their own “cases”) and combine lecture, role plays, interactive discussions, practice assignments between sessions, and extensive personal coaching.

Work Experience

Chief of Staff, Cleveland State University

CEO, Cleveland Convention Center and Global Center for Health Innovation

Chair of the Client and Professional Development Committee and Managing Director of the Canadian and Midwest offices, McKinsey & Company,

CEO and Board member, within3

Senior Executive Vice President and Chair of Retail Banking, KeyBank

CEO, EmployOn


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Harvard Law School

Cornell University

Phillips Exeter Academy

Books & Publications

McKinsey & Company, Leader of worldwide organization practice development project leading to the 7-S model

Boards & Committees

Progressive Insurance - Board of Directors

Awards & Honors

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'The Leading Brain': The Science of Achieving Peak Performance

Advances in cognitive neuroscience are enabling insights into the brain like never before. Neuroscientist Friederike Fabritius and Hans Hagemann, co-founder of the Munich Leadership Group, combine science with management consulting to discover which techniques for peak performance actually work, in their book The Leading Brain: Powerful Science-Based Strategies for Achieving Peak Performance.

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The seven decisions that matter in a digital transformation: A CEO's guide to reinvention

A successful digital transformation requires making trade-off decisions. Here's how successful CEOs guide their business's reinvention. Being the CEO of a large company facing digital disruption can seem like being a gambler at a roulette table. You know you need to place bets to win, but you have no idea where to put your chips.

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What CEOs are reading

Leaders of some of the world's biggest organizations reveal which books will keep them occupied in the coming months. The slightly lazier days of summer are upon the northern hemisphere, with beach vacations beckoning. South of the equator, temperatures are dipping and cozy weekends lie ahead.

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StrengthsFinder 2.0

StrengthsFinder 2.0 features the NEW and UPGRADED version of the StrengthsFinder program, the main selling point of mega-bestseller Now, Discover Your...

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A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service

From the former secretary of defense and author of the acclaimed #1 best-selling memoir Duty, a characteristically direct, informed, and urgent assessment of why big institutions are failing us and how smart, committed leadership can effect real improvement regardless of scale. Across the re...

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Integrated communications and public relations firm

Dix & Eaton is an integrated communications firm that partners to drive results

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The Trusted Advisor

Bestselling author David Maister teams up with Charles H. Green and Robert M. Galford to bring us the essential tool for all consultants, negotiators, and advisors.In today's fast-paced networked economy, professionals must work harder than ever to maintain and improve their business skills and k...

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Senior partner in a consulting firm
Working with you has been a privilege and an indulgent learning experience - I actually feel guilty for having had so many chances to do so. You helped me walk through doors that I did not even know existed. The only way I could learn more is by trying to fill a portion of the space created by your absence
To a number of lucky individuals, including myself, you have been a guiding light, a tough mentor, a source of humor and fun, and a wonderful friend. Your untiring care has touched the Firm, the Office, and many people in countless positive ways. I thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent together and already miss your presence deeply. Please accept my warmest, fond wishes; may you receive even a fraction of the joy you have given!