Over 30 Years of Experience Leading + Managing People
Bennet (“Ben”) Simonton is an expert at enabling management at every level to incite and sustain excellence through their leadership in the workplace.
After a successful career in the Navy and private sector electric power generation industry, he focused on what he loves most, working with managers and executives to produce great leadership.
All the skills, principles, tools and methods he provides were developed personally from years of experience. He directly applied his methods to turn around four separate management disasters and led one of his organizations to 300% per person gains in productivity.
Ben breaks managing and leading people into a science with clear actions producing definable and known outcomes. He takes the guess work and stress out of managing people, to drive higher performance, resulting in better products, more revenue and happier customers.
In 2005, he founded Simonton Associates and published his first book outlining all of the leadership skills, tools and techniques he had developed. Prior to this, he was with Con Edison, New York City’s electric utility company, as an executive in charge of more than 1,300 unionized employees overhauling electric generating station boilers, turbines and auxiliaries for fossil and nuclear stations.
Ben is a Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, spent 26 years in the Navy (Retired Captain), holds a Masters Degree in Computer Systems and is a graduate of the US Navy Nuclear Power School (Monterey, CA, under Admiral Rickover).
He now advises executives and managers, helping them hone their leadership skills, to turn around poor management situations, to close productivity gaps and to increase performance across teams, organizations or the entire company.
“In my last executive position, on one occasion we sent a large workforce to a nuclear electric generating station to overhaul machinery. Several of the top level managers at that station asked questions of my people on the job and later remarked that they were unable to tell supervisors from workers. That workforce consisted of well-trained, industrious, strong and independent, successful and proud supervisors and workers, almost all of them having the five traits of a Five Star person.”
Ben talking to Greg Thomas from weLEAD Online Magazine.
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Ben’s Leadership Credentials
“Once I entered the U.S. Naval Academy, I set a goal for myself to develop expertise in leading large numbers of people. In pursuit of this goal, I read every leadership and management book I could find and studied the history of human accomplishments, the actions taken and the reasons for those actions.” – Ben
How Ben Developed the Leadership Skills and Techniques in His Book
“It was at the U.S. Naval Academy where I was first formally taught about leadership. We, the future officers, were taught about leaders like John Paul Jones, told numerous stories and studied years of Naval History all to make us strong leaders. Indeed leadership was not taught so much as a science with theory and methods, but as an art form and given great stature because of the considerable accomplishments of famous naval leaders. Those officers who achieved something extra special were simply great leaders.”
“People are four times more capable than we think they are, but only if we unleash their natural talents.”
Why Ben Can Help You Develop High Performing Teams
If you want to turn lower and mid-level performers into top performers and increase innovation and productivity across your group or organization, you’re in the right place.
If you are trying to develop internal leadership and talent, you’re also in the right place.
Here’s why. You must learn about human nature to get what you want from the people you manage and to drive excellence within an organization.
If you know what makes people “tick,” or what makes them highly self-motivated, it’s easier to get them to unleash their full potential and get 100% of their brainpower focused on their job. It also makes them easy to manage.
How do we find out what truly drives the people you manage to be top performers?
Ben breaks down managing and leading people into a science which means specific managerial actions create expected and measurable positive or negative outcomes.
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Ben managed diverse groups for 34+ years, including as an executive in charge of a 1,300 person unionized organization. He made all the managing mistakes one can make, then devised solutions for 99.9% of people management issues. Ben knows leadership.