Fred Johnson

Fred Johnson

Doctor of Ministry
CEO and Founder of InitiativeOne

Dr. Johnson is the results-driven Chief Executive Officer and Founder of InitiativeOne. He has developed and implemented proprietary processes that create cultural change within corporate and organizational environments by focusing on improving the behaviors of key leaders. Implementation of these processes results in verifiable improvement in morale, productivity, profitability, and efficiency. In a world of fast paced change, leaders need to internalize principles that enable nimble adaptation and effective response to multiple scenarios. Dr. Johnson aids leaders in obtaining a heightened knowledge and practical skills, such as decision-making and problem solving, to elevate their leadership abilities in order to be effective as an individual and as a part of a team. Dr. Johnson is a nationally recognized expert in the implications of the interaction of different generations and their own unique needs as they relate to the corporate environment. He is co-author of the book Is Everyone On the Boat? and The Reality of Change and is a sought-after speaker for business conferences and corporate seminars. He has taught leadership and organizational principles to senior executives of Fortune 100 companies, and is passionate about sharing his message with organizations throughout the United States. Dr. Johnson is a catalyst for deep transformation that encompasses the whole person. What emerges is a heightened sense of identity coming from who you are rather than what you do. Clients consistently note the impact that Dr. Johnson has made on their personal and corporate leadership journeys. He is passionate about guiding change in the lives of those who play integral roles in the workplace.

What is your educational background?

BS Sociology Arizona State, Master of Divinity Southern Seminary, Louisville, Doctor of Ministry Southern Seminary, Louisville, and Post Doctorate Fellowship Leadership Development Northern Baptist Theological Seminary Lombard, Illinois

What is your professional background?

Pastor 18 years 1980-1998, Pastoral Care Counselor (Addictive Behavior, Family Systems, Marriage and Family), Founded InitiativeOne 1999, Director, Board of Trustees Judson University 1994-1998, Sociology Professor, Vincennes Univ. Vincennes, Indiana 1992-1993

What is your greatest passion?

Growing Leaders

What are the best books that you have read?

John Adams by David MCCullough, and Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

What is your favorite quote?

You either live by your own purpose or by someone else's noise! There is no in between!

Where do you like to travel?

San Francisco is my favorite and NYC is close behind

What is your family information?

Married to Tracy for 11 years. Todd, Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot US Army. Christopher, Director of Leadership University of Arkansas. Lauren, Surgical Nurse Barrow Neurological Institute. Chase, future paleontologist and interior designer and Eli, Future Motorcycle Gang Member, Professional Fisherman.

What is your favorite hobby?

Landscaping, interior design

Who is your favorite superhero?


Who is your favorite band?

Led Zeppelin

If you could have dinner with anyone (past or present) who would it be?

Mother Teresa

What is your favorite food?

Ribeye Steak. My Mom's apple dumpling

What is one item on your bucket list?

Run a Marathon (update: completed in 2018!)

Who is someone that you admire?

Dr. Billy Graham

What song describes your life?

Under His Love - Steve Camp Contempory Artist

How do you spend your free time?

Boating, Working on the property on Washington Island

What is your favorite movie?

Somewhere in Time