“When we’re facing challenges that appear oppressive to our spirit, or thwart our will to achieve, we come to a threshold that, if crossed, can usher us into a new way of seeing ourselves and the world around us. We gain a new stance that we couldn’t think our way into. Leaning into these crossings is to lean into our emerging leadership and humanity.”
Intensely interested in the human experience, Jim guides individuals and organizations through transitions while stepping more fully into their lives. He’s keen to help entrepreneurs and start-up organizations discover their own authentic expression of leadership and the meaningful contributions that come from it. Jim has extensive cross-cultural experience and has worked in settings around the globe, including roughly 5 years in Italy helping to launch a business within Hewlett Packard. As a speaker and workshop facilitator, he is engaging on topics of leadership, innovation, design thinking, and transformative change and has presented and led experiences in a variety of gatherings and venues including MIT, Yale University, Michigan State University, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a variety of community and professional settings.
Jim is a former core member of the Presencing Institute, born from MIT’s Center for Organizational Learning and offering training and assistance in the application of Theory U – a methodology of transformative change. Along with coaching and leading team leadership and organizational development initiatives, Jim is also a wilderness guide. For almost 20 years, Jim has been guiding programs in the wilderness that support human development and informing a very personal and approach to living one’s authentic and fulfilling life. Now offered as the Reboot Quest, this program is a western contemporary approach following common structures of a “vision quest” experience and is annually offered and open to members of the startup community. Jim is a husband, a dad to two wonderful daughters, under service to and providing plenty of love and outdoor time to his dog, Otis, and to a bird, Saphie, who thinks he’s a dog and adores Otis.