Jim Lawless: Biography highlights
A true architect of change, Jim Lawless has devoted the last two decades of his professional life to understanding and delivering transformation, handling uncertainty and risk and creating and operating in ‘no normal’ environments.
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About Jim Lawless
He has delivered for global organisations, high growth companies, government departments and Olympic teams. He is the high-performance team coach of choice for many senior leadership teams around the world and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council.
He is fascinated with understanding how we can lead, create high performance and operate through uncertainty, change and ‘no normal’ environments to deliver bold objectives.
Jim has been voted global #4 motivational speaker according to Global Gurus 2021 list. He also ranked #1 outside of the USA and #6 globally in the 2020 Global Gurus motivational speaker rankings. Jim has inspired and educated over half a million people on five continents through his keynotes and workshops and many more through his internationally bestselling book, ‘Taming Tigers’ (Penguin Random House).
Uniquely, he insists on experiencing and proving his approaches personally in extreme settings, giving him unparalleled and immediate credibility with his audiences.
He used ‘Taming Tigers’ to become a televised jockey within a year of starting to ride and to become the deepest British freediver in history (101m) in just 8 months of training. Both whilst delivering his day job (a key element of change) and with no prior experience or physical conditioning.
A qualified UK solicitor, Jim practised commercial law in the City of London and a global tech company. He was elected a fellow of the UK’s Royal Society for the Arts for his writing on culture and change. He is father to two daughters, a helicopter pilot and a classical pianist.
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North West Europe, Becton Dickinson
“When our people work with Taming Tigers they lose their negativity and fear and become more open-minded, relaxed and easy to work with, without taking away their drive and their focus on results.”
“It’s like he has a secret weapon that makes anything possible”
“We at Apple pride ourselves in thinking differently, that is why we work in partnership with Jim. Our big conference pitches and our key sales presentations have both been inspired by the Lawless touch.”
“Jim was truly inspiring on the day. He had the audience memorised with his fantastic story telling – you could hear a pin drop. The subsequent feedback from delegates has been outstanding!”
“Jim made a tremendously positive and inspiring impact – exactly what was needed!”
“Having Jim acting on stage is transforming the audience. I have experienced twice how he is able to motivate, enthuse and move a hall full of people within minutes. Jim is THE person you need if you want to introduce creative, out of the box thinking.“
“Great fun and massively valuable. Brings out amazing qualities in colleagues that normally are quite reserved”
“Jim Lawless related to our current situation – an organisation going through massive change – with wit, enthusiasm and challenge.”
ATOS UK & Ireland
“Working with Jim proved to be challenging and a turning point for our Exec team. It allowed us to step back and examine how we were operating as a team and create a team agreement around how we would step up together.”
“Our work with Jim and his team has helped us to achieve a strong integration of recent acquisitions, challenge the status quo and build a platform for further transformation with a sense of belief, a sense of energy and a sense of purpose.”
“It exceeded my expectations in so many ways and I wanted to let you know that the unsolicited feedback from participants has been resoundingly positive. A standing ovation is not given lightly by our European Leadership Team – a true testament to the value you brought to our conference and I’m confident that we are ready as a team to both tame and unleash our inner tigers.”
Jim's speaking topics
Exactly how to do things you never thought you could.
High Performance Teams
High performing teams know why they are so. They have an architecture: proven engineering embedded within a robust design that is unique to the task and team.
Achieving outrageous objectives
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The Confusion Zone
How to operate outside the comfort zone, successfully, healthily and happily, in an age of no normal.
Inspirational Leadership in Disruption and Uncertainty
How to create the safety and purpose your people need to operate in uncertainty and to follow you across stormy waters.
The elite freediver’s mindfulness tools and mental disciplines for handling uncertainty and risk without tension and anxiety.
Breaking through personal boundaries
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