I have three favourite quotes: 'The key to everything is empathy, as nothing is more fruitful than walking in the shoes of others.' 'Be the change that you want to see in the world.' 'Think globally. Work locally.'
If I have to say one thing I want to fix, I would say it's the obscurity in communication. Technology, I believe, is about meeting the unmet, unarticulated needs of the people. And, the better the communication we have with them, the better, faster and more efficiently we are able to empathise with them which is crucial for creating real value. I guess what I'm trying to say is, as the providers of technology, we should be a bit more Process-oriented, rather than being Result-oriented all the time. I interact with our clients about their digital needs. I try to make them feel as if they're talking to an expert who deeply empathises with their problems/requirements, and bring clarity and energy to the table across teams.
I started coding in Visual Basic (VB) when I was about 10. I am mostly self-taught when it comes to programming and architecting software. I was a college dropout and started freelancing at an early age. Growing up, I wanted to diversify my career, so I worked at different organizations in a relatively shorter span, which enabled me to gain a multi-industrial experience. I enjoy the multi-disciplinary impact. The creativity. The opportunity of evolving our own self-awareness and challenging our own fixed mindsets as working with Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, and Process Automation really enables us to amplify human intelligence and to drive positive change.
When I'm not working, I play some guitar. I write whatever comes to my mind. I binge-watch American TV shows. I ruminate about the scientific and philosophical aspects of the cosmos and us humans. I love to support my family, especially my mother who is an incredibly insightful lady.
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That day has probably saved us three months of work. I'm amazed at how much we got done.
Jim managed a strategic planning retreat for my management team. It was fab. Very focused, very enjoyable, and with great outputs. He's a big guy with immense integrity and fab ideas.
Steve Andrews, CEO and Chairman, Whitewater
Great facilitator, capable of helping you to reach new heights - but always with a focus on practicality and implementation. Jim knows that it is what gets done that matters - not what gets said or thought. Highly recommended!
Mike Chitty, Head of Applied Leadership, NHS Leadership Academy
Jim is an absolute pleasure to work with. He helped design and facilitated a large staff conference (450 staff) effortlessly, bringing what can be a disparate group of people together using humour, integrity and a clear focus on the key messages of the day. Jim always goes the extra mile, giving constructive and well-observed feedback to help relationships move forward and a huge dose of creativity. I would highly recommend him for facilitation, executive coaching and creative problem solving and development.
Tracey Webb, Head of Learning and Organisational Development, Network Housing Group
Jim very quickly grasped the essence of our company and helped us formulate a great 5-year strategic plan covering all aspects of our business, ranging from defining and recruiting key positions, developing a marketing plan through to choosing tactics to operationally execute. He is a born marketer, but he has that special plus of also being operationally savvy, action-oriented and without blah-blah. He is effective, has integrity, and is just a very likeable guy.
Lise Madsen, MD, Honeyrose Bakery
Jim is an exceptional guru, consultant and advisor. He outthinks any other consultant I have met ...and he's on your side. Practical 'cos he runs his own very successful business but enjoys coaching/consultancy. Every time I spend a session with Jim I walk away with a big smile and a fistful of unstoppable ideas.
John 'Baldilocks' Donnelly, Inspirational Speaker, Learning Point