James Mapes

Peak Performance Coach, Imagination Expert, Author, Quantum Leap Thinking

James Mapes is the founder of Quantum Leap Thinking, creator of The Transformation Coach™, best- selling author, highly acclaimed business speaker, consultant, seminar leader and personal excellence coach.  For over 30 years, James has been an ardent student of human behavior and dedicated to helping individuals, teams and organizations identify and break through barriers to reach their goals and achieve success. He encourages people to be open to new ways of thinking, and his goal is to help everyone make the "quantum leap" toward more creative, productive and confident lives.  For both businesses and individuals, his message promotes an innovative, powerful way of thinking and provides a new-found mastery over their perceptions so that, in his words, "the invisible becomes visible and the impossible becomes possible." The results have been nothing short of extraordinary, creating key breakthroughs in both organizational and personal excellence.  

James Mapes' success as a speaker and highly regarded authority on creative thinking, communication, managing change, organizational problem-solving, successful teamwork and coaching is due to his early training as an actor and experience as a theatrical producer. In 1969, he graduated from California State University with a Master of Arts degree in theater and speech. He then worked in repertory theater, off-Broadway and directed two of his own theater companies, amassing dozens of television and movie credits. As a performer, he developed a unique stage presence with a special talent for connecting with his audience.  Mapes' work has earned him appearances on CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America and Fox Family Channel, among other media outlets.

As a recognized business speaker and performance coach, James has spoken to hundreds of public and private companies in more than 70 countries.  His clients include financial institutions, software companies, the military, the healthcare industry, financial institutions, training and development divisions of large corporations and major non-profit organizations. Companies, associations, universities and business schools including - IBM Corporate, U.S. Coast Guard, Lockheed Martin and The Princeton Center for Leadership Training - have quoted Mapes in training manuals and textbooks.

James Mapes personal goal of living an exceptional life is reflected in both his business activities as well as his recreational pursuits, which range from scuba-diving, ballooning, racecar driving, Kempo Karate, and world travel, to an avid interest in reading. His two highly regarded books are Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owner's Guide to the Mind and The Workbook: The Magic of Quantum Leap Thinking.  His new book The Elephant and the Rider: Living an Exceptional Life is scheduled for publication in 2012.

James Mapes presentations are personal, interactive and humorous. Above all, he creates results and makes a lasting difference in the energy level, commitment and productivity of each individual in his audience.

In the 1970's, James became interested in the power of the subconscious mind. To better understand this intriguing area, he researched psychology, philosophy, neurology and eventually, hypnotherapy Neuro-Linguistic Programming.  His expertise quickly earned him recognition as a clinical hypnotist, becoming highly effective in assisting clients in weight reduction, smoking cessation, the elimination of phobias and pain reduction for terminally ill cancer patients. As a skilled practitioner of regression techniques, he helped the New York City Police Department in "memory recovery" with both witnesses to, and victims of, crime and he has worked with professional athletes to help improve their performance in their sport.

James Mapes has created an ongoing series of self-improvement audio recordings and writes a syndicated newspaper column for Hearst newspapers in Connecticut and The Arizona Reporter. 

James also enjoys presenting his one-man show, Journey Into the Imagination at performing arts centers and universities around the country. He appeared on Broadway in 2003 and presented A Whirlwind Tour of the Mind at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in Manhattan in 2007. When not touring, James and his wife divide their time between residences in Westport, Connecticut, and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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    Change, Creativity, Healthcare, Innovation, Inspiration, Leadership, Motivation, Peak Performance, Stress Management

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    Connecticut

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    $10,000 - $15,000

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True Leadership: Passion & Values

Imagine That - Managing Change

James Mapes is the founder of Quantum Leap Thinking, creator of The Transformation Coach™, best- selling author, highly acclaimed business speaker, consultant, seminar leader and personal excellence coach.  For over 30 years, James has been an ardent student of human behavior and dedicated to helping individuals, teams and organizations identify and break through barriers to reach their goals and achieve success. He encourages people to be open to new ways of thinking, and his goal is to help everyone make the "quantum leap" toward more creative, productive and confident lives.  For both businesses and individuals, his message promotes an innovative, powerful way of thinking and provides a new-found mastery over their perceptions so that, in his words, "the invisible becomes visible and the impossible becomes possible." The results have been nothing short of extraordinary, creating key breakthroughs in both organizational and personal excellence.  

James Mapes' success as a speaker and highly regarded authority on creative thinking, communication, managing change, organizational problem-solving, successful teamwork and coaching is due to his early training as an actor and experience as a theatrical producer. In 1969, he graduated from California State University with a Master of Arts degree in theater and speech. He then worked in repertory theater, off-Broadway and directed two of his own theater companies, amassing dozens of television and movie credits. As a performer, he developed a unique stage presence with a special talent for connecting with his audience.  Mapes' work has earned him appearances on CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America and Fox Family Channel, among other media outlets.

As a recognized business speaker and performance coach, James has spoken to hundreds of public and private companies in more than 70 countries.  His clients include financial institutions, software companies, the military, the healthcare industry, financial institutions, training and development divisions of large corporations and major non-profit organizations. Companies, associations, universities and business schools including - IBM Corporate, U.S. Coast Guard, Lockheed Martin and The Princeton Center for Leadership Training - have quoted Mapes in training manuals and textbooks.

James Mapes personal goal of living an exceptional life is reflected in both his business activities as well as his recreational pursuits, which range from scuba-diving, ballooning, racecar driving, Kempo Karate, and world travel, to an avid interest in reading. His two highly regarded books are Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owner's Guide to the Mind and The Workbook: The Magic of Quantum Leap Thinking.  His new book The Elephant and the Rider: Living an Exceptional Life is scheduled for publication in 2012.

James Mapes presentations are personal, interactive and humorous. Above all, he creates results and makes a lasting difference in the energy level, commitment and productivity of each individual in his audience.

In the 1970's, James became interested in the power of the subconscious mind. To better understand this intriguing area, he researched psychology, philosophy, neurology and eventually, hypnotherapy Neuro-Linguistic Programming.  His expertise quickly earned him recognition as a clinical hypnotist, becoming highly effective in assisting clients in weight reduction, smoking cessation, the elimination of phobias and pain reduction for terminally ill cancer patients. As a skilled practitioner of regression techniques, he helped the New York City Police Department in "memory recovery" with both witnesses to, and victims of, crime and he has worked with professional athletes to help improve their performance in their sport.

James Mapes has created an ongoing series of self-improvement audio recordings and writes a syndicated newspaper column for Hearst newspapers in Connecticut and The Arizona Reporter. 

James also enjoys presenting his one-man show, Journey Into the Imagination at performing arts centers and universities around the country. He appeared on Broadway in 2003 and presented A Whirlwind Tour of the Mind at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in Manhattan in 2007. When not touring, James and his wife divide their time between residences in Westport, Connecticut, and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Imagine That! 

Success literally depends on how people use their imagination.  Exceptional individuals in all walks of life have the capability to think creatively and open up new opportunities for innovation.  These are the individuals who have mastered the skill of visualizing a dynamic and successful future and then creating what they envision with optimism and hope. Einstein's words have never ringed truer, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. It is a preview of life's coming attractions."

James Mapes, the leading authority on the psychology of "applied imagination," demonstrates that success can be achieved by a clear understanding and application of the mind.  James skillfully stretches people’s perceptions to see new possibilities and experience how their own imagination works.  He guides his audience to understand that the powerful mental pictures we all carry around with us impact the opportunities we see and are the force which shapes how we thrive in challenging times. .

Based on his successful signature program and best-selling book, Quantum Leap Thinking, James Mapes has created this new, engaging, practical, interactive and entertaining program, James captures and holds the audience's attention with a compelling series of stories, demonstrations and video clips that leave no doubt that – “you can achieve what you imagine.”  Participants will experience applying their own imagination to craft a personal “vision” that instills passion and motivation in – all areas of life.  The audience will leave this thought-provoking, fascinating and inspiring journey learning:

  • How to apply their imagination to successfully achieve goals.
  • How to craft a compelling, emotional, realistic and persuasive future vision.
  • How to recognize and break through limiting fears.
  • How to use core values to unlock motivation.
  • How to take risks. 
  • How to manage change for growth.  

Program Length: 45 minutes – 90 minutes 

True Leadership  

What is leadership–really? The business world is awash with leadership philosophies, how-to books and training institutes that can leave even the savvy manager perplexed as to exactly how to encourage employees to develop their own leadership style. It is important to push aside the clutter and get back to a fundamental understanding of what "true" leadership traits are essential for success. The adage "leaders are born, not made" is questionable, as it takes hard work to craft a leadership style that works for each individual 

In this provocative, confrontational, lively and interactive presentation, renowned performance coach and best-selling author James Mapes incorporates his legendary humor, movie clips and an array of audience exercises to reveal:

  • The five core traits of all great leaders.
  • Why morality, a nice disposition and power do not necessarily make a great leader.
  • A road map for participants to enhance their personal leadership style and permanently transform it. 
  • How to craft an emotionally charged, clear and realistic future vision to motivate. 

Program Length: 60 – 90 minutes

Patient Pre-op/Post-op Healing Therapy™

Patient Pre-op/Post-op Healing Therapy™ is meant to serve as an adjunct to patient treatment.   
This program can be presented directly to patients or - as a workshop for medical staff.

This groundbreaking interactive learning experience reduces fear and anxiety, manages negative stress and creates a healing consciousness for recovery.   “Stress, depression and anxiety prior to surgery have all been associated with poor surgical recovery,” writes Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, professor of psychiatry and psychology at Ohio State University.  Studies show that reducing negative stress reduces fear, improves immune function, reduces pain and helps heal faster from surgery.

Attendees will…

  • Experience 2 highly engaging participatory exercises to unlock the untapped powers of their imagination.
  • Discover how the application of “positive imagery” that will help them successfully manage even the most difficult challenges.
  • Learn techniques to reduce stress, improve their sense of well-being and move towards their procedure with calmness, hope and an understanding of the mind-body connection. 
  • Experience a 15 minute closed-eye relaxation/visualization that instills calmness, hope, motivation for wellness and healing.
  • Receive a recording of a relaxation/visualization which they will be instructed to listen to twice a day for minimum of 1 week before surgery.

With Patient Pre-op/Post-op Healing Therapy™, James calls upon his 30 years of experience as a peak performance coach, business speaker, medical facilitator and clinical hypnotist. This presentation is based on both his extensive experience in helping patients prepare for all forms of surgery as well as his own journey of having open heart surgery. James is the author of the best-selling book, Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owner’s Guide to the Mind and Creator of the Transformational Coach Program™.    

The program will include the 5 principles learned from a combination of his executive business coaching and his open-heart surgery.

1. MAKE FRIENDS WITH REALITY: If you can accept the reality of the situation, you can turn fear into positive action and control what can be controlled.

2. ADJUST YOUR ATTITUDE: Having a positive attitude affects everyone – from the patient to family and friends to the hospital staff. 

3. CREATE A SOLID SUPPORT SYSTEM: Surround yourself with people who have a positive attitude and have your best interest in mind.  This includes choosing an advocate to act on your behalf.

4. ASK FOR HELP AND EXPRESS YOUR GRATITUDE: Friends and caregivers need to know you need them.  Set aside your ego and ask for help because that is what friends and caregivers provide - comfort and peace of mind.  Say “Thank you.”  Gratitude is a surprisingly powerful force for good.

5. CREATE A VISION THAT WILL BRING PEACE AND CALMNESS BEFORE SURGERY AND SUPPORT A POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HEALING FOR THE FUTURE: Unleash the power of imagery to quiet stress and fear and create a positive expectation (hope) for the future.  Visualization is a useful tool that will serve you for life.

Patient program length: 60-75 minutes.  Physician workshop length: 2 Hours

Hewlett Packard Company

"What an inspirational evening! You truly captivated HP's management team with your presentation and opened their minds to 'anything & everything' is possible. Your message and your delivery were extremely effective for 'out-of-the-box' thinking and personal application. We highly recommend you for rejuvenating a conference and helping people through change. Your message is perfect for peak performers."

Colliers Turley Martin Tucker

"James was FANTASTIC. I've gotten extremely positive feedback from all our senior executives, both verbally and via e-mail. His personalization of the material really impressed everyone, as well as his energy. He was a great way to end the conference. I have to tell you, James is the ultimate professional."

Mercer Latin America

“James’ ‘True Leadership’ keynote address at the 2011 Mercer Latin America HR Forum was excellent - both thought provoking and inspiring. It really made you think about how you can improve your own personal leadership style. James has a great delivery which is both informative and entertaining. He really engages with his audience!”

Merisant Company

”When you meet James Mapes, you cannot help but have a visceral reaction to his unique ability to shape your life in a positive manner. I was first introduced to James through his book, Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owners Guide to the Mind; however, after meeting in person, I was truly moved by James’ ability to teach, coach and inspire. James is an architect of “high performance” and has a personality that resonates with enthusiasm and a positive mental attitude. James recently spent time with our Executive Team and our North American Division. The result of the meeting greatly exceeded all of our expectations… in addition to learning specific tools to enhance performance; team members left the meeting with an increased level of passion and desire to achieve success. James is a special person, an extraordinary motivator, a powerful communicator and a great architect of performance.”
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