Jim Lawless is one of the world’s leading keynote speakers. Over half a million people on five continents have been entertained and inspired by Jim’s presentations and many more by his bestselling book “Taming Tigers” (Random House).
Jim acts as an elite team coach at board level and serves as a non-executive board chairman. He has advised companies globally on creating cultural change and elite teams. He has designed and implemented successful change programmes in companies including Apple, Barclaycard, Atos, Axa, BT, Aramark, Skrill Group and Badminton England.
He insists on testing his principles on himself before advising others, using “Taming Tigers” to become Britain’s deepest freediver. He is the first Briton to dive below the magic 100m barrier on a single breath of air. In response to an audience challenge, he proved “Taming Tigers” by becoming a jockey in 12 months. At the outset he was 3 stone (20kg) too heavy and could not ride.
These adventures - and the lessons he learned - bring him and his methodology immediate credibility with audiences on all continents.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Laws degree, qualified as a solicitor and practiced commercial law in the City of London and in a major IT company before founding Taming Tigers Limited (formerly “Optimise”). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in 2008 in recognition of his business writing.
Taming Tigers: Accomplishing “Mission Impossible”
“Understanding what makes change tough, the stories we tell to avoid that reality and what we can do to achieve new results is now critical to the survival of a business or a career.” Accomplishing “Mission Impossible” depends upon our ability to adapt to and create disruptive changes, to seize opportunities at pace, to play to win rather than play “not to lose”, to engage and empower others and inspire action.
Our greatest asset in creating and adapting to change is also our greatest liability: The Human Mind. A tool formed over many millennia to favour the familiar over pioneering behaviours, creative tension and new uncertain outcomes.
When the leaders and people across an organisation begin to understand, own and enjoy the mindset that creates purposeful change, “Mission Impossible” becomes a live possibility. That’s the reason Jim Lawless created the “Taming Tigers” framework.
Regularly re-booked by many of the world’s leading companies (and their disruptive challengers), Jim has devoted the majority of his working life to finding out what makes lasting transformation possible for individuals, teams and organisations – and to making change happen.
To date he has shared his tools for transformational change with over half a million inspired people at events on five continents and many more through his bestselling book “Taming Tigers” (Random House 2012).
Jim’s presentations are renowned for giving the audience:
- The Desire to Act to make the change happen, personally
- The Courage and Confidence to take personal risks in changing objectives, ?behaviours and communication
- Practical Tools: what to do and how to recognise and overcome the personal ?barriers – the Tiger
Jim’s commitment to testing the Taming Tigers framework has seen him accomplish two of his own “Missions Impossible”. He became the UK’s deepest freediver (the first Briton to pass 100m on one breath) and transformed from non-riding unfit consultant to Jockey in 12 months to answer a client challenge (and £1 bet!).
"Just wanted to extend my thanks once again for the excellent talk you gave on Friday morning. It managed to lift people after a particularly big night, make them laugh and also gave them a lot to think about in terms of shaping their own careers. I hope to be able to work with you again in the future."
The Comedy Store Players
"Working with Jim and being in Jim's seminars are an inspiration and great fun. You can actually watch people grow into themselves."
Director, Global Pharmaceutical Marketing Intelligence, ALCON Laboratories INC
"After hearing Jim's speech and learning more about "Taming Tigers" on his website, I was truly inspired and started immediately to incorporate the principles learned on how to approach my work, family, and social activities. After 12 months, I have to say that it has changed my life. I have done things I wouldn't have otherwise and most importantly accomplished things that I thought were well beyond my abilities. Everyone should hear Jim story and "Taming Tigers" principles. He delivers them in such a fun way!"
LifeCycle Leader Actemra/RoActemra - Genentech Inc.
“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 not only able to motivate a big audience, he made me personally reflect quite a lot and his taming tiger concept resonates since then through a lot of my thinking”
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