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.
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.
Ranked #1 outside of the USA and #6 globally in the 2020 Global Gurus motivational speaker rankings, Jim has also 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’.
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.
Exactly how to do things you never thought you could.
The Confusion Zone
How to operate outside the comfort zone, successfully, healthily and happily, in an age of no normal.
The elite freediver’s mindfulness tools and mental disciplines for handling uncertainty and risk without tension and anxiety.
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.
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.
How do we find the courage to take on new challenges, to deal with change, to engage and perform on a new level?
How do we approach a challenge that is considered by many to be “impossible” – and succeed?
Jim’s entertaining and inspiring “Taming Tigers” presentation answers these questions in plain English, challenges the audience to see themselves and their possibilities in a new, exciting light and delivers the confidence and tools to convert that thinking into action after the event.
Perfect for teams needing a boost of self-belief, a surge of energy, a new burst of creative ideas or to assist any leader to generate energy and enthusiasm in the team for the tasks in hand Jim delivers the ten practical and powerful rules complete with highly usable tips, all proven in many businesses and in Jim’s own journey from non-rider to licensed jockey in twelve months.
Jim Lawless delivers highest quality virtual keynotes, webinars and masterclasses from his home-based studio. Working in tandem with Promotivate, Jim’s session requires nothing more than the client’s remote working audience to have a 10mbps connection to the internet. The virtual shows contain Jim’s full presentation including video.
“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.”
“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.“
"Hi Jonathan, thanks so much for your support and that of your team in arranging for Jim to work with us. He was fantastic—I have had nothing but extremely positive feedback from my teams. Jim was easy to work with and flawlessly integrated key meeting themes into his message. I am thrilled he was able to join our meeting. Thanks, Megan"
"The most inspirational speech I have watched in a long time. Jim helped to make our conference a memorable and unforgettable event. His enthusiasm and dedication did fascinate the audience from very early on."
"Your keynote presentation was spot on and linked perfectly. You managed to bring a strong inspirational message, packaged in a story that was also a lot of fun."
“After twenty years in sales I thought there was nothing I could be taught. I was 100% wrong, I learnt a lot.”
"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."
“I would never have guessed starring into the eyes of a 26 year old horse would be the catalyst in showing me the skills to delivering presentations!”“Jim and his team of Taming Tigers really break the mould using equine-led training in this powerful and insightful course. Whatever my thoughts on presentations, presenting and presence were before attending this course, were challenged, dispelled and thrown-out. Gorillas....offers so much more than route-one presenting skills, regardless of experience I dare anyone not to leave without a sense of accomplishment, growth and challenge that most courses fail to offer.”