Driven by a relentless curiosity, Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where he now conducts research and consults with executives from the corporate and social sectors. He holds degrees in business administration and mathematical sciences from Stanford University, and honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado and the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.
Jim has worked with senior executives and CEOs at over a hundred corporations. He has also worked with social sector organizations across the spectrum, from education and the arts to religious organizations, local and federal government, healthcare, and cause-driven non-profits. In 2005, he published a monograph, Good to Great and the Social Sectors.
Jim holds a two-year appointment as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He travels from his lab in Boulder to engage with cadets and West Point faculty on the topic of building great leaders.
Jim is an avid rock climber and has made one-day ascents of the North Face of Half Dome and the three-thousand foot Nose route of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.
Past Class of 1951 Leadership Chair for the Study of Leadership holders include: