“Creating a positive future begins in human conversation. The simplest and most powerful investment any member of a community or an organization may make in renewal is to begin talking with other people as though the answers mattered.” – William Greider
A former Harvard Business School professor, Jim Ware has focused his entire career on understanding what organizations must do to thrive in a rapidly changing world. His long-time passion is fostering collaborative conversations about the future – how to anticipate and prepare for technology-driven change.
His most recent book is Making Meetings Matter: How Smart Leaders Orchestrate Powerful Conversations in the Digital Age. It documents the learning from over 30 years of personal experience leading meetings of all kinds to propose a few simple principles for ensuring that every meeting is both effective and efficient.
For a brief video overview of the book, and to download a free copy of the Introduction and Chapter One, go to this link.
Jim’s business wisdom comes from deep academic knowledge and over thirty years of hands-on experience as a senior executive and a change leader driving corporate innovation. All that work in the trenches taught him how critical meetings are to organizational success and how rare it is for them to be productive, let alone popular.
Today Jim works with organizational leaders to turn all those dull, boring meetings into highly engaging conversations. A passionate meeting design strategist, he has distilled decades of personal learning into an essential set of “new rules” for designing and leading meetings that matter.
Jim is the founder and executive director of Making Meetings Matter, a research and advisory firm dedicated to enhancing organizational performance. He has co-authored several books about the digital economy and its implications for leadership and organizational performance.
He is also the founder and Executive Director of The Future of Work…unlimited, Global Research Director for Occupiers Journal Ltd., and a Partner with The FutureWork Forum. In addition he was a co-founder of The Great Work Cultures initiative.
Jim holds PhD, M.A., and B.Sc. degrees from Cornell University and an MBA (With Distinction) from the Harvard Business School. He lives and works in northern California. He is a member of the National Speakers Association, where he is currently serving as a member of the Chapter Leadership Council and as the immediate past president of the NSA Northern California chapter.
I would welcome an opportunity to work with you to generate breakthrough learning and action about leadership in the digital age. My capabilities include designing meetings that are both functional and fun, managing a distributed workforce, and organizing conversations about the future of work. Please contact me at any time with questions, ideas, and to explore how we could work together to design a positive organizational future.