Jim Lawless has forged a reputation for being an expert on all things change and performance. Currently working as the CEO of Symmetry International, Jim is widely known for his high-performance team coaching and helping organisations to adapt quickly to changing business environments. He is also the author of the internationally best-selling book, Taming Tigers, and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, crediting him as a respected leading executive coach.
In the early days of his career, Jim obtained a Bachelor of Law from Manchester University and went on to become a solicitor with King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin in 1992. Here he honed his skills as a corporate and commercial solicitor, and later joined Penningtons Manches LLP in 1995. Jim later worked as Legal Counsel for ICL Fujitsu gaining valuable skills in contract negotiation, managing legal teams and legal advice. Jim then took the leap and founded his own learning and development consultancy, then under the name ‘Optimise’ which developed into the company Symmetry International.
Today, Jim is widely known for his proficiency as a keynote speaker and team coach. After manging high-performance legal teams, Jim began consulting on change and team performance under the company Taming Tigers Limited– named as per the title of his book. His team coaching is renowned, providing senior and high-performance teams with the mindsets and infrastructures to aid them in key transformations. He also encourages people to step outside their comfort zones and ensure that they pursue things that may seem scary as new avenues of opportunity.
Another major topic of his online deliveries is responding quickly, courageously and agilely to disruption, a very fitting topic in the current landscape. Jim’s knowledge knows no bounds, also covering other topics such as mindfulness tools, mental discipline, creating safety and purpose, mental health and leadership. Having previously spoken for the likes of Apple, Deloitte, BP, Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline and Virgin, Jim is a well-received speaker renowned for his thought-provoking online event speeches.
Jim Lawless is regularly booked to engage audiences at virtual events, read their latest feedback below:
“Thanks- Jim put on a great performance for us. We were all very impressed and left the meeting in high spirits”- Trudi, Karcher
“Captivating- Inspiring- Thought Provoking”- Deloitte
“Insightful, inspirational and impacting- even in virtual form. Thanks for being with us today. I look forward to our next encounter”- Franco, Organisation Development & HR Corinthia Hotels Limited