Jim Lawless is one of the world’s leading motivational speakers and a pioneer in the fields of change and performance shift. He has inspired and empowered over half a million people on five continents.
Author of the bestselling ‘Taming Tigers’ (Random House), Jim has taught the skill of change in Global and Fortune 500 companies, Olympic and Paralympic teams, business schools and government for two decades.
A strong believer in walking his talk, Jim tested his approach to bold, fast change by becoming a televised jockey in just 12 months. At the outset he was 36, unfit, overweight, couldn’t take time off work and couldn’t even ride.
To test his ideas on managing the neuroscience and physiology of fear (and fundraise), he took the British freediving record in just 8 months. He is now the first Briton to dive deeper than 100m on a single breath of air.
Jim started his career as a City solicitor. After a decade of lawyering with the name “Lawless” he had perfected the trademark wit and humour he brings to the stage.
Over the past two decades, Jim Lawless has evolved to be one of the most in-demand motivational speakers in the world delivering over 100 major conference keynotes each year. What differentiates him, besides having proven his highly effective methodology personally, is his immense personal 1-1 connectivity with people in audiences of all sizes. He brings passion, energy, interactivity and amusing elements to the stage creating an engagement that transforms mindsets with ease.
"Jim Lawless related to our current situation – an organisation going through massive change – with wit, enthusiasm and challenge."
Isabel Nisbet, Acting Chief Executive, OFQUAL
"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."
Human Resources Director, APPLE EUROPE
“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.”
Ursula Morgenstern, CEO, ATOS UK & Ireland
“Jim made a tremendously positive and inspiring impact - exactly what was needed!”
Nick Pounder, Associate Director Human Resources GILEAD
“It exceeded my expectations in so many ways and I wanted to let you know that the unsolicited feedback from participants has been resoundingly positive. A standing ovation is not given lightly by our European Leadership Team - a true testament to the value you brought to our conference and I'm confident that we are ready as a team to both tame and unleash our inner tigers.”
Sinead Collins, HR Director-European Cereal & Marketing, KELLOG’S
“Jim was truly inspiring on the day. He had the audience memorised with his fantastic story telling - you could hear a pin drop. The subsequent feedback from delegates has been outstanding!”
John Pitts, Training Manager, VOLVO