Jim Lawless is CEO of Symmetry International and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council. He is a leading architect of change and has delivered for global corporations, high-growth PE-backed companies, government departments and Olympic teams. He is the high-performance team coach of choice for many senior leadership teams around the world.
Author of the international bestseller ‘Taming Tigers’, and committed to highly practical yet disruptive business advice, Jim tested the rapid adaptation framework presented in his book to become a televised race 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 (we all have to perform whilst we transform) and with no prior experience or physical conditioning.
In high demand as a keynote speaker, Jim is ranked #1 outside of the USA and #6 globally in the current Global Gurus motivational speaker rankings. He has addressed well over half a million people on five continents.
Jim holds a degree in Law and spent the first decade of his career working as a commercial solicitor in the City of London and then as Legal Counsel with a global tech company. He founded his learning and development consultancy, ‘Optimise’ in 2000 which has evolved into Symmetry today.
Jim was elected a fellow of the UK’s Royal Society for the Arts in recognition of his writing on culture and change.
He is father to two daughters, a helicopter pilot, a kundalini yoga practitioner and plays classical piano.