Jim Taggart has been a student of leadership for 20 years, and devoted 15 years to applied work in leadership development, organizational learning, and team building. He is a recognized thought leader and change agent, having led several large-scale change management projects.
Also a trained economist, Jim has conducted applied research into labour market issues; carried out policy research in the areas of science, technology, , and innovation; and initiated projects focused on industrial competitiveness. He is especially interested in working at the interface between globalization's impacts on national economies, and on the practice of leadership and management at the organizational level.
- As a Senior Economist and Project Manager at Industry Canada, Jim led research projects that explored new developments in industrial competitiveness. Particular attention was paid to the impacts off human capital development, innovation activities, and science and technology.
- While serving as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Science & Technology Jim worked directly with the Council's members in conducting research, preparing analytical reports, creation of presentation materials, and planning roundtables with subject matter experts from both industry and academic settings.
- Jim also spent a significant amount of time as a Senior Project Manager for Leadership Development while at Human Resources & Skills Development Canada. This work entailed deep involvement in a number of critical areas including change management, leadership development, organizational learning, and knowledge transfer.
Royal Roads University
Masters, Leadership and Organizational Learning
University of New Brunswick
Jim and his wife, Sue, have four adult children and two granddaughters. He is a musician and jazz afficianado, and has served as a longtime volunteer to the local jazz, blues, and folk festivals. He is also active in the Ottawa community, having volunteered with Canadian Blood Services, the Red Cross, United Way, and Scouts Canada.
In addition, Jim is an active member of Toastmasters International, having recently earned Advanced Communicator, Silver, and is a Past-President of his club.
Jim has been very active in the on-line leadership blogging community. His personal blog - Changing Winds - recently posted its 200th installment. And, in addition to his frequent guest contributions thoughout the leadership blogosphere, Jim has contributed a number of posts to the Delta Blog including:
- Straddling the Intergenerational Divide
- The Five Levels of Teams: Where Are You on the Team Curve?
- Management Innovation and Globalization: The Leadership Challenge
- Leading for Success: How to Create a Culture of Innovation by Following 10 Leadership Beaviours
- Book Review: Innovation - The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want
- Are You an Authentic Leader or an Imposter? Peeling off the Veneer
- Leading with Obsession: Prahalad and Hamel on Strategic Intent
And no list of Jim's writing would be complete without mentioning the major leadership eBooks and White Papers that he has authored:
- Building Effective Management and Leadership Practices to Enhance Organizational Innovation
- Leadership and the Intergenerational Divide
- Becoming a Holistic Leader: Strategies for Successful Leadership Using a Principle-Based Approach
- Emotional Intelligence - The Inner Side of Leadership
- A Corporate Knowledge Framework for a Chaotic World
You can follow Jim on twitter: @72keys