CEO and Chairman
Root is a strategy execution company that helps organizations engage people as a catalyst for change using a proven framework that consistently achieves clarity, ownership, and results. Jim will speak to young professionals at the EPIC Toledo Leadership Summit on "Seeing the Big Picture."
to success. For more than 20 years, he has been helping organizations unleash hidden
potential by fully engaging their people to deliver on the strategies of the business. With
his background as a coach, it’s not a stretch that the company Jim co-founded focuses on
tapping employees’ discretionary efforts – the kind that produces winning results.
From its headquarters in Sylvania, Ohio, and office in Chicago, Root partners with senior
teams at major companies worldwide to build creative ways to execute strategy. A unique
blend of 150 business experts, analysts, artists, writers, and educators, the Root team
draws an organization’s people into the business by appealing to basic human curiosity
and intelligence and by combining insights, art, visualization, and dialogue in innovative
Jim believes that business results don’t come from creating a great strategy, but by
meaningfully connecting it to all of the people in the company to bring it to life. And the
Root team agrees, resulting in eight straight years on the Great Place to Work® Institute’s
25 Best Small and Medium Workplaces and being among the 2009 Top Small Workplaces
according to the Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces Inc.
Root’s clients include some of the biggest names in business, such as Gap Inc., Petco,
Dow Chemical, Pepsi, Novartis, Taco Bell, and Hilton Hotels – more than 500 companies
and tens of millions of people. The impact of Root’s approach on so many people and
organizations over two decades is captured in Jim’s national best-selling book, The Art
of Engagement: Bridging the Gap Between People and Possibilities (McGraw-Hill, 2008).
Jim is a frequent speaker on leadership alignment, strategy execution, employee
engagement, business transformation, change management, and accelerated learning.
He has spoken at TEDx BGSU, Tampa TEDx, the Conference Board events, and numerous
client meetings. He also contributes regularly to business publications and blogs,
including Switch & Shift, where he was on the list of Top 75 Guest Posts of 2014. He
lives in Sylvania with his wife, Michelle. They have three children, Brad, Brooke, and
Blake. When he’s not traveling the globe visiting clients, he enjoys relaxing with his
family at their lake cottage, golfing, fishing, sailing, photography, and attending Jimmy
2016 EPIC Toledo Leadership Summit
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