At a Glance
Thought Leader and Influencer Interview with James Kerr, Principal, Indispensable Consulting
Focus Areas: Culture, Leadership, Business Strategy, Future of Work.
Thinkers360 In-Depth Profile & Portfolio: James Kerr
Thinkers360 Leaderboards: Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Future of Work 2022, Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Culture 2022, 100 Podcasts from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders (1H’22), 50 Books from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders You Should Read in 2022.
Thought Leader Interview
Thinkers360 thought leader interviews profile prominent members of the Thinkers360 community who embody the power of ideas in their work. In this edition, we speak with James Kerr, Principal at Indispensable Consulting, one of today’s foremost authorities on leadership and company culture.
His work is featured in a variety of business magazines, including Fast Company, BusinessWeek, and Bloomberg. His strong dedication to research, study, and the cultivation of thought leadership enables Jim to continue to deliver cutting-edge solutions to his clients.
Further, he is a contributing columnist at Inc. and Management Issues, writing on leadership and business transformation. His book, Indispensable: Build and Lead A Company Customers Can’t Live Without, provides dozens of examples from industry-leading companies like Amazon, BMW and Apple to reinforce its key points. Each chapter helps you to learn how visionary business leaders like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Jamie Dimon are already applying these ideas in today’s business world.
He is featured in the annual recognitions of Thinkers360: Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Future of Work 2022, Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Culture 2022 and also featured in the Special Reports 100 Podcasts from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders (1H’22), and 50 Books from Thinkers360 Thought Leaders You Should Read in 2022.
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Thinkers360: Tell us a bit about your background and areas of expertise
JK: I specialize in helping clients to drive major change initiatives and develop leaders for tomorrow.
My work in vision storytelling, strategic planning, culture redesign and the planning, development and implementation of multi-faceted change initiatives have earned my accolades from clients and industry groups, like Thinkers360, alike.
Thinkers360: What are your current responsibilities and what’s a typical day look like?
JK: When I’m not working on developing my thought leadership, I drive change by co-creating solutions with my clients and their team of experts that enable their businesses to become the company customers can’t live without.
Thinkers360: What’s the favorite part of your current role?
JK: I get turned on by ideas. Give me an idea or problem that I haven’t heard or seen before and I can work on it with you as long as it takes. Additionally, I love to develop leaders through the variety of 1-on-1 leadership coaching programs that I offer.
Thinkers360: How do you utilize Thinkers360?
JK: I like to deliver fresh and insightful thought leadership through the platform.
Also, because I’m always seeking opportunities that will enable me to help leaders set direction and manage change, I like to use Thinkers360 as a source of lead generation. Specific fields of interest include vision, culture, leadership development, and organizational and operating model design.
Editor’s Note: See James’s Thinkers360 In-Depth Profile & Portfolio.
Thinkers360: How do you like to work with brands who wish to engage you as a thought leader?
JK: I enjoy forging new ideas and devising practical solutions to my client’s broadly relevant business problems while shape-shifting those solutions into opportunities for their company’s success.
A typical consulting engagement lasts 3-4 months as I co-create the change plans with my clients and then help them execute the plan that we created.
Thinkers360: What’s your main advice for upcoming thought leaders?
JK: Do the work! Don’t be satisfied by simply regurgitating someone else’s ideas. Instead, create your own original thinking; test it through practice and offer only what you KNOW works.
Otherwise, you’re just a poser.
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