Jim Lawless

Jim Lawless

Internationally Renowned Inspirational Speaker and Adviser to Business

Jim is the author of "Taming Tigers" and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in recognition of his business writing. Previously, Jim practiced commercial law in the City of London. Taming Tigers has been used as a framework within companies globally to create successful change.

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Jim Lawless is one of the world’s leading keynote speakers. Over half a million people on five continents have been entertained and inspired by Jim’s presentations and many more by his bestselling book “Taming Tigers” (Random House).

Jim acts as an elite team coach at board level and serves as a non-executive board chairman. He has advised companies globally on creating cultural change and elite teams. He has designed and implemented successful change programmes in companies including Apple, Barclaycard, Atos, Axa, BT, Aramark, Skrill Group and Badminton England.

He insists on testing his principles on himself before advising others, using “Taming Tigers” to become Britain’s deepest freediver. He is the first Briton to dive below the magic 100m barrier on a single breath of air.

In response to an audience challenge, he proved “Taming Tigers” by becoming a jockey in 12 months. At the outset he was 3 stone (20kg) too heavy and could not ride.

These adventures – and the lessons he learned – bring him and his methodology immediate credibility with audiences on all continents.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Laws degree, qualified as a solicitor and practiced commercial law in the City of London and in a major IT company before founding Taming Tigers Limited (formerly “Optimise”). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in 2008 in recognition of his business writing.

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“I cannot overestimate the positive impact he had at a time when we needed it the most.”

Andy Blackett, Senior Buying Manager, Tesco


“I have worked with Jim on stage at three high-profile Barclaycard leaders’ conferences. Not only is he engaging, challenging, inspiring and very funny, but he delivers a practical, compelling model for achieving results – which he has risked his life on the racecourse to prove.”

Gary Hoffman, Group Vice Chairman, Barclays


“It’s the subtly that speaks the most and for me Jim was the most inspirational having been to a comprehensive and a non-elite university, and still achieved amazing goals with no leg-up to signal he’s from a privileged background.”

A 2017 Brilliant Minds Showcase attendee

Taming Tigers: Do things you never thought you could

Everybody has a Tiger. It is the thing that snarls at us when we think about making a change in our lives and stops us developing and achieving our potential. In Taming Tigers Jim Lawless shares his proven and inspirational training programme to help you achieve your dreams by taming the Tigers in your life. Now for the first time, you can learn how to use these highly practical rules to overcome your fears and do things you never thought you could - in both your professional and private life...

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Join me on Monday for an hour where I’ll share what we're seeing globally as leaders seek to engage, inspire & build agile organisations. Symmetry are working in collaboration with our great partners @ssforumuk to share this thinking. https://t.co/yBVxlKbmfk

Resilience is the ability to@withstand shock and setback. From the same root as resist.

After a year it’s not a shock. It’s a new operating environment.

This requires #adaptability

#mentalhealth #highperformance

I often read that I have said: "Don't fear failure".

I'd like to be clear that I have never said such a silly thing. Nobody fears failure!

We only fear the consequences of failure. This is entirely different. But we are very poor at assessing consequ…https://t.co/03cuol1sV5

I am excited to announce that Symmetry and @ssforumuk have joined forces to inspire and upskill #SharedServices teams to ADAPT fast, be WELL and ENGAGE.

Our new #AWE Program for Team Members and AWE-Inspiring Coach program for Team Leaders will be unveiled soon.

We are excited to announce and welcome SYMMETRY as new partners to SSF UK. @jim_lawless is well known within our #membership #community, having worked and #supported us the last 10 year and we are really looking forward to #collaborating with them. https://t.co/H6olFtvNwR

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