Jim's Full Biography

Jim Clemmer

President, The CLEMMER Group

 

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Since his first leadership presentation in 1975, Jim’s practical leadership approaches have been inspiring action and achieving results across the globe. His keynote presentations, workshops, management team retreats, seven bestselling books translated into many languages, articles, blog, and newsletters have helped hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Jim is a popular columnist and a regular guest on radio and television programs. Among his many achievements, he’s especially proud of tripling the size of his forehead!

Jim is especially excited about reconnecting with Jack Zenger and his team. The CLEMMER Group is now Zenger Folkman's Canadian Strategic Partner. Jim was co-founder of The Achieve Group (which became Canada's largest leadership training firm) when they worked very successfully with Jack's previous company, Zenger Miller. Zenger Folkman is the world’s premier provider of leadership research, assessment, development, and implementation programs. The firm is best known for its unique evidence-driven, strengths-based system for developing extraordinary leaders and demonstrating the performance impact they have on organizations. Zenger Folkman's powerful development system is outlined in their bestselling books, The Extraordinary Leader, The Extraordinary Coach, The Inspiring Leader, and How to Be Exceptional.

Key Models and Frameworks

Interview with Jim Clemmer: weLEAD Leadership Series

Interview: Thought Leaders: Thinking Out Loud with Jim Clemmer

Jim's Introduction

Photo Graphics of Jim Clemmer

Graphics of Jim Clemmer's Bestsellers

The CLEMMER Group Logo Graphics

The VIP Strategy: Leadership Skills for Exceptional Performance was Jim's first book. It became a Canadian bestseller and was published in Europe and Japan. His second book, Firing on All Cylinders: The Service/Quality System for High-Powered Corporate Performance, was both a Canadian and an American bestseller with over 100,000 copies sold. Jim’s third book was Pathways to Performance: A Guide to Transforming Yourself, Your Team, and Your Organization. His next book – focused on personal growth/leadership – was Growing the Distance: Timeless Principles for Personal, Career, and Family Success. Based on the popularity of the approach and leadership framework in Growing the Distance, Jim wrote a companion book entitled  The Leader’s Digest: Timeless Principles for Team and Organization Success. He followed this with “an edutaining case study” or work of leadership fiction entitled Moose on the Table: A Novel Approach to Communications @ Work. His latest book is Growing @ the Speed of Change: Your Inspir-actional How-To Guide For Leading Yourself and Others through Constant Change.

Jim has delivered over two thousand customized keynote presentations, workshops, and retreats, as well as consulted to and coached executive teams in hundreds of major companies, the public sector, universities, family businesses, and healthcare organizations. One of his goals, on his many business trips, is to have half as much fun as his family thinks he’s having!

Jim is recognized as a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) by the Canadian Society for Training and Development. Jim is also a Practitioner in Residence for the masters (MASc) and doctoral (PhD) students in the University of Waterloo’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology program. 

Jim lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife, Heather. When they aren't working together in The CLEMMER Group or travelling they are spending time with friends and family. Their three adult children, Christopher, Jennifer, and Vanessa, have taught them all about "boomerang kids" by moving back home after university to launch their careers!