Jim Haudan is a different kind of CEO with a passion that goes beyond leading Root, a strategy execution management consulting firm, to success. For more than twenty-five 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.
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. Root’s clients include some of the biggest names in business, including Pepsi, Dow Chemical, Gap Inc., Petco, Novartis, Taco Bell, and Hilton Hotels – more than 850 companies and tens of millions of people. The impact of Root’s approach on so many people and organizations 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.