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Jim Lawless


Inspirational Speaker & Motivational Speaker – The Ten Rules for Taming Tigers

A true architect of change, Jim Lawless has devoted the last two decades of his professional life to understanding and delivering transformation, handling uncertainty and risk and creating and operating in ‘no normal’ environments.

He has delivered for global organisations, high growth companies, government departments and Olympic teams. He is the high-performance team coach of choice for many senior leadership teams around the world and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council.

He is fascinated with understanding how we can lead, create high performance and operate through uncertainty, change and ‘no normal’ environments to deliver bold objectives.

Ranked #1 outside of the USA and #6 globally in the current Global Gurus motivational speaker rankings, Jim has also inspired and educated over half a million people on five continents through his keynotes and workshops and many more through his internationally bestselling book, ‘Taming Tigers’ (Penguin Random House).

Uniquely, he insists on experiencing and proving his approaches personally in extreme settings, giving him unparalleled and immediate credibility with his audiences.

He used ‘Taming Tigers’ to become a televised jockey within a year of starting to ride and to become the deepest British freediver in history (101m) in just 8 months of training. Both whilst delivering his day job (a key element of change) and with no prior experience or physical conditioning.

A qualified UK solicitor, Jim practised commercial law in the City of London and a global tech company. He was elected a fellow of the UK’s Royal Society for the Arts for his writing on culture and change. He is father to two daughters, a helicopter pilot and a classical pianist.


Jim Lawless is now recognised as one of Europe’s leading motivational speakers. His speeches cover –

  • Adaptability and AQ
  • Change
  • Motivational
  • Inspirational
  • AI and Digital: Rapid Adaptation
  • Disruption / Digital Disruption
  • Leadership
  • Culture
  • Productivity & Performance
  • Coaching
  • Wellbeing & Mental Wellness

In specific some of his themes include –

  • Taming Tigers – Exactly how to do things you never thought you could.
  • The Confusion Zone – How to operate outside the comfort zone, successfully, healthily and happily, in an age of no normal.
  • Calm – The elite freediver’s mindfulness tools and mental disciplines for handling uncertainty and risk without tension and anxiety.
  • High Performance Teams – High performing teams know why they are so. They have an architecture: proven engineering embedded within a robust design that is unique to the task and team.
  • Inspirational Leadership in Disruption and Uncertainty – How to create the safety and purpose your people need to operate in uncertainty and to follow you across stormy waters.

Most recently during the coronavirus pandemic Jim has been delivering a series of online sessions helping companies plan their restart and Leading in Uncertainty and Disruption.

In the presentation, Jim address of how uncertainty affects people and how vulnerable it makes them, and how we can adapt our leadership tools to reassure, inspire and make progress together. Jim gives  a new perspective, vocabulary and toolkit to increase your effectiveness and impact as a leader in uncertainty and disruption. For a little more info click here


Coronavirus Recovery
Winning Mindset/performance


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