Jim Boneau

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Jim Boneau is an internationally recognized executive coach, facilitator of leadership and organizational development workshops and author. Leaders and teams who work with Jim strengthen their ability to effectively communicate strategy, build bonds of trust, and cascade the organization’s values and vision with their teams, partners and customers. Jim’s approach challenges leaders to renew their individual leadership beliefs and engage in meaningful dialog with their colleagues to turn those beliefs into actions that increase performance and create positive work environments.
Jim has over 30 years working in organizations in a variety of roles: first as a systems engineer, then team and organizational leader and for the past 20 years as an external coach and facilitator. Jim has coached and facilitated with senior and executive leaders in organizations including Corning, Microsoft, General Electric, Qualcomm, The Mayo Clinic, American Association of Corporate Council and Unity Technologies, among others. Jim has worked extensively internationally, from coaching executives in a Greek shipping company to recently launching new initiatives in leadership coaching and development in China. Jim was the primary workshop facilitator for multiple faculty groups, teaching and coaching extensively throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Jim is also committed to community development, both inside organizations and in communities at large. Jim has used his skills to lead city-wide diversity conversations in Seattle, offer community development experiences for immigrant families and lead events for a variety of non-profit organizations. Community, relationships, and nurturing potential are at the heart of all Jim’s work.
As a companion to the executive coaching and corporate facilitation practices, Jim is a talented and passionate musician. He has combined his love of music with group facilitation and become a leader in the profession of drum circle facilitation. Jim has led hundreds of large-scale rhythmical workshops, inspiring increased innovation, accelerated change and profound insights for personal and organizational leadership. Jim has taught drum circle facilitation skills for over 20 years in the US, Europe, and Japan.
Jim has a master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science from the Leadership Institute of Seattle and is a certified coach through the Hudson Institute. Jim’s presence is engaging and direct; and yet he knows the work is not about him, but about the leaders he works with, who then go forward with a renewed sense of passion and purpose for their own leadership goals. Jim’s first book, The Rumble Zone: Leadership Strategies in the Rough & Tumble of Change, was published in June 2020 as a #1 best seller.

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Nature, Music, Coffee

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