Jim Blake – The Zen Executive
Are you a leader aiming to stay hopeful and positive about the future? How do you keep motivating your teams and secure the best talent at your company? Whether you are a CEO, an entrepreneur, an employee looking for greater satisfaction, a parent, a coach, or anyone else in a position of leadership, this is the interview for you! Today’s guest is best-selling author of “The Zen Executive” Jim Blake. Known for his wise and compassionate leadership skills, Jim has held numerous executive positions in the corporate world, and is currently the CEO of Unity World Headquarters, where he previously served as chief information officer and vice president of operations. Unity is a spiritual nonprofit founded in 1889 in Kansas City, Missouri, and he was ordained as a Unity minister in 2021. Unity helps people of all faiths and cultures apply positive spiritual principles in their daily lives. Today Jim shares experiences he has had along the way of bosses who led by fear and opposition, and how he gleaned that there must be a better way. He developed a leadership style of cooperation, rather than competition, and believes in being a “servant/leader” by asking “What can the CEO do to support the company, the customers, and the employees?” He discusses the importance of employees feeling seen and heard and offers suggestions for building strong teams and relationships, whether in-person or remotely in the workplace. He also talks about the importance of mission statements, as well as vision statements, and knowing that trust and respect must be considered for all. He also shares the importance of self-care and talks about daily routines for optimal balance and wellness. His new book is “The Zen Executive” which is filled with gems of wisdom for enlightened leadership. Info: IamJimBlake.com.
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