James Mcleod

James is an established Life & Career Coach, Team Coach and Trainer.

He is accredited with the International Coaching Federation, the International Coaching Council and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and a member of the Irish Institute of Training & Development. He also holds an Advanced Diploma in Mental Health & Wellbeing Coaching and is completing an Advanced Diploma in Corporate Wellbeing.

He has coached and trained individuals and teams around the world from:
American Superconductor, Airplus, Activision, Actuant,  Mastercard, Novartis, SIKA, Target, Bertelsmann, Rio Tinto, CRTX, Jones Lang LaSalle, DTZ, IBM, Astra Zeneca, Genencor, Yves Rocher, Luxottica, Kongsberg, Symrise, Danisco, Prologis, Voith, Philips, Morgan Stanley, Hoganas, Swedbank, Carrefour, DSM, Ericsson, Irish Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Eir (Irish Telecoms).

He has helped many individuals with their life and career decisions over the last 7 years and in his spare time, he volunteers at Jobcare (www.jobcare.ie) helping people who are currently out of work to get their careers back on track.

He has over 30 years of business experience in a variety of senior leadership roles at established media powerhouses including The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times and has been a professional trainer and coach since 2009. James has a truly global experience and has spent extended periods of time engaged in business in a range of global locations including - UK (London)-9 years; France (Paris)-8 years; Hong Kong-6 years; North America (New York)-5 years; China (Shanghai)-5 years; South Africa (Johannesburg)-3 years; Ireland (Dublin)-3 years.

As Chairman of Redwood International (now part of Omnicom Holdings, New York) James developed and applied a collaborative approach being able to deploy significant skills to gain cooperation –“We had majority stakes in all the joint ventures, however I never had to invoke the majority clause in any of the annual Board meetings as I was always able to craft agreement round the room in a spirit of cooperation and unanimity.”

As VP, Sales International Herald Tribune-Paris and Managing Director-London (now part of The New York Times Publishing Company) James led a team of 60 responsible for US$ 100 million in revenue. “This role allowed me to perfect the art of leadership and to grow to understand the need for a balance between asking and telling. I learned the importance of Situational Awareness and Scenario-Based management…when to direct, when to manage through objectives, when to coach and when to empower.”

It is these life and career lessons together with his significant skill as a coach and leadership trainer that James brings to each of his assignments.