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Jim Wardlaw, MS

Jim Wardlaw, MS

Principal, Stitch Traction: Principal, Stitch Brand & Culture; Executive Director, The Buffalo Center for Cultural Innovation; Certified EOS Implementer

Certified EOS Implementer.

350+ EOS Sessions.

Average Session Rating: 9:25

Jim is an award-winning entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience in brand management, strategic marketing, creativity, facilitation, sales and business management. He holds a BFA from Michigan State University and MS in Creativity and Change Leadership from SUNY Buffalo State, Buffalo, New York.

From 1995 to 2007, Jim was CEO and Owner of Publicom Inc., a full-service marketing communications firm based in East Lansing, Michigan specializing in service brand management for companies throughout the Midwest. Jim has been a frequent guest speaker at Michigan State University, authored numerous articles in local/regional business press and currently produces a regular podcast on michiganbusinessnetwork.com dealing with change leadership entitled, Pocket Change. He has been active in wide range professional, non-profit and civic organizations, including the Entrepreneur’s Organization, where he was an active member for seven years.

Following the company’s sale in 2007, Jim held executive positions with McLaren Health Care Corporation, Flint, Michigan and Lifestyle Lift, Troy, Michigan. He is currently Chief Change Agent and Owner of Stitch Brand & Culture, a firm that specializes in developing executive teams for improved strategic execution, entrepreneurial leadership and the cultivation of innovative, collaborative cultures.

Jim is a CEL Reactor and presenter, local speaker, 43North Judge and member of the International Coaching Federation.

Professional Certifications & Capabilities

Certified Professional EOS Implementer: The Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), developed by Gino Wickman (author of Traction and founder of EOS Worldwide), provides leadership teams with a shared vision, greater accountability and a healthier dynamic. It is particularly powerful when entrepreneurial organizations have hit a growth ceiling and are looking to break through.

Certified Situational Outlook Questionnaire (SOQ) Practitioner: The SOQ is an insightful assessment of creative climate backed by 50 years of research. The SOQ is frequently used to assist leadership in cultivating a more innovative and creative environment within their organizations.
Certified VIEW Practitioner: A measure of creative problem solving style preference. Great for improving team performance.

Certified FourSight Administrator: A measure of creative problem solving style preference tied to creative problem solving process. Very effective in team problem solving.

Certified Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) Practitioner: The product of 30 years of research in leadership behavior and the offshoot of the best seller, The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner, the LPI is widely used and respected among leadership development professionals for its ability to identify, teach and refine productive leadership behaviors.

Creative Problem Solving (CPS): Professional trained as a creative problem solving facilitator and creativity/innovation coach.

Speaking Topics

  • Scaling Up! Building Entrepreneurial Momentum to Break Through
  • The Creative Climate: Why creativity is the key to growth.
  • Creativity 101: An introduction to Creative Problem Solving Process
  • Simplified Strategy (EOS): An introduction to EOS
  • Issues & Execution: Moving business forward
  • Entrepreneurial “Doer” to Entrepreneurial Leader: What got you here, won’t get you there.

Other topics upon request.

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