“Everybody’s talkin’ at me. I don’t hear a word they’re sayin’. Only the echoes of my mind.”

Everybody’s Talkin’ by Fred Neil (1966); sung by Harry Nilsson for the movie Midnight Cowboy (1969)

 

  • “You know he’s smarter than you yet he has an uncanny ability to make you see that you’re the one with all the answers. There’s no ego with this guy. He works hard on your problems and you’ll get your money’s worth. He’s the real deal.” (Chairman and CEO of a national USA media group

 

  • “James was the only one who asked real questions. I was rather taken back by them. It did give me pause–it made me think in a different way about what was important.” (Executive Director, non-profit, Charlottesville area)

 

  • “The complex challenges we faced. None could have been achieved without the steady guidance and advice of James.” (Executive Director, non-profit, Alexandria)

 

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  • “When we stray, James pulls us back to our purpose, our ‘reason for being’. He knows us–our strengths and our challenges. And, at the same time, he keeps a little distance from our world so he can see where we start to loose our way and then he brings us back.” (Founder and President, USA national branding and advertising agency)

 

  • “James has the incredible quality of patience, which allows him to influence people over time without judging. However, if the person agreed to do or behave in a certain way then he demands that they do. This is where James can be demanding and emphasizes behavior, which creates an environment of no surprises.” (CEO, a public industrial holding group, South Africa)

 

  • “James’ role included monitoring the shift in culture and the stress and tensions within the management team, including the effectiveness of the leaders. He performed exceptionally well in this sphere.” (CEO, publically traded retail clothing chain with 185 stores in 5 countries in Southern Africa)

 

  • “A fantastic business/non-profit consultant. Identifies issues quickly and is straight forward yet sensitive in his approach to suggesting ways to improve. A class individual as well.” (EVP of a non-profit)