The Coach

James McIntosh is the coach, writer and Chief Nonsense Officer for Nonsense at Work.

He began his career in 1979 as an economist reporting to a board of directors comprising CEOs and civil servants. He has continued to work as an advisor to senior executives ever since.

During his career of more than 30 years, James has advised executives in industries including: advertising and branding; housing construction; information technology; medical; municipal and county services; merchant shipping; non-profit; oil; professional services; retail; and wealth management.

Experience in summary:

  • CEO/President (private company, USA)
  • Interim CEO (listed company, South Africa)
  • Executive Board Member (listed industrial holding company, South Africa)
  • Independent coach, advisor and consultant to executives since 1990
  • Worked on two continents in multiple sectors, from advertising to wealth management.
(Note: champagne is not served at all coaching sessions.)

Experience in practice:

James began his career in 1979 as an economist reporting to a board of directors comprising CEOs and civil servants. He has continued to work as an advisor to senior executives ever since.

In 1990 he co-founded a niche strategy and executive effectiveness consulting firm in Cape Town, South Africa. Noteworthy assignments have included (a) the successful rescue of a clothing chain with 185 stores in 5 countries, (b) a stint as interim CEO, and (c) appointment as an Executive Director to the Board of Directors (for 4 years) of an industrial holding company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

He has advised executives in industries including: advertising and branding; housing construction; information technology; medical; municipal and county services; merchant shipping; non-profit; oil; professional services; retail; and wealth management.

Many of his USA clients are classified as small, medium and non-profit. However, two of his clients can be described as big: he provided long-term executive and leadership coaching services to senior managers and vice presidents within a major firm operating in the financial services industry, and completed assignments for a Fortune 200 company based in Richmond.

In June 2019 James retired from the role of CEO of a 30+ year old wealth management firm.

Experience in theory:

MBA (Stellenbosch University Business School, South Africa)
Hons B (B&A) (Stellenbosch University Business School, South Africa)
B.S. (Agricultural Economics) (University of Pretoria, South Africa)