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Jim Clemmer


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Jim Clemmer

Bestselling author and internationally acclaimed keynote speaker

Jim Clemmer is a bestselling author and internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, workshop/retreat leader, and management team developer on leadership, change, customer focus, culture, teams, and personal growth. In addition to his many radio and television interviews, Jim has written hundreds of magazine, journal, newsletter, and newspaper articles and columns on these topics. During the last 25 years he has delivered over two thousand customized keynote presentations, workshops, and retreats, as well as consulted to and coached executive teams in hundreds of major companies, the public sector, universities, family businesses, and healthcare organizations.

Jim has holds the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. This is the highest earned designation in Professional Speaking. Based on rigorous criteria and Client ratings, CSP is awarded by the International Federation for Professional Speakers to less than 3% of the estimated 15,000 speakers in the world. His is also a director on the national board of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.

The VIP Strategy: Leadership Skills for Exceptional Performance was Jim’s first book. It became a Canadian bestseller and was published in Europe and Japan. His second book, Firing on All Cylinders: The Service/Quality System for High-Powered Performance, was both a Canadian and an American bestseller with over 100,000 copies sold. Jim’s third book was Pathways to Performance: A Guide to Transforming Yourself, Your Team, and Your Organization. His next book – focused on personal growth/leadership – was Growing the Distance: Timeless Principles for Personal, Career, and Family Success. Based on the popularity of the approach and leadership framework in Growing the Distance, Jim’s most recent work is a companion book entitled, The Leader’s Digest: Timeless Principles for Team and Organization Success. Leadership guru, Warren Bennis, says “If you’re looking for a book that illuminates the topic of leadership in a useful, readable and lively way, this is it.”

Jim writes and speaks from plenty of “hands-on” experience. Applying the improvement and effectiveness principles he teaches, Jim co-founded and led The Achieve Group to become Canada’s largest training and consulting company. Both were purchased by Times Mirror and merged with Zenger Miller, Learning International, and Kaset, to form AchieveGlobal. Prior to developing Achieve, Jim established a very successful performance record with an international water treatment company. Starting in sales, he quickly became sales manager, trainer, and the company’s youngest general manager.

Jim lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife, Heather, and their three children, Christopher, Jennifer, Vanessa, and cute little Riley their cavalier spaniel. He and is listed in half a dozen Canadian, American, and international Who’s Who directories.

Comments from Audience:

You exceeded our expectations! I can’t remember so much positive feedback from a group following an outside presentation. I am feeling very good about where we are at versus where we have come from. Thanks so much to The CLEMMER Group for helping us along our “Road to Excellence.”
- Senior Vice President, Canada, Laidlaw Education Services

“Thanks once again for the workshop, the feedback I received was very positive. It was a short time frame and you left everyone with the feeling that they wanted more (which is of course a great compliment to you).”
- Planning Officer, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada


What Jim Clemmer Talks About:

  • Leadership @ the Speed of Change
  • Developing a Customer-Centered Organization
  • Building a High Performance Culture
  • Timeless Leadership Principles
  • Harnessing the Power of Teams
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