Saturday, June 03, 2017

In Conversation with Dr. James Kelley May 31, 2017

Dr. James Kelley is the most passionate business rethinker I have met since Tom Peters!

And James has a great informative, educational and entertaining podcast where he talks to business leaders about how they got to where they are today, again amazing guy!

Here is how you can find out more about Dr. James Kelley.

James Kelley, Ph.D.
+971 54 370 1522
Twitter: @kelleyjamesb
Instagram: @drjamesk

James and James.

Dr. James Kelley travels all over the world, and he takes his family with him living life to the fullest, poop diapers and all. Hear all about his adventure on The Nice Guys today.

Every CEO, CFO, and senior leader IS a unique story, and these stories are shared on Executives After Hours. Unlike many other podcasts that focus on organizational tactics or market trends, these podcasts aim to share authentic conversations with real leaders. We chat about their personal journeys, rather than their current positions. So, sit down and join us on these hour-long conversations where we talk about successes and failures, from childhood to marriage and beyond. Across these interviews, you learn about common traits of successful executives as well as what animal best represents their management styles, what they want their gravestones to say, and how they define happiness.

Who is James Kelley? Well, my path is still being built brick by brick and the current brick is a book (tentatively titled): Executives After Hours: What 90 executives can tell you about authenticity. But what about all the previous bricks.
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon by a Canadian mom and a midwest dad, I was the youngest of 3 1/2  kids (long story) in a traditional Irish Catholic family, which means loud, sarcastic, passive aggressive and a touch of physical discipline, minus the obligation of Mass. My parents did the best they could with what they knew, having to both work to pay the bills. Consequently, the academic bar was low and I barely got into college. In the middle of my time at university, I spent one-year selling used and new cars. However, one afternoon my life took a turn. After walking into the used car shack, two colleagues were lining up a white substance and rolling a dollar bill and asked me if I wanted to try. Well, having foresight, four months later I was back at university full-time.
After completing my undergraduate degree, my life is a series of twists and turns, ups and downs and a few zigs and zags. The death of my father, an MBA, a year teaching English in Japan, a DUI, and three jobs later, I was a rudderless vessel at sea. However, one night on Portland State University's campus, while attending an event for potential Peace Corps recruits, my life took an unsuspecting turn. In one brief conversation, with four Ph.D. students, I realized that I wasn't the dumbest person in the room, and thought a Ph.D. was possible.
Against the laws of nature and human belief, in 2010, I completed my Ph.D. in International Marketing at the University of Western Australia and ascended to higher education. My family moved to Philadelphia for a seven-year stint. Now, my wife Mary, our four kids and I live just outside of Dubai where I teach, run a small consultancy, and work on writing my first of three books, which are based on my podcast Executives After Hours.
It is my belief that my story is unique and one filled with failure, and consistent no's, but what I have maintained through life is a sunny disposition that if you just work hard and be a good person you will end up on top. As my journey continues I can only hope that my wife and four kids enjoy the path as much as I do.  If you want to learn more about reserving me to speak on authentic leaders, inspirational or corporate wellness strategies, please click below to book me for your next event.

Mo Gawdat - Google(X) Chief Biz Officer and the Master of Solve for Happy

-clip 1 equality in the workplace

-clip 2 near death experience and how it influenced him

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