James F. Bolt

Jim Bolt founded Bolt Consulting, which specializes in Strategic Executive Development. Bolt creates innovative, custom-designed development experiences that build the executive capabilities needed to achieve an organization’s vision, live its values, successfully address its critical business challenges and accelerate the execution of its strategy.

Prior to launching Bolt Consulting, Jim was the founder and Chairman of Executive Development Associates (EDA), a leader in leadership development, executive assessment and executive coaching. Jim was also Chairman Emeritus of Executive Networks, the world’s foremost constellation of HR-related executive peer networks.

Earlier in his career, Jim spent more than 16 years at Xerox Corporation including executive positions in marketing, operations and human resources where he headed up executive development, leadership development, talent management and learning and development.

Jim’s Harvard Business Review <Article, Tailor Executive Development to Strategy, was the first to introduce the concept of linking executive development to business strategy; his book, Executive Development: Strategy for Corporate Competitiveness, chronicled how CEOs use Executive Development to shape and achieve their strategic agenda. His newest books include The Future of Executive Development, and Strategic Executive Development: The Five Essential Investments.

Jim was selected by The Financial Times as one of the top experts in Executive/Leadership Development. He has been an online columnist for Fast Company and is the Editor of the 2007 Pfeiffer Leadership Development Annual. Linkage, Inc. named him of the top 50 Executive Coaches in the World.

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