What does it take to build success? Jim Akers shares why community is the key to business success. You can not get where you want to go on your own. We were created for community. In entrepreneurship a trusted coach, mentor, and leader will help you on the journey. It's the support of each other and input that can drive us past fear, failure, and other obstacles to make our dreams real!
In the episode, we also discuss pivoting your business, being an ordinary person living an extraordinary life, giving more than you take, finding unlikely sources of clarity, focusing on process, firing your friends, flourishing in life, asking for help, doing things that matter, finishing strong, and much more.
Jim Akers is the Founder and President of J.D. Akers & Associates.
Jim is a graduate of Washington State University, earned his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University in Organizational Behavior, and a Certificate in Advanced Management from Stanford University.
Today Jim is a leader, achievement coach, author and speaker focused on helping people clarify and win at what matters most.
Early in his career, Jim wrote “How to Win the Achievement Game” a self-published guide to building a successful life plan. While in the midst being newly married, completing an M.B.A., and pursuing a career he sold nearly 3,000 copies.
By way of “How to Win the Achievement Game,” Jim was invited to speak to the senior leadership of Rockwell International’s Space Shuttle team on performance and achievement when he was 25 years old.
After four award winning years in commission sales, Jim was named Vice President of Sales at the age of 29. Jim lead sales growth from $350MM a $500MM resulting in this privately held company to be acquired by International Paper. At International Paper, Jim quickly rose through a number of leadership roles. But when cancer prematurely took the life of a family member he set significant career advancement on the sidelines, and moved back to Southern California to support his family.
Jim became one of the youngest Group Vice President’s in International Paper history leading a $1BB business with 21 locations and 1,200 employees serving customers around the globe with packaging, custom packaging design, facility supplies, and printing papers. If you have touched an iPad or iPhone you touched Jim’s team’s work.
In 2013, after 25 years as a senior corporate leader Jim achieved his dream to retire by the age of 55.
Jim didn’t retire but redeployed. His love for coaching, mentoring, and leadership lead him to turn his full attention to helping people clarity and win at what matters most to them.
People’s thirst for encouragement led Jim to launch Impactful Notes—a free service that delivers a powerful note of inspiration and encouragement on a daily basis.
Jim’s newest book, “Tape Breakers, How to Positively Impact the People You Love, The People You Lead, and the Causes that Stir Your Heart,” was released in 2016 and was a “Top New Release” on Amazon.
Jim and his wife Kristi have been married for 36 years and live in Southern California
Jim’s clients include The PGA of America, Dove Mortgage, International Paper, Old Castle Industries, Shaw Industries, and SouthBay Search
Interview Segments - This is where you can find each section of the interview.
Intro / About Jim: 1:00 minutes
Interview: 3:20 minutes
Rapid Rire Questions: 37:20 minutes