Jim Akers is a former Fortune 50 senior executive turned speaker, author and coach. He helps ambitious people focus their time, talent and resources on success that leads to maximizing their impact and influence on the people they love, the teams they lead and the causes that stir their hearts.
Jim is a graduate of Washington State University. He holds an M.B.A. in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University and an Advanced Management Certificate from Stanford University.
Jim has won sales and achievement awards with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Owens-Corning Fiberglas Company, Kirk Paper Company, xpedx and International Paper Company.
At the age of 29, Jim was named V.P. of sales for a $500MM distribution company, the youngest group vice president in the 120 year history of International Paper Company.
As group vice president at xpedx, Jim lead a $1BB distribution business with 21 locations in the Western U.S. and serving customers around the globe with packaging, custom packaging design, facility supplies, and printing papers. If you’ve ever touched an iPad or iPhone, you’ve touched work Jim’s team pioneered.
Jim has authored three books: How to Win the Achievement Game; 14 Strategies for Breakthrough Performances; and most recently, Tape Breakers, Maximize Your Impact with People You Love, Teams You Lead and Causes that Stir Your Heart.
Tape Breakers debuted as the #1 New Release on Amazon in March 2016 and was recognized as a 2016 Book of the Year along side the best selling new releases from Adam Grant, Ryan Holiday and Jake Knapp.
Jim’s clients include The PGA of America, Old Castle, Shaw Industries, International Paper, Pearson Smith Reality, TD Realty Group along with a variety of non-profit and faith-based organizations.
Jim met his wife Kristi at Washington State University. They celebrated their 12,776 day anniversary in June and have two adult sons Matthew and Andrew, who no longer require their credit card.
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What did you do before you became a maturepreneur?
What made you want to go into entrepreneurship?
In your corporate life, what did you do? What was your job title?
What was a typical day like for you?
Take me back to the time when you said that you were going to take the plunge and start your own journey? Did you have something lined up already or did you just leave?
How did they take your leaving?
Were you able to take some time off before you started to write your book?
Did you take the twelve months?
What is your business now?
When you work with someone, how long do you work with them?
When you have a client, do you travel to them or do it virtually?
Once you started your venture, what is the most successful idea that you implemented for it?
You talked about your mistake and I’d like to know what that was?
If you could go back and do it again, what would you do differently?
What is the most important advise you have gotten from someone and it could be life or business related?
Did he say that he started putting time into his family?
Have you seen any changes with the people that were truthful to their families?
Is there any advice you could give to someone wanting to start their journey now?
What is the biggest problem that you see in the entrepreneurial space now?
Was it hard to figure out what that problem was when you were going through that?
Do they have to find out the solution to the problem?
Did you have a stagnation period while you were building the business and how did you weather it?
Do you think it’s important for someone to have a coach when they just start out or when do you think it a good time to get a coach?