40 Years Experience

Jim Oher

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Jim Oher is an advisor and consultant to CEOs who has over forty years of experience working both within and to corporations large and small, as well as to arts organizations throughout the world. Jim works closely with senior leaders and their teams to uncover and address the difficult and sometimes messy issues that prevent business goal attainment. His extensive corporate and clinical experience allows him to quickly assess workplace situations and co-develop an action plan with the client. He also has expertise in the areas of resiliency, change management and substance abuse.

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Jim’s ability to understand his clients’ stated and unstated issues, needs and professional environment is particularly effective in challenging situations involving conflict resolution. Focusing on “hardlines,” those difficult yet necessary positions that produce discomfort, uncertainly and anxiety – he helps individuals and organizations resolve issues, create an enhanced working environment and achieve bottom line results.

A leader in his field, Jim employs the latest theories of personal and organizational dynamics, psychology of motivation and adult learning processes. He has worked across a spectrum of industries and organizations. In addition to individuals and teams, Jim has worked with the boards of directors of several organizations to review their structure, policies, strategies and goals.

Jim is also the author and editor of several books on business workplace dynamics. Jim’s clients include some of the most prominent firms in the work including: JP Morgan Chase, Northern Trust, LPL Financial, The New York City Ballet, Sotheby’s, BNP Paribas, The New York Times, The British Broadcasting Corporation, State Farm Insurance Companies, Eli Lilly and Company, Proskauer Rose, Loeb & Loeb, and IBM.

Jim has a diverse background as a corporate leader, executive consultant, accredited psychotherapist, psychoanalyst and group trainer/facilitator. He is also president of Oher & Associates, a management consultation firm focusing on collaboration and leadership challenges within individuals, teams and organizations. Business coaching and leadership development are also featured services of his firm.

Executive Coaching

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  • CEOs/C-level
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Family Business
  • Start-ups

Jim has had internal corporate leadership positions both at JC Penney, where he lead psychological services, and Texao, where he was responsible for health care initiatives and plans.

Jim Oher has worked with more than 1000 executives in hundreds of challenging situations involving collaboration, conflict management and resiliency. Below is a Case Study that details highlights of a successful workplace interventions and their outcomes:

Case Study 1:To identify and improve working relationships adversely affecting bottom line results, an international retail banking executive turned to Jim Oher for guidance.

Action Plan:

  • Establish a new constructive paradigm for staff rapport between the chief executive and senior team members
  • Guide chief executive to more effectively motivate and mobilize peers and direct reports
  • Help leadership gain better insight and understanding of colleague’s perspectives
  • Establish a new format for effective annual off-site meetings to serve as a catalyst for a cooperative, collaborative professional environment
  • Create a framework for productive, ongoing adoption of new skills and work ethic

Achievements:

  • Working one-on-one with chief officer, Jim Oher gained his confidence, initiated an open, honest dialogue, created an unprecedented understanding and appreciation of senior staff members reasoning and lifted barriers to greatly improve communication and collegial relationships.
  • Chief officer adopted new conflict resolution skills, sought new opportunities for collaboration, broadened his decision making options, delegated more responsibility to senior staff and positively improved profitability
  • Jim Oher initiated a dynamic approach, venue and innovative interactive agenda for the senior staff off-site retreat. Successful techniques were introduced including role play, role modeling and case exercises. Executives were placed in simulated yet authentic situations to explore and hone their communication and collaborative skills.
  • Jim Oher facilitated constructive post off-site meetings providing the structure to help staff develop ongoing strategies and tactics to achieve aggressive financial goals.

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Reviews


Exceptional expertise leads to extraordinary results.

Mark Casady, CEO, LPL Financial LLC

"Jim’s confidence, depth of knowledge and experience sets him apart from others in the coaching and consulting field. O&A helped me discover and uncover the competencies I needed to improve as a leader. Jim and I established a level of trust as he guided me to develop and implement key new management skills. Ultimately, his sustaining value is the positive changes he helped me adapt as well the beneficial results he initiated for colleagues both at my firm and at other organizations."

A godsend!

Leonard Mlodinow, Ph.D., Award Winning Writer

"As a senior executive I found myself in a highly politicized environment without the skills to succeed or survive. I needed someone who could teach me both up and down management skills and guide me through specific high stake institutional conflicts. Jim Oher was a godsend!"

Highly Reccomended.

Senior Executive, Sun Chemical Corporation

"I interviewed three potential candidates as my business coaches. Jim alone got me to the the art of my issues by asking the difficult but essential questions that I needed to address. With his help my career flourished. Years after our initial work together I still remember his guidance and words I highly recommend him."

Fearless coach.

John R Patton, the Home Depot

"As a Director at a Fortune 30 corporation, I was fortunate to work with Jim Oher for several months. As a great mentor and coach he helped me through some very difficult times. He immediately detected key issues and chartered a skillful course to address them. He helped me attack crucial concerns head-on and was fearless in helping me address enterprise-wide challenges as well."

Profound impact.

Joseph Scarfenberger Former EVP of JP Morgan Chase

The impact of Jim’s coaching on one of the senior executives on our leadership team was the most profound I have seen in my career. It was a truly remarkable achievement. He went from a supercilious haughty individual and sometime contributor to an energetic inquisitive team play with a wonderful sense of human and real engagement.