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I’ve been a student of leadership for 25 years. Many past and current colleagues have called me a thought leader, resulting from my extensive writing on leadership, teamwork and organizational cultural change. In my previous career in the public sector, I devoted over a decade to applied work in leadership development, organizational learning and team building.

My other passion has been working as an economist. During my three decades with the Government of Canada, my work included conducting applied research into labor market issues and examining topics relating to competitiveness and innovation. Of special interest was understanding the interface between competitive global pressures and how leadership and management are practiced at the organization level.

As one of the more prominent social media voices during the past six years on leadership and management, my website-blog Changing Winds contains over 450 posts and dozens of e-books, white papers and resource materials on leadership, learning and customer service.

In addition to a Master of Arts (honors) in economics from the University of New Brunswick, I also earned a Master of Arts (honors) in leadership and organizational learning from Royal Roads University. My Master’s thesis was on shared leadership and entitled A Leap of Faith. My passion for continuous learning and sharing with others extends to my fervent belief that leadership resides at all levels of organizations and communities.

I’m a long-time member of Toastmasters International, holding the designation Advanced Communicator Silver. In my spare time, I enjoy playing jazz piano and reading books on business economics, political leadership and geo-politics, not to mention the occasional espionage thriller. An avid mountain biker, I also enjoy photography, hiking and snowshoeing.

To share your thoughts and suggested topics for future posts, please email Jim

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2015 12:09 am


    My email link is above (under JIm). Please feel free to use it, but I would appreciate you citing me as the source. If you wish, you may also email me at my above contact.

  2. Wyvonne permalink
    September 23, 2015 12:00 am

    Good evening Mr. Taggart,

    My names Wyvonne; I’m a follower of your work and use your publications on leadership as source material often. I’m currently pursuing a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. In one of my courses we used your Learning Organization Likert Scale Assessment for an assignment. In preparation to conduct a quantitative study for my disseration I’ve been searching for an assessment tool for this purpose. Reviewing the webpage I’m unable to find contact information or another avenue to ask for permission to used an adaptation of your assessment. I feel your assessment tool is well suited for the purpose of my study and our permission would be greatly appreciated. I thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

    Von ~ KK

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