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Jimmy Leppert


Jimmy helps leaders bring speed and scale to the implementation of their most pressing strategic priorities. He does this while balancing three critical levers: achieving dramatically better business results, broadening an organization’s bench of leaders, and fostering a cultural transformation. Over the past decade Jimmy has worked with two of the most well recognized business gurus in the world, completing an “old school” apprenticeship with Peter Senge at MIT and now working with John Kotter. Prior, Jimmy was a Managing Partner at a seafood restaurant, a high school teacher, and a medic. He has studied leading systemic change at Harvard and teaching/learning at the University of Virginia. Through these experiences, Jimmy has worked with leaders in virtually every industry in every corner of the world.

Jimmy is based out of Los Angeles, CA.

Why did you decide to work at Kotter?

I wanted to work with the best at transforming organizations from where they are to where they want to be. With the foundation of John Kotter’s decades of formative research at Harvard and the quality of folks at Kotter, it was an easy decision to join the team.

What challenges do you most enjoy helping your clients solve?

Figuring out how to balance delivering unambiguous business results and mobilizing their organizations in a way that engages folks like never before. Harnessing the latent potential throughout the organization so that individuals and teams are able to drive the most significant strategic priorities at speed and scale – I get to help them do that.

What in your background helps you in this job?

My ability to recognize patterns in complex systems. This allows me to quickly identify key leverage points and design interventions that generate results, often more quickly and broadly than people thought possible.

What’s got you thinking right now?

We are in times of unprecedented regulatory turbulence and I’m fascinated by how people are choosing to navigate these waters. I subscribe to Seth Godin’s blog, and always listening to Stephen Dubner’s Freakonomics Radio and reading as much futurist literature as I can.

Share something about you that would most surprise people.

I surf every day I can.