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Jim is a specialist in reliable and resilient human and organizational performance. His consulting experience includes working with high-risk corporations in oil/gas, commercial airlines, electric power production, and energy research/development. He also serves as an expert advisor on operations reliability and resilience for the Department of Energy (DOE) and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Jim brings proven methods to add organizational capacity for managing high-risk processes, addressing human and organizational fallibility with smarter operational systems design. His teams add a fresh perspective to operations, more effectively supporting frontline workers to enhance mission execution reliability and resilience at all levels of the organization. 


Jim has decades of experience in leading high-risk operations and support services for the DOE. He has worked with almost all of the seventeen DOE labs. HIs leadership has strengthened integrated operations and ensured sustained success for Battelle, Bechtel, BWXT, EG&G, and Lockheed Martin. He has broad and diverse operations leadership experience, including nuclear and non-nuclear power and research, national and global security, energy materials and life cycles, and applied operations engineering. Using an integrated services model, he also directed support services, including nuclear safety, precision machining, ES&H, training, management systems design, quality, operating standards, and maintenance. Way back, he rode submarines in the US Navy, working as a nuclear auxiliary operator, trainer, plant chemist, and radiological controls technician.


Key skills include:

  • Integrated operations management 

  • Risk management

  • Safety management

  • Mentoring and coaching 

  • Human and Organizational Performance 

  • Principle-centered leadership

  • Assistance and Assessment 

  • Field-based learning/event investigation

  • Training 


Top notch, sustainable operations are enabled by organizational resilience (focusing on “What Must Go Right”).


By advancing from an operating approach that ‘avoids failure’ to one that ‘ensures success,’ your company can sustain operational excellence. To make this shift, you must focus on ‘What Must Go Right” and progress to measuring execution that goes as desired, rather than counting the absence of failures.

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