Jim Haudan


Jim Haudan is a different kind of CEO, with a passion that goes beyond leading Root to success. For more than 20 years, he has been helping organizations unleash hidden potential by fully engaging their people to deliver on the strategies of the business. With his background as a coach, it’s not a stretch that the company Jim co-founded focuses on tapping employees’ discretionary efforts – the kind that produces winning results.

Posts by Jim Haudan

Want to be a Better Leader? Identify Your Blind Spots.

Leaders owe it to their people to eradiate the blind spots that are most certainly holding back their people, their business, and their cumulative success.

5 Leadership Blind Spots That Perpetuate Disengagement & Indifference

Jim Haudan, and Rich Berens of Root Inc. detail 5 leadership blind spots that hinder employee engagement and innovation in the workplace.

Dialogue at Work is the Oxygen of Engagement and Change!

The lack of real dialogue is preventing change in organizations. Here are six ways to ensure dialogue thrives in your organization.

Why Servant Leadership Really Works

A servant leader's goal is to bring the best out of others and help them work at a higher level. Here are six reasons why servant leadership really works.

Great Leadership Secrets From Michelangelo and Picasso

Here are three ways to use visualization to drive the a-ha moment and excitement around an idea in your organization today.

How One Company Grew Revenue $16M in 6 Months

Little changes can have a big impact on the bottom line. When a company focuses on simple adjustments they can see huge results.

How the Worst Leaders Destroy Trust in the Workplace

When leaders assume their people have positive intent, the impact on the company culture can be dramatic and greatly improved.

3 Things Smart People Do to Create Meaningful Lives

It's important to create meaningful lives so here are three things smart people do to create meaningful lives for themselves.

Engaging Your Employees in the Big Picture

Engaging your employees in the big picture illustrates the need to change and allows them to come to their own conclusions on why change is a must.

10 Strategy Questions Smart Leaders Ask Themselves Every Day

Strategy without execution is meaningless. Execution without engagement is impossible. What strategy questions are you asking yourself and other leaders?

No Risk, No Culture Reward

Risk taking leads to ideas and breakthroughs that can drive new business. In fact, the only way to be successful is to fail forward on purpose.

Embracing Paradox

Paradox is important because new strategies get stuck in translation around a major paradox causing polarization instead of creating a platform for change

Team Insight Is Just As Valuable As Consumer Insights

To truly understand how business is won and how successful work gets done is what helps an organization make the right “on” the business decisions

Not Succumbing to the “Other Guy” Syndrome

The voice of fear and limitation can easily change your growth mindset from being intensely focused on being better, to being consumed with being bitter.

Changing Behaviors or Forming a New Habit Is Hard

Driving change is one of the hardest things to do. Approaching it as you would to form a new habit helps make it manageable and achievable.

It’s Time for the “Third” Documentary

At a time where creativity and strategic innovation is falling short and change is a way of life, people are not showing up at work engaged in what they do.

Structure Change Doesn’t Solve the Problems

Leaders commonly when the business isn’t performing - “we must have the wrong people or management team in place” – and they initiate a structure change.
Leadership Transformation

Building a High-Performance Operations Team

For an organization to be successful, it needs a high-performance operations team. Learn how to build one today.

What Do Student Debt and Strategy Execution Have in Common?

What does student debt have to do with strategy execution? It is all about elevating your thinking and seeing the big picture as an interconnected system.

Owning the Whole Before Your Piece – Part 1

The real key is each team member must own the whole before their piece: They must sacrifice the area they represent for the overall good of the company.

Lifecycle of Strategic Change

Engaging the entire company in the strategic change enables people to understand how they fit and how they can best enact the change that is needed.

Your Managers Aren’t Aligned on Your Strategy

No matter how great your strategy, it can come to a grinding halt if your managers can’t interpret and translate that strategy

Lessons from Grandma – Growing and Giving

the essence of her golden touch was that she figured out long ago that giving and growing were inseparable. You couldn’t have one without the other.

Roots of Engagement Issue Two – People Want to Feel a Sense of Belonging

Building a sense of belonging to the team of the future for your people is an important proactive art of leadership and engagement.

Roots of Engagement Issue Two – People Want to Feel a Sense of Belonging

Building a sense of belonging to the team of the future for your people is an important proactive art of leadership and engagement.

Roots of Engagement Issue One – Being Part of Something Bigger Than Yourself

The perennial advice to college grads is “find yourself.” Root CEO Jim Haudan (and others) suggest the real point is to “lose yourself.”

Saying Thanks by Giving Back

The concept of “giving back” is showing up outside the expected.It appears to be a critical ingredient in sustaining meaningful human behavior change.