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

The Time is Now: Creating a Meaningful Purpose

While there are many buzzwords clouding the business world, one that is making a lot of noise at the current time is Purpose.

The Power of Dialogue: Engagement Is About Conversations, Not Presentations

Dialogue is at the root of all effective engagement and group action. This statement seems straightforward enough. Communicate with your peers and teams and

7 Ways to Foster a Culture of Engagement

There is nothing better than working in an organization that has a great culture. According to Deloitte, 94% of executives and 88% of employees believe

When Was the Last Time You Were Truly Listened To?

Think about the last time you were at dinner with a group of friends and you witnessed two people trying to talk through a tough issue. How did it go?

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?

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.

Successful Strategy Execution Is All about Behaviors

The purpose of strategic planning is not to make plans. It’s to change the way we think and act. If our newly formed visions and strategic plans

Bridging the Gap

It has been more than 20 years since we first drew “The Canyon,” and yet it still evokes animated responses, chuckles, and reflections from anyone

5 Steps for Engaging Employees through Challenging Times or Corporate Change

Almost eight years ago, during one of the toughest economic times most people had experienced, I wrote an article for this newsletter discussing

Leaders Aren’t Telling the Stories Their People Care About

Rich Berens, our company President and Chief Client Fanatic, announced he and I are writing a book on our belief that work is broken.

Time to Get Vulnerable: Why The Best Leaders View Vulnerability as a Strength

Howard Shultz, CEO of Starbucks, once said, “The hardest thing about being a leader is demonstrating or showing vulnerability

EQ Is Giving IQ a Run for Its Money: Why Being Emotionally Intelligent May Be More Important Than Being Smart

Emotional Intelligence, or EQ (Emotional Quotient) as it is commonly called, emerged as a hot topic back in the mid-1980s. Yet, today EQ is more relevant

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.

Personal Purpose in the Workplace

We sat down with two Root executives this month – Founder and CEO Jim Haudan and Consultant (and millennial) Kara Davidson – to discuss personal purpose

Peer Accountability – A Powerful Performance Driver

Many organizations attempt to create a climate of accountability with robust performance management systems. The hope is that by building

Invasion of Fears

Realism and truth telling are at the heart of authentic engagement. However, many organizations lack this realism. And the higher you go the more rare

The FUSS About Bright Spots

What keeps leaders up at night? Things like figuring out how to tweak a business model; how to do things faster, better, and cheaper;

What Business Can Learn from Sports (Hint: It Has Nothing to Do With Sports)

College Basketball. UCLA. Ten NCAA National Championship titles in 12 years, seven of those consecutively. Coach: John Robert Wooden.

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.

High Noon in Yesterday Town: Is This YOUR Business?

If you think constant change is some-thing new, step back in time with me to the days of the Old West. Let’s see what happened in Yesterday Town

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.”

Great Management: It’s More Than Just a Promotion

Engagement hinges on creating a clear line of sight from the marketplace to every employee so they can execute strategy. In working with clients

Gain Loyalty by Sharpening Customer Service

If you’ve been focusing on operational excellence or innovative product development, maybe it’s time to take a look at your company’s ideas

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.

Technology: Are We Using It, or Is It Using Us?

Yogi Berra once said, “You can observe a lot just by watching.” On a plane last week, the second we touched down, I observed most people around me

Onboarding-the People Who Belong to Your Future

“Onboarding” is a term used on cruise ships, but most companies don’t operate on boats. And starting a new position or understanding your role

Engaging People to Execute: Think of it as a Process

In sports or business, winning isn’t automatic just because you buy, recruit, or develop great talent. Performance and execution are as much tied to

Employee Engagement: Being Part of Something Bigger than Yourself

A few years ago New York Times writer David Brooks wrote an article during the graduation season that really struck a chord with me.

Employees as Customers: Discovering What’s Relevant

For the first time in history, companies are experiencing four generations of people working side by side, where the age difference may be 50 years or more

Changing Mindsets in Turbulent Times

Some companies emerge from an economic downturn stronger and more highly valued than they were before the economy soured.

The Manager’s Role in the Whack A Mole Game

Management can be like playing whack-a-mole – the old kids’ game where you try to pound down whichever mole pops up through the hole