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Jim McCarthy

Jim McCarthy

Motivational Speaker on Happy, High-Performance Teams

Jim McCarthy is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker on happy, high-performance teams. He loves helping companies approach management training and culture in a radically new way, by teaching employees proven methods to achieve goals and reduce stress. Jim’s workshops often include scientific research, anecdotes, writing exercises, group discussion, action items, and daily practices.

Jim has more than 19 years of executive and board level experience in Silicon Valley. He became employee # 258 at Yahoo in 1997, and later worked at NexTag, BlueLithium, and Drawbridge. Earlier in his career, Jim was an English teacher in Frankfurt, a business journalist in Madrid, and a McKinsey consultant in Munich.

Audiences deeply appreciate Jim’s unique perspective — as a Stanford MBA, Internet pioneer, world traveler, father, and person living with a cancer diagnosis.

Jim shares what he has learned with companies of all sizes through keynote speeches, highly interactive workshops and customized training programs. His talks aren’t just inspirational—you’ll take away practical strategies, scientifically proven insights, and action plans on how to change your thoughts, your career and your life.



Goal Setting: Keep Calm and Get Stuff Done (3 to 6 hours)

Are your employees accomplishing their objectives? In this workshop, participants develop detailed action plans and roadmaps to achieve their goals without losing their minds. The lessons are equally practical for employees’ personal and professional lives.

Leadership: How to Hire and Lead High-Performance Teams (3 hours)

How do business people recruit great talent and set them up for success? Whether a manager is new or very experienced, this workshop gives leaders the tools and best practices to take their teams to the next level — starting immediately.

Positive Attitude: How to Train Your Brain for Success (1 hour)

Scientific research tells us that a typical human being’s thoughts are roughly 80% negative. A person’s “negativity bias” is bad for their relationships, their career, and their health. This workshop is ideal for teams who want to be more positive in the face of tough daily challenges.



“Great content. Every early stage company and manager should hear this. Seriously.” Mark Siegel, Partner at Menlo Ventures

“I can’t recommend Jim strongly enough to companies looking to get more out of their employees.” Dave Zinman, COO at RadiumOne

“Our employees found Jim’s workshop to be extremely engaging, enjoyable and informative. He left us wanting more!” Ashley Reed, Brit + Co. 



To book Jim McCarthy for your event, contact Front Row Speakers on +353 1 485 3991 or email
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