About Jim Schleckser

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Jim helps leaders grow companies. He specializes in the issues that fast growth firms experience in their business models, talent, processes and systems as they reach higher levels of performance. Jim and his team at the Inc. CEO Project work with over 100 CEOs of high growth companies to identify and obliterate the things that stand between them and continued organizational success.

With 30 years of leadership in business strategy, technology businesses, process improvement, organizational development, mergers and acquisitions, engineering, sales and marketing, he brings experience in leading global organizations in both public and private environments across many functional areas to the table. Jim has been quoted in The New York Times, Time, The Huffington Post and National Public Radio.  His ideas have been translated into 9 languages and he has done business in over 26 countries.


“”Jim Schleckser is the author of  “Great CEOs are Lazy”, detailing the behaviors that make the difference in CEO performance. You can order at Amazon.com

He is also a popular columnist on Inc.com, writing on issues that affect CEOs and entrepreneurs.

His insight is sought by dozens of CEOs of growth companies around the country. If you want straight, strategic advice on your business problem – you have found your guy.

He is also a Certified Sommelier and writes on topics of relevance to professional drinkers here and on Inc.com

“Professional Drinking: A Spirited Guide to Wine, Cocktails and Confident Business Entertaining”, Jim’s latest book will be released in the Fall of 2020. 

He is a soccer player, climbed Kilimanjaro and enjoys wine. He resides in Potomac, Maryland.


Schleckser’s insights, culled from thousands of real world interviews with top CEO’s, have freed me to minimize time spent in the business with maximum impact.  I have used the concepts of Focus and Leverage as well as the Five Hats to improve my business and still live a balanced life. 

Neal Rothermel, CEO, VMS Biomarketing