Craig Arthur James

Expertise: Consultant, Executive Coach, Facilitator, Writer, Speaker, Idea-guy and Convener
Cleveland, OH
What? The Future is Here?

Time:  Often it is an illusion, yet a key asset in any organization.  How do we anticipate the future and work in the "future" that is now?  A perspective-building talk with practical applications. Leadership, Vision & Strategy = other topics

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Take a moment to Stop and Think

It's ironic suggesting Companies and Teams need to "Stop" in order to move forward—but it is essential today.  The compulsion to run and keep-up with our fast-paced world can cause us to lose direction and focus.  CatStrat helps you refocus.

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Executive Whole-Self Coaching

Consultants provide advice (CatStrat does such) but Coaches help Leaders endeavor toward self-improvement. Craig’s approach helps Executives tap their own wisdom and maximize whole-self abilities. 

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How do I run this meeting? How do I keep Retreat participants from... retreating?

CatStrat is expert in managing a room and running high-powered meetings. Facilitation is an Art + a Science. We use a tech-trick or two, too.

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Knowing “Where to go” starts with "Where you are"

CatStrat’s methodologies offer a clear view of the (current) reality in your organization. From there, the future is a continuum of activity, from current-state to future-state, and the gap in-between

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Marketing Strategy
Marketing and Sales = Business Development & Growth

Through the years, “Marketing” and “Sales” have been used interchangeably.  They’re interdependent, but not synonymous. CatStrat provides process improvement for both.

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Have received Mentorship, and am grateful. Now my turn.

Interested in offering mentorship for young inspired leaders-of-the-future. Craig also embeds mentorship within Coaching engagements, as part of the package, as and when appropriate. 

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Blog Writing & Ghostwriting
We write, alright

Need a creative way to convey a complex concept via your blog and or otherwise?  We can help.

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I am a business, sales, marketing, management & information technology veteran.  Our firm, Cat-Strat (a.k.a. Catalyst-Strategies) helps organizations un-stick their thinking at both the big picture and detailed levels.  We help individuals and organizations build the consciousness, clarity and competencies required to thrive in the 21st century.

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Facilitation, speaking engagements, retreat management, Executive Coaching, strategic thinking, strategic planning, communication, creative thinking, idea generation, interviews, discussion, question asking, inquiry, energy, inspiration, motivation, organizational development, event-management, sales, sales process, sales-management, and social-media strategy.

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Yuval Noah Harari: What explains the rise of humans?

Seventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other animals. But now, few would disagree that humans dominate planet Earth; we've spread to every continent, and our actions determine the fate of other animals (and possibly Earth itself).

Read this on www.ted.com >

For Jim Collins, No Question Is Too Big

Within the sprawling and overpopulated world of self-styled gurus dispensing advice on management and leadership, Mr. Collins is in rare company. His last two books - "Built to Last" and "Good to Great" - were breakout hits, selling about seven million copies combined.

Read this on www.nytimes.com >

Secret Ingredient for Success

WHAT does self-awareness have to do with a restaurant empire? A tennis championship? Or a rock star's dream? David Chang's experience is instructive. Mr. Chang is an internationally renowned, award-winning Korean-American chef, restaurateur and owner of the Momofuku restaurant group with eight restaurants from Toronto to Sydney, and other thriving enterprises, including bakeries and bars, a PBS TV show, guest spots on HBO's "Treme" and a foodie magazine, Lucky Peach.

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Why We Can't See What's Right in Front of Us

The most famous cognitive obstacle to innovation is functional fixedness - an idea first articulated in the 1930s by Karl Duncker - in which people tend to fixate on the common use of an object. For example, the people on the Titanic overlooked the possibility that the iceberg could have been their lifeboat.

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Urban Innovator: Randy McShepard

There's a really good chance Randell McShepard doesn't sleep. He laughs it off when asked, but one doesn't need to be a mathematician to know there aren't enough hours in the day for him to do all of the things he does. Unless, obviously, he doesn't sleep.

Read this on www.freshwatercleveland.com >

The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?

In Seth Godin's most inspiring book, he challenges readers to find the courage to treat their work as a form of artEveryone knows that Icarus's father made him wings and told him not to fly too close to the sun; he ignored the warning and plunged to his doom.

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Steven Pressfield Online

A few years ago I wrote a book called Killing Rommel. Killing Rommel is a novel set during WWII in the North Africa campaign. Its heroes are the men of the Long Range Desert Group, a true historical British commando unit that fought behind the lines against Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and the German Afrika Korps.

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Executive Coaching & Mentor Coach | The Executive Happiness Coach

The world places impossible demands on senior leaders and business owners. Do you notice that every time you get more responsibility, your initial excitement gives way to feeling overwhelmed? Are you concerned that the next thing to land on your desk will take you down?

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Seth's Blog

If war has an opposite, it's not peace, it's civilization. (inspired by Ursula LeGuin writing in 1969) Civilization is the foundation of every successful culture. It permits us to live in safety, without being crippled by fear. It's the willingness to discuss our differences, not to fight over them.

Read this on sethgodin.typepad.com >

The $100,000 Anti-Burnout Program for CEOs

Johnson & Johnson thinks it has the answer to executive burnout. All it takes is a physiologist, a dietitian, an executive coach, and $100,000 in special services. J&J is launching an intensive program today to make sure its senior executives stay in top physical, mental, and emotional form.

Read this on www.bloomberg.com >
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Kevin Blaushild
Famous Enterprises
Digital Strategy Leader
"Over the course of a month Craig and I spent time on 4 separate occasions to help me self-reflect. This self-exploration led to a deeper, more fundamental understand “how I work”. These discoveries allowed us to target specific areas of improvement for me, personally. It was at times; enjoyable, challenging, engaging, thought provoking, frustrating, confusing, enlightening, and ultimately rewarding. I’m thankful for the time invested and absolutely derived value from it."
Jim Smith
The Executive Happiness Coach
The Executive Happiness Coach
"Craig is, first of all, an Ideator. In our conversations he listens well and picks up the essential threads and messages, then helps me to craft the appropriate strategies and messages I need to put into place to achieve my goals. He is an excellent facilitator, knowing how to create a safe space for people to participate fully. Finally, he understands the power of creating a clear marketing message and offer. Working with Craig and his partner Sue, I was able to refocus my marketing messages and develop new strategies to help my business thrive. Plus, he's a lot of fun to work with!"