Hi, I'm J.D.
I help leaders scale their businesses and careers.

[ My Leadership Story ]

I nearly got fired from a job that would change my life.

After ten years of hard work, I realized I was stuck.

I had been in the same mid-level post for five years, but I was going nowhere. Like so many other things in my life, I was a great starter, but often struggled to deliver.

Then, I got the opportunity of a lifetime: a high stakes project based overseas. I jumped at the chance. Six months in, my boss gave me crushing news.

I wasn’t getting the job done. If I didn’t turn things around, I’d be out.

It was the wake-up call I needed.

After recovering from the initial shock of that meeting, I dove headfirst into mastering disciplined leadership.

I quickly realized that the signal-to-noise ratio is appallingly low. Most leadership advice is motivational rhetoric—long on emotion and short on action. 

So I built my own leadership framework. 

Things clicked, and I never looked back.

My efforts paid off. Not only did I turn things around, I got the NEXT job, which was a massive increase in responsibility, team size, and compensation.

And what started off as a total struggle for me suddenly became easy. Not in the sense that it wasn’t hard work. But that it was work I loved and excelled at doing.

The journey has been hugely satisfying. I’ve scaled businesses of all sizes, from bootstrapped startups to PE scale-ups to public companies. I’ve led nearly every corporate function, from sales and marketing, to operations and product, and even human resources. I have exited two companies, one of which became its industry’s first unicorn.

Now, I’m sharing my approach to help others propel their careers and their businesses to new heights.

I write about four topics.

#1

Effective Leadership

Equipping leaders to connect their visions to actions that drive success, and to personally instill a culture of excellence.

#2

Operational Excellence

Designing and aligning the company’s operating model and processes to effectively realize the strategic vision, ensuring that every action and decision propels the organization toward its performance objectives.

#3

Team Dynamics

Elevating the interplay between leaders, managers, and employees that nurtures a growth-oriented, accountable, and collaborative workforce, enabling the team to achieve its full potential.

#4

Purposeful Communication

Highlighting the strategic role of communication in execution, crucial for disseminating information, fostering shared understanding, and mobilizing the workforce towards common goals.

I will help you
outperform. have impact. enable scale. build confidence. drive growth. lead.

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