“Jim has an impressive breadth of knowledge. His experience in so many areas gives him the flexibility to really respond to a client’s needs. He is very good at tailoring his services to the needs of the individual company.”

– Tim Sullivan
VP of Administration
Hitchiner Manufacturing

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Resources

Recent Published Articles written by Jim Kimberly, founder of Sapphire Consulting, have appeared in:

Union Leader
March 1, 2010
Ask the Expert
“What Have I Done? The Mature Rookie in Business”
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Union Leader
Ask the Expert Series
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Business NH Magazine
December 2009- Executive Career Guide
"Mature Workers Choosing Entrepreneurship"
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New Hampshire Business Review
September 26, 2009
"Corporate Leadership: How to Fill the CEO Information Vacuum"

Business NH Magazine
May 2009 HR Issue
"Common Strategic Planning Pitfalls – and How HR can Help Avoid Them"
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Entrepreneur.com
"How to fill the CEO information vacuum."
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New Hampshire Business Review
January 2, 2009
"Corporate Leadership: Are you ready for the Next Generation of Workers"
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New Hampshire Business Review
November 21, 2008
"Corporate Leadership: How to Help Employees Buy into Change"
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New Hampshire Business Review
October 24, 2008
"Corporate Leadership: Creating High-Performance Employees"
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New Hampshie Business Review
September 26, 2009
"Corporate Leadership: How to Fill the CEO Information Vacuum"
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Employment Times
August 18, 2008
"The CEO Vacuum"

Business NH Magazine
May 2008
"Crossing the Generational Divide"
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NH Bar News
May 2008
> "Generational Differences Between Attorneys"
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> Download part II: "How to Attract and Retain Young Attorneys"

Business NH Magazine
May 2006
"We're doing it this way now. Didn't you get the memo?"

Other Articles Available

> How to Fill the CEO Information Vacuum

> Creating High Performance Employees: No Time to Wait! Part I
> Creating High Performance Employees: No Time to Wait! Part II

> Choosing an HR Option for Your Business

> How to Help Employees Buy In To Change

> How to Create High Performance Employees


Family Business Succession Planning

A report in the Wall Street Journal noted that about 39% of the respondents to the 2003 American Family Business Survey said their family companies will change leadership within the next few years when their chief executives retire or semi-retire - but more than half those respondents said they hadn't chosen a successor. Family business adviser Len Green told the Journal that there is a psychological barrier to succession planning - creating a plan means the CEOs must admit they will lose power and that a new leader will change the business. Many consultants recommend beginning the exit-planning process five years in advance, the article said. Calculating the leader's financial needs will help determine whether it makes more sense to sell the company or transfer ownership to a family member, the report noted. (Source: Wall Street Journal, August 25, 2004.)


The Return on Investment in Coaching is 600%!

A survey of 300 companies found the top reasons to offer coaching is to:

  • Sharpen the leadership skills of high-potential individuals
  • Ensure the success, or decrease the failure rate of newly promoted managers
  • Provide the required management and leadership skills to technically oriented employees
  • Correct management behavior problems such as poor communication skills, failure to develop subordinates, or indecisiveness
  • Correct employee relations problems such as poor interpersonal skills, disorganization, demeaning or arrogant behavior

And they found that the return on investment for coaching was $6.00 for every $1.00 invested. (Manchester, Inc.)


Among the benefits to companies, executives reported improvements of 53% in productivity, 48% in quality, 48% in organizational strength, 39% in customer service. (Business Wire Magazine January 4, 2001)


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