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Jim Hemerling

Senior Partner & Managing Director

San Francisco

Five Ways to Lead in an Era of Constant Change

Who says change needs to be exhausting? Organization transformation expert Jim Hemerling outlines five imperatives, centered on putting people first, for turning company reorganization into an empowering, energizing task for all.

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Jim Hemerling is a BCG fellow with a focus on transforming organizations to deliver and sustain breakthrough performance. He is a leader in BCG’s People & Organization and Transformation practices, as well as the firm's behavior and culture topic.

With over 25 years of experience as a senior advisor, Jim has widespread experience leading large scale transformation programs and cultivating high performing cultures. His work goes beyond short term results to bring holistic, sustainable performance to organizations. Jim's approach to transformation—putting people first—focuses on energizing and empowering employees while enabling leaders to be both directive and inclusive. Jim's experience includes working with clients around the world in technology, consumer, financial, and manufacturing industries.

Jim has co-authored numerous publications on transformation, organization effectiveness, and culture including: TRANSFORMATION: Delivering and Sustaining Breakthrough Performance and Globality: Competing with Everyone from Everywhere for Everything. His work has been featured in Bloomberg, Businessweek, Fortune, Forbes, the Economist, Manager Magazine, and on CNBC.

Areas of Expertise

  • Transformation
  • People and organization
  • Leadership & talent
  • Business strategy
  • Behavior and culture change

Education

  • MBA, with distinction, Richard Ivey School of Business
  • B.A.Sc. and M. Eng. University of British Columbia
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong

Transformation: Delivering and Sustaining Breakthrough Performance

TRANSFORMATION is a synthesis of BCG's latest thinking on transformation, based on our research and our experience working with our clients on hundreds of transformation programs. The book includes many real-world examples and lessons throughout, and it traces three overarching themes: the value of a comprehensive approach, the need to think of transformation as a journey, and the power of putting people first.

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