209: Jamie Millar: A network is something powerful

//209: Jamie Millar: A network is something powerful

209: Jamie Millar: A network is something powerful

Jamie Millar Show Notes Page

James (Jamie) Millar needed a different professional platform. He looked around and was unable to find what he wanted to do, the way he wanted to do it. So, he created his own firm that leads executive peer networks to help executives enjoy the insights and relationships they need to succeed.

Jamie was born in Toronto. His family moved to Ottawa when he was six years old. Jamie’s father was a PhD economist who worked for the Canadian government. His mother was a community college teacher.

As a child, Jamie was a strong student who excelled at math and science, but also loved reading, music, and sports. He was one of the first students in an innovative bilingual education program, and much of Jamie’s early instruction was in French—not just language classes, but also math, science, history, and geography.

He even spent four months as a 16-year old in a rural village about 30 miles southeast of Bordeaux, France where he lived with a local family, and attended the town’s high school.

Jamie attended the University of Toronto, where he studied Industrial Engineering. Upon graduation, he joined Morgan Stanley in New York as a financial analyst. While there, several colleagues encouraged Jamie to apply to Harvard Business School, where he was admitted.
After graduating from HBS, he joined the School’s MBA Admissions Board. He interviewed and evaluated thousands of talented young business people and developed an interest in the qualities that make great leaders tick.

Jamie left Harvard in 1999 and worked in financial services and at an early stage start-up before he finally found his calling. In 2004, Jamie joined Tapestry Networks, a firm that creates executive peer networks—invitation-only groups for leaders who should spend time together but usually don’t.

Jamie left Tapestry in 2013 to launch his own firm, SkyBridge Associates. He is also the author of Building Bridges: The Case for Executive Peer Networks, in which he shares many of the insights he has gained over the course of his career.
Jamie currently lives just outside Boston with his wife of 26 years Maribeth and they have three adult children Hailey, Evan and Casey.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

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“Networking is a verb; everybody hates networking.” – Click to Tweet   

“Network, the noun, is something that’s very powerful.” – Click to Tweet   

“Beliefs drive behaviors and behaviors drive outcomes.” – Click to Tweet   

“If you want to change anything, it’s not enough to just act differently, you have to actually think differently.” – Click to Tweet   

“There are too few opportunities in life to really reflect on what we think.” – Click to Tweet   

“Many of us assume that what we think is the only thing that you could think.” – Click to Tweet   

“A lot of leadership issues are contextual.” – Click to Tweet   

“With a group of peers from other organizations, you’re a lot safer.” – Click to Tweet   

“It’s hard to envision any relationship that’s productive where the individuals don’t trust each other.” – Click to Tweet   

“People don’t naturally look at issues in their life and put them in the form of good questions.” – Click to Tweet   

“The right questions have the power to reveal assumptions and beliefs.” – Click to Tweet   

“I think a leader has to be a dreamer.” – Click to Tweet   

“Humps create opportunities.” – Click to Tweet   

“We don’t have to have a job, we have to have a career and a life and a profession.” – Click to Tweet   

“The world is awash in money. What the world lacks is good ideas.” – Click to Tweet   

“People trust authentic people.” – Click to Tweet  

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Hump to Get Over

Jamie Millar needed a different professional platform. He looked around and was unable to find what he wanted to do, the way he wanted to do it. So, he created his own firm that leads executive peer networks to help executives enjoy the insights and relationships they need to succeed.

Advice for others

Be comfortable to doing something on your own.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

I do not give negative feedback as well as I should.

Best Leadership Advice

The world is awash in money. What the world lacks is good ideas.

Secret to Success

Curiosity and authenticity.

Best tools in business or life

My ability to build trust and establish relationships.

Recommended Reading

Building Bridges: The Case for Executive Peer Networks

How to Win Friends & Influence People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Contacting Jamie Millar

Website: https://www.skybridge.associates/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamie-millar-3033/

Resources and Show Mentions

Bob Tiede: Great Leaders Ask Questions

Call Center Coach

An Even Better Place to Work


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