Understanding Leadership From The Ground Up, How I Did It

Coaching Others
In this podcast, I am being interviewed regarding my credentials as a leadership, teamwork, and process improvement coach. You neither have to be a renowned expert nor a big company to have the knowledge and experience to help others achieve their goals.


Jim Zelem is a former VP of Operations who transitioned to be an effective leader that coached many successful teams. Jim started his career as a simple factory worker who held many positions such as Industrial and Manufacturing Engineer as he worked his way up to VP.
His inquisitive nature and troubleshooting talents were instrumental in him obtaining his EE degree. He became very proficient with process improvement. It was through process improvements that allowed him to get leadership buy-in and build successful teams.
Jim strongly believes that experience is a great teacher as it helped him throughout his career. He believes his experiences in leadership, teamwork, and process improvement techniques can definitely help others. Jim created a blog site “You are Just a Number” (urjustanumber.com) to share these experiences and has opened the blog site for others to tell their story as well.
He firmly believes everyone has a story to tell that can help others. He launched a weekly podcast (https://anchor.fm/jim-zelem) in which he interviews people dedicated to leadership, teamwork, and inner drive.
Additionally, Jim has written a book “Stepping Stones of Leadership” that lists some essential steps that he believes will guide you on becoming an effective leader. Every step is supported by stories of his own personal experiences. He is presently working on his next leadership book with more stepping stones that will detail his journey from process improvement to teambuilding.
Jim currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin. He loves sports as he officiated high school football for 18 years. Jim still remains active as he volunteers for the Red Cross and the Senior Center. He enjoys walks in the woods, swimming, and golf.



  • Streamlined, re-engineered workflows, and build teams to achieve a 50% throughput improvement and reducing errors by 50%
  • Developed self-directed work teams using employee empowerment, combined with goal setting and performance metrics to increase throughput by 22%
  • Implemented a process engineering program including performance measurement, workflow environments and standards, increasing efficiencies from 65% to 90%


Podcast – https://anchor.fm/jim-zelem
Blogsite – urjustanumber.com
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-zelem-bab0963/
Contact – jim@urjustanumber.com

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