Meet Dr. Jim Bailey
Dr. Jim Bailey began coaching and counseling people about their work as a college professor. He saw the real need for people of all ages to get clear, accurate information about the work they were made for. Then, as a non-profit executive director he saw how employee-fit to work roles and the organization's culture make or break its success. A former researcher on mental health and work environments, he understands the links between who we are, what we do, how we do it, place of work in our sense-of-self and life satisfaction. Helping people build healthy a vocational identity and/or work culture, and live out of those, is his passion.
The son of a small business owner, Jim learned the value of "hard work" by cleaning the production floor and making deliveries. Watching his dad manage sales and run the company helped him understand the fundamentals of business leadership. Later in life he earned a Ph.D. focusing on how organizational functioning is influenced by people's mental health. He's been a university professor, academic department head, executive director with nonprofit organizations, and has been on several non-profit boards. In 2006 he opened Directions Consultation - a Career and Business Coaching practice. Since then he’s provided career coaching and business personnel and leadership services to hundreds of individuals and many companies who are passionate about maximizing their true selves in the workplace.
A native of East Tennessee, Jim's been married to his wife, Sloan, since 1989. The couple has two adult children. When he has free time he loves to hike, ride his bikes and do home remodeling projects. Dr. Jim's community involvement includes: supporting Knoxville Young Life; mentoring college-age and 20-something men one-on-one and in a weekly small group bible study; and helping ministries like The Cross - Greek Christian Ministry and Young Life at the University of Tennessee.
PHD - THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
MSW - THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
BA - THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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