Dr. Jim Bailey
Guiding You to Work that FIts

About Dr. Jim

Practical experience + Ph.D. expertise = Results for You

Meet Dr. Jim

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Practical-to-Ph.D. Expertise

Dr. Jim Bailey began counseling people about their careers when his college students shared their struggles with him in academic advising sessions. There he saw the real need for people of all ages to get clear, accurate information about the work they were made for. As a director of non-profits he learned the importance of a person's fit to the culture of their workplace, and the pivotal importance of establishing healthy organizational cultures. Finally, as someone who researched human behavior and work environments he saw the links between what we do and our understanding of who we are (our identity). Helping people build healthy vocational identities and cultures, and live out of those, is his passion.

The son of a small business owner, Jim did "real work", cleaning the production floor and making deliveries, and learned leadership by watching his dad manage sales and run the company. His career path eventually led him to earn a Ph.D. with a focus on organizational functioning and mental health. He's been a university professor and department head, held executive director positions with nonprofit organizations, and has been on and chaired several non-profit boards. He opened his private practice in 2006, doing business as Directions Consultation. Since then he’s provided career coaching and business personnel and leadership services to people who are passionate about maximizing their true selves in the workplace.

Married since 1989, his wife and he have two adult children. He fills his free time with hiking and cycling and home improvement projects. Dr. Jim is on the Knoxville Young Life Committee and mentors college and 20-something aged men one-on-one and in a weekly small group bible study.




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