Episode Focus: An interview with James Harvey – a dedicated author and coach in Ontario with over 30 years of experience as a licensed Tradesman.


  • The interview is just over 18 minutes in length.
  • I’ve been speaking with several business-oriented folks, and that has been amazing.  I’m expanding the scope to include government and non-profit organizations – James is the first of these.  If you or someone you know wants to discuss leadership, let me know!

VOCL Main Interview

Guest Bio (Margaret Narration):  James Sidney Harvey is a dedicated Author and Coach with over 30 years of experience as a licensed Tradesman. James uses his experience and expertise to help guide and support Tradespeople and Managers to create a more open and safe work environment while encouraging the importance of establishing leadership in the workplace. In addition to leading individual Skilled Trades People as a career coach, motivating them to learn and perform – James has also assisted corporations in training managers and CEOs on how to better lead their employees and achieve their desired productivity and outcomes. James is passionate about helping others take their skills from a job they do to a career they love – which has inspired his book “7 Success Skills for Apprentices & Skilled Trades Persons.” After reading this book and applying James’ 7 skills, you will not only gain a new understanding of your respective talents but learn how to apply them in order to grow your success at work.

Executive Summary of Answers:

What is a leadership-related quote that motives or inspires you?  Lead by example.

Why does that motivate you? You need to be the example that proves your point.

How do you use that quote in your work and everyday life? Helping people overcome a fear of heights even though I have that fear myself.

If you were to mentor someone taking on their first real leadership role, what advice would you give (personal experience or otherwise)?  Always be willing to learn.

Who have been the influential leaders in your life and why?

  • Parents –  helping how to learn
  • Tool-making design instructor at college – learning by getting involved in the task
  • Bob Proctor – motivational coach who talks about attraction

If you could pick any Canadian to be your mentor, who would it be and why? Hazel McCallion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazel_McCallion).  She has seen a lot of change in her community; she understands people.  She is very good at communication and connecting with people.

What do you think are the three most important attributes that a leader can possess?  Relationships, communication and ownership.

If you could pick only one, which would it be? Communication (other elements evolve into it).

Where do you turn to for leadership knowledge?  Books? Seminars? Something else?  Please provide a specific example.  Online research.  YouTube.  Brendan Burchard – motivation coach (http://brendonburchard.com/), Experts Academy (http://expertsacademy.com/)

What do you think of the state of leadership in Canada (any area, not just politics) today – strengths, weaknesses?  Impressed with provincial/federal governments are doing to encourage people in the trades (e.g., loan program).

Imagine you are the host of VOCL – who’s a Canadian leader that you would like to interview and why?  Hazel McCallion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazel_McCallion ) she seems to have so much optimism about life, politics, and people.

Anything else you would like to bring up?  People in positions of authority aren’t always leaders.  Always be willing to learn.

What are you working on right now and how can people get a hold of you?  More research into the seven success skills and how they can also apply to management.



That was a great interview with James – I’d like to thank him for his time and insights.

VOCL Closing Thoughts / Future Episodes / Call to Action

What’s been happening

  • Personal note – Getting affected by several snow storms that have been hitting the East Coast lately.

Takeaways and introspection

  • “Always be willing to learn.”  Constant theme raised by James.  What are you doing to learn? Are you learning in one area, or in multiple?  Are you helping your team to learn?


I’m Chris Hache, asking you to be VOCL for a better Canada

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