Run Your Life Show With Andy Vasily

#206- Jim Roussin: Transforming Teamwork

May 18, 2022 Andy Vasily
Run Your Life Show With Andy Vasily
#206- Jim Roussin: Transforming Teamwork
Show Notes

In today’s episode, I have my friend and mentor, Jim Roussin, on the podcast to chat about his book Transforming Teamwork: Cultivating Collaborative Cultures. Jim co-authored this book with Diane P. Zimmerman and Robert J. Garmston. A fantastic read that draws on research and practical experience. In the book, Jim and his co-authors identify and unpack strategies and tools that: 

  1. Help to build psychological safety in an effort to get teams to work towards resilient interpersonal relationships. 
  2. Teach how to use constructive conflict as a powerful catalyst for team learning and transformation
  3. Empower teams to inquire into problems of practice to transform capabilities and produce actionable learning

I’ve known Jim for 6 years now and he was the one who trained me as a cognitive coach. This is the third time that Jim has come on my podcast. I love our conversations as they are so full of insight and wisdom. 

If you are a leader in any organization, you are sure to find deep value in our discussion today and I highly recommend that you get your hands on a copy of his book. It is sure to help transform teamwork in your own organization. 

Jim is currently the Executive Director for Generative Learning which you can find online at

In addition to Transforming Teamwork he has also written two other books: 

Implementing Change Through Learning: Concerns-Based Concepts, Tools, and Strategies for Guiding Change in (2013); and Guiding Professional Learning Communities: Inspiration, Challenge, Surprise, and Meaning in (2010)

I hope you enjoy our conversation and share this episode with anyone who you feel will benefit from listening to it. 

About Jim:
James L. Roussin has worked as an assistant superintendent, language arts teacher, ESL coordinator, ASCD Middle East consultant and adjunct professor.
Jim is currently the Executive Director for Generative Learning. A consulting practice focused on healthy organizations and human development through the lens of natural systems theory and complexity science.

He served as a teaching associate for Human Systems Dynamics (an institute using complexity theory to transform organizational culture). Jim facilitates learning in the following areas: leadership development, board development, Strategic Planning, Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools. Jim was the co-developer and co-facilitator of the West-Metro Teacher Leadership Academy in Minnesota.

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