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“Hi Jim, I felt the need to take a few minutes to express my thanks and appreciation for what you've done for me and my co-workers through the Leadership Development Program. For the first time in many years I see positive change in attitudes and relationships in the work place. Although I feel we still have a long way to go, it's nice to know and feel I can now pretty much talk to anyone about anything and get a general feeling of caring and consideration. I also, for the first time, have become very committed to bettering myself. I feel sorry for those who seem unwilling or unable to change but the vast majority is overwhelmingly better for having taking the program. I truly thank you and keep up the good work.

— 2009 Leadership Development Program Participant, Global Manufacturing Company

About Us

Our Team

Jim Kimberly founded Sapphire Consulting after spending more than two decades in senior leadership positions in the human services, employee assistance and behavioral healthcare fields. He began consulting with businesses and industries in 1990, and has worked with a wide variety of organizations including universities, police departments, utilities, publishers, manufacturers, banks and high technology firms.

Jim has led a successful organizational development consulting practice for a New England-based EAP company, has extensive management experience in the non-profit sector, and has sales and marketing expertise.

With a master's degree in social work from SUNY Buffalo and advanced certification in emotional intelligence and coaching, Jim is a skilled speaker, trainer and facilitator offering a high energy focus to sensitive human resource related topics. He holds memberships in the Organizational Development Network, American Management Association, Society of Human Resource Management, the National Human Resources Association and the Human Resource Leadership Forum.

Additional consultants are used depending on the project and areas of expertise. Jim is the founder of the New England Independent Consultants Forum consisting of experienced consultants who offer specialized services for every need. Sapphire Consulting has strategic partnerships with consultants across the US, Canada and Europe who can assist in the successful implementation of your project.

Jim is also an active member of The Heart of Coaching Consortium, a national consultant's forum committed to the building of coaching cultures within organizations.

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Our Fees

Since consulting is a dynamic and ever changing communication process, our fee structure reinforces open and frequent communication between participants. As a result, our fees are all-inclusive whenever possible. This assures you get the outcomes and value you seek while focusing on results, not a time clock. Please ask us about how we can customize a project that meets your budget.

Who We Serve

Sapphire's consultants have worked with public, private and not-for-profit organizations from a variety of industries. >Download a list of companies with whom we have worked.

Health Care
Financial Services
Local & State Government
High Technology
Secondary & Higher Education

Please contact us to speak with one of our client references.

Recent Speaking Sessions

HOT TOPIC - Selecting the Right Employee - The First TimeUnderstanding the PXT Select™ Assessment
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
ABC Chapter Education Center
58 Chenell Drive
Concord, NH 03301

GMVHRA - Leading with Emotional Agility for HR Leaders
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Elder Services of the Merrimiack Valley
280 Merrimack St, 4th Floor, Suite 400, Lawrence, MA

Manchester Area Human Resources Association, MAHRA
Presenter at Succession Planning Seminar
Manchester, NH
June 6, 2017

International Coaching Federation (ICF)
"Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team"
Farmington, CT
April 28, 2017

"Listen, Learn and Lead, Leveraging your
Emotional Intelligence for Greater Success
New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority's Conference
Meredith, NH
September 14, 2016

"Engaging Teams for Success"
Primex Annual Conference
The Omni Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, NH
May 10-12, 2016

"Manager, Leader, Who Am I?,” " Sustaining High Performance & Profit: Embracing a Coaching Culture” and "Leading with Emotional Intelligence” NH Automobile Dealers Association Management Summit & Partner Expo
Manchester, NH
May 16, 2016

Retaining High Potential Leaders. With Emotional Intelligence!
2013 Maine HR Convention
Rockport, Maine
May 7-10, 2013

Retaining High Potential Leaders with Emotional Intelligence
American Society of Healthcare Human Resource Administration (ASHHRA) Annual Conference, Denver, CO, September, 2012

Negotiation Skills for Human Resource Leaders
Manchester Area Human Resources Association, Manchester, NH
April 5, 2011

“Retaining HiPo’s with Emotional Intelligence”
SHRM State Conference, Garden State Council (NJ), November 2, 2010.

Emotional Intelligence and Retaining Your Best Performers:
Be Smart or Lose Them

NHRA- National Human Resources Association, Nashua, NH
September 20, 2010

Emotional Intelligence and Retaining Your Best Performers: Be Smart or Lose Them!
HRA- Human Resource Association
Central Connecticut (HRACC)
May 20, 2010

Emotional Intelligence and Retaining Your Best Performers: Be Smart or Lose Them!
SHRM- Metro West Human Resource Management Association, Framingham, MA, April 13, 2010

Restructuring, Downsizing, Termination…How to Survive It,
Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association, North Andover, MA
November 11, 2009.

Sustaining High Performance & Profit: Embracing a Coaching Philosophy
2009 Garden State Council SHRM Annual Conference,
Long Branch, NJ,
October 26, 2009

Bad Managers: Solutions for Boston's Business Community featured on the "What's at Risk?" , WBZ Radio 1030 AM, Boston, MA
October 3, 2009

Manager, Leader, Who am I?
Luncheon Keynote Speaker
American Society for Healthcare Human Resource Administration (ASHHRA), Regional Conference, Portland, ME, June 2009

Until Termination Do We Part: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Rightsizing
In partnership with Morgan, Brown & Joy, Waltham, MA, May 20, 2009

Emotional Intelligence: Unlocking Potential to Enhance Performance,
Greater Monadnock SHRM, Keene, NH,
May 13, 2009

Emotional Intelligence and Your EQi
Connecticut Healthcare Human Resource Administration (CHHRA)
Wallingford, CT
October 29, 2008

Til Termination Do Us Part: Rightsizing Your Business Without Doing it Wrong
In collaboration with Wiggin & Nourie
Nashua, NH
September 24, 2008

Leadership Lessons and Emotional Intelligence
Vermont State SHRM Conference
Burlington, VT

September 8, 2008

Manager, Leader, Who am I?
Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Central New York
SHRM Conference
Verona, NY
June 13, 2008

The Art of Being Positive
Miles HealthCare/ St. Andrews Hospital,
Damariscotta, ME
May 29, 2008

Helping Executives with Emotional Intelligence: Leadership Skills that Matter
Hanover Chamber of Commerce, Hanover, NH, November 2007

Leadership Development and Emotional Intelligence
American Society for Healthcare Human Resource Administration (ASHHRA),
Region 1 Conference, Burlington, VT
July 2007

Leadership Development and Emotional Intelligence
Human Resources Association, Greater Concord, NH,
June 2007

Predicting Success: Using Emotional Intelligence
River Valley HR Association, Newport, VT
June 20, 2007

Going FISHing
Greater Nashua Human Resources Association, Nashua, NH
May 2007

Effective Meetings at Work: Short, Crisp and On Point!
Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association
Andover, MA
May 2007

Using Emotional Intelligence Testing for Performance Improvement
NH Trainer’s Roundtable, Concord, NH
April 23, 2007

Fine Tuning Your Performance Management Process: How To Motivate Your Employees
Webinar - Teleconference for Lorman Performance Seminars
March 2007.

Emotional Intelligence
& Leadership
Vermont Healthcare Human Resource Association, VT
January 2007

Leadership Development & Emotional Intelligence
River Valley Human Resource Association,
White River Junction, VT
and Claremont, NH
November 2006

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