James Milo, PhD

Founder and Chief Education Officer

Milo is known internationally as an innovator, educator, keynote speaker, and master coach in the fields of Leadership Development and Organizational Transformation.  His acclaimed executive programs on ultra high performance learning and creating breakthrough results have been presented worldwide.  A Fellow of the World Business Academy, Milo founded and served three times as the Academic Director of the annual Stanford Leadership Academy as well as being a core faculty member of Stanford’s Program on Managing Innovation.

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I have experienced the transformational power of Milo's work both in myself and in the teams I have put through his programs. In my 25+ years in business I have never seen a leadership program or core skill development that comes close to matching the effectiveness of this work. The impact has been in the 10's of millions of dollars.

Milo is the master of executive leadership development and organizational scaling. He played a big role in my breakthrough as a business owner, leader and a human being and has done the same for countless others in my organization.  He supported our growth from $50M to nearly $100M in annual revenue over the last five years, and his coaching gems and truly unique style and approach echo in my head, even when he's not around, helping me as we scale to the next major milestone.

The SWIFT concepts are bold and innovative. As an experienced CEO, Milo’s executive coaching enriched my values, integrity and critical thinking skills in leading a large complex organization.

I had the profound fortune of taking Milo's Leadership Class at Stanford early in my career before moving on to senior level roles at Bayer and Genentech where Milo became my executive coach - which he does like no other. He is strategic, insightful and has the amazing skill of being able to draw the best out of you that you didn't even know was in you! Not only I benefitted, but my entire team excelled and performed at the highest level. From navigating us through creating the strategic plan to preparing compelling BOD and C-Suite presentations that resulted in not only approval, but increased budget and staff, plus helped us identify new projects and programs that benefitted the entire organization. The entire experience was amazing. I highly recommend Milo and KnowledgePassion and have referred him to other colleagues who have experienced the same phenomenal results.

James Milo is the Founder and Chief Education Officer of KnowledgePassion, Inc. He is also a Fellow of the World Business Academy and a former member of the Board of Governors of the International Association of Coaches. Milo's research and consulting focus on design thinking, human motivation, and organizational transformation. He highlights the power of language in thought and action for innovation and creativity at work.

For more than 30 years, his acclaimed executive programs on transformative learning and creating breakthrough have been presented in Australia, Norway, England, Scotland, The Netherlands and throughout the United States.

Milo's clients include: Medidata, Marriott International, W2O, Teradata, WCG, Genentech, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Caspian Networks, Replicus Software, The Naval Postgraduate School, Kaiser Permanente, Diageo Chateau & Estates Wines, Bayer Biotechnology, AppGenesys, NCR, Wells Fargo, Charles Schwab, Apple Computer, SBC Internet Services, Adobe Systems, New United Motor Manufacturing, Foote, Cone & Belding, and Hewlett-Packard.

Milo's management experience was gained as Vice President for Research and Development at TeleLearning, Inc. where he helped architect and launch the world's first Electronic University Network. He subsequently served as Vice President of Market Research at Rowen Communications and as Executive Vice President at Creative Directions, Inc.

Milo founded and served as the Academic Director of the annual Stanford Leadership Academy (1996-98) as well as being a core faculty member of Stanford's Program on Managing Innovation. As a Lecturer and Adjunct Professor for more than 20 years at Stanford University, he taught courses on Coaching for Breakthrough and Creative Thinking in the Center for Teaching and Learning, New Directions in Innovative Problem Solving in the Department of Psychology and The Language of Leadership and Emotional Intelligence for Corporate Success in the Continuing Studies Program. The Stanford Instructional Television Network has broadcast his executive courses: Creating a Learning OrganizationBreakthrough Learning and Leading with Emotional Intelligence.

Born and raised in Australia, he graduated with First Class Honors in Psychology from the University of Melbourne and was awarded a full scholarship to pursue graduate work at Stanford University where he earned an M.A. in Interactive Educational Technology and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Social Psychology. His research and practice of "Charismatic Teaching" have been recognized by a graduate teaching award from the American Psychological Association.

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Milo's clients are C-suite leaders seeking an accelerated path to greater effectiveness and breakthrough achievement.

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