Jim Walker

My day job is founder and partner of Rocky Paths Consulting, where I share “Presentations and conversations that inspire performance.”

An individual or organization might come to me with what they perceive to be their challenge or goal—say, a desire to offer a better customer service experience. But what I often find is the heart of the issue is something entirely different: they lack a sense of connection and a sense of purpose.

People want to be inspired and I serve as a conduit to make that happen using a seven-step process I created. I listen to my clients and challenge them. Together we tend to find the answers they’re searching for are already there—they just need help to uncover them.

My most memorable caffeine was the tea I drank at one of the teahouses in the mountains near Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. I’d gone walking on one of the paths that goes up from the Lake and something kept compelling me to go farther–which was a strange choice as I was dressed in a t-shirt and shorts and as I went higher on the path, there was still snow! I got some strange looks along the way.

I finally arrived at the tea house and there’s a sign there that says something along the lines of “as long as you’ve come this far, you should have a cup of tea,” so I did. It was the best tea I’ve ever had–because of the setting, the situation and the fact that the tea itself was truly amazing.

My current caffeine of choice is a straight, dark roast coffee. I used to work in the soda industry for Coca-Cola and was  six-pack-a-day guy. Once I started to read the ingredients, I realized I needed to get away from drinking that amount of soda. But there’s still nothing like a Coke with a slice of pizza!

My favorite place for caffeine is someplace with a good vibe. I tend to like the various Barrique’s shops, especially the one in Middleton near the Beltline. I like the fireplace and the fact that it’s quiet and low-key.

The people I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with are Gerry Spence and Tom Peters.

Spence was OJ Simpson’s first attorney, before the “Dream Team” took over. He has a reputation for being a brilliant defender of those he believes have been unjustly incarcerated and he is especially sensitive to Native American culture. I’m fascinated by the human ego and feel Gerry would be an interesting study in this area.

I’d also love to meet Tom Peters, the business strategist. He’s well known for challenging the establishment—and also has a healthy ego!

World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine:  creating an affordable, single-payer healthcare system. It’s incredibly sad to me that people need to worry about how they’re going to pay for their healthcare.