About People is a community of like-minded consultants who are passionate about improving the way people think, work and learn.
About People originally began in 2000 as the brainchild of husband and wife team Michael Lovas and Pam Holloway. From 2000-2013, the focus was Sales and Marketing Psychology (Michael’s passion) and Learning and Organizational Psychology (Pam’s passion). Together the couple authored 4 books and 6 e-books and became noted for their work on Credibility and Likability.
When Michael died in 2013, the business and website sat idle for several years. Pam continued writing via her blog at pamholloway.com. In the spring of 2016, Pam decided to relaunch About People as a hub for experts and practitioners with new and better ways to think, learn and work.
Pam started her career at Mobil (now ExxonMobil) where she spent 16 years in a variety of internal consulting and managerial capacities including Manager of Training and Communications for Global Information Services, Knowledge Manager for R&D, Global Process Consultant, OrganizationalDevelopment Advisor, and Special Projects Leader for a variety of HR, IT and Knowledge Management projects.
She started About People in 2000 and has worked the last 16 years as a successful independent consultant (working solo and in conjunction with larger professional services firms) helping energy, technology, chemical, manufacturing, and financial services organizations solve their toughest challenges, in particular, those that involve people:
- Helping organizations attract, develop and retain key talent
- Creating mindful, resilient and safe cultures
- Providing coaching and support for leaders and technical professionals
- Eliciting and packaging tacit knowledge
Pam is passionate about making work work. Her focus is to create organizations where:
- people are empowered, engaged, and fulfilled
- people are aware of their natural strengths and talents and able to utilize them daily
- individual and organization values are aligned and everyone feels they are a part of something great
- leaders value emotional, social and cognitive intelligence and continuous self-development is the norm
Pam is involved with several non-profits including ANSWER Nepal, which offers educational sponsorships for low-caste and impoverished students and The Bali Fund, which supports the children of Widhya Asih orphanage.
Founder of Lead Team Culture, Certified Executive Coach and Training Facilitator
James Thomas offers over 20 years of professional experience in engineering consulting, multi-discipline project management, entrepreneurship, and organizational capabilities development. In 2013, James completed Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development and achieved Alumni status. He is a trained facilitator through Authentic Leadership Global and is a Certified Executive Coach through Royal Roads University.
He is passionate about helping people to discover and develop their best selves as they fully engage with and integrate all aspects of their lives.
As a leadership coach, he helps professionals build clarity around their own values and passions, and where and how these align with the organization’s mission. He invites coaching participants to reflect on their intentions and purpose, to examine their current patterns of behaviour, to uncover their own learning edges, and to envision positive development goals that will inspire and sustain them.
As a facilitator, he brings his coaching approach to the design and delivery of training programs that help team members improve the interpersonal skills and collaborative competencies essential for building resilient working relationships and successful teams.