Excellence in Leadership
Jim Carr, CFI, CCIP, Senior Director of Global Asset Protection, Rent-A-Center
Carr has steadily climbed the loss prevention career ladder throughout his career, working for Jamesway, TJX companies, and Pep Boys prior to joining Rent-A-Center in 2009. As senior director of global asset protection, he currently serves on LP Magazine‘s editorial board, is a member of the Certified Forensic Interviewer Continuing Education Committee, serves as ASIS Retail Loss Prevention Council membership chairman, and is a member of the ASIS CSO Center for Leadership.
Carr believes that true leadership requires a dedication beyond the limits of our basic skills and abilities. The capability to be flexible, adaptable, and open-minded heightens our career potential.
“Demonstrate your learning agility and commit yourself to a life of continuous learning,” said Carr. “We must always remain adaptable and ready for change. Bounce back from professional setbacks, learn from them, reinvent yourself, and stay relevant in a changing industry. Businesses are changing more frequently than ever. With these changes come new business strategies, priorities, and initiatives. With every change you must recalibrate your team’s strategy and initiatives to insure you’re properly aligned to support the new business. The key is to keep your team relevant and focused on what’s most important to your organization.”
Carr feels that genuine transparency, humility, self-awareness, and a curiosity to stay current with business trends and technology are hallmarks of leadership. However, he also believes that strong relationships-having the support of our families as well as those we work with-are the pillars that everything else is built upon.
“Emotional intelligence is the foundation of relationship building and collaboration,” said Carr. “People like to partner with coworkers whom they know and enjoy working with. Put your smartphone in your pocket, get out from behind that monitor, and get to know your colleagues and business partners.”
Nominations Are Encouraged
The LPM team is privileged to have a front-row seat to the very best in the loss prevention industry, providing a unique opportunity to present positive, productive ways to promote loss prevention, build successful and constructive partnerships, educate and inform the LP community, and support the thought leadership that drives us forward.
The LP Magazine “Magpie” Awards are a means to celebrate industry accomplishments on an ongoing basis, recognizing the loss prevention professionals, teams, solution providers, law enforcement partners, and others that demonstrate a stellar contribution to the profession. Jim Carr is among our July–August 2018 recipients.
We want this to be your program. Those of you working as LP practitioners witness these exceptional performances on a regular and ongoing basis, and we strongly encourage you to provide us with nominees for each of the award categories. We encourage creative nominations and want the program to cast a positive light on the many tremendous contributions of the loss prevention community. Nominations can be submitted via email to excellence [at] LPportal.com.
Find out who else has been recognized in the July–August 2018 issue – check out “LPM “Magpie” Awards: Applauding Excellence.”