Jim Meehan spent his early childhood in Liverpool, England during, and for a few years after, the second half of World War II before moving to Birmingham at the age of six in the winter of 1948. He completed a course in philosophy at Oscott College, where he also studied theology. In November 1967, he began a twenty-three-year career in human resources with Rover Motor Manufacturing Company, the highlights of which were his role as plant personnel manager for Canley Operations in Coventry and his appointment as personnel operations manager for ten international sales companies. During his time with Rover, he attended Aston University, where he obtained his professional qualifications in human resources, a bachelor of arts degree with honors majoring in psychology from the Open University, and a diploma with distinction in the applications of psychology from the University of Wolverhampton, where he later received a master’s degree in applied psychology. In 1991, he left the United Kingdom to join Talent Plus, a human resources consultancy with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska, where his psychological mentor, Dr. William E. Hall, passed on his life work to him. Since that time, he has provided consultancy services to clients around the globe and acted as an executive coach, a keynote speaker at events and carried out teamwork and team building programs with senior leaders.
Designated a British Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a Practioner Psychologist, Meehan is also a Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. In addition, he is an associate member of the American Psychological Association and the American Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
In 1994, Meehan and a few colleagues created Outword Trust in the United Kingdom to raise money for good causes worldwide. This charitable trust published Meehan’s first two books of poetry, Hearts Have Reasons and Reasons Have Hearts Too. Second editions were released in the United States in 2000. They are a partial timeline of his life and illustrate the interplay between reason and emotion. His third book of poetry, Sugar Free Sweet Talk, was published in the United States in 2009 by Talent Plus, and all proceeds are used to find a cure for diabetes. It is a book written by a person with diabetes for people with diabetes and their caregivers. In 2013, Talent Plus published Hall Ways to Success and Significance, a tribute to his psychological mentor Dr. William E. Hall, which can be obtained on Kindle.
Meehan and his wife Maureen have been happily married since 1971 and have one grown daughter Larissa.