“My mission is to enable people to be seen, to be heard and to be valued. The founding principles of Mercury Jam are kindness, gratitude, resilience and momentum. My focus is inspiring “Next Gen Leaders’ to excel through these principles to create a legacy mindset and a groundswell of positivity in business. And it starts with you, yourself. Celebrating little moments of daily joy helps create a way to live your life and combine your passions and your work every day.  

Neil Schambra Stevens, Founder, Mercury Jam.

“I first read this tapestry as a boy in my grandmother’s house, and these words have always resonated with me. My father shared many stories about his experiences during his long working career. Many were appreciating joyfulness and humor in everyday situations. Many related to a strong sense of right and wrong and treating people fairly. However, the underlying theme was the importance of always showing helpfulness and kindness. My father’s empathic approach is one of my inspirations for starting Mercury Jam, and the tapestry inspired the ‘Contract Of Kindness’.

I’ve always believed that people work for people.

When they feel secure and appreciated, they perform better.

There is a perception that fast paced processes and work cultures lead to more risk taking.

In fact, it’s the opposite. Good leaders need to create a sense of calm and safety to give people the courage to take risks. Kindness is the #1 unlock to grow both your people and your brand.

As a leader, I strive to embrace and encourage this thinking. I’ve been fortunate to work with great people and great brands, collecting life experiences across Europe, Asia and the US.”

My Motivation

“My mission is to give people the support and tools to cope with working life, to enrich their lives and reduce the risk of burnout.

Celebrating little moments of daily joy helps create a way to live your life and combine your passions and your work every day.”

Neil Schambra Stevens,

Founder, Mercury Jam.

“My father shared many stories about his experiences during his long career. Many were appreciating joyfulness and humor in everyday situations. Many related to a strong sense of right and wrong ​and treating people fairly.

However, the underlying theme was the importance of always showing helpfulness and kindness.

My father’s empathic approach is one of my inspirations for starting Mercury Jam, and the tapestry inspired the ‘Contract Of Kindness’.

I’ve always believed that people ​work for people. When they feel secure and appreciated, they perform better.

There is a perception that fast paced processes and work cultures lead to more risk taking. In fact, it’s the opposite.

Good leaders need to create a sense of calm and safety to give people the courage to take risks. Kindness is the #1 unlock to grow both your people and your brand.

As a leader, I strive to embrace and encourage this thinking. I’ve been fortunate to work with great people and great brands, collecting life experiences across Europe, Asia and the US.”

“I first read this tapestry as a boy in my grandmother’s house, and these words have always resonated with me.”

“Mercury” is a liquid metal, affected by heat and constantly

in motion. It changes shape and shifts with speed.

 

“Jam” can be sticky with tasty ingredients.

It can also mean just jammin’ and doing your thing.

 

Mercury Jam is about the combination of you moving

with speed at work and how you combine it with the

most important ingredients of your daily life.

Why Mercury Jam

“Mercury” is a liquid metal,
affected by heat and constantly in motion. It changes shape and shifts with speed.

“Jam” can be sticky with tasty ingredients. It can also mean just jammin’ and doing your thing.

Mercury Jam is about the combination of you moving with speed at work and how you combine it with the most important ingredients of your daily life.

We believe that ‘steel sharpens steel’, that working with like-minded souls and exchanging ideas creates great opportunities and the best results.

Jason Fulton

Founder & CEO, This Memento Amsterdam

 

“Neil and I have worked sporadically in a client, agency relationship for over 10 years. I’ve witnessed how he’s built team consensus for a plan, by focusing not just on the business and the brand, but on the individual’s significance to moving the business and brand forward. He identifies the importance of bringing company insiders and business outliers into the process such as CEO’s, functional directors, thinkers and agency strategists. Open listening, open spaces and an open heart are some of what Neil brings as a leader.

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In Mercury Jam, Neil has identified that with new generations of Y, Z and Alpha’s entering the workforce, Human Resources, Learning & Development and key stakeholders need a new approach to harness, evolve and reimagine the future of a company for its mid-to-long term success. It’s investing in bringing a joyfully creative space and tools to any companies and its #1 resource, It’s people.”

Ozlem Birkalan

Global Brand Director, Polaroid

 

“I had the opportunity to work closely with Neil during a very chaotic period of transformation at Polaroid. His passion, kindness, empathy and humanity inspires you to be a better leader every day. He is not shy to show his vulnerability, which is something so rare to see these days in organizations. Neil generously shared his wisdom in situations that I needed the most and helped me find a kind way to treat myself and others.”

Sam Landers

Publisher & Editor, Trope
(Former Global CEO, Blast Radius)

 

“Neil is a “pivot thinker’ who can drive and adapt to the challenging needs of businesses today. He brings an extremely unique ability to inject critical design thinking to global organizations, culture and brands to drive innovative outcomes.

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I worked with Neil while he was the Global Director at Lenovo where we launched several new consumer products in the EMEA, NA and APAC regions. His ability to identify core behavioral motivators across diverse global audience groups, leveraging social influencers and media was unparalleled. He worked fluidly to develop strategic frameworks that aligned creativity and business goals for positive outcomes.About his leadership: Neil has a dry sense of humor and because he is so tall, you’ll always find yourself looking up to him (whether you are laughing with him or at him…)”

Lucy Thornley

Vice President, Global Trend, Design and Product Management, Crocs

 

“Neil didn’t care what level someone was, he’d eat lunch with any of us, give us his time, his thoughts and listen to what we had to say. He saw talent in people and gave them a voice.

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He valued my ideas but could see I lacked confidence to speak up. He told me to have one good thing to say in each meeting. Looking back, I understand that he was trying to encourage momentum; both for my ideas to be heard and for people to listen, which would in turn give me confidence to say more. He enabled me to feel both seen and heard. I regularly use this story, when I’m coaching people who are struggling to find their voice.In my mind I knew I could think more expansively, I knew I could have a POV on brand, on consumer. Neil gave me the push to allow myself to start being more curious in that way.”

Scott Nelson

Vice President, Marketing,
Panera Bread.

 

“Neil is both a strategic and creative marketer, with a global perspective. He is thoughtful in his approach and driven by results. He sees things quickly and at a high level, this ability to connect the dots sets him apart from most marketing consultants. Topnotch.”

Pascha Naderi-Nejad

Senior Director, Apparel & Women’s, Adidas

 

“I hired Neil to consult with three objectives in mind: spearhead the Onitsuka Brand relaunch, build a sustainable and impactful marketing plan, and manage and lead the marketing team. He can mentor and empower individuals but also take courageous decisions when necessary. Neil was a powerful asset in helping shape and drive the brand relaunch.

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His expertise in marketing, brand building and agency experience, help shape the strategy and influence the global community to adopt the plans. Neil has this admirable trait to command an audience’s attention when he talks. His delivery is always professional, eloquent, and authoritative. Neil’s plans were always brilliantly strategic, creative and thought through. He always brings that voice-of-reason to every conversation and topic. His openness and down-to-earth, genuine manner make him so approachable and likable. We were able to accomplish a lot and move some mountains in the short time we worked together, all while having fun.”

Nick Duff

GM UK & Ireland, Converse.

 

“Neil truly embraces diversity, not purely from a gender and ethnicity perspective, but with a deeprooted belief that different backgrounds and thinking will enable both the individuals and businesses to grow. His honest and constructive feedback became the catalyst to this growth for me personally, alongside delivering some incredible business results as a team.

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Never afraid to challenge, but always in a supportive manner, Neil gains respect easily and is a natural leader across all functions, gaining trust but continuously pushing the business forward. As the business world shifts dramatically, great brands need deeply engaged and empowered teams to truly live their values in order to be successful and in my opinion, Neil undoubtedly has the leadership and mentoring skills to coach the behaviors required to drive both personal and business growth.”

Quinn O’Brien

Vice President, Global Marketing, Lenovo

 

“For as long as I’ve known him, Neil has been on a quest to find balance in life.
He has a knack for uncovering the unique skills and passions that power each individual, then bringing those individuals together into a happy, focused, high-functioning team. And he does this with a blind eye to level or location, taking the same balanced approach whether you’re the CEO or the receptionist, whether you’re in the US or China, and whether you’re an employee or an agency. In Neil’s view, you’re all part of his team.

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And it works. The teams Neil has built have gone on to do some amazing things. When we worked together at Lenovo Neil inherited an organization that was dysfunctional, distrustful and scattered around the world. And through a mix of empathy, insight and dogged-perseverance he turned that same group into a high-functioning and happy team delivering some of the most thoughtful brand-building work I’ve encountered.
Neil brings out the best in people. If you have the opportunity to work with him, you and your company will emerge significantly stronger (and happier).”