Business leaders including GE (GE) CEO Jeff Immelt and Facebook (FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg issued public statements praising him. Jimmy didn't just inspire confidence in those at the top, however. He also was a source of motivation and guidance for the rank and file.
I worked as a junior banker at J.P. Morgan for several years, and I admired Jimmy from afar, and how he won business for the bank.
I eventually grew restless with my job, so I asked Jimmy for career advice. He graciously invited me to his office on the 48th floor of 270 Park Avenue for a meeting. I'll always remember his counsel:
1. Create your own niche. Jimmy began by telling me how he carved out a niche for himself. He focused his efforts in an area that he truly enjoyed: client-facing investment banking.
"I love what I do, closing deals, even if it means working weekends," he explained. "This bank is big enough. Find something you are passionate about, and go after it."
I was passionate about developing markets, so I focused my efforts on emerging-market investing. I traveled the world to scout investment ideas for institutional money managers.
Jimmy helped me realize that even at a global investment bank, you can find your own neighborhood.