Tom. By the Numbers, From the Heart.

My name is Tom and I am a recovering Chartered Accountant.

As an economics geek, I am fascinated by how the world works. At the same time, I am also a lifelong student of human psychology and how it relates to leadership in particular.

The complexity of systems has always interested me and over time I have noticed that it’s complexity that drives visionary leaders. My drive to understand both of these realms developed early.

From Vision to Intention

At 16 I decided that by the age of 40 I wanted to be the CFO of a top UK company. As it turns out, by that age I had achieved something I feel was much more valuable.

Why this initial Vision ? I’d always loved data, research and modelling. Having discovered that so many CEOs of the top UK companies are Chartered Accountants, I decided that this would be my path to the top of the business world.

By the age of 26, I was developing strategy for a $50 million company. By my early thirties, I was an in-house VC for a family holding company with a widely diverse range of business and asset holdings around the world.

My turning point came when I took over running one of those assets — a struggling resort in the Cayman islands. The people who ran it were all about the numbers, and yet the business was underperforming. I wanted to find out what was missing. I moved my office out to the hotel and immersed myself. I walked the property every day and quickly realized that what was missing was the heart and the soul of the place.

I started voracious research on the power of people and leadership. It was then that I realized that culture — the heart of an organization — drives business as much as numbers.

I worked towards those ideals as a business leader. During my active business career, I bought, built, restructured and sold over 30 companies, some as small as $100K and others as large as $100 million.

By my early 40s, I became much more interested in people “being” leaders than “doing” leadership. I decided to leave the world of building businesses and transition to the world of building business leaders who could make an impact not only for their business, but for the world.

My Big Leap

This came when I jumped off the top of my game to start at the bottom again.

I joined what I considered the top business coaching company in the world, as its training program was many times more intense than any other coaching qualification or business. I dove in wholeheartedly, studying, listening and learning from a whole new viewpoint. It was an incredibly rich and challenging amount of training and personal development.

In the beginning, I was coached to within an inch of my life, and I have to say I loved it. Ultimately I went on to serve as Global CEO of that coaching business.

As it stands today I’ve worked with thousands of leaders, one-on-one and in workshops and trainings that I’ve conceived, designed, developed, or run internationally.

The Way Forward

Since 2016, I’ve honed my focus to work only with a select group of clients, leaders poised to make a significant impact on the world.

Over the course of a long career — one that is still unfolding — I have come to understand both numbers and people. I have shifted from leading and building businesses, organizations and movements to supporting and inspiring others to lead in brave and transformative ways.

I’ve gone from thinking quarterly to thinking generationally. The world today is bigger than any one place, and my goal is to help build not only better businesses and leaders, but a better society for everyone.

I’m the fourth generation of first children: First sons, all with the same name. My logo comes from a signet ring with that monogram. Each generation has been driven by the pursuit of excellence, and each has wanted their own children to match and ultimately exceed those achievements.

I want the same for you and your business. Think of me as your humble Sherpa on the journey to your personal mountaintop, to help you see your unique brilliance and help you shine.

The two most important days in your life are the day you’re born and the day you find out why.

When you get this, everything changes. That is what I’m here for.