What Do You Need To Change To Be More Successful?

WHAT I DO: I help credit union executives, small business owners and entrepreneurs achieve professional growth, career advancement, increased earnings and work-life balancer by providing a customized developmental process based upon their unique needs.

WHO I WORK WITH: I partner with executives, business owners and senior-level managers including:

• Credit Unions
• CPA firms
• Auto Repair
• Publishing
• Hospital CEO’s.
• Chambers of Commerce
• Non-profits

WHY IT WORKS: When you partner with me, you get the most efficient, effective and affordable executive coaching and strategic planning processes that leaders like you are looking for right now.

WHAT MAKES ME DIFFERENT? I have run a business and faced many of the challenges you now face. I was for 29 years a credit union CEO, and prior to that in in consumer finance. I am a Vietnam Vet. My knowledge has been acquired over a long haul. I do not offer cookie-cutter solutions. In fact, I do not even suggest a solution until I understand you, your organization and your needs. No prescriptions without a diagnosis.

HOW IT WORKS: We begin by talking by telephone about your organization, your vision, and what does success look like. I start with a blank page and simply listen. I request 30-minutes initially, and then schedule a follow-up call to share what I feel is the best solution for you.

READY TO TALK? Reach out to me here on LinkedIn, e-mail me at tom@kesgroupllc.com, visit online at www.kesgroupllc.com or call me direct at 941-650-9027.
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Sailing vs. Rowing


“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” Seth Godin









Reverend Joan Gray wrote a wonderful book entitled Sailboat Church, which speaks to helping your Church rethink its mission and practice. There are abundant applications we can use in managing our businesses.

After years of experience, I can say with the wisdom of 20/20 hindsight that, I made many mistakes. I learned from them and did not commit the same ones more than once. It is that distance of time that provides the perspective and capacity to reflect and grow.

As a CEO, you may (or you will) experience what we know as “burn-out”. You are tired of doing, doing and doing but nothing is getting accomplished. You are frustrated. It is that nothing happening which bothers us the most. But what if we are actually spending too much time doing things that we do not need to be doing?

Let us face it…a few people above us decide what we are going to do and then everybody else has to suck it up and do it. No way do they want us taking some risks, even if they are well-calculated and planned for risks. No way will they allow us, as semi-autonomous leaders of the organization; the freedom to do what we have determined is the best course of action.

They do not like the idea that yes, sometimes, we will fail. They forget, however, that sometimes, it is the things that do not work that show us the way forward. The primary reason that you are frustrated and tired is that you may be rowing the boat alone.

It is time you ask different questions. What is it that YOU want to do? We are too invested in the status quo, meaning in what others think we should do. All the solutions to the challenges within your organization reside with your organization, its employees and board. For example:

Challenge: We need to grow customers. Question we would Normally Ask: “How do we fix that?”

Let us ask a Different Question: “What do we need to be doing differently that will enable us to achieve a new outcome? For example…here’s a novel idea…let’s ask our customers what their needs are!”

In other words, be careful to consider whose agenda you are working on. If your customer growth is the agenda, then they must be involved in your solution. You will not know how to help them grow unless you ask them.

No organization can be transformed unless its leaders are transformed. So, stop rowing and put up the sails. If the winds of opportunity are blowing, nothing can happen if you are not ready.

Tired of rowing…of being a minority of doers?

Then become a leader. Raise your ship's mast and allow the winds of opportunity to provide the momentum.

Parker J. Palmer is an author, educator, and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. He is the founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal goes even further:

“A third shadow common among leaders is “functional atheism,” the belief that ultimate responsibility for everything rests with us. This is the unconscious, unexamined conviction that if anything decent is going to happen here, we are the ones who must make it happen – a conviction held even by people who talk a good game about God.

The ego-based outlook that you are the only one capable of rowing the boat is exhausting and cannot be sustained. I talk with too many CEO’s whose executive leadership teams aren’t allowed to make simple decisions without prior approval. If that were I, or you, we would be tired, too!

So, hoist the sails and stop rowing. Once you start to sail, you’ll never go back. Put up the sails to the best our faulty, human brains can handle have faith in yourself and in those sailing with you.

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Sunday, 16 June 2019


“As a Senior Executive in the Credit Union industry - I have personally experienced along with my staff - what Tom brings to the table as a Coach. Tom is uniquely qualified from his experiences as CEO and President of a Credit Union and brings not only that experience but has a special way of identifying unique qualities that we all have but sometimes have not fully realized and utilized in the work place and in our personal lives. Tom delivers in such a way that exhibits high integrity and a genuine concern for his clients -- I strongly recommend Tom for your organization if you are looking for ways to inspire and motivate your staff to reach to the next level.”…Tim Smith

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