Tom Crea | Author, Leadership Keynote Speaker & Expert Coach
Why Tom Crea? Tom Crea is a leadership expert, decorated career Army Officer, and Blackhawk Helicopter pilot. He is an accomplished author and engaging speaker who shares actionable insights in a way that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. Because of his proven leadership development skills, he was hand selected to run the ROTC leadership development program at two colleges, where he and his team transformed college students into Army Leaders. Over the years, Tom has directed his leadership development skills to the private sector. His frontline, real world, “in the trenches” experience working with all levels of military, civilian, and contract staff enable him to turn diverse, often conflicted staff into focused, mission oriented team members who accomplish more, faster, and with less resistance. Tom is the author of “Unleash Your Values: How to Lead and Succeed in Business Today… A Helicopter Pilot’s Spin on Developing the Leader in You” He has a B.S. & M.C.S. in Computer Science and a M.A. in Political Science. He lives near Pittsburgh, PA and loves coaching basketball and spending time with his wife and two boys. “… we transformed college students into Army leaders, ready to lead soldiers successfully into war” – Tom Crea Leadership Culture: His proudest leadership moment came when his Troop was called to war in Iraq after he had rotated out. His replacement was not able to perform, so members in his Troop stepped up to lead; they attribute their success to the leadership Tom instilled in each of them. Today, the Blackhawk training system. ——————————————— KEYNOTES: Presentation #1 – Servant Leadership: Be a Guiding Light for Your Team Do you struggle getting others to follow? What is the secret to good leadership? “40% of first time managers fail within the first 18 months; 82% of the time, the reason is a failure to build relationships” — Center for Creative Leadership If your team members seem like they lack initiative or they are not giving it their best, maybe you could inspire them to do more. More often than not, people quit their bosses, not their jobs. • Why should others follow you? We choose to follow those who are deserving of our trust. Too often, first time managers fail because they underestimate the importance of building relationships. Instead of taking care of your people, you might be treating your most precious resource like they are an asset or a line item. Everyone wants to feel like they made the right choice and work in a place where they feel comfortable. This session addresses leadership fundamentals like setting the example, living your values, and providing what we want most as individuals. We all want to be treated with dignity and respect, and, we all want the opportunity to learn and grow. Leaders will: 1. Realize that self-awareness is fundamental to effective leadership 2. Recognize that people choose friends and join organizations for a reason 3. Discover why living your values inspires others to deliver more ——————————————— Presentation #2 -- Servant Leadership: Creating a Culture for Winning Teams Do you struggle with meeting anything but routine goals? Is employee turnover is holding you back? “85% of employees are not engaged or actively disengaged at work.” — Gallup, State of the Global Workplace report, Dec 20, 2017 If your team appears to lack pride in their work or you struggle with meeting anything but routine goals, maybe there are things you could improve upon. More often than not, people quit their bosses, not their jobs. • Why should employees remain dedicated to your team’s goals? We join teams or organizations for a reason. We decide to play by the rules and work together because we believe that we found a place where we can be a part of something greater. Yet, something is missing. Values are like magnets, • They are what a company markets to attract like-minded people… recruiting. When you live your values, • You create a unique culture, and retain your best people… retention. This session moves beyond leadership fundamentals to understanding and applying effective communication skills, the heart of build relationship and creating winning teams. Everyone wants his or her contributions to matter, and, we want to be a part of something greater, a winning team. Leaders will: 1. Realize the importance of building relationships (Leadership) 2. Recognize perceptions because we all have different vantage points (Communication) 3. Discover why developing others inspires them to do more than you imagined (Teamwork) ——————————————— Presentation # 3 -- Relate & Communicate: Building Bridges & Connecting with Others Is it any surprise that the most effective leaders also happen to be the most effective communicators? Excellent interpersonal communication skills are the most powerful skills you can possess and those you must continually improve. “68% recruiters rate communication skills among the most important” What if you knew how everyone on your team and even customers preferred to communicate and you could connect with anyone? When you decode communication styles and discover the four basic preferences, you can begin connecting like never before. In this fun, engaging and interactive session, you’ll use my tip sheets to assess 19 different signals that answer two basic questions: Introvert or extrovert? People- or task-oriented? These insights will help you learn to identify each of four communication styles, FAST— with tips you can begin applying that very day. Whether an individual contributor or team leader, you’ll enhance your ability to relate and communicate with others—on the job, with customers, and even at home. In this session, you will: 1. Determine your communication style 2. Understand each of four communication styles 3. Learn to determine another’s preferred communication style ——————————————— TEAM BUILDING KEYNOTES: The Blackhawk program will transform a group of individuals into a power team. Today, employment is changing and employee motivation is more important than ever. If your team struggles with inner conflict, lack of clear vision, or constantly changing policies and goals, then they need the to follow Blackhawk way. At its core, the Blackhawk way is inspired by the military but fits today’s modern workplace. We do this by instilling servant leadership principles while at the same time igniting within team members the drive to work hard for a common goal. It’s obvious to see the difference between a team that is focused and one that is divided. The only way to bring about real change is to transform a business culture. At the end of this training, your team will be following one vision to achieve its goals. In short, your team needs strong values, able leadership, and a clear mission, and that’s the Blackhawk way. _____________________ COACHING: Leadership Development Coaching My goal is with leadership development coaching is to help aspiring managers become impactful leaders; intent on developing others, building teams, and creating a thriving, self-perpetuating culture. Why I coach… Because I learned to delegate, it freed me to focus my attention where it was needed most. The more I delegated, the easier it became. I’d like to help you achieve the same. I have been helping emerging leaders and leadership teams for decades, to include running the Army’s on-campus Leadership Development Program (ROTC) at two Boston schools, Northeastern University and Boston College, where we transformed college students into Army leaders.
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These assessments have been eye opening for our leadership team. By reviewing the challenges and gifts of each team member, we have been able to re-design job descriptions to meet the strengths of the team, thus increasing sales by 50%.
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Tom’s services were instrumental in helping me get my management career jump started. The team approach that I use as a result of my coaching experience has helped me develop exactly the environment I had hoped to achieve. All members of my team have benefited from my training, and as a result, they work together to promote each others’ successes, as well as their own.
His presentation was extremely effective.
Tom was asked to deliver a morning session that would inspire my staff toward greater cooperation and teamwork. His presentation was extremely effective. Simply put, by lunch there was a buzz in the office that I had not seen in years.