Trusted Advisor

1 21I was flying back from a client engagement yesterday and reflecting on the work that I had been doing. There was a deep sense of satisfaction as I recalled a dinner meeting with someone I had known for years. They are in a senior leadership position for a large multi-national company. Our conversation wondered to the many areas of concerns in their role as a corporate leader. We also explored areas of uncertainty about themselves and their abilities. At the end of the evening, my friend said,” these conversations mean so much to me. It is the only time that I can sit back and really look at what’s going on and figure out where I want to go.”

dreamstimeweb_595847 4As I drove back to my hotel, I was reminded of the value of providing a place for someone whose life is filled with activities to stop the noise and simply look clearly at their life. In this time of reflection, what is often confusing or unclear dissolves. An appreciation of what has been accomplished enters and a reconnection to the real purpose of life and work again can be felt.

For the person receiving this gift, it is priceless. Taking time to reorient their thoughts and actions and to receive clear reflection from another perspective that is both unbiased and without agenda is rare and needed.

For the person giving this gift, it is an experience that touches the soul. For being able to serve as holder of the flame of truth without judgment is a calling. Leaders in whatever capacity they have, can take this gift into their life and allow their passion to be directed in a manner that is true to their values and in service to their purpose.

5 people with OKI recommend to each of you that you find such a trusted advisor in your life. It can be anyone who can give you clear feedback without having a notion of what you “should” be doing. Rather, they listen with clarity and help you truly hear yourself. If you do not have this experience, I suggest you consider finding this person today.

Until later,


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Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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