Tom Wurtz Consulting

Tom Wurtz
Tom Wurtz

“After 37 years of being a president and chief operating officer, turnaround expert, business consultant, leadership and profit speaker, trainer, author and columnist, I’ve learned that unleashing an employee’s talent is the secret to unleashing profits.” - Tom Wurtz

But how do you unleash this talent?

In December, my youngest daughter is getting married. I will hand off my Angel to her future husband and make some snappy comment. I will wear the best smile an overly-protected father can muster. I will take my place in church and trust her new “man” will love and protect her as I have for the past twenty-five years.

Isn’t that what leaders do in their businesses every day? Leaders hand off their precious “baby” to employees and trust that they will love and protect her.

Just like an overly-protective parent, isn’t it a leader’s responsibility to educate, develop and protect the hopes and dreams of their employees as they do for their loved ones?

When I was the president and chief operating officer at a $70 million consulting firm in Cincinnati, I did my best to educate, develop and protect the families of 600 employees.

The most important question is, “How is that done?” Who teaches leaders to understand that every employee needs to unleash our God-given chemicals of endorphins, dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin? Without mastering these body chemicals, organizations will not reach their maximum potential.

My skill set is helping organization built such a culture by building Eagle employees. I call it the Eagle Leadership Academy. It’s not for everyone. It’s a no-nonsense approach to developing leadership skills, process improvements and profit ideas.

I’ve found that every company has hidden profits of 10-20%. Many leaders don’t see or care about that reality. I’ve also found that leaders and employees will not unleash these profits unless they’re skilled on where to look. I teach those skills. Continue reading

Leadership Lessons from Major League Baseball

baseball batI always wanted to be a professional baseball player. While my heart said yes, my baseball skills said no.

I’ve often wondered if I could handle the life of a baseball player. A profession where my words would be irrelevant as my results would speak for me. Could I really handle a business where my every move would be analyzed and discussed on television, radio and print? I don’t know if I could survive the scrutiny. Could you? Continue reading

How to Attack Corporate Bullies

bulliesI almost called in sick. I drove to work in complete silence and prayed most of the way. I was a new leader and worked in our smallest division. Our management team was now receiving financial data and this was our first executive meeting with numbers. I was terrified wondering if “he” was going to be there to brag about his numbers and make me feel small.

Several months earlier, “he” and I were traveling together to conduct seminars for a major client. In my early days, I was a horrific speaker. I was nervous enough prior to my presentation, but “he” decided to add extra tension to my shaking hands.

Just prior to going on, he leaned over and whispered, “Don’t mess this up. This is really an important account to me.” I smiled and said, “That’s funny I was going to say the same thing to you.” He looked as shocked as I did when those words exploded out of my mouth. Continue reading

I teach leadership skills, process improvements and profit strategies to employees, managers & executives. I call it the Eagle Leadership Academy.