JMARK CEO Thomas Douglas shares lessons learned from years of executive leadership
Exposure to toxic leadership early in his career journey sparked JMARK CEO Thomas Douglas' mission to become a leader that would put people first. "When I was in the Navy, I had the fortune and misfortune to work for a gentleman who taught me how not to be as a leader," said Douglas. "He was horrible. It was a train wreck. I vowed at that time that if I was ever in a situation of leadership that I would never treat people that way."
That was the start of a professional journey resulting in tremendous professional success, both for Douglas and JMARK, an award-winning innovative IT solutions provider for organizations of all sizes. Douglas captures and summarizes many of the impactful and helpful lessons he's learned over decades in his new book, Adapt or Die.
At the August 60 Minutes to Success workshop, Douglas shared insights and best practices featured in the book, including breaking down his proven Algorithm of SuccessTM to get businesses from where they are to where they want to be.
"As a business leader, you have to love the truth," said Douglas, describing key elements of creating an environment of psychological safety that provides a strong foundation for performing at a high level. "We screw up a lot and we need to be able to deal with the truth including having people around who will tell us the truth."
Douglas shared many highlights from the book and worksheets to help attendees see the nuts and bolts of the processes that will ensure a clear line of sight that generates repeatable outcomes that lead to stability and growth: