Hi, I am Tom Pappas. Welcome to my blog!
I’m honored and humbled that you chose to spend your precious time online with me.
Let’s face it. In the business of your day of leading, following, striving and serving you’ve got little free time and many choices and distractions.
Thank you for being here.
My content: Wisdom for your Leadership Growth Journey
So what’s this blog all about?
My content is here to assist you on your path of leadership development. I see leadership growth as a journey full of struggles, challenges, excitement and joy. My goal is to share wisdom – my own and that of others.
Here is what you will find on my site:
• Wisdom at the intersection of leadership, personal growth and service. What’s wisdom, you may ask? Roger Walsh, author of Essential Spirituality clarifies for us: “Wisdom is deep understanding and practical skill in the central issues of life, especially existential and spiritual issues.” This sense of “deep understanding” and “practical skill” is at the heart of our leadership journey. My blog focuses on the intersection of three areas: leadership, personal growth and the practices that allow us to better serve others.
“Knowledge studies others, Wisdom is self-known.” ~ Lao Tzu
• The field notes of one living in two worlds – leading and learning. The prolific author Peter Drucker, often called the father of modern management, spoke to me personally when he said knowledge workers need to “live in more than one world.” My multi-dimensional life includes business leadership, as my profession, and sharing my insights on this blog, at the edges of my day.
You can think about this blog as field notes. I’ve taken a humble cue from my two of my favorite 20th century leaders: Teddy Roosevelt and Winton Churchill. These greats were avid readers and writers who actively reflected on the lessons of others and vigorously applied what they learned. This content is my field notes as I learn, grow and serve as a leader. I’m a work in progress, just like you: Serving those who serve others.
“Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again.” ~ Andre Gilde
• My best content: Start Here page. Are you curious about my content? The best place to begin is the Start Here. Here you will find the following articles:
o The best definition of leadership: Wisdom from the world’s greatest leadership training organization.
o Character: The leaders’ ability to Influence, inspire and build trust by who they are.
o Competence: The ability of the leader to effectively accomplish the mission.
o Change: The leader’s ability to improve an organization through change and growth.
o Consciousness – Elevating your world view to improve your leadership effectiveness.
o Mastery – Understand the journey of transformation and growth.
o Practice – The leader’s workout: integrating all four cornerstones of humanity to support your growth.
First, let me begin with what I am not going to do: share a resume here. If you are interested in my career background then you can check out my LinkedIn profile.
Allow me to get a little more personal. Rather than list a curriculum vitae I will give you a peek at my life influences and personal background.
I have been influenced and forged by the interplay of three worldviews:
1. The traditional values of Greek-American immigrants and the US military. I am the product of the Greek diaspora. My parents, like thousands of emigrants in history before them, left their homeland following war and traveled to America. If you’ve seen the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you’ve got a good picture of my family life growing up as the son of Greek immigrants. I often thought as a youth, not too modestly, I must admit, that I was the product of two of the greatest civilizations in history: The ancient Greeks and the modern Americans. It was a fascination of the heroes of my Hellenic heritage that lead me to first my career and initial leadership experience in the military.
“Save for the wild force of Nature, nothing moves in this world that is not Greek in its’ origin.” ~ Lord Acton
Inspired by the martial vigor, service to noble causes and the wisdom of the warrior-philosophers and warrior-statesmen of my ancient Greek ancestors, I was called to begin my career path in the military. I was fortunate enough to attend West Point and become a junior officer serving in the US Army, Europe.
“Body and spirit I surrendered whole to harsh instructors – and received a soul.” ~ Rudyard Kipling
“What is to give light must endure burning.” ~ Viktor Frankl
2. The modern striving for excellence as a business executive. The majority of my career has been spent in the business world. For 20 years I’ve been striving for excellence as a business executive. My specialty has been sales and marketing leadership roles in the IT industry. As a VP of Sales my days are focused on developing strategies, executing growth plans, serving customers and mentoring team members.
3. The post-modern perspective on an overseas American working and living in Europe. My entire career has been an overseas American living and working in Europe. I am began my career as a young lieutenant working for the US Army in Europe. I transitioned to the civilian world through business school and then as a marketing manager working throughout Europe. My travel, work with different cultures and leading people of different ethnicities and worldviews has expanded my perspectives. Specifically, my home country and base location for work is one of the most progressive countries in the world – the Netherlands. I have learned the truth in the wisdom first hand of Marcel Proust’s observation that: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” ~ Mark Twain
“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, I am a citizen of the world.” ~ Socrates
Please note: this content is my own and not associated with my employer or anyone else.