Welcome to my personal site!
If you're here, then likely we share the same WHY. I believe in empowering others whether in my daily work or in the publishing and entrepreneurial realms via creating sites like this, blogging, interacting on social media, and writing books on topics where I have passion and perspective. This site is designed to boost you to where you're going by helping you understand and unlock your inner potential, multiply your talent with a healthy dose of discipline, and assist you in working with others to achieve your goals and overcome your challenges. So, make yourself comfortable, check out the blog and/or the books and let me know how your journey to success is progressing!
AUTHOR. LEADER. COACH.
As an author, I write because I cannot contain the sheer volume of ideas in my mind. As part owner of The Pantheon Collective (TPC Books) and founder of authordiscovery.com, I endeavor to blaze a trail for authors to take their publishing destinies into their own hands and see their dreams come true.
As a leader I have learned that leadership is a journey and not a destination. So far my journey has taken me from the US to Brazil, Turkey, and Indonesia through both corporate and entrepreneurial paths. Along the way I discovered 20 team performance acceleration principles (TPAPs) that will enable any leader at any level understand and unleash the potential of their team’s DNA faster and more effectively than ever before. Today I practice what I preach as General Manager of Allergan PLC in Brazil.
I've been living strengths-based since 2002 when I discovered the CliftonStrengths assessment (previously known as StrengthsFinder). By focusing on my natural talents and aiming them at my goals and leveraging them to overcome challenges I've achieved significant success. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, it brings me great satisfaction to help others use what they've got to do their best.
Born to a chemical engineer father and social worker mother in the working-class town of Pittsburgh, PA, I learned the values of connecting process to outcomes and the importance of being of service to others at an early age. Being the youngest of four boys in a family of 5 children, I endured a lot of hope and pressure to succeed where others had failed in order to uplift and support my family. Moving from Pittsburgh to Charleston, WV, to Lake Charles, LA over the course of my childhood and adolescence engendered in me the ability to adapt to constant change which has been my status quo as an adult living all over the US and spending considerable time living and working in the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.
As a young professional in the pharmaceutical industry, I was exposed to Gallup’s StrengthsFinder tool back in 2002 which informed my philosophy of focusing on what was right with people versus what was not. According to the StrengthsFinder assessment, I am naturally gifted with the ability to forge connections between seemingly unrelated items, influence transformation from good to great, quickly generate options, inspire confidence in others, and confront and overcome obstacles. By honing my natural talents into reliable strengths I successfully matriculated through Pfizer and ultimately found a corporate home at Schering-Plough as a fast-track management associate where I worked for one of the most successful marketing teams in the pharmaceutical industry. I became the youngest marketing director and senior marketing director in the company’s history before Schering-Plough was acquired by Merck.
My 8 years of experience working on this high performing team became the seed that would germinate and ultimately grow into my book Leader Board: The DNA of High Performance Teams.
I began leading teams in 2006 and began implementing principles I’d learned reading books by John C. Maxwell, Tom Rath, Patrick Lencioni, Stephen Covey, and Jim Collins to name a few. Over time I found significant gaps between the brilliant theories of these leadership giants and the exact application in the day-to-day minutiae of leading a team in the real world. So, I set out to synthesize and adapt these concepts into a suite of Team Performance Acceleration Principles that I've used with teams of different sizes and scopes all over the world to drive results.
I firmly believe that we make our own luck by knowing our strengths, building our networks, and preparing for the opportunities ahead!