The author is a recovering cynic whose own professional growth is detailed based on lessons learned in over twenty years in a business environment. Tom’s experience in the corporate world proves that only a small number of leaders rise to the top. The experiences shared will teach the reader to work smarter–not harder–to thrive in corporate chaos where the current economic conditions have taught the employed and unemployed alike to simply try to survive. Everyone has room to grow. The target audience of corporate leaders, stagnant or disengaged employees, prospective employees, or simply individuals wanting to reach higher goals, is reinforced with tips ranging from common mistakes made in the workplace to techniques every leader should possess. The messages are simple and relate to anyone who has ever been in the work force. This book will strengthen the employee and employer relationship into an engaged and inspired partnership driving the business together, while re-energizing individuals to become self-aware of their own accountability to take action to grow. The evolution will inspire increased success and satisfaction levels, while expediting the climb up the corporate ladder. With the current global economy on the brink of recovery, opportunities are abound. The information will provide a competitive edge to individuals to effectively and quickly adapt to the changing professional landscape while differentiating themselves from the masses. The reader will learn how to build a solid foundation and stand out amongst others. The growth opportunities go beyond the realm of the professional and corporate world. Personal and professional success is a combined entity that can be transformed as you take this journey. Ambitious leaders striving to get ahead, or stationary individuals looking to make a move, will be inspired to start taking action to reach his or her full potential. The goal for all readers is to build confidence and shape attitudes to become better people and enriched professionals.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
My book is not autobiographical in a storytelling format. Instead, it puts my mistakes right in front of the reader and says that you can come out stronger if you choose to grab the gift of feedback in front of and take actions to improve yourself. In a time when people are in survival mode, I will teach that taking the counter-intuitive approach now will differentiate you as opposed to trying to tuck away into corporate sameness. The ability to actually be yourself and not feel the pressure to fall inline will set you apart in the eyes of the decision-makers at any company, and provide you the confidence that you can make a difference. The approach to the book is bite-sized chapters that readers can sprint through,and know that it’s there to refer back to for reinforcement.
There are three target audience:
1) Corporate employers can use the book to invest in strengthening the employee and employer relationship into an engaged and inspired partnership to drive the business together.
2) Stagnant or disengaged employees can use the book to target their focus to re-energize themselves to become self-aware of their own accountabilities and to take action. The evolution will inspire increased success and satisfaction levels, while expediting the climb up the corporate ladder.
3) Prospective corporate employees (includes new/future graduates and unemployeed individuals) can use the book to find the competitive edge. Emphasis is placed upon effectively and quickly adapting in the professional world.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Even when there is good, there is always better. Stop being defensive to critical feedback and embrace that there are people out there who care enough to provide you feedback to make your better and stronger.
With over 20 years of experience in the financial industry in management and leadership roles, Tom runs his own business Thomas Dowd Professional Development & Coaching as a speaker, author, trainer, and coach. Tom developed a series of management presentations into a speaking program called “Powerful Professional Transformation: Unleashing Leadership.” The speaking engagements turned into “The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World”, a book detailing Tom’s own professional growth based on lessons learned in his career. “Transformation” received honorable mention in the business category at the 2012 New England Book Festival. Tom has since written his second book “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide.”
Tom is currently the Vice President of Education for Dirigo Toastmasters Club in Belfast, Maine. Toastmasters International is a supportive learning environment of over 270,000 members worldwide looking to improve communication and leadership skills. As a founding member of the club, Tom has been involved in Toastmasters since September 2008. Tom holds advanced communication and advanced leadership certifications with Toastmasters International, including his High Performance Leadership (HPL) certification. In November 2011, Tom was selected as the District 45 Toastmaster of Year, which represents over 100 clubs in the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and the three Eastern Canadian Provinces of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Tom has also exhibited consistent success when competing at the division (state level equivalent) and district level in Toastmasters speech contests which include humorous, inspirational, impromptu, and evaluation events. He was the Table Topics Impromptu 2012 District Champion. Additionally, he is a member of the National Speakers Association and a member of the Camden (Maine) Lions Club.
Tom graduated from the University of Delaware in 1990 with a Communication degree, concentrating on interpersonal and organizational communication.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Over the past five years, I’ve thrived in the business world after an inconsistent first eighteen years to reach executive level in one of the largest financial institutions in the Unites States. Most of my success occurred in the midst of a down-turned economy. I found that my success was based on my ability to differentiate myself from my peers. My professional development became critical to teach to others for a variety of reasons. First, when I taught people how to develop themselves professionally, I found I was actually learning more. Second, I stopped competing with my peers and found we could all flourish by sharing best practices, playing to our strengths, and working on our weaknesses. There was a big enough piece of pie for everyone, if you believed it. The book is based on almost twenty years of lessons learned. The vulnerability shared was therapy for me, but becomes solid and tangible examples that the reader can grab hold of to grow.