Thinking in German and speaking English comes naturally to Tom. He hails from Canada, but settled down in Germany—where his parents were born. His first encounters with Germany’s differences were a challenge, until things fell into place as his curious nature began to explore the rich landscape the culture had to offer, and he learned to love his new home.

Tom has spent more than 25 years in Germany broadening his horizons and his competence, in large part though his work as an executive coach and in organizational development. The interdisciplinary approach to learning and teaching he absorbed at his alma mater in Toronto he now shares with the companies he advises globally: working beyond the boundaries of limiting structures and strategies, with cross-functional teams, and in the service of a genuine customer-orientation done through agile attitudes to work.

Not to move forward in business and in life is unbearable for Tom, for whom overcoming barriers and taking next steps is second nature. However, his effectiveness comes not through flamboyant approaches to innovation. It is rather his qualities of grounded openness and intelligence that enable his clients to experience the freedom of thought and action which make transformational change possible.

Tom’s thinking is global and focused on the fast-approaching future—rich in ideas, open for possibilities and with a practiced eye for solutions. It is his conviction that narrow horizons and nostalgia for past successes can provide no orientation for dealing with the challenges we face today.

While having done consulting in 40 countries to date, Tom and his wife feel at home in the rural Rheingau region of Germany—one of the loveliest places for him in the world. Here he can train on his mountain bike, riding through the hills and vineyards of the countryside, while being at the heart of one of hubs of German global industry and finance for work. The idyllic quality to the region is a welcome contrast to many of the challenges facing the world today.

The pleasure of reflecting on the experiences his work and life provide him over a glass of Riesling at one of the many traditional places along the Rhine river tempts him to believe in lasting happiness. But only for the moment.