About Tony Thayer
A New Beginning
The story of my why, my inspiration and passion, starts with a story of failure, of my life falling apart and nearly ending.
I do for businesses and teams starts after I teetered at the brink and paid the price, after I took an early retirement. It wasn’t something I wanted to do.
I’m a leadership visionary; I offer a new perspective on how business leaders can become exceptional leaders of people.
My insights are grounded in 40 years of business experience and leadership, and newly informed by the passion for neurobiology I developed over the past 5 years. Now I help executives transform their companies. I show them how to create climates of possibility. These give your people the social environment and relationships that enable everyone to pull together and flourish. It’s based on how our brains are wired. We come alive when our interpersonal brain circuits are activated in a positive environment. When you provide the environment that your people crave, you can observe the changes and promote further improvements. That’s when you become a true leader. That’s when you turn around your company and discover the untapped levels of talent that you already have on-board. That’s when you tap into your own experience of personal fulfillment.
Let me show you how to lift your whole team and inspire your people to new levels of innovation, engagement, and excitement.
Life transformation and Leadership Insights
I didn’t retire by choice. My life was transformed. It was sudden and it was formidable.
In 2011, everything I built in my life suddenly washed away.
I joined a new company to work with an important mentor of mine – just before the company went public and slashed their sales teams to imply they were more profitable. I was terminated without warning, just months after starting.
Soon after, my wife of 35 years terminated our marriage and made plans to move across the country and marry her previous boyfriend
Three months after I moved out, I was diagnosed with late stage cancer, and began a fight for my life.
My life went upside down over the period of three months. Then, for reasons I can’t explain, I turned it all right-side-up.
Inspiration and New Discoveries
Somehow, I just made a new choice one day. I reframed it. I stopped thinking that these things had happened to me.
What if, I asked myself, all of this was happening for me? On my behalf? Was there some deeper force at play here? Was I being invited to learn something I had overlooked?
What was this life guiding me to know? ,
Suddenly, I came to see my cancer as a stern and demanding teacher, but one who wanted the best for me.
So I started to listen. This made my life brand new. All my old certainties had been nothing but illusions.
This was the moment I overcame my cancer. In embracing my cancer, it made me whole.
My New Mission and Passion
I overcame the odds that my cancer posed, and I invite you to overcome whatever challenges you face as a business leader. People respond to moods, and creating good moods creates amazing possibilities.
I credit my passion and curiosity for my recovery. In working with others, in uncovering what troubles people, and giving voice to it, I honed and developed the very skills that I had always taken the most pride in. I don’t know what issues you are facing, but I have the tools and resources to meet them, explore them and give them voice.
I can’t guarantee that I can bring every one of my clients to a new level of mastery, but I am able to be fully present with each of them, and to give voice to the parts of them that long to be more inspiring and capable as leaders of their people.
Recent brain science has made startling discoveries that, when applied to the working environment, can reinvigorate team engagement and create dynamic, passionate teams that break through barriers to reach now standards of productivity and innovation.