About Tom Terez

Tom TerezTom Terez is a leader in the area of employee engagement. His two years of research went straight to the source: He interviewed hundreds of people from all walks of life to get their input on what it takes to bring out the best in people at work. This led to his book (22 Keys to Creating a Meaningful Workplace), his early Web presence, and the launch of this practice in 2001.

Ideas: Over the past two decades, Tom has written hundreds of articles on engagement, change, teamwork, and potential. His e-letter, first published in 2003, has subscribers from 126 countries.

Tools: Tom is the developer of the 5-Minute Assessment series, the Workplace Improvement Kit, the 22 Keys Workplace Assessment, the Working Smart Assessment, the Workplace Survival Guide, the Power With white paper, the Awesome & Awful Boss Hall of Fame, and the Difficult Dozen Help Zone. Many of the tools are available through the Resource Mountain™ tool set.

Lean Six Sigma: Tom Terez was a principal architect of the Lean Six Sigma initiative in state government in Ohio. He served on the founding team that began the initiative in 2011, and he led the LeanOhio Office in 2015.

Clients: Tom has led conference keynotes, workplace presentations, in-house workshops, breakthrough projects, and planning sessions for more than 100 client organizations. Click here for a comprehensive client list from past and present engagements. Included are private-sector companies (Boeing, Siemens, Fidelity, Sigma-Aldrich, Providence Health System, Jacobs Technology, Cleveland Clinic, Blue Cross, and many others), government agencies (FBI, DOE, IRS, SSA, ACF, 14 state governments, major counties and cities, etc.), colleges and universities (Northern Arizona University, Duke University, University of Missouri, CUPA, and more), and associations (including SHRM, ASQ, ISPI, AASCIF, ASTD, and others.

Education: Tom has an MBA from Duke University (1989) and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Northwestern University (1985).

Personal: Tom lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and one daughter – the oldest daughter is away at college. For calm, he plays the piano. For more calm, he runs trails. For kicks, he plays a vintage Hohner accordion – it’s a longstanding family tradition. But he’ll kindly stop playing when people ask him to stop, which is often. Because there’s nothing subtle about an old-school accordion.

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