Meet Tom Terez

Tom Terez was one of the first people doing serious research on employee engagement. He went to the source, interviewing hundreds of people from all walks of life. This led to his book (22 Keys to Creating a Meaningful Workplace), his early Web presence beginning in 1999, and the launch of Tom Terez Workplace Solutions Inc. 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.

CLIENTS: Tom has led conference keynotes, workplace presentations, in-house workshops, breakthrough projects, and planning sessions for private-sector companies (Boeing, Siemens, Fidelity, Sigma-Aldrich, Providence Health System, Jacobs Technology, Cleveland Clinic, Blue Cross, and many others), for government agencies (FBI, DOE, IRS, SSA, ACF, 16 state governments, major counties and cities, etc.), for higher education (Northern Arizona University, Duke University, University of Missouri, CUPA, and more), and for associations (including SHRM, ASQ, ISPI, AASCIF, ASTD, and others). Click for a comprehensive list of clients from past and present engagements.

EDUCATION: Tom has an MBA from Duke University (1989), a bachelor’s degree in communications from Northwestern University (1985), and several additional degrees from the Institute of Unexpected Learning.

PERSONAL: Tom lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife, one daughter (another daughter is away at college), one dog, and an above-average amount of chaos. For calm, he plays the piano. For exercise, he runs trails. For fun, he invents board games. His cherished possession is a vintage Hohner accordion. He has been known to start the day by unleashing a polka or two – which makes it a miracle he has been married for 25 years.

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