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T Paul Thomas

Be the Yoda of Networking

During a recent CEO Peer Group meeting, one of my CEOs asked if I knew anyone who could help with some specialty financing and leasing programs. I mentioned that I did and would make an introduction. Another member who happens to be a Paul too said, “We now refer to you as the Yoda of […]

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“Ask the CEO”  Should the Founders be Fired?

The majority of my CEO positions involved being brought on board to help the founders once they had accepted venture capital funding. It was commonly referred to as Adult Supervision. Once, while being interviewed by a founder for the CEO role, I was asked, “Do you not like founders?” He asked that question because he […]

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What to Consider When Buying a Business with Partners

Over the years, former mentors and business associates send me great stories that I use during my lectures at Northern Arizona University. Marsha Morgan was my very first manager out of college and to this day we are great friends (which is a column for the future about the importance of maintaining relationships, staying in […]

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‘I Quit Because My Scissors Are Broken’

 Over the last few months, I have received wonderful comments and feedback on my columns that have dealt with taking care of employees and doing things like writing notes, holding one-on-ones, and doing a better job of communicating. That being said, I still haven’t convinced everyone yet. In the last 30 days, I actually had […]

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Don’t You Know Who I Am?

 Because we are starting a new year, the idea of New Year’s resolutions comes to mind. Just this week, someone sent me an email and asked if businesses should have New Year’s resolutions just like individuals do. While I have never done this for my companies (with the exception of a financial plan or budget), […]

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Ask the CEO—Step 1: Become a CEO; Step 2: Join a Gang

Okay, so I don’t mean a bad gang that will get you into trouble or cause trouble, the gang I’m referring to is a chapter of one of many great CEO organizations that brings CEOs together like YPO (Young Presidents Organization), Vistage, Alliance of CEOs, One Accord, Convene, etc. Just last week, I kicked off […]

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“Ask the CEO” – Am I the Problem?

I received an interesting email from a CEO this month at thomas.tpaul@gmail.com. It went something like this: “I have started a number of companies, but they always seem to stall at a certain point. Is the problem me or the team?” So as not to pick on this person, let me answer that question from […]

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