A Career of Service, Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring
The author of this website is Thomas Samson. For over 25 years he served clients of a “Big Eight” accounting firm where he was a partner. And as a partner in a “Big Four” executive search firm, Tom helped companies find talented individuals to provide the leadership necessary to achieve their goals.
Tom has also led executive teams in a number of service and technology companies. Since the late 1990’s Tom has focused on mentoring and coaching senior executives and managers in a wide range of leadership situations.
Please (click here) to view Tom’s CV and his many professional accomplishments.
Understanding Tom’s Innate Talents
Tom’s innate talents have led him to develop a set of skills and a base of knowledge that have uniquely equipped him to provide counsel to those leading executive and management teams.
Tom’s top five talents, as determined by Gallup’s StrengthsFinder assessment are:
- Strategic – Tom quickly creates alternative ways to proceed when faced with any given scenario. He easily spots the relevant patterns, issues and risks in complex situations. He develops alternative ways of proceeding to reach the desired solution.
- Activator – Tom turns thoughts into action. He has develop a wide range of skills needed to develop action plans.and gain the commitment of others to carry out the actions needed to fulfill a purpose or achieve a goal.
- Individualization – Tom’s early education was in small classes where everyone was given special attention by the teacher and older classmates. He grew up realizing that every person was different and that you had to figure out how to work with each one of them. He has honed his mentoring and coaching skills to apply this talent by helping others grow in leadership roles.
- Arranger – Tom’s dad was a careful planner and would organize all the parts of a task before he started to take action. He impressed on Tom that you did this so that you could complete your work in a timely fashion. Tom has developed many skills that support him in analyzing situations and planning the actions needed to successfully reach team and organizational goals.
- Learner – Tom’s dad helped him understand how things worked by taking them apart. His teachers, especially in his elementary schooling, allowed him to move rapidly through his coursework and then added more material when his grade level material was exhausted. Tom is known for his understanding and use of computer technology. He thrives in environments of rapid change that require constant learning.
These talents have grounded and guided Tom as his career and professional work have developed over the years.
The shaping of Tom’s talents
Tom was born in a small town in Nebraska and grew up on a family farm near York, Nebraska. The first eight years of his formal education took place in a one room country school which never had more than ten students in all eight grades. His high school years were spent in a parish school where his graduating class of 18 was the largest in the 75 years the school was in operation. From there Tom went to Creighton University where he earned his degree in accounting.
As the oldest child of three and the only son, Tom spent his formative years working along side of his father on the farm. The family engaged in the activities needed to prepare the soil, plant the seeds, cultivate the young plants, irrigate when the rains were sparse and harvest the crops when the time was right . . . . . . a process that was repeated every year. The Samson’s ancestors were immigrants from Germany and Ireland who came to Nebraska in the 1880’s when that part of the country was populated through the homestead laws. Each homesteading family was provided a small parcel of land where they built a home and committed to turn the prairie into a fertile farm to help feed a growing nation.
Tom’s talents and values were shaped by his parents, relatives and friends who embraced the work ethics that brought victory in World War II and drove the development of the country in the years that followed.