Behavioral and Neuroscience Solutions to Workforce Engagement, Motivation and Safety
Tom is the founder and president of The Renewal Group, which he formed to focus on his commitment to assist leaders and organizations in solving their organizational challenges by inspiring, developing, and empowering human motivation and potential.
Tom’s passion and commitment helped an organization achieve exemplary results. Since 2007 Tom has served as the principle Behavioral Safety Consultant for Evonik’s Consumer Specialties Business Unit in North America, which consists of five chemical processing plants with over 1000 employees. His work has contributed to three of the plants achieving safety excellence awards and a reduction in average recordable incidents of 3.01 in 2007 to 0.0 in 2014 for the entire business unit.
His work and success in developing Evonik’s safety culture has lead to numerous presentations at safety conferences including presenting for the past three years at the International Conference on Behavioral Safety.
· What’s Your Safety Story?
· Leading a Safety First Culture
· The Missing Piece to Our Safety Culture Puzzle: Case Study
· Self-Determination Theory Approach to Workplace Safety
· How a Safety Charter Saved Our Culture: Case Study
Tom has written a number articles on safety including one soon to be published, ROI – A Hazard to Employee Safety, in EHS Today.
Tom’s introduction and venture into working with developing safety cultures in organizations was by accident. After concluding his signature leadership program, Relationship – Centered Leadership with the executive team from Evonik he was approach by the Director, Environmental Health Safety & Quality who asked if the concepts and models in the program could be applied to improving the safety leadership performance of front-line supervisors.
This invitation lead to seven successful years in developing specific programs to improve the skills of supervisors and of specific initiatives and structures, such as the, Safety Culture Flywheel, that have helped to significantly reduce accidents and injuries, reduce medical claims and most importantly save lives. One of Tom’s favorite quotes to supervisors is, “ I bet you came to work today thinking that it’s just another day; not so. What you do and how they do it today and everyday can contribute to saving a life. What could be more meaningful than saving someone from getting hurt or losing their life.”
Prior to The Renewal Group, Tom had a distinguished career as an executive in behavioral medicine in which he developed, implemented and operated behavioral care systems throughout the United Sates and Mexico. One of his most significant learning experiences, which he applies to his work today, was to partner with the Mind/Body Medical Institute of Harvard to create a state of the science cardiac rehabilitation and cancer program. Learning how the mind and body work hand and hand provided additional insight into human motivation and engagement.
Tom has a master’s degree in educational counseling from the University of Connecticut. His strong background in psychology and human motivation has helped numerous organizations transform their organizational cultures and develop the potential of their human resources.
Professional Highlights and Experience
Global corporate and leadership consulting
experience in Europe, Asia, and North America
including with US Navy and other multi-national
Over 25 of executive leadership
experience in the Behavioral healthcare industry
Designed and customized leadership and workforce
engagement programs for a variety of manufacturing,
service and government organizations
Developed and implemented organizational safety culture
programs based on the sciences of human motivation and
Adjunct Professor in Leadership, Robbins School of Business,
University of Richmond from 2000-2007