Tom Smilovitis LEADERSHIP, empowering the next generation to self govern (190)

Welcome to a new episode of TOMCAST , called Tom Smilovitis LEADERSHIP, empowering the next generation to self govern.

In March 2021, Tom Smilovitis LEADERSHIP launched a number of new services, the latest is called Corporate Chaplaincy and TOMCAST episodes. Through podcasts and personal training, the aim is to produce fresh ideas on leadership and personal development. Be sure to subscribe to my blog and follow TOMCAST.

About Tom Smilovitis. 

Leadership can be a lonely path – Tom Smilovitis LEADERSHIP & Personal Development provides that safe space for you to “Reflect. Reboot. Renew.” Ideal for those aspiring to grow and stay fresh in Leadership & Executive roles, all the way to maintaining balanced lifestyles. In a New World that demands so much of us, it is my hope that I can equip you and your team with the tools to live a full life, in the areas that matter most.

"Choices are the hinges of destiny" ~ Edwin Markham 

Realize your potential and make healthy choices today, that will have a great ripple effect for future generations.

With over forty years experience in family business, not for profits, retail & commercial property management, I am doing what I love most.

Foundations are everything. I grew up in a strong Greek / Macedonian migrant family and community in the late sixties and early seventies, in Eastern Corridor of Perth. My grounding for much of the favour I have on my life today stems from there. I sold my first tray of baklava, Greek pastries, in 1978, I was fourteen years of age. My father had a Greek bakery, I opted to leave school before my fifteenth birthday and I had no option but to work in the family business.

Education isn’t everything, self education is what separates those waiting for opportunity and those who create opportunity. Developing an appetite to grow no matter your circumstances, will bring you favour in life, in the most unusual settings. I am an example of such favour. Opportunity is yours for the taking. 

In 1981, in my late teens, I joined a progressive Christian Fellowship. The association trained me in outreach, leadership and missionary work. The experience I gained through the association took me around Australia and many parts of the world. I was commissioned to teach and train others in outreach, leadership and mission work. I have had the privilege of speaking in over one hundred different local churches, conferences and campaigns. In my early thirties I was the keynote speaker in seven hundred plus meetings over a three year period. I know the pressures of raising a young family while trying to carve out my talent. With hardly any money, my wife and I worked hard as a team to raise our young family and maintain our own sense of identity. We worked through some challenging years, moving house wherever the ministry took us. At last count, we moved fourteen times. We also saw the rise and fall over a twenty one year period of organisational expansion. We experienced the highest form of ethics and compassion in leadership to the lowest form of human pride and the decimation of wholesome communities.

In 2002, in my late thirties, I stepped into the corporate scene in the Commercial Property sector. Taking my lifetime experience of family business and the ministry into the commercial world was just another adaptation, which allowed me to thrive. For ten years, under the guidance of a brilliant businessman, I learned a whole new set of skills and ended up managing shopping centres and commercial property. What an incredible contrast between my family business, pastoral and evangelistic years to commercial property.

In 2012, I launched a new business called Templar12, which was the embryo of what is now, Tom Smilovitis LEADERSHIP. I spent five years in the construction industry creating a hybrid business. From my ethnic family upbringing, ministry background and that of the corporate and commercial world. Working closely with executives and business owners as well as the disenfranchised, the unskilled, lower socio individuals, has kept me grounded. I am also currently the Honorary CEO of the Swan Chamber of Commerce, which was established in 1968. The challenge of seeing the chamber grow over the last eighteen months has been rewarding. Being instrumental in building a new team, giving the chamber a new lease of life, along with other industry leaders, has been refreshing.

I tell many people, I have been fortunate to stumble intentionally from one great opportunity to another over the last forty years plus. These opportunities are available to you as well. 

My passion is to encourage individuals to reach their potential, as well as create healthy cultures within community and corporate settings.

It’s my continual desire to see people prosper which has led me to expand my reach through Tom Smilovitis – Leadership & Personal Development Training. By pushing my personal boundaries in order to lead by example, my clients will be free from text book rhetoric. My clients quickly know the thrill of jumping in the deep end of their leadership potential.

Developing people is always at the heart of wholesome leadership, the results speak for themselves. It is important to catch what is possible to achieve through simple yet powerful leadership skills. For more about my credentials, see my Recommendations, on my website, they will help to verify my ability to add value in an individual or team.

I look forward to any opportunity where I can add value to you or your enterprise. For more about what I offer, click Tom Smilovitis Services, on my website, to see six basic packages that may interest you to start a conversation and engage Tom Smilovitis LEADERSHIP.

Chris Bown ~ Ex Detective working with Ex prisoners  “Tom has a unique ability to draw greatness out of people, he is a man of high ethical character who leads by example and never asks anyone to do anything he is not willing to do himself”

Let’s get you motivated!

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Tom Smilovitis 

‘connecting people to possibilities’ 

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