Volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) – these are the times we live in and exactly why Tom O’Shea is considered a trusted advisor helping leaders, teams and organizations adapt and thrive to navigate VUCA and deliver future success.
Tom brings a unique blend of strategic, operational and organizational expertise that is rare and valuable. With perceptive insight, proven strategies and impactful coaching skills, he helps clients at the enterprise, team and individual leader levels exceed even their own expectations.
A proven expert and pioneer in the field of business agility, Tom has spent the past twenty years advising hundreds of client companies and thousands of leaders across diverse industries around the world. Until its sale in May, 2022, Tom was co-owner of Agility Consulting & Training, globally recognized as one of the pre-eminent consulting practices and frameworks for building leadership, team, enterprise and strategic agility.
Tom’s diverse background includes senior executive roles in Human Resources, Strategic Planning and General Management in the fast paced apparel and consumer products industries. He has been VP/GM for a large consumer products division developing and marketing products across all classes of retail trade which helped him develop keen insights into the keys to success in real time, consumer-driven enterprises.
Tom has demonstrated a record of success utilizing his strong strategic and analytical skills to lead major business turnaround of a business unit gripped with operational complexity and suffering on most key financial performance measures. He provided skillful direction and team based solutions for complex issues and scenarios in the U.S. and abroad.
He has also been a trusted advisor to numerous business leaders and client organizations for twenty years providing coaching or consulting in very diverse organizations such as Golden Corral, Republic Services, ARAMARK Higher Education, Land O’Frost, Securitas, Social Security Administration, Sony PlayStation, Hanesbrands, The Fresh Market, VF Corporation and HAECO Aviation Services to name a few.
Tom has a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology and extensive practical experience helping organizations re-focus business strategy to improve organization performance, alignment and agility. He has been a featured speaker at international conferences and industry trade associations.
Tom is an accomplished author of numerous articles as well co-author of a book entitled “Focused, Fast & Flexible” with his former partner, Dr. Nick Horney. Tom is a Certified Management Consultant and former President of the Carolinas Chapter for the Institute of Management Consultants – the premier international professional association for management consulting.