Leadership Breakthroughs

For the past 20 years, Tom Lemanski has facilitated measurable results for leaders in over 60 different industries. 

Tom Lemanski

Executive Leadership Coach Bio

Executive Coach Tom Lemanski

Tom Lemanski

Performance Focused Coaching

Since 2001, Tom has served as an Executive Coach and Trusted Advisor to executives in over 60 different product and service industries. Working with C-Level to Director level execs, he helps clients to discover and implement the positive change needed for performance breakthroughs by developing self-awareness, leadership soft skills, attitudes and clarity of focus.

Executive Background

Prior to founding this strategic development firm, Tom spent 20 years as an owner and manager of a 24 hour/day manufacturing facility. He subsequently served as President of a consumer product marketing company for six years.

Leading Positive Change

In his executive career, Tom served as a Vice President and Director of a 24 hour/day manufacturing facility. As a leader, stockholder and officer in the family owned organization, Tom succeeded in leading the softening and reshaping of the corporate culture by improving trust with employees, vendors and customers. He led and developed a true Partnering relationship with a major customer that led to the subsequent acquisition of the partner company. Tom also pioneered the implementation of groundbreaking programs such as: job sharing, production employee incentive programs, Just-In-Time truckload deliveries and served on multi-vendor, product re-staging development team for an international food company.

In his six years as President of the consumer product marketing company, he led a turnaround that doubled the sales of the company by shifting focus to a new market, rebuilding the product line and the sales organization.

Business Savvy

Tom has extensive, hands on experience in all areas of management, as well as in marketing, positioning, branding, sales, financial operations, product development, manufacturing operations, vendor negotiations and acquisitions. He implemented the computerization of all facets of his company’s operating and fiscal systems. He was responsible for all fiscal aspects of the business, including working with banks and market creditors, as well as training of operations and administrative staff.

Pursuing Preeminence

Tom aspires to be the preeminent executive coach in Chicago.  His pursuit involves ongoing development, coaching and a commitment to lifetime learning.   He competes with himself to make each coaching engagement better than the previous.

Education, Credentials & Affiliations

Tom's Credentials

  • Trusted Advisors Hall of Fame inductee 2020
  • Positive Intelligence Coach for PQ Mental Fitness System in 2022
  • Earned the designation Narrative Coach Enhanced Practitioner from the Moment Institute in 2019.
  • A Business Coaching Certification (CBC) from the Trusted Advisors Certified Coaches Network in 2014.
  • An Enlightened Leadership Certification as a Life’s New Game Master in 2015.
  • A 20 year affiliation with the Resource Associates  and Trusted Advisors Network.
  • Value Added Affiliate with TTI Success Insights certified for their TriMetrix™, EQ and 360° assessment instruments.
  • He has served on the advisory board for three organizations.

Tom's Education

  • B.S. in Business Management and Administration from Bradley University’s Foster School of Business.

Tom's Executive Leadership Experience

  • Founder and owner of boutique strategic development firm 
  • President Mass Market Consumer Product Producer
  • Vice President, Shareholder and Director of a 24 hour/day manufacturing facility.
TTi Success Insights
Value Added Associate
Narrative Coach enhanced practicioner
Trusted Advisors Network
Coaching Academy Certification
Tom at U of C Booth Leaderhip

Thought Leadership

Tom is both an accomplished speaker and a published free-lance writer. He currently authors blogs on Leadership Breakthroughs, Talent Tea Leaves and Selling Smarter. His business articles are featured in The Business Ledger, Chicago Venture Magazine and State Line Business Monthly. He is a platinum author for on EvanCharmichael.com and has achieved Expert status with the editors at EzineArticles.com. Tom co-authored The Money Monkey, an Eco-e-book on entrepreneurship released in 2007 that included contributions from Jim Rohn, Brian Tracy and Anita Roddick.

Tom’s speaking engagements include a presentation on Leadership Potential to the University of Chicago Booth School of Business MBA Leadership Group and the inaugural keynote address to the Novus Entrepreneurs Network of Peoria.

He regularly conducts private workshops on Dynamic Communication (DISC) and Workplace Motivators for client teams.

Industry Leadership

  • Charter Member; International Housewares Association CORE (Chief Officers Reaching for Excellence) CEO Peer Group
  • Past President, Midwest Plastics Association
  • Past President Prosperity Partners Chapter of Business Networkers International
  • Affiliate Board Member Mastermind Advisory Board
  • Volunteer webmaster, Character Matters in Lake County

Personal & Social

Tom is married for 40 years and with two adult children.

Tom's Leadership Blog

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Jim Steuer Interviews Tom Lemanski

Get to Know Tom and his Coaching Approach

From The Entrepreneur’s Mindset Video Series.  Jim Steuer of Think Heart Strategy interviews Tom Lemanski about his approach and his advantages over other executive leadership coaches. Interview Time: 9 minutes.

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