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Thomas J. Walter

Serial Entrepreneur

February 10, 2020

Growing with Purpose Podcast: "Change, Or We're Leaving" with Tom Walter

On this re-broadcast of the inaugural episode of the Growing with Purpose podcast, host Paul Spiegelman talks with Tom Walter, serial entrepreneur and founder of Tasty Catering

Tom is a founding member of the Small Giants Community and has served as a Small Giants Leadership Academy facilitator to share his expertise with emerging leaders. Throughout his life, Tom was a painfully shy, introverted person. He never wanted to be a leader, but he found himself thrust into the role time and time again. Despite his best efforts to remain #2, Tom became an entrepreneur when he opened his first restaurant business. Today, Tom is founder and Chief Culture Officer at Tasty Catering, and he has participated in the startup of 32 companies and acquired three others.

In this episode, hear longtime friends Paul and Tom discuss the most pivotal moments of Tom's career, including when a group of employees confronted him about his leadership style and said that if he didn't change, they were leaving. 

Tune in to Tom's story below: 

 

tom-walter-headshotShow Notes: 

[1:58] What Families Mean to Leaders
[10:00] Challenging the Bully
[19:02] Releasing a Shareholder
[27:27] Sharing Wisdom Is a Duty
[32:10] If You Don't Change, We're Leaving
[39:14] 60,000 Thoughts a Day

Books that Influenced Tom's Leadership:
Great Thinkers of the Western World

 

 

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About Thomas J. Walter

Tom Walter describes himself as a “serial entrepreneur.” Tom founded Tasty Catering, which remains Tom’s primary and largest investment. Tom has participated in the startup of 32 companies and acquired three others. Tasty Catering is a top Chicago caterer with an award winning culture. Tom is the founder and Chief Culture Officer.