Walt Sutton author of Leap of Strength: A Personal Tour through the Months Before and Years After You Start Your Own Business
Please join us for, our next Level 7 Breakfast Thursday, October 10th at The Employers Association from 7:30 am to 9:30 am featuring Walt Sutton and his book Leap of Strength, A Personal Tour through the Months Before and Years After You Start Your Own Business.
There is a well-hidden secret about people who start and grow businesses. You see, those of us who have been smitten by the entrepreneur's disease learn our craft by wondering around, trying stuff, repeatedly barking shins and cutting fingers - not by going to business school. Would you believe most successful entrepreneurs report their highest and best learning comes while making mistakes? It's true. So, in a way, this is a book about mistakes. It is all about pitfalls, trip wires, exploding pumpkins and the many devilish traps you will encounter while learning the job. We all have to go through the minefield.
Walt Sutton wasn't born an entrepreneur. "It just happened," he says. "One day I was gainfully employed and the next day I decided to start my own business." "I studied International Finance at the University of Washington, but only lasted three years in the corporate world. In those days, large corporations were run like ant hills and I just couldn’t stand.
This began a 23-year run during which Walt started, owned, grew, and sold four different successful companies. He employed over two thousand people, lived well, achieved financial goals he never thought possible, and was careful not to miss any of the CEO perks. Then, one day, he’d had enough. He and his wife Deborah moved to the country to try and figure out what was missing. He started the search by taking a couple of years off, writing a book, Leap of Strength, then traveled around the world working with and learning from thousands of extraordinarily successful and sometimes happy CEOs.
Since 1994, Walt has devoted his career to helping successful men and women to build better businesses and richer lives. The one big thing he discovered? Business is a subset of life, not the other way around. Today, Walt coaches CEOs, engaging them in a one to one generative conversation about their development, success, and wellbeing. “It has been an amazing odyssey.” Walt has coached over 100 CEOs and MDs, facilitated more than 1,200 programs, interviewed more than 15,000 CEOs and many thousands more key executives in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Central and South America.