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Who was Lee Thayer.

Who was Lee Thayer?

Often referred to as the greatest leadership coach of his era, Dr. Lee Thayer was esteemed by the most influential minds in leadership.  He was considered by many as a pioneer and innovator in the leadership required of executives to achieve the highest levels of performance, working with such diverse entities as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Office of Education, and NASA, among others.

Owing to his tremendous success leading executives out of their comfort zones to achieve their most audacious goals, Dr. Thayer became affectionately known as a “professional cage rattler.” His impactful, powerful leadership coaching stemmed from a background balanced in arts and science, a jazz musician (who played with Stan Kenton) and his vast experience working with executives at IBM, AT&T, Westinghouse, Boeing, Curtiss-Wright, Pratt-Whitney, McDonnell Douglas, Phillips, Shell, General Motors, Sealtest Foods, Hallmark, and West Point, among many others.

With degrees in the humanities, engineering, and psychology, his other “career” as a distinguished and honored university professor both here and abroad included work with the Harvard Graduate School of Business, the University of Amsterdam, Queensland University of Technology in Australia and the Universidad Complutense in Mexico.

Pioneer & Innovator in the Field of Leadership
- Extraordinary Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing is a program like no other, perfectly designed for the demands of today's rapidly evolving business landscape. The course, brilliantly led by Joelle Thayer, was an eye-opener in every sense. This course doesn't just teach you to navigate the complexities of the modern business world; it equips you to lead with insight, innovation, and a renewed sense of purpose.
Georganne Goldblum

Georganne Goldblum

Chairman, VISTAGE Florida

Pioneer & Innovator in the Field of Leadership
- Joelle’s presentation and facilitation skills are brilliant, and she amplifies the most important principles with captivating visuals and film clips which bring the teachings alive. The carefully chosen cohort was also an immense bonus – the wisdom and intellect in the group made it a thoroughly memorable and enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend it to leaders, coaches and chairs looking to improve their thinking, reasoning and questioning skills.
Laura Gordon

Laura Gordon

Best Practice Chair UK

Pioneer & Innovator in the Field of Leadership
- The Extraordinary Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing course purposefully challenged my thinking to help me solve many challenges I am facing as a TEC Chair, as a leader, and as a human. The time that I committed to this course has been highly valuable.
Louis-Samuel Jacques

Louis-Samuel Jacques

Master Chair, TEC Canada / VISTAGE

Pioneer & Innovator in the Field of Leadership
- "I find great value in the writings of Dr. Thayer, and it has been a great experience to crosswalk through his material in the Leadership TBD course for Chairs and Coaches."
Severin Sorensen

Severin Sorensen

CEO, ePraxis

Pioneer & Innovator in the Field of Leadership
- "Extraordinary Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing is great prep for what's to come. Excellent tools for future use."
Steve Ramerini

Steve Ramerini

Chief Visionary & Founder @ COMPEL CEOs
Dr. Lee Thayer

Dr. Lee Thayer

Pioneer & Innovator in the Field of Leadership
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- On Lee Thayer's work with Johnsonville Sausage: "The most remarkable example of organizational transformation..."
Tom Peters

Tom Peters

Business Author & Speaker
Dr. Lee Thayer

Dr. Lee Thayer

Pioneer & Innovator in the Field of Leadership
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- Your title gives you authority. Your capacity to lead gives you the power to realize your vision. How successful you can be depends upon how you THINK, because that determines who you ARE, which determines how you will DO what you do.
Joelle Thayer, CEO Leadership TBD

Joelle Thayer

CEO, Leadership TBD
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Dr. Lee Thayer

Dr. Lee Thayer

Pioneer & Innovator in the Field of Leadership
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- If you truly want to reinvent yourself ... and have a deep passion to change and improve, read Lee Thayer.

Larry Bull

CEO, Createch Machine & Design
Dr. Lee Thayer

Dr. Lee Thayer

Pioneer & Innovator in the Field of Leadership
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- The supreme master of counter-intuition… high-performance leadership’s modern day Yoda.

Michael W. Norris

Senior Chairman, Vistage
Dr. Lee Thayer

Dr. Lee Thayer

Pioneer & Innovator in the Field of Leadership
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- Lee gave me the best advice I ever received.

Ralph Stayer

CEO Johnsonville Sausage