Dr. Glenn Toby is the founder and CEO of Glenn Toby Enterprises (GTE). Glenn Toby Enterprises is a leading international holding corporation that controls companies in the world of real estate, asset management, and technology as well as a multi-tiered entertainment and athlete management company.
Glenn’s career spans 30 years from 80s music industry pioneer to leader in the Entertainment & Sports Management world. HE Represented managed or advised, including LL Cool J, Olympian Samyr Laine, Lance Reddick, Asante Samuel, Antonio Freeman, Josh Evans, World Champion Boxer O'Neil "Supernova" Bell, actor Jason Weaver, and other big names in entertainment, sports & business.
His heart leans in as a steadfast philanthropist, Dr. Toby is the founder of the Book Bank Foundation Inc, a literacy organization and Board Member of the Peter Tosh Foundation.
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Welcome to the talent Empowerment Podcast, we share the stories of great leaders so you can lift your organizations, your teams, and certainly your community. I am your host, Tom Finn, and on the show today we have a philanthropist. He's an entrepreneur, he's an author, he's an advisor, and dare I say it, he's a damn fine gentleman. His name is Doctor Glenn, Toby.
Toby Welcome to the show, my friend.
It's so good to be here. Thank you for having me.
Well, if you don't know doctor Toby, let me introduce you to him. You're going to get to know him well today. Doctor Glenn Toby is the founder and CEO of Glenn Toby Enterprises. It is a leading international holding corporation that controls companies in the world of real estate asset management technology. He has a multi-tiered entertainment background at an athlete management company. He's been doing this for 30 years. Starting in the 80s in the music industry as a pioneer and a leader in the entertainment and sports management worlds, he has represented, managed, and advised Our female friends adore Cool James. For those of you that don't know, that's LL Cool J, Olympian Samir Lane, Lance Reddick, Asante Samuel, Antonio Freeman, Josh Evans, even world championship boxer O'Neal Supernova, actor Jason Weaver, and all sorts of other big names.
But let me be clear, his heart leans in as a steadfast philanthropist. Dr. Toby is the founder of the Book Bank Foundation, a literary organization. He's a board member of the Peter Tosh Foundation. I am so thrilled to have you on the show. We have so much to discuss. What an impressive background and empire.
Tell us where it all began.
Thank you, but I was born in Brooklyn. Raised in Queens, I experienced youth homelessness from the age of eight to about seventh grade. Amazing family My grandmother, my mother, pretty much raised me and my brother Randall by my side, and it was a playground, to work hard. So I didn't lose my imagination or my passion for life as a child. You know, I came out untouched but with many different types of experiences that I would learn from. Randall and I were in the library a lot We go to the museum a lot When my mother was working, her leadership was amazing.
She lost her job, Mental illness, Because of us being homeless for so long, dementia sets in She refused to compromise herself, and that's how we ended up becoming homeless. And from that journey, with relatives and support systems through the government and people who were passionate and had a heart for people that were in struggle or trying to move forward, we were able to end up in Queens.
I went to junior high school, and then on to Benjamin Cardozo High School and got into the music business. I applied myself as a young entrepreneur in that hip-hop world, and it was a pathway to greater things.
So, I know everybody's going to ask this question, and if I was listening, I'd want to know. So, you start. You're in the music business. What was your first interaction with one of my all-time favorites, LL Cool J?
Funny enough, my name was MC Sweetie G or Mr. Sweetie G. I was one of the first rappers. One of Queens' Pioneers, LL Cool J, Run D, and MC Positive, of these guys who were younger than me, used to sneak into my shows or somehow get in, and they knew me as a rapper as one of the pioneers.
They were Brian Latour and Charles Fisher, who were my friends growing up in the neighborhood. They were managing LL Cool J. She joined the team, and I had the honor of being on LL Cool J.
His management team is doing things for him, discovering talent as I would initially do for many more years to come. You know, Positive K, David Banner, several different rappers, and R&B, as well as a nice pathway to entertain.
So, did you prefer to be on stage or the side of the stage? Which one fits your personality better?
I like them both. You know, after a while, when the new young guns come into the game and talent changes and emerge if you don't have the passion and the energy, and you're not able to endure what it takes. It's not a good place to be. I think I had a disdain for business because I saw it as the opposing wall that was coming to take every artist's royalty and be restrictive. And I said, "Let me study the game," because I was an avid reader. My brother and I were very avaricious. We would be kind of forward-thinkers. And I wasn't willing to give up my music publishing. I was offered a deal by Sugar Hill Records and some of the independent labels that were taking advantage of artists, and I didn't want to be taken advantage of. I pushed back and pushed the bully back, and I started emerging in business and it developed from entertainment and sports to real estate, technology, and other things.
But I'm always an artist at heart and creative. I'm big on boots on the ground with the business
Well, I love the way you said that. And for those listening out there, what you heard him say is, I took to the books, and I started to learn what the game was, and I tried to figure out how to make it better and how to improve. And that's what all this talent empowerment is about, right? It's empowering yourself first to empower others to support those in the community.
So, do you feel fulfilled? You feel like the path has been the right journey for you personally.
Yeah, I feel like it gave me so many different tools. You know, youth homelessness gave me the ability to speak to poverty and hopefully get people through poverty. I think the entertainment space gave me access to ungodly amounts of wealth, people with extreme personalities that are bizarre, and people who are the pillars of truth and honesty, defining those pieces, were parts of my toolbox to be able to serve others. I feel like I'm able to speak to people through the Book Bank Foundation or already, because I've been I've worn these many hats and had these many different experiences, and I can recognize and identify where my strong suit is, and I can understand where I might not have enough resources or experience to be able to serve. That's why we built an amazing team who can answer every call here, every voice, and have light for their site or have a vision for what's not.
Yeah, beautifully said, and you brought it up, so let's dive right in. Book Bank Foundation, help us understand the cause, the background, and how you got into that.
I sat back after my career in sports, and I looked back at how much money I had made, the people that I met, the travel I had done, and the exposure. Connectivity is rewarded not only with monetary success but also with societal rights. People embrace you that you would never imagine would embrace you. Being on teams with people smarter and stronger than me, and then being accepted and learning how to work within a team. So, I said it was booked. You know, education was so strong, such a strong part of my personal development, and was one of my greatest tools. I said to myself, "Well, books, you've got the books, are the source of learning. And you get the spiritual bank. The emotional bank is the financial bank of memory. You have the bank where the water is, and so the bank is very important. You put your money in the bank, your education in the bank, and your wisdom in the bank.
These tools come together. It changes to commerce, it changes the community, and it changes the calling of mankind if the bank is dealt with austerity, intelligence, and honesty to numbers that don't like and tell the truth to people that don't have access to money. So, plus creatives in the entertainment space, sports space, or even people who have a creative heart or are open to creation and innovation can take the money and power and solutions to change the world. You bridge those two together in the name of charity. The world's money, commerce, and people can have compassion for the lost, lonely, and forgotten. They can live together.
Well, I love the way he said that, combining all of these different areas in our hearts and our souls and the way that we think. And by the way, we enter our communities and our lives. I think it's so critically important and when we think about that, it's a wonderful backdrop to understand who you are as a person and as a man. How did you do it? Decide to move forward. What is the Book Bank Foundation, and what was the impetus to start it? I know you're very centered and you're very thoughtful, but what did you want to accomplish with this?
So, I was doing well with the launch of Shaver’s, making a firm, you know, infinite sports technologies, representing hundreds of athletes in our career. The best way to heal oneself is to kind of go back to where you were making the assessment. See where you made a mistake? Where are my weak points, one of my strong points, and my heels? And I went right back into the throes of homelessness. So, I went to the Bowery Mission and met one of my mentors, Mr. James Macklin, who was running the Bowery Mission in New York City. It's the oldest adult male shelter. As a child, we went to that shelter in the country. My brother, my mother, and I went to those front doors. They couldn't accept us because it was a mother and children. Somehow, I came back. I started giving away shoes and clothing, talking to people in the NFL, talking to my friends in the music industry, and bringing resources to the shelter. It continued to grow to the point where I did something called "shelter from the streets."
We took three buses. And we would drive around the city in Mercedes buses with celebrities and people that were advocates, ministers, police officers, criminals, drug dealers, people that had a passion for life but said, "Hey, I want to give back. I'm trying to change my life.”
And we would go right to the projects, right to the homeless shelters, right to parks, right to the tunnels, right to the streets, and deliver brand new clothing. We gave food, blankets, and toys to them, and we just kept doing it. It became infectious, it grew, it developed its following, and it was a way for people who wanted to touch; to be healed, and to heal the lonely. What was called shelter from the streets continued to emerge in this community. With the offering that we have, we asked each person to come with a heart to help. With a mind to helping to heal and be helped, with an openness to changing the problem.
Well, I mean, beautifully said. And for those listening, I mean, you can just hear the passion in Glenn's voice, and you can hear that he loves and supports his community at a very, very deep level. The question I have is, is it hard to balance all of this? Because we're all busy. We all have these phones that go off all the time. You're connected to so many different people in different industries that are high-powered individuals. How do you find time to do your philanthropic work while remaining connected to everyone?
Well, you know, it's having a great team. A lot of times you'll see a prize fighter, or an artist and people will think that they're not part of a team. You see, Serena, she's having a great time. There is a team. Much of the team is generally invisible on the outside, but a successful person who's leading their campaign, who's Victorious. That team is always visible behind the scenes.
So, there's a collective. Some of the most amazing human beings that I've met over decades are those who bring resources, power, presence, and purpose to what I do. More specifically, David Branch, who's the chief executive officer of the Brookbank Foundation, He's also an entrepreneur. He runs many of my businesses as well as his. And there's a team of people who have been in prayer or who have been in private, whether it's funding or offering ideas. This is why I've had this success. I'm just standing in the shadows of greater people.
Well, I love the way you said that. Every great leader has a great team behind him, and it sounds like you are no different. But what makes you different as a leader? People want to follow you. That's important. These folks want to work with you. They get behind you. They believe in you.
How do you pull that off?
I think it's showing up and being present. I think vulnerability is the truth. Vulnerability can be evidence Something needs to be fixed, or something is fixed or is in the process of being fixed. So I think about my willingness to stay in the community, my willingness to share and be willing to take criticism, and how we can redefine and improve things.
This is what has allowed us to have the success that we've had So it's my willingness, my openness to learn. I'm showing up every day with no filters, no curtains, and nothing up my sleeve. We're just really willing to work, and we're working hard.
Yeah, I love that.
It comes down to authenticity, is what I heard. Be authentic. Be yourself, be true, be good to people along the way, and good things will happen. That's really what empowering others is all about. And it sounds like that's what's in your heart and your soul as well. It didn't always go this way, right? I mean Have you stubbed your toe along the way? Or has it all been, you know, rainbows and butterflies?
It's been tough. I mean, you have to be resilient, and you have to recognize errors. I think self-assessment is the key to winning. You know, I think someone that's victorious or a champion is someone that sustains losses or knows how to lose without disrupting everyone else in the process. So, if you're a crazy guy or if you're a chef in the kitchen and you're going nuts and you're ranting and people can't work with you If you're a great quarterback and you think you're doing it all on your own, that pulling guard can drop off, and when you're on your back, you realize that it is a team effort.
So, I think vulnerability, transparency, and patience are how it is.
People have to be patient in their learning, right? And your capacity to learn and grow to scale. And we have to be patient with the people that we're developing and leading. And we have to make sacrifices. I mean, if you're trying to change the game, or if you're trying to bring something to the table if you're not just a taker.
What do you do when you run into those takers? Can you recognize them pretty quickly at this point?
I recognized him there, so I looked at it as a form of attrition. There's always going to be some loss Just like in a good business, you factor in losses. You factor in that if you have a retail store, you know there's going to be a profit loss. There's going to be petty theft and pilferage.
So, you have to factor that into your constitution as a person, that there's always going to be that one person that's going to disrupt everything you're doing that's in denial or puts you on trial when you are completely innocent and when you are completely on purpose. So, you have to factor it in, and that is a litmus test or a measure of success.
How much can you take? How strong can you go? You need to change the tires, or the tires get changed. Their pit stop is right there, and it moves fast. But guess what? The pit stop is almost moving as fast as the car that's racing, and in relationship to the car that's racing, in relationship to the intuitiveness of the driver, everything is moving at speed. There is a resonance that goes with the intuitiveness of the person, what we've learned, and what we haven't learned.
So, it's all a process. When that machine is running right, you win the races. When it isn't, you lose.
Well, well said. And so, how do we win more than we lose? I mean, is it just the right team? Is it correct? It's the right heart; are these the things that we should be thinking about as we try to head down the right path?
That's, uh, wow. That's one of the best questions I've heard. So, we never really win. We never really win.
What we do is overcome these obstacles. If you are the only person that's winning, if you're walking away in your business, if you're walking away in your mission, and you have more than everyone else, and everybody else isn't winning, it's not a true win.
A victory is sustained. These are victories when everyone benefits, even the losers. They talk about, "Hey, I was in that great game. I lost to this great champion.” So, we have to think about sportsmanship and we have to think about collective mindset and community.
Or you just have a bunch of people who are competing against each other with no common goal. There's no character. There's no stewardship, there's no benefit to even the person that's watching. And those are the trends that can change the world. That's why we have disparity. This is why we have wars. That's why we have disconnected. Everybody is trying to win in the spirit of oneness and not in the spirit of a team victory, which means there is something that has been. A championship is merited for the moment, which means losses have to be factored in We have to accept losing. We have to effectively make a change and know that no one is truly a loser. They just didn't win.
So, this is complex for people because what you're saying is you don't win as an individual, you win as a group. Victory is served to a group of people. However, when I go on social media, I don't see a group of people, I see a face, as an individual being promoted.
Now, whether that person is promoting themselves, their business, or whatever, it is usually one of the two. It's not that team that gets the love and the support and maybe the praise. So how do we... how do we compartmentalize this? I've got to win as a team, but I've got to lead as an individual.
Tell us the best questions of the year. So, the reality is that somebody in the background is getting everything they want or they will be gone. They must be used, or they will be lost. We're living in a microwave society, so when you see this one person, it's going to resonate that there's a great team around them. It's going to resonate that there's something else going on.
They will bring resources and solutions. They're going to bring products. They're going to bring experiences and events. And it's everybody but you do it, whether it's the guy that has the lights, whether it's security for the wardrobe guy. Whether it's the person that's writing the film or the book or who's ever doing analytics or accounting. We're looking at personal issues when we see this excellence in this one person, we're not wondering who his lawyer is. Who's his accountant? Who's his therapist? Where does this person live? How did they do it? Do you know what I mean? Like, is it all gravitas? Is it all a complete take, because if it's a complete take, at some point it gets tired? The world is getting tired. People are asking for a healing person. Things are being revealed, and people are a lot smarter and faster than they've ever been.
It's 100% right, and I wonder what you're thinking about the world, the collective means how to support people and how to lead the right way, do you have a message for that 20-something-year-old young man or young lady that's sitting there saying, "How do I find my place in all of this noise?”
Well, I think it's showing up for who you are and who you are not. If you discover that something is missing, seek to find it if you think you have more than you do whether it’s skilled, whether it’s experienced, whether it's mission. Evaluate it and see if you need to work in that space. And to the youngest people that we hear that are listening to us right now, Tom, I would say to them, bring more than you take to every experience in your life. When I walk into a room, somebody knows I was there.
Whether they want me to leave the room Whether we want me to come back, they're going to know why I'm there and there's going to be a measure. Make every breath count. Bring more than you can take. Be willing to work for less, because less is always more if you have everything that somebody else needs.
Yeah, well said. Great sage advice. So, when you think about walking into a room, whom do you want to hang out with?
If you could pick a couple of people right now, have a private conversation, maybe sip on something cold together, get to know a couple of people who are not in your sphere of influence, that you would love to just have a chat with.
If I could have a chat, I'd talk to communist leaders and tell them to relax and listen to what I have to say. To tell them that there's a bridge to get over the water. It takes a tunnel to get through the water. So, the disconnect is that we have Fox News, CNN, and this we have that; just sit in the middle and relax, and guess what? We're going to eat. The food that you want to eat. We're going to listen to your stories. We're going to listen to why you say everything is great, and I might be the anomaly, or the people that are around me, or the system that I'd like you to look at with an open heart and an open mind, with no takeaways, so we can make things better. You'll enjoy your world a lot more if I can enjoy mine because we are connected more than we're not, that's what people don't get.
If we were to take all the water in the world and somebody took all the food in the world and someone had all the peace and someone had disruption, where would we be? We'd be disconnected. And could we be crazy enough to think at this time that we don't need one another collectively on a human level? It looks like every day we're painting over it.
We're painting over the black and white and the grey, not the black and white, as it is black and white. Not the grey words undefined, but the colors of the world, the purpose of the world getting colored over.
And your feeling is that if you were to sit down with everybody and explain this, maybe we could take a couple of steps forward.
Or, you know what? We learn a little bit. We might discover some of the flaws within ourselves. Like, we're always looking to take something away, right? Maybe I go to the meeting, and I say, “wow, you know, Glenn, you need to work on these things. It's not making sense.”
I mean, if you put world leaders together in a collective, with everyone putting up, you know, the lies about where they are the richest, the strongest, and where their people are happy. And somebody sitting in the audience, their faces might be like this, and they might be saying, "Oh, the food isn't so great here. Whether freedom isn't so great here or there's too much freedom here”, it's collective consciousness. We are all consciously linked, right? The disparities are because when consciousness doesn't meet the resolve of humanity, the grace of being able to have patients for other people calls for collective consciousness.
There's not enough consciousness in the constitution of people and our resolute spirit.
Do you feel that it comes down to having an open mind? Because for me, when I meet people, I tend to find that you've got one of two directions that we're going. You're either closed-minded or you've got that wall up. I can't get through to you no matter what I say. It's not going to fly. And then I meet others that say let's have a conversation. Let's learn from each other, you know. Let's sit down and break bread. Let's spend some time together to understand where we came from and who we are. But that's the way I see the world, am I Looking at this wrong?
You're looking at it right, and I think that's where we are. I mean, I think if we sat down and I, I'm not a political guy, but with North Korea, and we talked about agriculture and we talked about food deserts, that's a conversation you couldn't have in public if there was a safe space to talk about it, we talked about irrigation, and we talked about how we're growing food. And vegetables, water, and even cannabis are grown inside.
Are there some formulas that resolutely speak to humanity? I mean, if there's a deficit in reality and causality, it will drive somebody to hear it, even if it's in the echoes of their consciousness.
If there's no consciousness, if someone says that what you're talking about doesn't exist, then nothing can change, so I don't have to say it to you. I can just show you that mine is working well and I have efficacy, and purpose or I have the results that you pray for. I'll silently have that available for you.
I might ask for your help in return for that. For the sake of peace, respect, or decency, I might say to you, "Give me X amount of dollars. I might ask you to give me a technology process that you have a learning process that you have. So, my whole thesis has been lately, and my theorem is that collective consciousness is the only way to save the universe. It's the only way to be. You're more effective if you're a businessperson. You business leaders, you government leaders, you community leaders, if you're not speaking to the core of your supporters, if you're not speaking to the core of your purpose, you're not going to move it through at the scale you want.
So, if I'm listening to this, I'm going to man this Is this too deep? I'm trying to follow it. I'm trying to keep up. Right. Help us. Go through collective consciousness. Let's break down what that looks like for people and how we can exhibit those behaviors.
Collective consciousness is knowing that you're driving this business and you're pushing your staff. Or you're pushing your employees to the breaking point to make the money you need to make. But, you know, some people quit. There's a new thing they talk about in business. People show up a little bit late. They respond to you late. They do just what they need to do. They come back a second before lunch instead of coming back. So, you have to be conscious that everybody is not happy in this business. You have to be conscious that this vendor that you're working with or the school that's ever held the invoice is not paying it ahead of time or on time.
Consciousness is so important, so if you become conscious in your work, you may become more conscious in your personal life, and your personal information. If the private and the personal are fine and the business is fine, you're going to have a happier life. A person that is more readily available to listen to change or make a personal change that affects the world because, again, we're back to being consciously connected, or unconsciously connected. If it's just a matter of resolute issues where the only connectivity we have is war, competition, money, or beating each other, then what? What is that? There's no continuity in that. To make the change, it's got to be embraced by everybody to some degree.
Yeah, I love it, unconscious or conscious, my friends, we are connected. So, if you're not paying attention and you don't think we're connected, you're probably on the unconscious side if you're conscious, but you're not quite there yet, but how do we sort of open up those bright minds?
Where do we send them, Glenn? Do we send them to a website? Do we send them the reading material? Do we ask them to think about some questions?
I would send many of them to the book bank. Which is an amazing program. Dan Vega and I put it together. We have the Book Bank Institute, powered by Blue University. It is an openness for people that are world leaders who want business lessons and are doing reductive thinking for people that don't know where they want to go, and who want to get extra education. This education is well-rounded. It's personal development, it’s business, it's the enhancement of skills that you have, and don't get involved with the charity. You have a cause, something to do.
You know, I'd say the Book Bank Institute and, of course, the Book Bank Foundation, which are not-for-profit. We've been around for 26 years. That's web.org. Let's talk about raising consciousness with it. Yeah, you know, it doesn't mean you have to be hands-on.
Currently, what we're doing, we're serving about 2000 people a week, 600 families. We're going on 3 tons of food for 2 and a half years. We're getting it through community organizing. We don't have an office; we don't have a car or salaries. It's just everybody coming in, and we've been going for 26 years, and we are bringing education and solutions for people in food, education, mental health, awareness, and humanity. It starts there first.
And that's very well said. I want to know what your favorite part of being involved in this is. What is your favorite human part, your favorite memory, your favorite person that you get to lock arms with and work together to help us understand the richness of the organization?
The richness is that we have the greatest immediate impact on mothers and children. We've had the grace of delivering kids who are compromised economically with their first toy, their first book, really put into their hands. From newborns to children aged one to five, from preschool age to older people who have given us a message at the age of 70 or 80, who are homeless veterans in social straits or economic straits, who give us a good message. A good word of good. A good word for the globe, for God, for the essence of humanity. Hey, thank you for coming today. Do you know this? And people are talking. We've watched people transformed who are in different cultures or communities that believe, you know, the handout is for the weak.
They've been lied to, and they've been taught on the premise that when you're helping somebody else, you're keeping them weak. But, you know, it hits them oftentimes when it's their mother when it's their child. It could be drug abuse; it could be an elderly person that doesn't have the proper medical program. They don't have health coverage, and it kind of softens the heart.
When they see that if somebody is not responding, clearing out collective consciousness, and coming up with modalities and solutions, everybody is affected in some way. We are all one to three mortgage or rent payments from homelessness.
Yeah, that's a great way to put it. We're all close to the line of Americans all over the world: We are running close to our financial line. It's proven in the economic results around the world. And you're right, we're not that far away from stepping over that line, most of us, which is a wonderful point. I love the way you said that it's True.
I'm talking about 40% of New Yorkers in New York State or NYC, and even higher in the five boroughs.40% of their net income goes to housing. So, if you look. In Asia and some other countries, their savings rates are so high. It is amazing. Americans can barely save $400 per paycheck on average. 70% of Americans are upside down with consumer debt or lack of access, or they don't have time because it compromises the core family, all of the nuclear family needs. This is why there's such a disparity in families. Because the economic call for just sustenance and basics is eroding. I mean, what I say is like this: it sounds like I'm running for office, but these are just metrics and facts that people need to think about.
Well, it's a great point. When are you running for office?
I'm running out of this office time when I'm done. What about it?
Well, I look, you've got the right heart, you've got the right motivation. You've built this on your own with wonderful teammates along the way that you've supported and you're giving back to your community. These are the types of folks that should be running for office. They are wonderful negotiators and bring people to the table to find peace, harmony, and compromise across our local communities and the world. So, you know, you've got my vote whenever you decide to run, and I imagine you'd have millions of other votes standing there waiting in line to support you as well.
We've crushed a lot today. We have talked about so much, and I said at the top of the show.
Today we had a philanthropist, an entrepreneur, an author, an advisor, and an absolute gentleman on the show. And you have not disappointed. Sir, I am so grateful to have you on the show. But I've got to ask this question. The final question that people are going to listen to This, they're going to want to get a hold of you. They're going to need more of Doctor Glenn, I can tell you that.
How do they find you?
My website is Doctor Glenn. My Instagram, my LinkedIn, and my Facebook are all just my name, Glenn. To be Jelly and by the Book Bank Foundation is just that. The Book Bank Foundation.org or the Belf Dot org 516-345-0284 is the office. Feel free to call.
Oh, I love that. Uh, now there are no excuses. You can get a hold of him. You can find him. It looks and feels like you have everything buttoned up. Is there anything missing in your life? Yeah, what's missing is more collaboration.
What's missing is more partnerships. What's missing is identifying pathways to bring more of us together. Let's say this: every time you talk about this a lot, you don't give yourself enough credit for it. But I want to just speak. And this is why I'm on this podcast. You talk about talent and empowerment.
I just wanted to say before I talk about what's missing is what's hitting. What's hit is talent and empowerment. Finding that special someone that you resonate with and that you know is going to
I'll see you one day. Hopefully, they leave you to become a CEO or be more successful in business and you form partnerships with them, or they become you, become a part of it. because of their success. Talent, empowerment, people who have more wisdom than you, or talent in some areas that you get out of your way to let them get in.
So, I just wanted to speak about that. That's why I'm on this podcast. When your theory, thesis, or light on, that has been one of the most important parts of my success recipe, just as the David branch is the output. which is just like all the other professionals in my life. My attorneys, doctors, lawyers, and all the people that are on my team to make it happen. It's their talent and it's me being able to inspire and support their ability for me to not only empower them but to remain empowered.
Well, well said. That is the thesis that I am ringing the bell on. Day in and day out, we've got to lift other people. You supported them and you mentioned something that we don't talk about. You do it with the knowledge that they will depart. That's an important moment in time when you understand that when they leave, it was always going to happen.
And if you did it correctly, you built them up and supported them along the way.
You become a part of their narrative like there are certain successes that I've had in music, film, sports, entertainment, and just business in general. That person can't tell their own story without telling me as a part of it, or they'll stop and ask about it. It's kind of like leading from behind. I always say, just be the smallest component, be the seed, not the tree.
Yeah, well said Be the seed, not the tree. Is there anything else missing in your garden?
Everything is missing. Everything that I've done right, I want to do better. I'm trying to do everything that I missed and didn't do right, and I'm praying to do better. So just show up for life every day, connect with great people like you, and look forward to the next episode.
Well, we are looking forward to hearing your story in the next couple of years unfold at greater depth with greater meaning. And we hope that everybody has awareness of it. I can't thank you enough from the bottom of my heart for being on the show. I love what you're doing. I love the energy you bring every day and the team environment that you're creating for your local team and communities around the world. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being on the show with us.
Thank you. You know, I'm a supporter. I'm always tuned in, brother. I appreciate it. Thank you for having me.
I appreciate you and thank you for joining the Talent Empowerment podcast. I hope this conversation lifted you so you can lift your teams and your organizations. Find that consciousness, my friends.
Let's get back to people and culture together. We'll see you next time. Thanks, everybody.
Tom Finn (he/him) is an InsurTech strategist, host of the Talent Empowerment podcast, and co-founder and CEO of an inclusive people development platform.
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