I consult in business. But I’ve found that success in most parts of life concern personal attitudes and skills as well. So I address those issues also.
45 years in management, from small businesses to Fortune 500 firms
12 startups in both product and service fields, all went to #1 in their sectors
Originator of 6 patents and 3 new applications
Engineering in mechanical, electrical and pharmaceutical fields
Directed marketing in all of my businesses
I spend my time working with people I like and respect, doing research on the many subjects that interest me, and writing for this site and a number of other outlets. I take time for the people and activities that I love.
Why I Moved From Startups To Consulting
One evening a few years ago I was taken to the hospital with severe chest pains. For what seemed an endless time I thought I was going to die. I’ve really loved my life, and I was sad that I wasn’t going to have more time with my beloved wife Vikki, and disappointed that I wouldn’t see my grandchildren grow up.
But even as I was losing consciousness, I was REALLY angry that I had spent my whole life in the scramble of business, and I hadn’t left anything behind that said, “Here are some useful principles that I’ve learned; things work better this way.”
During a scary night filled with blood tests, chest xrays and EKGs I decided to retire from my life as a high-tech CEO. I promised my Maker that I would make my experience and learning available to whoever had the desire for it. And I believe that keeping promises is a good thing.
Now I’m sharing my knowledge with people who want to learn what I know, without having to spend a lifetime learning it.
P.S. Oh, yeah, the chest pain thing? Not my heart after all. Just the stress of running a growth company coupled with a bad diet. I’ve reformed. After all, we’ve got seven grandchildren and I want to see how they turn out!
Note: Our newest grandchild, a boy, was born after this picture was taken. He’ll be in the next one.
**UPDATE** My dad, Tom Hoobyar, passed away in September, 2011, less than 2 months after a crushing diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. While I remain sure that the stressful lifestyle he led in his startups contributed to his illness, I also know he enjoyed his years consulting more than anything he ever did!
Here I will continue to publish his articles and share his messages with the world. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! 🙂