- A PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE
- A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
Dr. Terry Busch has over thirty years of broad professional experience as a teacher, foreign policy analyst, manager, leader at the executive level of the Federal Government, management consultant, and public speaker. His early work experience included stints as an Army Medical Services Corps Officer in Germany and Vietnam, and an Assistant Professorship in the Political Science Department at Denison University in Ohio. His distinguished career with the Central Intelligence Agency included senior assignments as Director of Leadership Analysis in the Directorate of Intelligence, Deputy Inspector General, and Director Human Resource Management. He is now the President and CEO of his own consulting practice.
Terry is a frequent workshop and conference facilitator, and keynote speaker. His dynamic, interactive Management Workshop entitled “What the Best Managers Know and Do” © has helped hundreds of managers come to grips with the challenges of their demanding jobs. His provocative, frank, and motivational perspective consistently challenges his audiences to abandon their comfort zones and take personal responsibility for achieving the goals, changes, and excellence they seek. Terry Busch is an insight weaver who promises to make you think and whose substantive messages consistently produce results.
When I read, or hear my own resume recited as an introduction to one of my presentations or facilitations, I always feel that it misses much of the real me. Yes I believe I am an insight weaver; that is, my gift is the ability to integrate and synthesize personal, professional, and organizational experiences into a coherent, textured, actionable vision for individuals and organizations alike. My substantive interests are broad and I specialize in finding the common patterns in disparate things, or the common ground in what may seem insurmountable differences. I am invariably optimistic, passionately believe in respect for others, and think that human beings are incredibly complex, smart, unpredictable, and potential-laden; acknowledge and give free range to that potential – individually or collectively within your organization – and watch what can be accomplished”.
Thinking inside out for me amounts to operating from my core values – integrity, honesty, trust, and respect – and keeping faith with the authentic me. In others I value honesty, their authenticity, straight talk, and “can do”. I abhor cynicism for its own sake, negativity, phonies, rear-view thinking, legends in their own mind, and the phrases “we don’t do it that way here” and “that can’t be done”. I like to play, jealously guard the six year old in me, and enjoy occasionally being just a little out of sync; the better to see things differently. Asked to choose between black and white, I want to talk about gray. Laughter is an elixir and I’m always attuned to the humorous in life, especially in my own screw ups and foolishness. I fell in love with the Socratic method at age 20 and have been striving ever since to master the art of asking meaningful questions. I don’t even pretend to have all the answers. While I relish client feedback that I have inspired or motivated some of them, I most value a simple “you made me think”.