I recently had the privilege of interviewing Jim Tompkins, the CEO and founder of Tompkins International, a leader in the field of supply chain consulting and implementation. He provided some practical insights around values in leadership.
Jim founded the company in the early ‘70s after receiving his PhD in engineering, and suddenly found himself drafted into the army. As he needed to make some money (because he was now married and had no money), he negotiated a skills trade with the army in exchange for allowing him to start a private consulting practice 4 days per month.
This was the start of his company that still exists today.