Welcome Thomas Hissong to On Purpose Leadership!


On Purpose Leadership is growing, AGAIN, and we couldn’t be more proud! We are pleased to introduce Thomas Hissong as our new Chief Development Officer and Senior Advisor. He will help guide the growth of our organization, provide essential personnel and client organization development expertise, and bring much enthusiasm to our company.

Thomas is a proven adult education facilitator with extensive experience as Director of Training of a corporate university with a Fortune 100 company, and he has senior management and leadership expertise in many varied and diverse organizational settings.

Tom has earned his Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree in Adult Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University; a certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Colorado, Bard Center for Entrepreneurship; and a Bachelors Degree in Education (B.S.Ed.) from Central Michigan University. He is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration (EMBA) Degree with Colorado State University’s Executive MBA program in Denver. His research interests include organizational development, change management, and international business.

Thomas is passionate about personal development and working with adult learners to enhance their skills, their careers, and their lives; and a masterful guide for organizations seeking to define their needs and skills for future employees. He has lectured to business and professional organizations across the United States and Canada on business and marketing topics throughout his career.

Thomas maintains training certifications from the Forum Corporation in Face-To-Face Selling Skills, Managing Face-To-Face Selling Skills, and Sales Negotiations. All are strong, research-based programs that have a proven track record, and which he has customized to meet the individual training needs of numerous organizations. In addition he has recently attained his Franklin Covey Leadership Series training certification and he is preparing to launch a module of that program entitled Leading Across Generations for On Purpose Leadership’s key clients.

His additional training offerings include:

Senior Management/Board Member Level Programs

Strategic Planning for Your Enterprise

–           A Values-Based Approach to Building for Your Future Success.

The Leadership Symposium

–           Fundamentals for Organizational Development Success

Building Your Business Plan

–           For Start-Up and Growing Ventures


Functional or Mid-Level Management Programs

Service Marketing

–           Embracing Your Customer’s Perspective

Professional Selling for Managers

–           Leading a Consultative Sales Team

Sales Planning Success

–           Leading in an Environment of Change


Sales/Marketing/Customer Service Team Member Programs

Sales in Changing Times

–           Profitable Professional Selling from a Consultative Point of View

Putting Sales In Changing Times To Work

–           Follow-up Enhanced Learning Workshop Series

Facing Customer Objections

–           Having the Right Answer at the Right Time

Negotiating with the Customer You Can’t Afford to Lose!

–           Taking Win-Win back to School!


In addition to his leadership and training expertise, Thomas has performed marketing/sales management functions for businesses in Texas and Michigan and was vice president and general manager for a Colorado based firm. He has had extensive entrepreneurial experience as well.

Thomas joins Gary Patton, Chief Connecting Officer and Mike Stanley, Founder as On Purpose Leadership’s senior management team.

Please join us in welcoming Tom to On Purpose Leadership.

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Mike has a passion for leadership! He loves to read, write, discuss and teach on a variety of topics that help individuals and organizations raise their level of leadership. His experiences include being a Captain on the fire department, owning a business and being a founding member of the John Maxwell Team.

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