Thought Partner for Individuals and Organizations Facing Change

Most of the time, failure and missed opportunity have the same root cause. The world turned out to be different than you thought it was.

If you want to thrive in a changing world, the first step is to break out of the box of your own thinking!

Dr. Jeff Hester works with leaders and organizations that are ready to accept that challenge.

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There is something missing at this table. You need a thought partner to help you expand your horizons!


When facing change, have the right people around the table

When your organization is facing the challenges of an uncertain future, you need to have the right people around the table. You need the decision makers. You need experts in your industry.

“Dr. Jeff Hester’s broad range of experience makes him a valuable part of any team because he approaches every problem or situation in a unique way. Most importantly, Jeff listens. He hears what you have to say before providing constructive feedback and has a clear passion for helping others to learn and succeed.”

Barret Howell

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You need human resource managers who have their finger on the pulse of your organization. You need financial planners. Every part of your organization should have input, because every part of your organization contributes to your success.

But that’s not enough. Everyone inside your organization brings many of the same unstated assumptions, and imagines that they know the same things. Group-think is a very real thing. Complacency is a very real thing. It is hard to break free of your habits of mind. That leaves you vulnerable.

Someone needs to ask the questions no one inside your organization would think (or dare) to ask

When organizations fail, it is usually because they missed something that they could have and frankly should have seen. Those unchallenged assumptions pose far more danger for your organization than any other source of risk.

Thought partner is missing from the table

Who is missing from the table? The right thought partner will challenge your assumptions and help you see things from a fresh and powerful perspective.

When it’s time to plan for the future, you need someone at the table who looks at things from the outside. You need someone who isn’t steeped in the culture of your organization and your industry. You need someone who has made of a career of seeing new patterns and connections.  You need someone with a broader perspective who has experience and skill at asking the right questions and spotting what other people have missed. Those questions do more than help you stay ahead of risk. They also help you find opportunity.

You need a Thought Partner.

In an article for Forbes, Barbara Stanny defines a Thought Partner as someone who:

  • Challenges your thinking.
  • Causes you to modify or change your paradigms, assumptions or actions.
  • Has information or a way of thinking that provokes you to innovate or otherwise leads to value creation in your business, career or life. 

That is a pretty good description of what I have done throughout my career, wearing more different hats and working with more kinds of people on more types of issues than I can begin to count. For 30 years I worked with one foot on the frontiers of knowledge and the other in the hard practicalities of making complex projects work. I’ve seen projects succeed beyond wild imagination. I’ve seen projects fail on a grand and public scale. I was at the table throughout, challenging, questioning, and working to keep projects focused on ultimate success.

I encourage you to look around my site. Read about my perspective and message. To win in a constantly changing world, you have to be proactive. You have to stay out in front. Either that, or you can wear blinders and hope to survive when the crisis comes. If you see value in that message, reach out and we’ll talk about possibilities.

I enjoy working with people who are ready to accept the challenge of riding the wave of change.


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Over his 30 year career as an internationally known astrophysicist, Dr. Jeff Hester was a key member of the team that repaired the Hubble Space Telescope. With one foot always on the frontiers of knowledge, he has been mentor, coach, team leader, award-winning teacher, administrator and speaker, to name a few of the hats he has worn. His Hubble image, the Pillars of Creation, was chosen by Time Magazine as among the 100 most influential photographs in history.
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