Tom Morin has had a challenging and sometimes dangerous journey through the world of work. Now, he has a new mission.
Tom Morin is on a mission to create a world where we have the skill, knowledge and desire to create a meaningful working life and build thriving organizations.
For most of us, work is the most time-consuming project in life. We spend more hours per week engaged in the many aspects of a working life than we spend with our children or intimate partner.
Decades of research shows that most people are dissatisfied with their working lives. And, research also shows that dissatisfaction with work is one of the primary sources of dissatisfaction with life itself.
Since we’re going to spend so much time working, and since work has such a powerful impact on our wellbeing, we need to get work right.
How did Tom’s mission begin?
Too close to getting killed at work, twice
During his military service, Tom was shelled while on duty in the former-Yugoslavia. When everyone got the all-clear after the shelling, the first thing Tom thought was, “I need to get a different job.”
Many of Tom’s friends have dedicated their working lives to serving their country and putting themselves in harm’s way so we can all live in peace. The military was a deeply meaningful career for Tom, but after eleven years of service, he wanted to create a new working life.
Tom’s first job after leaving the military was working on a drilling rig in Northern Canada. It was hard work, but it was rich with meaning. He felt like part of the fabric of the land, the salt of the earth. But all that meaning evaporated on the day of the accident.
While working on the rig floor, Tom’s coworker accidentally released a large piece of equipment. A ton of steel crashed into the pipe that Tom had been working on. If Tom hadn’t jumped out of the way, he would have been chopped in half.
Too close to death, one more time
Tom quit the rigs after the accident and went back to school. Soon, he landed a safe, corporate job, or so he thought.
For two decades Tom managed projects and led people in multi-national corporations, but he found his job stressful and unfulfilling. He thought he could make his life more meaningful by immersing himself in his new hobby: mountaineering.
Tom began travelling the world to climb bigger and more dangerous mountains. Although he no longer had a job that could kill him, he didn’t see that he might get killed trying to escape from his job. Then it happened.
At 19,000 feet on a mountain in Peru, for a moment, Tom couldn’t breathe. He began hallucinating, and he was terrified. Later that summer Tom was rescued off a mountain in France. His climbing career was over. Work had already lost its meaning, now climbing lost meaning.
Work for the rest of his life
After his mountaineering accident in Peru, Tom was close to falling into a deep depression, but instead of becoming depressed, he started reading about life, death, and work. Next, Tom completed graduate studies.
Soon, Tom created a new, deeply meaningful working life, and he began helping others do the same. His military and corporate leadership experience was helping other leaders perform at their best when it mattered most. Tom had discovered and was living his new mission: helping people create a meaningful working life and build thriving organizations.
Tom co-founded Work Innovation Partners, then moved on to provide consulting and coaching services through Work Feels Good. Tom also began to speak and blog about work and leadership. His first book about creating a more meaningful working life will be released in early 2020.
Tom Morin’s Bio
Tom Morin is an experienced and accomplished expert, and an inspiring speaker and writer, focused on the world of work and leadership.
After his military career, he became a project manager and people leader in multi-national corporations. Toward the end of his two-decade corporate career, Tom co-founded Work Innovation Partners with Cathy Sturgeon before providing consulting and coaching services through Work Feels Good.
Tom Morin has completed graduate studies in the social sciences and researched various topics in leadership and organizational behavior. He is Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University, where he is also a recipient of the University Founders’ Award, and he is an instructor at Mount Royal University. Tom’s consulting and coaching practice is focused on leadership in critical moments, helping individuals create a more meaningful working life, and helping everyone master the skills needed to succeed in large organizations.
Tom has transformed his always challenging and sometimes dangerous working life into a mission to create a better world of work. His first book about work is scheduled for release in early 2020.