7 Questions with Kass Thomas
Name: Kass Thomas
Current title: CEO
Current organisation: Open Possibilities sr.s
Kass Thomas is a successful business entrepreneur, motivational speaker and empowerment coach. The depth and range of her life and career experiences inspires people to explore more choices and find the changes they are looking for. Kass Thomas is a successful business entrepreneur, motivational speaker and empowerment coach. The depth and range of her life and career experiences inspires people to explore more choices and find the changes they are looking for. It is her mission in life to work towards strengthening this unity.
Fun, lively, anecdotal, and many times satirical, Kass’ eclectic style of humor is one of her strengths. Her simplistic, non-judgmental demeanor creates a safe space for many to express themselves with ease. She is a catalyst for multicultural inclusion. An unstoppable pioneer: when people say it can not be done it doesn’t stop her, she always finds solutions.
‘What if the purpose of life is to have fun?’ Kass lives by this question every single day, and inspires others to discover their unique brand of magic.
Thanks to her multi-ethnic background and multi-cultural lifestyle she has a universal approach to coaching and uses a variety of tools including those of Access Consciousness, the “7steps™ to Flawless Communication” and “Dancing with Riches” programs (both based on her best-selling books by the same title). Kass believes there is so much more that unites us than separates us.
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
Integrating new project managers into the workflow with existing coordinators of various support departments.
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I was working on different projects for different companies and also running my own business. The request for my business expertise kept increasing and I began dedicating more time to the development and expansion of my business. Once I chose over 6 years ago to begin hiring employees on a full time basis, the company began to explode.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
That depends on the phase of the moon. (Hahahaha, just kidding). I have an international business with colleagues around the world and in different time zones. So there are early and late encounters and we usually concentrate on the last days of the week for the Asian countries and the first days of the week for the Americas. That allows us to begin the week with internal planning meetings Just for us, just for fun, never tell anyone else.
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
Be clear about communicating and reiterating objectives. Make sure everyone has clarity about the unique approach of the business and the branding.
How then management goes about reaching the targets, is up to them. Micromanagement is never easy for you or anyone else.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
Well believe it or not it is my book: "Dancing with Riches" by Kass Thomas.
It is about recognizing how the music may change, the people on the dance floor may change but the dance is yours.
Make sure whatever you do is in rhythm with what you would like to see, have and experience in the business, in your life, and in the world.
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
Never give up, never give in, never quit. Be willing to adapt your approach based on the changing environment, especially in this period, but don't give up.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
The beginning of COVID when the live events business had to be converted to online. Looking at the platform which was international events, with focused location and population and then having to simultaneously address a worldwide population, was a big challenge.
At a certain point, it looked like the business may have to shut down. Being willing to invest more time, more energy, and more money into the future was a choice that paid off and is creating, even more ease, more joy, and more success today.