Lt Gen (Ret) Thomas P. Bostick, USA.
Arlington, VA. Lt Gen (Ret) Thomas P. Bostick’s book, Winning After Losing, Building Resilient Teams is available on book stands nationally and internationally. His strong academic and professional background in government and business supports his thesis that resilience is the key to survival and ultimate success. According to Bostick, “Winning After Losing is a book of stories and lessons about resilience; stories about how leaders and their teams learned how to bounce back even stronger after a loss, then learn how to win.” In the book, he asks the tough questions and provides the best answers:
- How does a person or an organization plan for the challenges ahead?
- How do leaders absorb an impact and bend but not break?
- How do an organization and its leadership recover rapidly from an impact, then adapt to become even stronger in preparation for a future challenge?
In considering his reasons for writing Winning After Losing, Bostick stated, “there is an additional part of my personal leadership story that inspired me to write this book and sustained me through the months of research, writing, and re-writing. And that’s my background. My personal history." Bostick continued, “like so many others I grew up in a unique family. My mother was born and raised in Japan. My father was an African American soldier from Brooklyn, New York. I had one sister and three brothers – five of us growing up as ‘Army Brats’ moving from base to base, having to deal with change, and learning to value every dollar. That is where my leadership lessons really began. My father, who was an athlete and champion runner, taught me the importance of self-discipline. Because there wasn’t enough money to send five kids to college, I learned to think creatively–and that’s when I first considered the military as the way to a career. That’s also when I was introduced to my first mentor—a man who showed me how to overcome seemingly insurmountable roadblocks and started me on a lifetime of mentorship – both being mentored and becoming a mentor. So in several ways, many of my earliest lessons were foundational to both my successful careers in the military and in private industry.”
A retired 3-star General with over thirty-eight years of service, Bostick commented, “Over the span of my military career, I served in many leadership roles and each one taught me valuable lessons. Sometimes these lessons were learned when serving in the trenches. Sometimes while at the Pentagon. There were lessons learned in complex public-private-partnerships. And sometimes the most important lessons were learned during seemingly impossible missions leading a platoon of thirty soldiers whose greatest mission was to pass a maintenance inspection. And finally, some of my most rewarding lessons were learned while I was leading large teams of over 1M troops and 330,000 civilians as Director of Human Resources responsible for policy for the U.S. Army to Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the largest public engineering organization in the world. Many of the lessons in this book are the result of many factors. They are the distillations of the lessons I learned alone and with others. They are the strategies our teams employed and the tactics we tested. And finally, they are the successes and even failures our teams experienced. That is the Army part of this leadership book.”
LTG Bostick's career also included time in the private sector where he "served as the Chief Operating Officer of a publicly traded bioengineering company with multiple biotech companies and R&D divisions." He noted that "these companies and divisions with over one thousand employees–700 with advanced degrees, focused on health, energy, environment, and food," had goals that were unalike and at the same time alike. "The skills in leading teams to achieve success in fulfilling their mission are very similar whether it be in sales, in research, in new product development, or in mergers and acquisitions.”
A member of JAVA, LTG Bostick has shared his knowledge and wisdom as the principal speaker at JAVA and other Japanese American community events in the Washington, DC, area.