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Peter Strople
Peter is regarded by many as "One of the World's Great Rainmakers" and "One of the Most Connected Men in North American Business Circles".
He calls on a dream list of Global business, organizational, and political leaders to provide immediate feedback to validate business ideas, strategy, leadership, and investments. He is considered to be one the top business strategists in the world focused on "Instant Change" or as he likes to call it "The best at Now"! His ability to pickup the phone and call a Who's Who of Business Legends has been called "Remarkable", Peter calls it "Fireside Chats"!
He has developed unique strategies and methodologies that combined with his ability to call a dream list of thought and business leaders, can be used to insure correct direction changes that immediately place a company on the right path to success. A former High-tech Executive at GRiD (inventor of our Modern Clamshell Designed Laptop) and former Director at Dell. Former CEO & Founder of Zero2 Ventures which was sold to MacFarlane & Gordon in 2000. In 2008, he created "Friends of Peter" which is used to bring business and community leaders together to effect "Instant Change" as it relates to the critical business and social needs of a community or country.
He and his wife Kelly have been passionate about children's issues and from 2003 to 2006 they had up to 16 people live in their home with the goal of helping families get out of debt and create a foundation for the future.
VentureAdvisers - Merging Minds, Money and Management
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Peter Strople, Chairman Zero2 Companies and Zero2 Holdings
Company Spotlight
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After finally allowing me to buy him breakfast, Peter Strople and I made our way to his designated corner booth at an Austin, Texas Panera. The breakfast offering came partly because (for the second day in a row) I had been late in meeting Strople in front of my hotel. And, even though I felt I owed him an apology and at least breakfast, accepting a free juice (Strople doesn't drink coffee) was not easy for him.
On Saturday mornings, Strople, a soft-spoken Canadian who played semi-pro hockey in his youth, uses this particular booth as an epicenter for meetings with everyone from governors and CEOs to students and retired CIA agents - he calls all of them friends. And friendship is something that Strople takes seriously. In fact, when you ask him how he describes what he does, he says, "I'm a good friend."
As we sit down to await the arrival of some local entrepreneurs, Strople says (without the prompting of any particular question): "I spend most of my time feeling overwhelmed and truly thankful."
He pauses and tears begin to well into his eyes. His gaze goes out the window next to us and then directly to me: "Mostly, I think, 'Why me?' I'm the most average person I know. I'm so grateful that someone like you would come down here and spend this much time with someone like me. "
Being a natural cynic, there are a few ways I could interpret this statement: 1. Peter Strople is prone to flattery and is overdoing it a bit. 2. Peter Strople is unbalanced or emotionally stressed out. 3. Peter Strople is a truly humble and sincere person that knows the value of human connection.
Before I spent some time with the man, I would have been prone to assume a mixture of one or two. But, now I know the answer is the latter. I had traveled to Austin to spend three days with the "The Most Connected Man in North America" (a title that Strople has been given by some influential people and, consequently, one that Strople vehemently rejects "because it is just not reality").
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But, all of them had an intimate connection with Strople. Many used words to describe him that they would normally reserve for their closest family members or even Jesus Christ.
"Peter Strople has helped me to see that there is a place in this world where love can be unconditional," says Suzanne Leonard, CEO of Vanguard, a leadership and speaker's bureau.
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Strople and I met with Leonard just one day after Covey's passing. "He [Strople] gave me a new definition of humanity and has shown, with his example, that it is about sharing love, much like the way it is described in the Bible. Peter is the author of how love and the business world connect."
While Leonard's praise may seem over the top, it is actually an accurate sampling of the way Strople's friends feel about him. In this light, the title of "Most Connected Man" is completely suitable for Strople - despite his protestations - if connected were to refer to the quality rather than the quantity of connections in his life.
Also, "Most Connected Man" may be the easiest way to describe Strople since what he actually does in terms of a traditional job title is difficult to define. His business card has no title or even company name - just "Peter Strople," phone and email. Strople is sometimes compensated for ongoing consulting or for new business that results from a connection he facilitates, and he has a special program that helps embattled CEOs in crisis (see Instant Change). However, at any given point in the day, he is in a meeting or on his way to a meeting or on the phone in a meeting during a meeting. But, he is always helping his friends move their businesses forward and or helping someone out of a problem. For most this activity, Strople receives little or no payment - nor does he expect to.
"I can't charge someone for something unless I am 100% confident in making an impact," says Strople. "It also goes back to something that Dave Thomas [yes, he is referring to the founder of Wendy's] said to me, 'How much do you need to live off of, because if you can live comfortably on $100k per year then what impact can you make with anything over that? So, I spend my time with the people that my friends have referred to me. In 2010, I had over 1400 meetings of which less than 95% ever led to compensation. But when I am charging between $10k and $30k per day for my time, it doesn't take many paid engagements to support me. So, I can give much of my time away for those that are really in need or in crisis."
How he got connected Being this intimately connected to so many people did not happen overnight, and, according to Strople, it is not some special gift. His journey into American corporate board rooms started from the humblest of beginnings.
"My twin sister and I were put up for adoption at just 12 months and were adopted when we were three years old" says Strople. "My foster mother died when we were six. So, in many ways, I was abandoned early on. I did not go to college, and I barely graduated from high school."
However, Strople showed a talent for hockey, which carries a special value in his native Canada. When his minor league career came to an end, he stayed with the sport by becoming a scout for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. It was during his tenure as a scout that he took a summer internship with an IBM subsidiary. Strople was so successful at winning new business that the summer internship lasted two years.
"A lot of influential executives loved hockey," says Strople. "So, that would usually break the ice when it came to getting appointments. Also, if I was going to go to a game, I would just invite them along. Or, I would get them box seats for their family. My coworkers who were still haggling with the gatekeepers couldn't believe it."
Several catalyzing moments in business relationships occurred for Strople when he joined GRiD, the company that invented the clamshell laptop, in 1981. There he honed his technique of creating informal introductions and steadily grew both his personal network and the GRiD Canada business. In 1988 GRiD was acquired by Tandy Corporation and in 1993 GRiD was sold to AST Corporation. Strople then joined Dell in late 1993 before leaving in 1996 to become president of Interleaf Canada.
In 1997 he struck out on his own and founded Zero2 with the goal of helping validate and invalidate business ideas as well as helping address businesses that were in crisis. He was an advisor to Marsh and Enron in the late 90's where he developed an intimate understanding of how the Fortune 500 work and where he formed relationships with many c-level executives and their friends.
"Peter Loves You" But, it was the the events of July 3rd of 2003 that completely changed Strople's outlook on relationships. After a long day of golfing with his friends at a remote resort, he suffered a major heart attack. In a harrowing episode that involved heroic restaurant kitchen staff, a small town sheriff and questionable ambulance drivers, Strople narrowly survived. Today, he still has only 80% capacity with his heart, and his breathing becomes labored when he walks up stairs.
"After that, I started to respect time even more," says Strople. "I didn't know how much more time I had, so I realized that I wanted to spend as much time as I could helping others. And, I wanted to make sure that the people that were important in my life knew that I loved them."
As a result of this brush with death and as a way to speed up connecting people, Strople created a personalized icebreaker. When he makes a connection for a client or CEO, he usually says, "Call them and tell them, 'Peter loves you'" - a proposal that sometimes gets funny looks from those he instructs to use it.
"I decided to start using the term 'Peter loves you' since I was not sure when I would see them again," says Strople.
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There is little that Strople would not do for his friends. A few years before his heart attack, he was contacted by a friend who was a large investor in a corporation. The company's CEO had inherited the firm from his father and was destroying the value of the firm. That CEO was depressed and even suicidal. Strople volunteered to meet with the CEO as a favor.
"I remember that the CEO was not too impressed with me," says Strople. "But, I just told him, 'Look, my friends are your biggest investors and they deserve a return. If you can't do that then they want you out. I want to help you.'"
Strople did for him what he does best. That is, he uses what he calls "dream relationships" to help validate a company's strategy and offering. Strople got the dream company's CEO on speaker phone at that moment and asked h
Peter Strople, CEO Zero 2, ...
www.enzoology.com, 23 Aug 2011 [cached]
Peter Strople, CEO Zero 2, Business Week's "Most connected man in America"
Peter is the CEO/ Founder of Zero2 Holdings, an Austin, Texas based business strategy and investment firm. In 2008 he created "Friends of Peter" to help focus the leaders in any community on how to address the social needs in a very short time. Through his "Instant Change Mornings" significant education and awareness can be given to focus on any issue. He has been called one of the world's "Great Rainmakers," the "Most Connected Man in America," and one of the "Most Influential People in the World. Mr. Strople is a former Director of Dell Computers (1993-96) where he played a key role in getting Dell back into the portable computer space.
K4C Group Leadership
www.k4cgroup.com, 20 Nov 2008 [cached]
Peter StropleVenture PartnerChairman & CEOZero 2 Companies
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