Who is Paul Detlefs of The Traction Group?
Paul has a lifelong passion for entrepreneurship (he had three small ventures before he turned 16) and especially for helping entrepreneurial business owners and their teams achieve their dreams.
He has spent his entire business career advising and guiding small and mid-sized businesses and their owners, and has worked with more than 200 companies. He spent his first 24 years at Andersen Consulting/Accenture, where he became Managing Partner of a Middle Market consulting group. He worked in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, construction and professional services. He also led projects in business systems design and implementation, business process improvement, and supply chain management, including implementation of LEAN manufacturing on the factory floor.
In 2002, Paul founded The Prestwick Group, a consulting and advisory firm focused on small and mid-sized businesses and their owners. Through Prestwick, he ran several peer advisory groups and coached his members individually. He also provided people assessments and performance development coaching, and created a proprietary job benchmarking and recruiting process. As a small business owner himself, he has lived through many of the same challenges and issues that his clients face.
Paul began using EOS® with his clients in 2010 and became a certified EOS Implementer in 2012. He acts as a “guide” for companies on the EOS journey, serving as their teacher, facilitator, and coach—roles that he loves and that he developed well through his previous experiences. He sees EOS as a unique and powerful synthesis of many great ideas that he has used and shared with his clients over 35+ years, plus great implementation tools and processes.
Paul is a graduate of DePauw University and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He serves as a board member and mentor for SBAC Empower, an organization focusing on enabling entrepreneurs and small business owners in some of Chicago’s less-advantaged neighborhoods. In his spare time, he loves to bike and golf, and he revels in his new role as a grandfather.
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