Dr. Gary Bradt


About Dr. Gary Bradt - Change and Leadership Author & Speaker:

Dr. Gary Bradt is a psychologist, so his message is based on science. He is a business owner, so his message is shaped by experience. He is the father of a child with serious genetic defects, so his message is delivered with heart. Leading change is both science and art - Gary's aim is to inspire you to new heights in both.

As a clinical psychologist, business owner, author, and keynote speaker, Gary provides one-of-a-kind keynotes that combine science and heart with practical takeaways.

Gary is a change and leadership thought leader. He has delivered over 300 keynotes - and helped hundreds of companies learn practical skills to adapt to change faster and better. Combining humour and wisdom with the latest research from positive psychology - he teaches individuals and leaders to become resilient in the face of change. Gary got his start giving over 100 talks as the leading speaker for Spencer Johnson’s groundbreaking work Who Moved My Cheese.

Is your company undergoing significant change? Are you dealing with a merger, new technologies, government regulations, or reorganization? Gary will dive deep to learn your company’s issues and customize his keynote to teach you the latest tools and strategies from positive psychology - so you can remain resilient and thrive in the face of change.

For Gary, no two clients are the same. Depending on your needs, you could learn how to:

  • Manage yourself before you lead others
  • Get everyone on board with a change
  • Inspire change leadership at all levels
  • Enhance engagement and well-being in changing environments
  • Use values to drive principled change

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What Dr. Gary Bradt Talks About:

The Science And Practice Of Leading Change: How To Build a Culture of Resilience
Change is like running a marathon with unexpected barriers and hurdles thrown in. It’s hard because it’s hard. However, with proper motivation, preparation, and leadership, change can be an exhilarating and rewarding journey. That is the purpose and essence of Gary’s foundational keynote: to empower and inspire audiences to heights of success they never thought possible when leading themselves and others through change.

Keynote highlights:

  • Every change creates opportunities – however, you have to work to find them
  • Leading others means learning to manage yourself first
  • Values don’t change – use them as a compass to point the way through change
  • Develop grit and optimistic thinking at every level of your organization
  • Learn how to let go of whatever is holding you down or holding you back
  • Learn how to build strong relationships before change hits
  • Grow where you’re planted – find a way – no excuses

Outcomes and takeaways – audiences will:

  • Leave inspired to immediately act on what they’ve heard and experienced
  • Have memorable stories and anecdotes to help with learning and retention
  • Be energized and ready to share what they have learned with others
  • Be empowered to take advantage of the opportunities change always creates – at work and in life

Note: Gary adapts this keynote for both public and private sector companies across industries. He can target it toward a variety of audiences, including C-Suite executives, mid-level managers, sales & marketing, finance, operations, and human resources.

How to Build a Culture of Engagement and Innovation
Rapid change requires nimble and quick decision-making at all levels of the organization. This requires an engaged and innovative workforce. Sadly, research reveals that many organizations fall far short of this ideal state. How can you increase engagement and innovation in your organization? What can science teach us in this regard? Also, how can we apply those findings in a practical and meaningful way – both at work, and in life? This keynote is designed to answer those questions and inspire people to apply what they learn back on the job.

Keynote highlights – audiences will learn:

  • Why grit trumps talent in predicting performance success
  • How to engender grit into your culture
  • About the relationship between happiness, performance and engagement
  • How building a culture of positivity boosts innovative thinking
  • How to focus your mind on what matters most to boost performance
  • How to get people to view change as an opportunity – not a threat

Outcomes and takeaways:

  • Practical skills you can immediately apply at work and in life
  • Tools and techniques for increasing innovative thinking throughout your organization
  • Tools and techniques for increasing engagement across the board
  • Leave with a sense of optimism and hope no matter the challenges you face

The Science and Practice of Happiness at Work
The increasing pace of change is constant and stressful. Moreover, a stressed-out workforce delivers less than optimal performance. Gary addresses this issue by turning stress management on its head. The goal is not to decrease stress but instead, counter it by increasing the happiness and well-being of your workforce. Research indicates that improving happiness and well-being at work is not just a nice thing to do. It is a way to cut costs, decrease absenteeism, and increase innovation, productivity, and employee engagement.

Keynote highlights:

  • Why leaders need to engage the head and the heart to motivate others
  • Why people quit their boss – not their job
  • How building a culture of compassion can cut costs and reduce turnover
  • Why and how a leader must ‘role model’ desired behaviours and outcomes

Outcomes and takeaways:

  • This keynote creates an opportunity for creative self-reflection
  • Expect to think and laugh a lot
  • Learn simple techniques for increasing your happiness and well-being
  • Learn how to share these techniques with others
  • Audiences will leave with an enhanced sense of well-being and connection to self and others

The Science and Practice of Mindfulness and Leadership – First Manage Yourself
If you can’t manage yourself – it is very hard to effectively lead others. Self-management means thinking before you speak. It means pausing before you act. It means controlling your emotions and not flying off the handle every time someone pushes one of your hot buttons. All this requires a degree of self-awareness and control that comes naturally to a few – but must be learned by most. This keynote gives audiences the practical tools they need to stay positive and proactive – no matter the circumstances or pressures they face.

Keynote highlights:

  • How to utilize mindfulness to become a more intentional leader
  • How to listen better and deeper
  • How going slower can help you go faster
  • How to get your mind and emotions working together to achieve better results
  • How to lower stress and stay focused in high-pressure environments

Outcomes and takeaways – leaders will:

  • Leave this keynote with an enhanced sense of confidence and self-mastery
  • Be equipped with research-based practices to build on what they’ve learned
  • Have techniques to help them stay focused in fast-moving environments
  • Be better equipped to deal with difficult people and situations

The Change Style Workshop
Not everyone is wired the same when it comes to change. Some people love change and get bored without it. Others support change only if it makes sense. Still, others prefer to move slow and steady. As a leader, it is helpful to know what type you are, and what type your followers are.

This workshop is based on the Change Style Indicator (CSI) – a keenly accurate personality assessment that measures one’s change preference. The instrument can be taken ahead of time online or filled out during the session – and only takes about 10 minutes to complete either way. In a fun, engaging, and entertaining presentation, Gary helps participants understand their results, put them in a broader context, and apply what they learn.

Workshop highlights and takeaways:

  • Understanding one’s change style and its inherent strengths and blind spots
  • How to understand and work better with colleagues with styles different from yours
  • How to create balanced and more effective teams
  • How to put your CSI results into the broader context of leading change
  • How to increase your confidence and flexibility to deal with a rapidly changing world

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Gary was very down to earth and easy to work with. Attendees enjoyed the use of his life experiences to highlight the topic of handling change and stress. Some of the exercises we were given made us dig deep inside - and opened my eyes to my own thoughts and priorities.

Sr. Vice President, St. Luke's University Health Network

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