John Foley


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About John Foley - Former Blue Angels Pilot and Speaker on Leadership & Teamwork:

John Foley is a former Lead Solo Pilot of the Blue Angels, "Top Ten Carrier Pilot," a best-selling author and an expert on high-performance teams. As a keynote speaker, John has inspired over 1,000 organizations to increase trust, elevate execution and build a culture of excellence.

John's keynotes, workshops, and programs inspire individuals, teams, and organizations to reach and operate at their highest potential. His high-performance framework is vital for leaders reaching for the next level of success, and his Glad to Be Here® Mindset is a fundamental tool for maximizing possibility and achieving goals.

John Foley's message goes above and beyond expectations. With engaging stories and electrifying videos of Blue Angel aerobatics, his presentations will give your organization a renewed spirit, purpose and energy. John’s events inspire, motivate and align teams to improve performance, strengthen teamwork, and thrive with a Glad to Be Here Mindset.

As the founder and CEO of CenterPoint Companies—which provides business performance training to companies worldwide—John knows first-hand how the best of the best excel and continually improve. By thoroughly studying the current climate within your workplace and reflecting on his past experiences, John Foley delivers personalized programs aligned with company culture and event goals. This detail-oriented customization will give your people the experience of a lifetime.

John graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in mechanical engineering and was a defensive back for the Midshipmen. As a pilot, John was a "Top Ten Carrier Pilot" six times before becoming a Marine instructor pilot and then a Blue Angel.

In 2011, John and his wife Carol founded The Glad to Be Here Foundation to work with charitable organizations close to their hearts. John works with every single client to donate a portion of his fee to a charity of their choice. To date, the foundation has donated over $2,000,000 to 360+ charities in 57 countries around the world.

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What John Foley Talks About:

Virtual Topic: Leading Through Change – Accelerating Performance in Turbulent Times
Connecting, aligning, and unifying teams in this virtual world can be a daunting task. John Foley’s virtual events on leadership, high-performance, positivity, team-building, culture, trust and innovation are customizable to all departments of your company, including the innovation team, business development team, sales team and leadership.

The High-Performance Zone
Flying with the Blue Angels is exhilarating, adrenaline-filled and inherently unforgiving. People want to hear about John Foley’s experience because the stories of fighter pilots embracing peril and working together to pull off awe-inspiring aerial maneuvers sound like they’re straight out of a Hollywood movie. And they are! John actually did some of the real flying in the movie Top Gun.

John channels the thrills he experienced – and created – with the Blue Angels to offer practical guidance you can use at work and in life. The High-Performance Zone is the gap between the current state and the future state. John delivers lessons about performing under pressure, cooperation, collaboration, and bringing enjoyment to other people’s lives through service and teamwork.

Learn how the best teams create alignment around a shared mission and instill a purpose larger than self. Discover how to shift attitudes, improve retention, create fulfillment throughout all levels of an organization, and foster collaboration faster. When you approach problems simply, and honestly evaluate performance, progress becomes effortless.

Audiences Will Learn:

  • How to focus team actions, driving immediate results
  • How to unify teams, creating a safe space that fosters ideas and growth
  • How to build a culture of excellence that drives high performance
  • How to promote a broader sense of ownership and execution across the organization

Glad to Be Here – Inspiring a Culture of Excellence
Operational excellence requires a process and a mindset that makes high performance repeatable and transferable. The Glad to Be Here® keynote galvanizes people and creates deep human connections that increase trust and execution, closing performance gaps and driving teams forward with a newfound purpose.

Research shows that teams and individuals that embrace a positive mindset improve communication while inspiring commitment and buy-in to a shared vision. An active gratitude practice changes the way you see the world and gives you the confidence to act.

Discover a debrief process that reinforces team chemistry and success, building a feedback loop with corrective action and personal responsibility that leads to continuous improvement. Elevate your team’s belief in what is possible, then use that energy to create high-trust contracts and precise execution.

The Glad to Be Here mindset is the key to igniting extreme trust, employee engagement, and elite execution. It offers a purpose greater than self. It galvanizes people and focuses individuals and teams on why they do what they do.

Audiences Will Learn:

  • How trust and openness create an environment where ideas are embraced and implemented
  • Improved relationship skills, amplifying your team’s abilities to foster creativity
  • Enhanced team well-being – gratitude boosts dopamine, resulting in greater optimism and increased energy
  • How to cultivate a “we’re in this together” mentality in work and life

Trust & Execution at 500mph
Trust is an essential asset to break down silos, foster collaboration, deepen teamwork, drive engagement, and manage the never-ending process of change. John Foley knows first-hand that creating a tangible culture of trust will transform the way your company does business.

High Trust Contracts enable elite teams like the Blue Angels to align around a common purpose, take risks, and think outside the box. Complete engagement comes when teams have each other’s backs – communication and honesty follow.

How will your teams perform when there is complete, inherent trust in each other and the organization?

Audiences Will Learn:

  • How to create trust in the team and increase the level of communication
  • Understand and embody tools that create and nurture trust-building efforts
  • Feel safe to make mistakes, share creatively and be more fulfilled at work
  • How a Glad to Be Here® mindset transforms the way you work and live

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John was phenomenal. It was really exciting to see him use that debrief session and his expertise as a speaker to tailor the presentation to our audience, it was very powerful.

General Dynamics

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