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Gary Bradt

Gary Bradt, Psy.D.

Change and Leadership Expert, The Ring in the Rubble
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​​Adapt and Ignite! Turning Change Into Opportunity
​*Gary's signature program on change

Change leadership expert, clinical psychologist, and author of The Ring in the Rubble: Dig Through Change and Find Your Next Golden Opportunity, Gary Bradt helps people and organizations rise to the big challenge of today's world - near constant change - and find the hidden opportunities within that change. More than a catch phrase, Adapt and Ignite! is Gary Bradt's rallying cry for success in a world that moves fast and doesn't wait for stragglers. ​​

​​As a clinical psychologist and C-Suite executive coach, Gary knows how to engage the heads and the hearts of his audiences for maximum effectiveness using masterful storytelling, humor, simple exercises and solid content. His goals for your event are to give your attendees the concepts, attitudes, motivation and behaviors they need to adapt to and lead through change, faster and better. Gary will help your people increase their capacity to not only adapt to change but also teach them how adapting leads to new levels of performance and success. Change is good!

​Dig a Little Deeper: Embracing Change in Health Care
Opportunity is out there - you just have to dig a little deeper to find it. Gary Bradt will show you how.

Change is turning the healthcare industry upside down. From the Affordable Care Act to technology and reimbursement trends, seismic shifts are everywhere. ​​It creates a choice: Complain about the change or do something about it.

​​Gary Bradt will inspire and empower your audience to embrace the change and lead with confidence into tomorrow. Through practical examples and relevant, powerful stories, he will give your audience the tools they need to transform change into opportunity. They will learn to:

  • Let go of whatever is holding them down or holding them back
  • Latch on to values to make the right call on tough decisions
  • Employ the ToWho List, a powerful new tool for building relationships to sustain your group through change

    Adapt first. Adapt fast. It’s the only way forward.

    ​​​​​Adapt & Ignite! How to Lead Through Times of Transition
    A keynote for Organizations Going Through Mergers, Acquisitions and Reorganizations.​

    ​​Change leadership expert, clinical psychologist, and author of The Ring in the Rubble: Dig Through Change and Find Your Next Golden Opportunity, Gary Bradt has been helping people and organizations adapt to all types of change for over twenty-five years. In fact, he's worked with so many companies specifically undergoing mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations he knows that these major transition raise questions for leaders at all levels, such as...

  • How can you maintain momentum and morale?
  • How can you help people stay focused on doing their jobs versus being distracted worrying about their future?
  • How can you tamp down fear?
  • How can you ramp up confidence?
  • How can you tame the rumor mill?
  • How can you help people grasp the opportunities change always presents?

    In this engaging, interactive and dynamic keynote Gary equips his audience with "The Transition Leader's Toolkit" -- the tools they need to keep their organizations moving forward even while changing on the fly.

    ​​Leading your group through transitions isn’t easy. But then again if it were, we wouldn’t need leaders to guide us. This is your time to step up and lead. Seize it. By learning, sharing and applying these tools, together you will turn change and transition into opportunity.

    When Jack Reports to Jill: Stereotypes, Gender and Leadership
    ​Leading the opposite sex can be a challenge. Men and women tend to think ​​​​differently, communicate differently, and have different interests and priorities. While these differences might add spice to life in general, they can cause confusion for the leader working with those who size up the world so differently from them. This entertaining, provocative and down-to-earth keynote gives leaders the practical tools and knowledge they need to more effectively lead and influence the opposite sex at work.

    Dr. Bradt uses his 26+ years as a psychologist and executive coach to good advantage as he tackles the issues he’s seen head on. He covers the five “C’s” of leadership: Confidence, Competence, Compassion, Competition and Community, and how men and women differ on each. He sensitively tackles the omnipresent but seldom talked about issue of potential sexual attraction, and how this powerful force can be a pro or con depending on how it’s handled. He shares in plain and simple language why men and women do what they do, and brings his points to life with fun and illuminating stories and examples. Finally, he challenges both genders to stretch their comfort zones in learning to better lead each other.

    Men and women bring unique talents, skills and motivations to the work place. Effectively harnessing and combining their collective attributes is a key to organizational success. Participants will leave this interactive keynote entertained, informed, and better equipped to take advantage of the rich variety and impact that men and women offer the organizations they serve.​​​​​
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    Dr. Gary Bradt is an author, clinical psychologist, leadership consultant, C-Suite executive coach and speaker on the topic of adapting to and leading through change.

    Dr. Bradt gained national attention in 2000 when Dr. Spencer Johnson, the renowned author of Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life chose him as the leading speaker on the message of that blockbuster best-selling book which has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. “Cheese” gave thousands of people the chance to get acquainted with Gary’s extraordinary ability to cut through their frustration and fear and get to the heart of the matter; delivering powerful tools that help them adapt when going through change.

    Gary Bradt had established a strong following as an executive coach and speaker long before Spencer Johnson asked him to be the messenger for his ground-breaking book. He began his leadership development career in 1987 with a respected leadership development consultancy. There he helped client companies launch proven leadership strategies and transformational processes which turned change and tough times into an opportunity to transform themselves and take performance to the next level. His mantra – adapt and ignite! – is a rallying cry for success in these tumultuous times. He helps organizations adapt to new technologies and government regulations; inspires innovative thinking as industries consolidate; helps employees quickly adapt to major shifts driven by mergers, acquisitions or reorganizations; and gotten customers and employees alike to embrace a new product or service line.

    Dr. Bradt earned his BA in psychology from Duquesne, University in Pittsburgh PA. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Hahnemann University and Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, which in 2007 honored him with the “Excellence in Professional Psychology” award. Only the second graduate to be so recognized at the time, this award underscored Dr. Bradt’s contributions to the field of professional psychology through his achievements as an author, leadership consultant/coach and world-class speaker.

    Gary Bradt is uniquely qualified to deliver advice, counsel and strategies on the subject of change. He has worked for clients all over the globe including IBM, American Express, eBay, FedEx, Proctor & Gamble, Honeywell, Johnson & Johnson, Fidelity Investments, VISA, NASA, GlaxoSmithKline, GlaxoSmithKline Canada, Alberta Provincial Government, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Citigroup, Marriott Corporation, Ernst & Young LLP, Shoppers Drug Mart, CVS, National Association of Personal Financial Planners, National Association of Governmental Purchasing Agents, US Chamber of Commerce, Snack Food Association, and the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

    As a speaker, what makes Gary Bradt special is his ability to engage audiences: his warmth, his humor, his content, his ability to get people to absorb his message and put it to use. More than anything, Gary is genuine. His storytelling, examples and exercises are authentic and bring his principles to life in a way few other communicators can. Because change happens in our personal lives too, Gary Bradt delivers a powerful message on that front. He is a husband and father who learned to cope with one of the toughest challenges of all, a child’s chronic, life-threatening illness, and shares his personal narrative with audiences when appropriate.

    As a C-Suite executive coach, Gary works at the intersection of people and business. He understands both, and helps leaders execute business strategy through people and helps leaders chart the course for their own career as well. He holds up a mirror and offers practical steps leaders can take to improve their leadership effectiveness, and the effectiveness of their people and their organization. Just like with his speaking, his goals are practical and positive behavior change. As a coach he is straightforward and direct. He tells leaders what he thinks, not what they necessarily want to hear, with only one agenda: to move them and their organizations forward and to help them accomplish their goals.

    Gary Bradt is author of The Ring in the Rubble: Dig Through Change and Find Your Next Golden Opportunity, which has earned high praise from reviewers and fellow change and leadership experts.

    Dr. Bradt serves as president of Bradt Leadership, Inc. a leadership consulting firm he co-founded with his wife, Dr. Peggy Bradt, in 1993. He resides in North Carolina with Peggy and their two children.

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