Gary Bradt, Psy.D.

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Change and Leadership Expert, The Ring in the Rubble

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Gary Bradt, Psy.D.
Gary Bradt, Psy.D. – Finding Opportunity in Change

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Almost everyone has a To-do list. But very few are as intentional about maintaining relationships as they are about getting things done. Introducing The To-Who List™, a strategic and tactical tool to help you maintain relationships that matter most, whether they are customers, clients, mentors, peers, team members, family or friends. Business results are driven by relationships. You gain a competitive advantage by keeping yours strong. This keynote will show you how. Audiences will leave this thought provoking and inspiring presentation with their first ToWho List in hand, crafted by them during the course of the talk.

Life doesn’t always go as we wish. Plans get made only to be washed away by the tides of change. How can we adapt? What simple yet powerful tools can we employ? You have to stay resilient to win. In this practical and moving keynote, Gary shares what science says about resilience, and what he has learned from coping with the life-long challenge of a son born with a chronic health condition. We will examine business case studies of resilient and successful change leaders. Audiences will walk away from this presentation moved, inspired and empowered to climb every mountain and jump every hurdle that business and life and may throw their way.

Savvy consumers want everything faster, better and cheaper. Competitors spring out of garages seemingly overnight. And restless workers job-hop to find the meaning and flexibility they want. Throw in geographically dispersed teams working across time zones; an alphabet soup of generations with clashing values and priorities; and global geo-political upheaval, well, you have what Oliver Hardy of the classic comedic duo Laurel and Hardy used to call “another fine mess.”

Are you supposed to be leading others through the mess but feel like you are drowning in it instead? This keynote throws you a lifeline to help you out. Each ‘knot’ on the line if you will, is a leadership principle gleaned from Gary’s years helping executives manage themselves as they lead others through constant and rapid change.

Does happiness impact business results? Are happier employees more productive? Are some people more naturally happy than others? How can you create a happier environment for all? These are just some of the questions we will explore in this informative keynote based on the exploding research on positive psychology. We will explore what the research says about happiness at work, and how you can use this knowledge to create a more productive and innovative environment at work, and at home. And, we will explore what happiness means to different people and cultures where you may do business, and how their definition and sources of happiness may vary from yours.

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.

Not everyone is wired the same when it comes to change. Some people like change and lots of it, others support change only if it makes sense, while still others prefer to take change slow and steady, if at all. As a leader, it would be helpful to know what type you are, and especially helpful to know what type your followers are. Now you can.

The Change Style Workshop is based on the Change Style Indicator (CSI) a keenly accurate personality assessment which 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 how participants can apply what they learn to better lead change now, and going forward.

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“Gary Bradt is an inspiring speaker that keeps you on the on the edge of your seat. Be prepared to laugh, cry, dream and embrace change as Gary shows you its golden opportunity. Gary provides you with practical tools that you continue to use professionally and personally. I never imagined that a 1 hour seminar would change my entire life perspective in such a positive way.”

— Bayer

“Although we have enjoyed working with some terrific keynote speakers, we had many, many comments from our attendees that you were one of the best Keynotes we have had EVER! I knew it was a real success when there weren’t any books left behind, (never seen that before) and we had to refresh the notepads at break, because at least half the people had taken their entire notepad with them when they left for break. You definitely hit that home run you wanted! I hope we can work together at another event in the future.”

— Resource Management Services, Inc.

“Thank you for joining our all hands meeting. We heard so many positive comments about your talk and have also heard several references to ‘clearing the rubble and finding the ring’ as people jumped back into their day to day work. You were very inspirational and definitely provided us all with actions to take back to our jobs and home. Thanks again!”

— Fidelity Investments

“The feedback on your presentation was universally positive. The team really appreciated your approach to recognizing the stress that change can bring in both our professional and personal lives. After having some time to reflect on the messages (Ring Tool Kit) you gave us, I wanted to circle back and say thanks again. Your comments hit home in one way or another with almost every member of the team.”


“Gary did an outstanding job. A ten on a scale of ten. He met with the VP of Operations and Human Resources prior to the meeting to understand the issues. He and I exchanged e-mails prior to the conference and then he met with me for breakfast the morning of the meeting to go over last minutes details and to gather additional information about the audience/issues. He was able to engage an audience that was tired from a long evening the night before and had their minds set on going home when he was finished (not an easy task). He was a hit.”

— Guardian Life Insurance Company

“Thank you for the absolutely fabulous presentation you did last week. It was more than a home run. I guess the bases were loaded and you hit a home run. They just haven’t stopped talking about the quality of the presentation and the impact of the presentation. Our goal of arming the organization with some practical doable things at the end of the presentation was clearly, clearly well met.” 

— Bristol-Myers Squibb
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