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
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.
“Bradt’s message in this inspiring book is a
‘golden ring’ itself amidst the rubble often permeating our lives. It not only
speaks true but makes you strive for more.”
- Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective
People and The
8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness
“Beautifully written and full of wisdom, The
Ring in the Rubble is a gem.”
- Ken Blanchard, author of Leading at a Higher
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
When Jack Reports to Jill: Stereotypes, Gender and Leadership
Leading the opposite sex - focusing on the differences & challenges
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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Adapt and Ignite!
Available in two forms: Keynote or Interactive Workshop
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. Bradt increases the capacity of people and organizations to rise to the challenge of change by delivering highly customized presentations that address the unique objectives of each event.
A clinical psychologist and C-Suite executive coach, Bradt knows how to engage the heads and the hearts of his audiences for maximum effectiveness using masterful storytelling, humor, simple exercises and solid content. Navigating change successfully means being willing to change yourself first, he explains. He shows how learning to adapt leads to new levels of performance and personal and professional success.
Every audience is different. The challenges they face are different. What event planners appreciate most about Gary is his preparation. By the time he gets in front of an audience, he has a deep understanding of the group and the issues they’re dealing with. He’s spent hours creating a message to meet the objectives of the event. Bradt adapts some of his most popular stories and combines them with compelling insights that inspire people to confidently move into the future with practical and usable tools.
Bringing together a group of people for an event is a great opportunity. Adapt and Ignite! is a message that will make the most of their precious time together and will help galvanize a new spirit of possibility whenever change is involved.
The speech is over. Now what?
Sustain change after the meeting by using Gary Bradt's Services Beyond the Keynote.
The message of Adapt and Ignite! can be tailored to address:
- Leadership at any level
- Sales organizations
- Organizational change
- Industry consolidation
- Organizations in transition
- Technology-driven change
- Regulatory change
- Industry-driven change
- Market-driven change
- Personal change
- Internal Reorganization
- Increasing personal performance