Dr. Gary Bradt: How To Embrace Change & Find Opportunity In Uncertainty

Chatting With Champions Podcast Interview #97. Tyler Basu and Dr. Gary Bradt “How To Embrace Change & Find Opportunity In Uncertainty”

097 - Dr Gary Bradt 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.

Since 1987, Gary has been helping client companies launch proven leadership strategies and transformational processes that turn change and tough times into an opportunity to transform themselves and take performance to the next level.

He gained national attention in 2000 when Dr. Spencer Johnson, the renowned author of Who Moved My Cheese? chose him as the leading speaker on the message of that blockbuster bestseller booking which has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

Visit Gary’s website: www.garybradt.com

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Topics discussed in this interview:

  • How Gary got started in business & why he became an entrepreneur
  • The process of starting and growing his business
  • Gary’s definition of a leader
  • Why people resist change
  • How to find the opportunities that emerge as a result of change
  • What to do when people in your organization resist change
  • Challenges entrepreneurs face and how to overcome them
  • Specific habits that are key to Gary’s success
  • Gary’s definition of success
  • Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs

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Key quotes:

  • When you start your own business, there are always things you don’t anticipate.
  • I’ll always tell you what I think, not necessarily what you want to hear.
  • You are not a leader unless someone is following you.
  • Life is change. If you’re not changing, you’re dying.
  • Change creates opportunities. But the opportunities aren’t going to jump up at you. You have to do a little bit of hard work.
  • You can’t grab a new ring of opportunity if you’re still holding on to all of the old ways of doing things.
  • Values are the things in our lives that don’t change. Whatever your personal values are, change can’t touch.
  • Your values are like a compass. They will point you in the right direction.
  • Too many leaders tell people to change, but they don’t give them the tools. You need to give people the tools, and show them how.
  • Don’t put all your energy into the resistors. Put it into the people who are just waiting to be led and will follow if you choose to lead.
  • When faced with fear, ask: what’s the realistic worst case scenario, and could you accept that as an outcome?
  • Whatever you think your business is going to be, stay open to the possibility that in a few years it may be very different than what you originally envisioned.
  • Dreams without any practical thinking behind them are just that, dreams.