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Gary  Bradt

Gary Bradt

Expert on Leading Through Change


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. Read More >

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 bestselling book which has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Cheese gave thousands of people the chance to get acquainted with Bradt’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.

Bradt had established a strong following as an executive coach and speaker long before Spencer Johnson asked him to be the messenger for his groundbreaking 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 gets customers and employees alike to embrace a new product or service line.

Dr. Bradt earned his BA in psychology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Hahn­emann University and Hospital in Philadelphia, 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.

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, he 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, 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, Bradt 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.

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, a leadership consult­ing firm he co-founded with his wife, Dr. Peggy Bradt, in 1993. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos


Change is Awesome

Change is Opportunity

Tools for Change

Message and Impact

The Case For Adapting

How Change Can Ignite Success

Make Room to Ignite: Let Go!

Speech Topics

Adapt & Ignite! Turning Change Into Opportunity

More than a catch phrase, “Adapt, ignite, and win” is Gary Bradt's rallying cry for success in a world that moves fast and doesn't wait for stragglers. Bradt motivates people and organizations to rise to the challenge of change by delivering highly customized presentations that address the unique objectives of each event. Read More >

A clinical psychologist and C-Suite executive coach, Bradt knows how to engage the heads and the hearts of his audiences 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.

What event planners appreciate most about Bradt 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. “Adapt, ignite, and win” is a message that will make the most of the audience’s precious time and will help galvanize a new spirit of possibility whenever change is involved. Read Less ^

Dig Through Change & Find Your Next Golden Opportunity

Opportunity is out there—you just have to dig a little deeper to find it. Gary Bradt will show you how. Read More >

Change is turning the healthcare industry upside down:

  • The Affordable Care Act
  • Technology
  • 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

Grow where you’re planted. Find a way. No excuses. Gary’s message is rooted in his personal experience of learning to deal with the devastating change of a child born with a chronic, life-threatening illness. It’s a message of hope, humor, inspiration and practical application to business, and to life.

Adapt first. Adapt fast. It’s the only way forward. Read Less ^