Researcher, best selling author, storyteller, teacher; Gary Lear is the Founder of Resource Development Systems, LLC, an organizational performance research and consulting firm dedicated to helping its clients increase performance by being more effective at Managing the Human Side of Business℠. Gary combines the teachings from his American Indian heritage with the most modern business research. With over 25 years of experience working with culture change and leadership development, he has worked with thousands of managers across a broad spectrum of industries, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies, including the US military.
Gary is also the developer of the Seven Elements of High Performance™ model, which is the outcome of three years of research on high performance organizations. Shortly after publishing the model in a white paper, the US Navy’s Center for Naval Leadership approached Gary to gain permission to use the model in all of their leadership development programs. The model is now used in many organizations and taught in university business courses.
It has been almost 15 years since Gary first began his research into what makes a difference in organizational performance, and the Seven Elements of High Performance™ model still tells the story best. Leadership. Trust Personal Responsibility. These, and the other elements, are what are important for success.
Gary customizes each of his presentations to meet your needs by incorporating the Seven Elements of High Performance™ in a way that your attendees can use when they get back to work. Gary will engage, entertain, and provide a thought provoking message that will inspire your audience to make a difference in their organization, whether it is a keynote or an executive briefing. Using the Seven Elements of High Performance™, he challenges their current thinking to explore what their organization could become, because the best organizations just don’t do things differently; they do different things.
Gary is the author of the bestselling Leadership Lessons from the Medicine Wheel: The Seven Elements of High Performance, which is used as a text book in some university courses.
His upcoming book, Rising Above Mediocrity: The Path to Performance, takes the reader deeper into the Seven Elements of High Performance™ model and provides a strong understanding of how the individual elements work with each other to impact organizational performance.
Gary has served on the Board of Regents for the Institute of Certified Professional Managers, an international management certification body located at James Madison University. He was a columnist for Management World Magazine, and is currently a contributor to ICPM’s MGMT Blog, and is also a contributor to Georgia CEO Magazine.