RICK GAGE - MANAGER
“There is tremendous upside for organizations that pay attention to workplace culture.  I’m continually amazed at how much high-performance teams can accomplish.”

I’ve been fascinated with what makes good leaders for as long as I can remember.  I was fascinated by the knights of the round table – that idea of peer leaders collaborating with less hierarchy was compelling to me as a teenager.  I was obsessed with the imperative that leadership power be accompanied by a code of conduct that supported the “right use” of privilege and influence to lift up everyone in the team and wider community.

In the last years, Compassion & Mindfulness @ Work have become my leadership passions.  Not as a touchy, feely way to cover up the ugliness that may be underneath, but as the only sustainable way to achieve breakthrough performance for individuals and teams.

There is just too much suffering in the workplace.  It takes a massive toll on employees and their families.  And the cost of lost opportunities for companies and organizations is huge.

There is tremendous upside for organizations that pay attention to workplace culture.  I’m continually amazed at how much high-performance teams can accomplish.

Unlocking the potential for both employees and organizations requires two things:

1) Individual commitment to awareness and ownership of our own behavior.  This is where mindfulness practices are so beneficial.

2) Organization commitment to building a positive team culture that encourages healthy employee engagement.

My pursuit of this passion drives what I do in my day job and what I do outside of work.

My career has afforded me the privilege to work for some of the largest, most prestigious global companies: AT&T, Digital, EDS, Oracle, Hitachi, Siemens and Wipro. My clients have included a long list of visible, distinctive companies including: Microsoft, HP, AT&T Wireless.

I climbed the corporate ladder to Vice President with responsibility for 750 people in 50 countries. I was a driven, classic workaholic. And like many others, I reached a point where my achievements were no longer rewarding. There had to be something more. So, I took a leap into the unknown with a couple extended sabbaticals.

In the months away from work I explored how I could live and work differently. My sabbatical journeys led me back to what looks – on the surface – like a fairly traditional career, but under the surface, “work” is completely different for me now.  What drives me is different and I navigate turbulence and challenge with much greater ease.

I’m honored to work with the Growth Leaders Network to support individuals, teams and organizations on a journey that awakens the next level of more conscious leadership of self and others that is so vital to meeting the unprecedented challenges we face today.

Sharing my journey and learning about yours makes my work fun.  Let’s talk.