6/15/2017 12:00 AM
9:00am-10:15am | California Ballroom

Keynote

It's All About the People

Presented by
Garry Ridge
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
It’s often said, with nods of wise agreement, that any organization is nothing without its people. Countless books and courses on leadership, over many decades, address this well-known and accepted axiom.

Then why are nearly 70% of all employees in the U.S. disengaged at work? Clearly, the conferences, books, courses and motivational speakers are insufficient to make a difference.

This session by WD-40 Company CEO Garry Ridge will be a look “under the hood” of one of the world’s most recognized brands, where employee engagement is above 93%, 98% say they “love to work at WD-40 Company”, and 99% say that their “opinions and values are a good fit” for WD-40 Company. This high engagement has resulted in a company that has doubled in revenue in the last decade, and is on a trajectory to double again in the next.

Garry will share his company’s “learning moments” over the course of his efforts to transform the company’s culture, beginning in 1997. Lessons and principles covered include:
  • The personal journey of every servant leader, and why that philosophy is critical 
  • The emotional connection of a greater purpose that creates high engagement 
  • How to carefully and consciously choose values that will be embedded in all aspects of leadership and employee development 
  • Why investing in people who invest in themselves is a secret to succession planning and greater organizational capability 
  • The difference between a “team” and a “tribe”, and why WD-40 Company strove to create a cohesive tribe that spans 15 countries where employees work 
  • How company performance results are directly connected to its focus on people
"The Leadership Challenge Forum is a transformational leadership experience. I appreciate the opportunity to learn from leadership scholars and experts coupled with the opportunity to network with colleagues."
- Ron Siers, Department Chair, Department of Education Specialties at Salisbury University

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