Greg "BOSS" Wooldridge

3x Leader of The Blue Angels
Greg Wooldridge
  • As the only commanding officer to lead the Blue Angels for three separate tours, “BOSS” offers a unique perspective on teamwork, leadership, and trust
  • Provides a Blue Angel proven framework that ensures attainment of the tip of the performance pyramid success
  • He motivates audiences by sharing stories about his experiences in high-performance environments
  • Highlights the importance of staying true to your authentic self when in a position of leadership

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Greg “Boss” Wooldridge was first selected because of his demonstrated ability to build teams where communication, trust and teamwork took precedence over rank and status, Greg’s heart-driven approach proved a perfect match for the Blue Angel’s culture of excellence, and he was called back to lead two more teams through times of difficult transition. Since his success with the Blues, Greg has been inspired to share his methods in order to empower individuals and teams on their journey toward High Performance.

From the very start of Greg’s career in the Navy, Greg was immersed in the building of great teams.

In flight candidate school he learned from the camaraderie of his class, an emotion that elevated individuals by first elevating the performance of the team. Later, acting as a commander of a carrier squadron, Greg discovered that teams which drive toward something greater than themselves unlock an ability to perform at extreme levels.

And finally, when he was selected as the commanding officer of the Blue Angels, The Navy’s—and the world’s—premiere flight demonstration squadron, Greg Wooldridge experienced what it was like to take one’s dreams and beliefs on an upward spiral, into the beyond. His last tour involved leading the Navy's premiere Naval Air Station in California. The air station was selected as the best Navy base in the world, receiving the President's installation of Excellent award under his leadership. The base was essentially a mid size city with a large airport, residential housing, schools, hospitals, and all the entities that were needed to provide all the services for all phases of life.

Greg’s one of a kind experience resonates with audiences of any size, background, or culture. From leaders searching for an inspiring “how to” approach, to full scale corporate engagements, Boss simultaneously creates that “spark” with his from the cockpit, and fans it into flames by providing the nuts and bolts of Blue Angel methodology.

Leading the .01%: Blue Angels pilots are the best of the best, and channeling that kind of talent takes special care. Greg’s success leading the Blues provides a powerful model for any team or organization looking to re-define High Performance. 

Being The “Tip of the Spear”: Effective leadership requires a mindset that inspires trust through confidence, but which remains open to communication and critique. Great teams are victorious together. 

Extreme Focus & Precision: The Blue Angels risk their lives every time they execute a maneuver. Greg draws his methods from a world where strategies for extreme focus are part of a larger process that ensures safety as well as precision. 

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Leadership Qualities

Leadership: The Blue Angel approach to leadership is unique and inspires trust through confidence, with open and honest communication. Every team member is a leader driving expectations.

Greg “BOSS” Wooldridge is a top leadership keynote speaker and 3x Leader of The Blue Angels which has never been done before in the Navy history. Greg challenges leaders to build trust, improve performance, and create elite teams.

Teams become elite because of leadership, a commitment to excellence and a proven process. As companies transform their DNA and pivot their business to compete in the new digital paradigm, the ability to develop transformational leadership and enable workforce evolution is a critical competitive advantage.

The potential of elite performance lives within every individual, every team and every organization. It takes intentional leadership to enable that potential and turn it into focused action.

Teamwork: Blue Angel precision is built on a solid foundation of teamwork around a common objective or CenterPoint. Unified alignment collapses barriers and creates a powerful culture of action.

Greg “BOSS” Wooldridge is a teamwork keynote speaker and Greg “BOSS” Wooldridge is a top leadership keynote speaker and 3x Leader of The Blue Angels. That has never been done before in the Navy history. He challenges today’s leaders to elevate collaboration and develop deep trust among teams.

Teamwork is the collective potential of individuals harnessed to create an exponential outcome of a unit.  Effective teamwork requires many variables including trust, communication, a belief in purpose greater than self, and a common goal.

A CenterPoint is a single reference point or a shared goal that holds the collective focus of a team. The concept of CenterPoint can be used to create unified, powerful action in any organization. A well and clearly communicated CenterPoint helps individuals maintain vision of goals and objectives.

For teams, an effective CenterPoint keeps actions focused on priorities, while inspiring collaboration, which leads to faster outcomes, innovation and elevated trust.

Identifying and aligning your teams on a CenterPoint keeps action directed toward desired outcomes while still allowing teams to be adaptable.

Trust:  How would your teams perform if there was complete inherent trust in each other and the organization?  Implicit contracts are all around us. They bind our world together, and they are part of the natural fabric of any business.

Research shows that vocalizing contracts and establishing them in a formal agreement can lead to increased productivity because both employees and managers recognize the risk inherent in breaking trust contracts.

Acknowledging and improving these agreements can have substantial positive effects. Because contracts permeate the entire organization, turning your attention to them has the ability to elevate both trust in individuals and teams.

Contracts present an opportunity to build trust. Trust is well known as a necessary component—if not the most important variable—of successful teams.

High Performance and Culture of Excellence: High Performance Mindset, is a process, and a commitment to a culture of excellence that accelerates every day performance and achievement.

Greg “BOSS” Wooldridge is a High Performance Keynote speaker who has developed a framework that is foundational to high performing teams. High Performance is a journey toward excellence and elevated execution that has the power to carry individuals and teams beyond their expectations.

Greg will take you on an incredible journey as he leads the world's preeminent pilots, who have mastered landing on an aircraft carrier's pitching deck at night, to a level of skill seemingly impossible to achieve; flying safely and steadily 18" apart at 400 miles per hour.

Elevated choices create elevated results. Making better choices isn’t about knowing the future, it’s about setting yourself up for success, every single day.  Learning from the past is the key to plotting the future. There’s no better way to examine the past than through a debrief.

Research has shown the effects of a positive mindset. When our mind is grateful, it changes the way we see the world. It re-centers our priorities, it activates emotions that lead to happiness and it leaves us in a more open state, willing to embrace otherwise unforeseen opportunities. With a grateful mindset, we can see our options and their outcomes more clearly.

Beginning with a culture that is founded on a sense of gratitude and trust, “BOSS” will guide you through a performance-elevating framework that can be applied to any challenge. You will learn the way in which exceptional growth in team and personal performance can be achieved even though your journey, like his, may have been 'littered with rose thorns and not rose pedals.'

Elevated Beliefs and Raising Performance Expectations: People and teams operate at the level of their beliefs. When we raise the level of those beliefs, performance will follow.

A simple self-reflection on limiting and liberating beliefs can create new alignment and precision in individuals and teams.

Perception is reality. What leaders, teams, and individuals believe drives behavior and a level of performance that mirrors those beliefs. This is true for both the high end performers and the lower end performers.

So what is the difference? What separates the best from the rest and what separates the best from the best?

Performance is directly linked to short term beliefs and long-term mindset. A leader’s mindset and emotional intelligence is a proven critical element of high performing teams. When you evaluate performance in any industry, leadership often is the differentiator above skill and experience.

Purpose Larger Than Self: Greg “BOSS” Wooldridge will describe the importance of setting clear expectations so that that each and every team member can achieve superior performance while realizing a purpose larger than self. The game-changer, the Glad to Be Here Debrief, will amaze with its simplicity yet powerful application.

Glad To Be Here® Mindset: Glad To Be Here® is a mindset that opens the door to higher performance. Teams and individuals that embrace a grateful, positive mindset as a core belief will improve their communication, inspire commitment and buy in to group objectives, all while opening their mind to enable new perspectives to recognize opportunities for success.

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