Ray Jefferson

Business and Management Coach
Ray Jefferson
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For more than two decades, Ray Jefferson has helped corporations and government agencies around the world build leaders, achieve results, and create empowering environments through his leadership roles as well as by creating and delivering training and development programs that emphasize transformational leadership.

The impact from his work has helped clients and organizations to achieve breakthrough results and transform team members’ mindsets, attitudes and behaviors to produce greater outcomes, set higher aspirations, and build stronger institutional capabilities.

With a dedication to helping individuals and organizations achieve their potential, Ray’s success is built upon years as a transformational leader, proven executive, strategic leadership advisor and facilitator with an expertise in designing, delivering and facilitating leadership development programs for some of the world’s premier organizations. He has been profiled in numerous articles and is an outstanding speaker on these topics.

Earlier in his career, Ray was the Senate-confirmed U.S. Assistant Secretary for Veteran’s Employment and Training under President Barack Obama. He was also a Leadership Consultant with McKinsey & Company in Singapore, where he created and delivered leadership training and development programs for clients and McKinsey consultants throughout Asia, focusing on capability building as well as leadership training and development.

Ray’s interests have always focused on organizational change, inspirational leadership, top team development, and peak performance. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a major in leadership then served as an Army Officer with the Infantry, Rangers, and Special Forces, with leadership positions in the U.S. Presidential Honor Guard, 3rd Ranger Battalion, and 1st Special Forces Group. In 2003, Ray was selected by former Secretary of State Colin Powell as one of two inaugural recipients of the Harrison H. Schmitt Leadership Award for Fulbright Alumni in recognition of his achievements and contributions in the area of public service.

While serving as a Special Forces (Green Beret) A-team leader, Ray lost all five fingers on his left hand while attempting to protect his teammates from a hand grenade detonating prematurely. After recuperating, he earned a MPA in Strategic Management at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, graduating with distinction as a Littauer Fellow. He also earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and was recognized with the Dean’s Award for exceptional leadership and service. Upon graduation, he was selected as a White House Fellow and worked as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Ray then served as a Fulbright Fellow in Singapore, where he studied leadership within Asian contexts. Afterward, he served as the Deputy Director for the State of Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), where he co-led the organizational transformation for a department of over 230 team members with an operating budget of $182 million.

Today, Ray is a member of the Asia Society, Fulbright Association, NAACP, Special Forces Association, and Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Ray was born and raised in Guilderland, New York. He now divides his time between Singapore and the U.S., and considers home to be Honolulu, Hawaii.

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From Tragedy to Triumph – Moving from Catastrophe to Creation. This presentation is for individuals, teams, and organizations that are struggling through tough times or setbacks. This talk is designed to help you overcome adversity. Ray shares his personal journey of peaks and valleys, explaining that “pain has a purpose,” and teaching ways to find the strength to get unstuck and move forward until you can achieve your destiny. He shows you how to survive and then thrive through a crisis experience and benefit from post-traumatic growth in order to emerge as a truly great transformational leader, and how to help others to do the same.

From Evolutionary to Revolutionary Leader: The Heart and Science of Transforming Organizations. Sooner or later, a company will need to transform itself in response to market shifts, competition, groundbreaking technologies, and disruptive start-ups to remain competitive in the marketplace. How executives lead their companies in an increasingly volatile world will determine if they thrive, just survive or succumb to their challenges. When organizations need to embark on revolutionary change instead of evolutionary change, transformational leadership is required. This is not the kind of leadership that maintains the status quo. This requires a dynamic form of leadership – combining a systematic approach with an inspiring vision to change the culture, mobilizing team members’ hearts, minds, and talents towards unleashing and achieving their personal potential and the potential of their organization. Ray provides insights into what is required to help motivate direct reports, promote collaboration across organizational boundaries, develop emerging leaders and embrace change through a participative approach.

Developing Inspirational, Global Leaders of the Future Who Can Innovate and Impact. Has your company failed to reap returns on emerging market opportunities or suffered from low growth in developing markets because of insufficient quality leaders to manage global operations? You are not alone. Global Leadership is the ability to envision, mobilize others, and execute across cultures and geographies to achieve desired results. Many global organizations have found themselves underperforming in emerging markets or have problems identifying leadership talent, which has resulted in an inability to respond to market changes, and low return on investment in emerging markets. Ray Jefferson talks about what constitutes a global leader, best practices for how to find and develop them, and how to maintain their engagement for the long-term.

Overcoming Leadership Burnout: Surviving and Thriving as a Transformational Global Leader. Leadership is a rewarding endeavor. At the same time, the stress of continually dealing with issues and challenges combined with the long days, extended travel, and over-exertion – exacerbated when having to deal with dysfunctional relationships – can make even the most experienced leader susceptible to burnout. Ray unveils the signs of leadership burnout, explains preventative measures you can take, and teaches ways to revitalize and rejuvenate. He inspires leaders to heal and regain control of their lives – especially when they are close to, or beyond, the edge.

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