Garry Ridge

Garry O. Ridge is Chairman and CEO of WD-40 Company. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego where he teaches leadership development, talent management, and succession planning in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership program. He is passionate about the learning and empowering organizational culture he has helped establish at the WD-40 Company. In 2009, he co-authored a book with Ken Blanchard outlining his effective leadership techniques, titled Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy called ‘Don’t Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A.’

In this episode, we spoke about Garry’s passion for growing people. As CEO he has helped to drive a 10 fold increase in valuation by creating a people-focused culture where managers are called coaches and people innovate, are engaged, and grow. He shared how his organization has 93% engagement scores (yes that is amazing in a world where 70% of employees are disengaged) and how he leans on company values to make tough decisions. You’re sure to leave inspired!

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