Are you looking for the real Gary Wood bio, the one that gives insight into the person, who I am and what has formed me? Here’s the somewhat tongue-in-cheek version.
Who is Executive Coach Gary Wood? Why should my company engage the services of his executive coaching firm? I want to know him. I want to see if he understands me and my situation. What kind of a life has he lived? I want to see why I should trust him with my personal, professional and organizational information. Who is Gary Wood?
Here’s a glimpse of some of the influences that have determined who I am and what I will bring to our work together. This is very informal. But you need to know that G.E.Wood & Associates is led by a real person … with a life.
- I was brought up on the farm, knowing how to get the job done and learning the values of rural life and the relationships that were knit by a hard working community of people.
- I knew I was loved by my Dad and Mom who (looking back) sacrificed more than I even know, so I could be where I am today.
- So I have the benefit of having lived and worked in the country, town and city (sounds like a country song!)
- Worked ninety minutes to clear the beaver pond to play hockey for 30 minutes. When I think back, clearing the pond was my best hockey skill.
- I’ve thrown hay, picked potatoes, worked the jack hammer and built houses as a kid. That got me through all the years of schooling.
- Have had my life enriched by knowing, learning from and working with wonderful people (lots of them)
- Married the girl of my dreams who completes who I am (I got the best – I am the most fortunate man on earth.)
- Read the Bible daily and I endeavor to treat, lead and coach people in alignment with its changeless truths.
- Pray daily, have for years, will pray for anyone who touches my life
- I’ve been in the big company (yes, I was a number!) and I’ve worked on computers when they were bigger than cars.
- I’ve also moved out of the city, where there were no computers and started all over again.
- I have worked for people, with people and leading people. My life has been all about people – a major portion of that, harnessing their capabilities to accomplish good things together.
- I’ve started businesses, doing very well at some and poorly at others. I now know the differences.
- Designed things, made things and sold things
- As a business entrepreneur and executive, I’ve never stopped learning. I believe in keeping fresh, stretching myself and moving forward.
- Did business plans, marketing plans, house plans, ministry plans, strategic plans and planned how to plan
- I have served on boards of directors with a bunch of great people. And I’ve been through those ‘not so stellar’ boardroom meetings too.
- Created new directions, programs and initiatives
- I’ve written and read, spoke and listened a lot, still do. Seems a lot more people want to listen to me now, but it only makes me more aware of how much I still have to learn.
- Spotted, encouraged and trained emerging leadership. I’ve even given some my job. I love nothing more than watching emerging leadership grow and work shoulder-to-shoulder with me.
- I’ve done business in retail, wholesale, service, distribution and worked in non-profit (The early years seemed like a lot of non-profit)
- I have invested (wisely, I believe) my adult years in Christian service – sometimes ‘part-time’, sometimes ‘full-time’. What I have seen accomplished in lives will forever motivate me to keep working with people to see them be all that God created them to be.
- I’ve worked with volunteers, hundreds and hundreds of them, motivated and excellent people, a highlight for sure. I’ve had the great privilege to articulate vision that captured their imagination and motivated us to work hard together to reach our goals.
- And I’ve had great employees too. Some of them stand out for sure, but it was an honor to work side by side to accomplish good things.
- Seems like I have always been working with people – coaching one to one before Coaching was even a recognized profession.
- I’ve resolved conflicts and a million other things. This is the stuff of real life. It was mine to do and I did it, not always perfectly but with integrity.
- I’ve been encouraged, discouraged, needed courage and found courage
- Listened to and cried or rejoiced over almost every life situation going
- I have had the incredible privilege to serve thousands of youth. These are the men and women who are taking increasingly more important positions of leadership and influence right now.
- Worked with hundreds of couples and families
- I am happily married with grown children. My wife is wonderful. (I know it’s a repeat, but it’s worth saying.) Many years of great marriage behind us – God willing, more to come
- Survived the teen years a long time ago. ‘Survived’ is tongue-in-cheek. We were all learning together. I’d do a few things different, but not much. Great kids.
- Marriages and the Grandchildren – nothing quite like those little ones (did I say little ones?) In actual fact some are now much bigger, older, and uniquely themselves. Who knows what they will accomplish.
- I’ve held long time commitments, week-in and week-out.
- I’ve experienced break-ups, make-ups and shake-ups in organizations. Wherever you have people you have challenges. You also have incredible potential for change.
- I know what it is to run with stress and “overload”. I spent several years ‘running in the red’. I’ve learned so much from that experience, that I am regularly sought to coach leaders who are traveling that road right now. A formative time for sure.
- Have had a tired body, tired brain and tired soul and made it through
- Have had the severe privilege of being very near big stuff like cancer, suicide, eating disorders, marriage breakups, all sorts of failures, and death
- I have lots of laughs, tons of memories and friends to share them with. The list of enriching people in my life just seems to keep growing.
- I worked hard to master coaching skills and get recognized professional credentials, but my clients seem to give me more than I give them. (At least that’s what I often feel after a call.)
- And I have great coaching clients, who are ready, willing and able – successful people on the move who only want to do better.
- I collaborate with amazing associates who spark me to learn, stretch and grow
- I read and research, and really believe that leaders are readers. I’m now wondering what to do with a lot of books on my shelves.
- I love creating. I have a hundred and one “tools” I’d like to create for clients, articles I’d like to work on, and on, and on.
- The body’s good. The brain is sharp (that’s a good thing!). However, I’ve just been told I completed my last roof. “That’s it. No more up on the roof,” she said.
- I love life and even looking back at a lot of tough stuff, wouldn’t trade mine
- Did I mention I’m married to the love of my life? Of course I did. We’re still enjoying our journey together. (even though she said I can’t go back up on the roof.)
And that’s only a fraction of the story.
There you have it … the answer to “Who is Executive Coach Gary Wood?” If you allow me the honor of working with you and your organization, I will bring the best of all that I am into serving you, and seeing you successfully move forward.
For a more formal, (but less lively) business-like summary of Executive Coach Gary Wood, click here.