Curt Garbett: Red Tree Leadership & Development


I am at the CMMA Fall Conference and wanted to share my notes with everyone from Curt Garbett, the keynote speaker.  Curt brings his experience and expertise to the Red Tree following previous employment with Right Management Consultants as VP of Sales and with the Covey Leadership Center as Senior Account Executive.  In his current position as Vice President , Curt has worked with a host of well-known companies including Frito-Lay, McDonalds, the US Navy, AT&T, Sun Microsystems, Wells Fargo, Hewlett Packard, BMW, Novartis, and Starbucks.

Types of Change

  • Change done to us
  • Change we initiate
  • Change we request of others

One key to successful leadership is continuous personal change.

Four Change Skills

  • Skill #1 – Anticipating Change
    • Noticing smaller changes early to predict what is likely to happen next.
  • Skill #2 – Taking New Actions Now
    • Doing something quickly, evaluating the results, and moving quickly again.
  • Skill #3 – Moving Beyond Fear
    • Realizing when fear or comfort hold you back, and moving past it
  • Skill #4 – Imagining Real Success
    • Creating a picture of what you really want to happen

“Some people change when they see the light, other change when they feel the heat” – Caroline Schoeder

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less” – General Eric Shinseki

When is change a good idea to you?

  • When things are stagnant
  • When you are failing

Change is a good idea when it is my idea.  When it is someone else’s idea we resist it.

Change is:

  • Innovation
  • Doing something differently
  • Evolution
  • Inevitable
  • Terrifying

Smell the cheese often so you know if it is getting old.

When you change what you believe, you change what you do.

The trap of the comfort zone.  Don’t get comfortable in what you do, always push yourself.

“The brick walls are there for a reason,” he said during his lecture. “The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” – Randy Pausch, the Last Lecture

His daughter didn’t know how waves worked the first time she went to the beach.  She went running out in the water and a few second later got nailed by a wave which knocked her over.  As soon as she was able to get back up, bam…another wave.  The waves of life aren’t going to stop coming so learn to adapt to them.

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