John Graci

John Graci is an author, consultant, and leadership adviser

John Graci is an author, consultant, and leadership adviser with more than 20 years of management experience in production, office, union and non-union environments. Graci’s folksy and tell-it-like-it-is approach comes across as refreshing and riveting, and will have leaders on all levels of business grimacing in guilt knowing they might be practicing management without a license.

John is a frequent keynote speaker on change, motivation and communication for Fortune 500 companies, national conventions and SHRM chapters across the Midwest. He has been recognized by VIP’s for teaching management skills that instantly improve the work environment.

John’s debut book, The Buck Stops with You exposes today’s leaders who are quick to blame employees for having bad attitudes as opposed to looking in the mirror and asking what they could have done to cause the situation. Graci’s second book, doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to offering solutions to the question: Why Don’t Employees Perform as Expected? John’s third book, Leaders Are MADE, Not Born! was released this past summer. Graci’s tell-it-like-it-is approach shines light on what your employees always wanted to tell you, but never do!

As seen on CNN, John’s sense of humor, charisma and passion blend nicely with his pragmatic style. Practical and entertaining, John’s time-tested techniques provides nuggets of wisdom and in-the-trenches solutions for employees of all generations.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

BEFORE YOU JUDGE A LEADER/EMPLOYEE, WALK A MILE IN THEIR SHOES

A Tell-it-like-it-is approach comparing at a gut level, perceptions employees and managers have of one another. The true nature of the employer – employee relationship can be defined simply as conflicting agendas. Attendees will instantly understand how their behavior or their boss’ behavior contributes to tension and friction. When leaders and employees do not get along, alliances will naturally form. Unless these conflicts are bridged or eliminated, employee motivation will go down and operating costs will go up. The results are immediate. Employees and leaders will learn skills they can take back to their desks and apply today.
 

GOOD BOSS, BAD BOSS: HOW TO BE THE BEST …AND LEARN FROM THE WORST

Did you ever have a great boss? Everyone should have the opportunity to have one, but unfortunately, not enough people do. If you’re a boss, or hope to become one, or have a less-than-great boss, you can’t afford to miss this entertaining, fun and fast-paced presentation chock-full of plain spoken and real-world solutions.

Business is about people! If a leader does not show up to work, how much of the work gets done? If employees do not show up to work, how much of the work gets done? Employees are an organization’s most valuable resource. This program is not about warm fuzzies, no academic theories, just practical wisdom from the trenches helping leaders and employees work together to achieve the objectives important to your company. The presentation is thought-provoking, insightful and rich with ideas to help improve relationships in the workplace and maximize the productivity of each employee.

 

A PRACTICAL APPROACH WHEN DEALING WITH EMPLOYEE RESISTANCE TO CHANGE

Change is inevitable. Yet we dread it, resist it and do everything to prevent it. Upon communicating change to employees, did you ever hear: “When is management going to understand it is the real world down here?” How about, “If my boss would just get off my back and let me do my job, everything would be okay!” or, “Why can’t they leave well enough alone?” Restoring productivity and profitability with employees hit by organizational change takes skills. Change damages trust level and drives morale south. You can’t afford to just sit back, let nature takes its course and hope everyone will get on board and eventually work together as an effective unit. The biggest mistake companies commit is doing nothing to help enhance change acceptance. This program has been designed to help attendees keep the workforce engaged and overcome employee resistance, so the organization can accelerate the entire change process. 

 

MOTIVATING AND ENGAGING THE DIFFERENT GENERATIONS IN THE WORKPLACE

Every generation has a valid point of view. It’s not “out with the old, in with the new.” It is about creating an environment where five generations can work side-by-side. This program has been designed to convey in practical terms an understanding of how organizations can identify and bridge the gaps that could have significant bottom line effects on business performance. The program illustrates who the generations are, why they clash, and what everyone can do to bridge the gaps. This fast paced and real-world program will create awareness and offer practical solutions for solving the generational issues that plague today’s workplace and marketplace.

 



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