Episode 48

Garry Ridge on Transforming a Global Company Culture


Garry Ridge, in addition to being an accomplished leader, has committed to being a lifelong learner.  He is the CEO of WD-40 Company, a global corporation that, despite its size and scope, has fostered a 93 percent employee engagement rate.

Garry was named Igniter of the Year by Simon Sinek in 2016 and is a world-famous author, speaker and executive coach.  On this episode of the Elevate Podcast, Garry joins host Robert Glazer to talk about transforming WD-40’s culture by building an environment of learning, collaboration and accountability.

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Show Notes

On this episode, you’ll learn about:

  • How Garry got his start at WD-40 in 1987 and worked his way up to CEO.
  • How Garry grew WD-40 from $300 million to $2.4 billion in value by improving the company’s culture.
  • Why Garry decided to go back to school for his Masters Degree in Leadership after becoming CEO.
  • Why Garry focused the culture of WD-40 on continuous learning and collaboration.
  • Garry’s book, Helping People Win at Work, and why leaders are responsible for improving their teams’ performance.
  • How Garry started The Learning Moment, and what he teaches.
  • The importance of servant leadership in any business.
  • A mistake Garry has made, and what he learned from it.

Links from the Episode
Episode Transcription
Helping People Win at Work by Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge
Invite Garry to Speak

Guest: Garry Ridge
Twitter: https://twitter.com/learningmoment
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/garryridge/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPogAomneEkNNFKJ_PLaX3g


Host: Robert Glazer
Twitter: https://twitter.com/robert_glazer
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/glazer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RobertSGlazer/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robertglazer_/

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