“It was in a bunker in Iraq—when the stakes were highest—where I got my opportunity to level up. From ‘solid’ leadership to ‘exceptional’ leadership; from a ‘fine’ strategy to a ‘winning’ strategy; from a ‘satisfactory’ culture to a truly ‘exceptional’ one. Doing so often meant the difference between life and death.
Before long I was ‘hooked’ on occasioning transformations like these, and when I left the Air Force, I sought new avenues for that work.
I dedicated myself to studying the art and science of transformative leadership, seeking experts worldwide and partnering with different thought leaders.
But my journey ultimately took me beyond the world of academia to the world of business, helping individuals and teams to overcome chronic breakdowns, bypass daunting obstacles, and break free from the shackles of mediocrity to do the work they always dreamed of.
Seeing these individuals fully (and finally!) express their potential and their purpose is a feeling that quite simply never gets old.
In 2015 I formed The Granger Network to scale the impact of these transformational encounters on an enterprise-wide level. Over time, I learned through success and failure and feel we have finally cracked the code on what it really takes to make real a future that is significantly different than the past.
For me, this work is always personal. We don’t have clients. We have partners. The executives and teams we work with have become some of my most important relationships. Our partner’s challenges and opportunities become deeply personal as I have been known to stay awake at night thinking about them.
But it’s also personal because of how much it matters. I’m always guided by a single question: “Does the work I dedicate my life to ensure that my daughter Aspen and her generation will inherit a future brighter than our present?”
I believe that the work we’re lucky enough to do every day—the work of bringing that authenticity, presence, bravery, connection, and excellence into the office—is accomplishing just that. I consider it a privilege and a pleasure.”