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1/10th of 1/10th of 1% by John “Gucci” Foley

By John "Gucci" Foley | Jun 09, 2021 | Comments Off

"Leaders Must Consider Their People First"

How do you lead through change and inspire your teams to not only improve performance, but to reach and sustain excellence by being in the 1/10th of 1/10th of 1%?

John “Gucci” Foley knows what it takes to be excellent - to be the best of the best - to work with precision, teamwork - and always with a Glad to Be Here® mindset. His Blue Angels gold helmet is a symbol of excellence and teamwork, one that he shares during every presentation to inspire audiences to reach for the stratosphere.

John explains that the gold helmet represents what it takes to go beyond the 1%. Out of the hundreds of thousands of pilots, only six people get to wear this helmet at any given time - only 1/10th of 1/10th of 1% of all the pilots in the world.

John says that in order to lead through change, leaders must consider their people first. A stunning Blue Angels airshow is only as good as all of the people combining their expertise and working with precision as a team.

Your organization is only as good as your people. To be better than the best, you must create a culture of excellence and caring. When you challenge your people to achieve and sustain excellence within this type of environment, your organization’s excellence will grow and ultimately become the the 1/10th of 1/10th of 1%.


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John “Gucci” Foley is Glad To Be Here

By John "Gucci" Foley | May 21, 2021 | Comments Off

John “Gucci” Foley is cmi’s newest addition to our exclusive roster.

Imagine at the end of your fingertips is a 22-ton jet fighter - flying 500 miles an hour - upside down! How do you help your organization to achieve this kind of precision, trust and teamwork? That’s what John “Gucci” Foley, former Lead Solo Pilot of the Blue Angels, teaches in his astounding keynotes. Attendees learn how to reach and stay at the highest level of performance. The Glad To Be Here ® mindset (a Blue Angels mantra) is the cornerstone of how he inspires business teams to create and sustain a culture of excellence.

John’s early life included an engineering degree from the US Navy and three master’s degrees, 1.) Sloan Fellow from Stanford Graduate School of Business 2.) Strategic Studies from the Naval War College 3.) International Policy Studies from Stanford University. He was a “Top Ten Carrier Pilot” six times before becoming a Marine instructor pilot and then a Blue Angel.

John and his wife Carol have founded The Glad To Be Here Foundation - he works with every client to donate a portion of his fee to a charity of their choice. This Foundation has raised over $2,000,000 to 360+ charities in 57 countries around the world.

Known for his golden pilot’s helmet and The Glad To Be Here mindset, John’s varied and illustrious career includes him as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and best-selling author of Fearless Success

Why You Should Hire John “Gucci” Foley

  • He delivers customized virtual and in-person presentations that fit with your culture and event goals.
  • He provides engaging stories and electrifying videos of Blue Angels aerobatics, bringing a renewed spirit, purpose and energy to your organization.
  • An expert in high-performance and execution, his Diamond Performance Framework, combined with the Glad To Be Here mindset, inspires your team and improves your processes, ensuring you operate at the highest level possible.
  • John has reached over 1 million individuals, teams and organizations with his dynamic keynotes, workshops, and programs.


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John "Gucci" Foley - Joins cmi family

By John "Gucci" Foley | Dec 02, 2020 | Comments Off

John "Gucci" Foley is a former Lead Solo Pilot of the Blue Angels, "Top Ten Carrier Pilot," a best-selling author and an expert on high-performance teams. And we are proud to announce that he is also the newest member of the cmi family!

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John is an expert at accelerating performance in turbulent times.

Connecting, aligning, and unifying virtual teams can be a daunting task. John’s message of trust and high-performance teamwork speaks directly to virtual teams. His unique keynote experience leaves audiences feeling inspired, energized, and “Glad to Be Here®”

As a keynote speaker, John has inspired over 1,000 organizations to increase trust, elevate execution and build a culture of excellence. He's delivered his Glad To Be Here message at over 1,000 events, to over 1 million people worldwide.

No other speaker in the world shares John's life experiences.

He has continually reinvented himself, working as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, leadership expert, keynote speaker, and the best-selling author of Fearless Success.

John Foley's message goes above and beyond expectations. With engaging stories and electrifying videos of Blue Angel aerobatics, his presentations will give your organization a renewed spirit, purpose and energy. John’s events inspire, motivate and align teams to improve performance, strengthen teamwork, and thrive with a Glad to Be Here Mindset. 

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As the founder and CEO of CenterPoint Companies—which provides business performance training to companies worldwide—John knows first-hand how the best of the best excel and continually improve. By thoroughly studying the current climate within your workplace and reflecting on his past experiences, John Foley delivers personalized programs aligned with company culture and event goals. This detail-oriented customization will give your people the experience of a lifetime.

Inspiring Top Performing Organizations - Why Should You Hire John Foley?

  • John's process for building a culture of excellence aligns with any company striving for the top.
  • He knows how to align teams with your vision to fly in formation.
  • John's debriefing process creates a safe space for teams to trust, communicate and execute.
  • His approach inspires a disciplined dedication to teamwork.
  • John has delivered his extraordinary message at over 1 thousand events to over 1 million people.
  • He is a natural motivator with a proven record of inspiring greatness.
  • John holds 3 Masters degrees, an honorary Ph.D., and was a pilot in the movie Top Gun!

Welcome to the cmi family John!


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