Barry Wishner is a CEO who’s done it. He’s founder of ProFormance with $50 million in revenue and over 300 employees; and he’s an advisor and confidant to C-Suite Leaders. Over the last 35 years he has interviewed hundreds of CEOs on what they’re doing to get to the top and stay there year after year.
His legendary, personal in-depth interviews of 350 Fortune 500 CEOs and over 2000 high-powered business leaders, news-making entrepreneurs, and ground breaking innovators reveals What The World's Smartest Leaders Do Differently to embrace questions that position their organizations to thrive in a changing environment.
As an observer and commentator on executive level thinking, Barry distills the wisdom of leaders at the top into everyday language. In his leadership programs, he customizes his message to each audience, creating an interactive, fast-paced, high-content, program that provokes leaders to Shake Things Up!
He gives leadership teams… The COURAGE to ask tough questions that challenge all business assumptions. The BACKBONE to break free of the status quo. The PERMISSION to put everything you're doing on trial. The THUMBS-UP on throwing out the old-rule book. The GREEN LIGHT to doing what it takes to get things DONE!
Barry combines street smarts with real world business experience. He has been an innovator in the business world for over 30 years, a corporate executive with Fortune 500 companies, and a successful entrepreneur and builder of businesses that are special, memorable and difficult to
After graduate school Barry served as a Captain in the Air Force as a hospital administrator under the Surgeon General. He has been an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University (where he lectured on High Performance Leadership), and City College of San Francisco Business School.
Barry has worked with over 2000 leadership groups in corporations, and professional organizations. His client list includes a variety of industries and Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, GE, UnitedHealth Group, IBM, Oracle, Berkshire Hathaway, J&J, General Mills, McKesson, MetLife, Sysco, Jacuzzi, Texaco, Fujitsu, Conagra and USAA.
A newsmaker who is often featured in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and CNN Financial News, Barry is working on his book, "Be Bold or Be Bait… How To Avoid Getting Eaten Alive In Business."
- DONE! Stop Talking, Stop Waiting, Start Doing
- Be Bold or Be Bait... How to Avoid Getting Eaten Alive in Business (or, in your specific industry) (bold & innovative leadership in an age of disrupti
- Humpty Dumpty Solutions
- Tough Questions… Profitable Answers: Leadership At Work
- Leadership Innovation at Work
- Challenge Everything You Thought You Knew About Healthcare
Leadership, Business, Performance, Motivation
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