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Gary Xavier


FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION

Maximizing Mission Engagement
& WORKER Retention


Former Marine Sniper. Leadership Speaker. Cohesion Strategist.

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Gary Xavier


FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION

Maximizing Mission Engagement
& WORKER Retention


Former Marine Sniper. Leadership Speaker. Cohesion Strategist.

Seeing someone like Gary with such effervescent passion inspires all of us to push for excellence. .
— Lars Hotseung, CEO Custom Label

A MARINE FIGHTING FOR 
THE FUTURE OF HUMAN WORK

What is a Marine? A Marine, to it's core, is a person who fights for those who cannot fight for themselves.  Marines are trained to run toward the sound of the gun! They run toward the dangerous.  They run toward the work that many refuse to take on.   A Marine is guided by values, deeds and effort.  This is what Gary is and what Gary does for your organization. Gary Xavier is "The Workforce Marine."  


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Former Marine Sniper


Former Marine Sniper"When you train to kill another man, you never think about the blessing of NOT having to."
- Gary Xavier

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Former Marine Sniper


Former Marine Sniper"When you train to kill another man, you never think about the blessing of NOT having to."
- Gary Xavier

Where Marine Snipers Are Born

MY STORY

I try to lead by exploration.  I am a former Marine Sniper, Ironman athlete, World's Toughest Mudder, PGA golf professional, 3rd degree black belt, volunteer firefighter, trophy husband and rookie father.  I gravitate towards uncomfortable environments because that's where progress is.  That's where exploration is.  Exploration is the willing pursuit of unknown paths in order to learn and grow.  I must fight through my fear and insecurity to find these paths.  My hope is to give others courage to do the same.  

I am the Chief Exploration Officer of The Blade Group LLC.  I founded this company in 2012 as a way to realize my entrepreneurial vision of a company that brings people together rather than force them a part.  Everything we do at The Blade Group is committed to realizing one inspired workforce.  We do this through speaking, training and visual media.  

I currently speak  with a non-profit organization called Think Kindness.  I am blessed to speak to tens of thousands of youth around the US issuing a 15-day kindness challenge to see which school can become the kindest in the country.  I speak to families about becoming a more cohesive resilient unit through a program I created called The Rising Tribe®.  I also speak to corporate audiences who want their small unit leaders to drive innovation and a cohesive culture.

I serve on the board of the Organization of Executive MBAs at Sacramento State.  I am a member of the National Speakers Association, the Association for Talent Development, the Professional Golfer's Association of America and the Marine Memorial Club.   I volunteer as a firefighter with the Vacaville Fire Protection District and nothing gives me more pride then to serve as husband and father to my wife and baby.  I met my wife Eryn in 5th grade in Mr. Peretto's class at Hunter Lake Elementary in Reno, NV.  We sat next to each other, I gave her a ring, she gave it back and I've loved her ever since.  We began dating on Friday the 13th at my graduation from Marine Sniper School.  Everything I do is to be worthy of her love and respect. 

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Leadership Speaker


Leadership Speaker

"You quickly get the sense that the messages he conveys are not merely part of some act, but speak to his own deeply held values."

- Rex Scott, Tuscon Arizona

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Leadership Speaker

"You quickly get the sense that the messages he conveys are not merely part of some act, but speak to his own deeply held values."

- Rex Scott, Tuscon Arizona

COURAGE DRIVES PROGRESS

The business community seems to look at leaders who grow companies as geniuses.  I am here to share a reality about leadership that has little if anything to do with your IQ or where you were born.  We go deep into the hearts of the individual, the people they serve and path they both are on.  I am interested in the ecosystem of leadership and it all begins with courage.  According to a recent IBM survey of executive leaders, the number one most desired character trait that is lacking in today's leader is courage.  

I am a speaker and address crowds from a stage, but as much as it pains me, I am not your leader.  I am not the last word.  I am a catalyst to begin a new set of behaviors performed by your executives and embraced by your small unit leaders.  Rituals that drive the human condition to its best state.  I am the first word.  Your courage will be the last word.  

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Cohesion Strategist


Cohesion Strategist

"He was able to tear down the walls so easily.  It was amazing to watch." 

- Catalina Lemos, Hollister, CA

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Cohesion Strategist


Cohesion Strategist

"He was able to tear down the walls so easily.  It was amazing to watch." 

- Catalina Lemos, Hollister, CA

ARE YOU A FAMILY OR A UNIT?

No one signs an At-Will employment agreement in a family; they do in a company.  No one has limited vacation and lunch times in a family; they do in a company.  Companies are NOT families; they are units with a mission.  How will you provide a sense of belonging and significance that advances the story and skills of your people? This can only be done in a hyper focused and time sensitive environment based on honest conversations about what your UNIT is.  I am here to help take your unit to a new frontier by solidifying the bond you all share through exceptional work.

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Our Audience


Our Audience
"Gary gave us momentum and a sense of purpose that we need to keep at a high level as we go through the rest of our mission." - Rex Scott, Tuscon Arizona

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Our Audience


Our Audience
"Gary gave us momentum and a sense of purpose that we need to keep at a high level as we go through the rest of our mission." - Rex Scott, Tuscon Arizona

BUSINESS AND EDUCATION AUDIENCES

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Gary speaks with forward-thinking organizations that demand more from their industry, technology and human capital.  Gary works to build leaders in your company who have more courage, more humility, more adaptability, more creativity and more empathy.  

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EDUCATION >

Gary's passion is a preventative approach to addressing leadership in the lives of youth.  Gary pushes the boundaries of what youth think they are capable of and drives action in direction of self discovery and meaning.  

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Xtra Info


Xtra Info"The soul never thinks without a picture." - Aristotle
 

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Xtra Info"The soul never thinks without a picture." - Aristotle
 

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