Brian Gast

Executive coach, top team facilitator, author and speaker. I work with individual leaders and their teams to help navigate personal and professional transitions and to increase leadership capacity and improve communication and relationship skills. I founded my coaching firm in 2001 following 12 years asa CEO. Check out more on me and my coaching process in my book "The Business of Wanting More: Why Some Executives Move from Success to Fulfillment and Others Don't"

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Three Heads are Better than One: How to Tap Your Wisdom Through the Use of Your Three Brains

September 19, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Neuroscientists have discovered the source of wisdom. Not only are our brains regenerative and plastic, we actually have three of them. We have a brain located in our head, our heart and our gut. The work of the HeartMath Institute* has demonstrated that the area around our heart is loaded with neurology that connects us to our environment, determines our sense of aliveness and expands our access to our intuition. Dr. Michael Gerson, author of The Second Brain is among a growing group of researchers proving that our digestive tract, and in particular our small intestine, contains more neurons then our head. Are You a Head, Heart or Gut Type? We each have a bias to use one brain center […]

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How to Prevent Personal and Organizational Beliefs from Killing Your Change Management Process

August 9, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

“But, we’ve always done it that way!” In my book, The Business of Wanting More: Why some Executives Move from Success to Fulfillment and Others Don’t, I spend quite a bit if time on what I call “The Bubble,” that personal lens that surrounds us and distorts reality. Our Bubble is created by our personal belief systems, and the many conscious and unconscious ways we interpret what’s going on around us. Turns out, organizations have a bubble too – the cultural norms and collective belief systems that influence the way employees view the world. The quote above, which virtually every leader or manager has heard when trying to make changes for the better, is perhaps the most exasperating example of […]

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How do you Sabotage Your Attempt to Change?

August 2, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Do others in your organization resist your vision for the future? Are family and friends unsupportive of your attempt to change? Have you found yourself resisting your commitment to change? When you set yourself up for change, you can also set yourself up for failure if you don’t recognize the not-so-obvious internal and external impediments to change. A powerful vision is always met with resistance. Wanting to reduce the risk that comes with change, your family, friends, and co-workers may resist your new ideas. But the strongest resistance will likely come from you – from the parts of your personality, largely subconscious, that are committed not to human potential and fulfillment, but to self-preservation and risk reduction: The Protector and […]

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Are You Frustrated with Your Life?

July 26, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Do you feel unchallenged or uninspired at work? Do your relationships lack meaningful connection and depth? What is the cost to you of success? If our average life expectancy were a few hundred years, we’d have plenty of time to experiment in our pursuit of happiness. We could try all sorts of jobs and relationships to see which ones worked well and which were just a lot of work. We could go down each path with little concern about the consequences because we’d trust we have enough time to redirect our course if necessary. (Taken from Chapter 5 of my book, The Business of Wanting More: Why some Executives Move from Success to Fulfillment and Others Don’t) Of course, we […]

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“Change Management” is Not Just a Buzzword

July 12, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

How do people and organizations effect change? Sparked by a crisis in my own life – I was highly successful and deeply unhappy, I made a transformational change and make personal fulfillment a key priority in my life. Then, taking what I’d learned about transforming human behavior (my own and others), I created the Q7 Process; a program designed to help executives move from success to fulfillment. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was creating a change management process not too dissimilar to ADKAR and other models. The “Q” refers to “quadrant,” one quarter of a four-dimensional grid that represents the four dimensions of a person (and can be applied to a group of people), while the […]

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The Point of Purpose

July 11, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

I dropped a client a note today as a follow-up to a conversation about purpose. He asked a good question, “Do we need to work on developing a purpose statement for the company?” He is my note to him: I love that you keep thinking about culture – you have a blank canvas with your company and what you do with that challenge has the ability to drive change and aliveness in you. I think a lot about things like “purpose” – however it’s defined, purpose is something that is always there, we just get more and more clear about what our purpose is. I think the purpose of humans and the entire universe is to evolve, to get more […]

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Seeing the Opportunity in Conflict

July 5, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

What would happen if you were to view conflict as an opportunity for understanding and connection, instead of tension and defensiveness? “Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let’s love turbulence and use it for change.” – Ramsey Clark, former US Secretary of State While viewpoints often differ, disagreements can be healthy if you can overcome a lifetime of conditioning to avoid conflict, and resist any impulse to attack the person with whom you disagree. The messages we hear growing up: “If he hits you, hit him back,” “An eye for an eye,” or “Don’t rock the boat,” and “Leave well enough alone”, have trained us to either respond aggressively to conflict or to sidestep it whenever possible. Yet, the […]

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How to Communicate in the “Age of Distraction”

June 28, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

We live in the “Information Age;” yet, despite the incredible number of communication platforms available to us, including worldwide interaction on the internet, email, texting, private messaging, social media, and (heaven forbid) using our smartphones to speak to each other, we are as isolated and stressed as ever. If you research how to improve communication, whether for personal or business reasons, you will learn that listening is the most important tool for effective communication. “The ability to truly pay attention to what someone else is saying improves not only the quality of what we hear and understand, but also the enthusiasm and engagement of the other person involved in the communication.” (LaunchBox365.com) Even as we incorporate more technology for sharing […]

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All You Need is a Simple “Why”

June 21, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Steve Jobs As mentioned in a previous post, How to Simplify Your Life to Achieve Better Balance, my current Big Goal is to stay present, in all things at all times. I find I’m best able to do that when my mind is not focused on multiple goals, judgments, hopes, criticism or any of the other forms of head trash my mind generates. I am doing a lot of different things this year but at the core is being present – everything I […]

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The Power of Expectation

June 14, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

We rise or fall to the level of others’ (or our own) expectations. “The power of expectation subconsciously controls your life to finally create self-fulfilling prophesies. The expectations of those around you modify your behavior for better, or for worse. Your own expectations can fill you with energy, or drive you into despair and despondency.” (EffectiveMindControl.com) It turns out that our brains are wired to use imitation as the tool for behavior and action. We do what we expect we can do. We subconsciously narrow our choices, as well as our expectations of reward or punishment for our behavior. If you have accomplished a lot, chances are either your expectations for yourself and/or the expectations of key influencers in your […]

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