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Gary Crotaz

Director at Gary Crotaz Ltd.

St Albans, United Kingdom

A doctor, professional ballroom dancer, senior retail executive, coach, author and podcaster, I’ve plenty of lived experience of personal growth and career change. I developed my IDEA Mindset philosophy to help people figure out what they want from life and work, and how to get it. Today my personal mission is to make a difference, which I accomplish in four ways:
1. My executive coaching work with senior executives, entrepreneurs, artists and performers principally in the US, UK and Europe. I’m an ICF-accredited coach, a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, a Gallup-certified strengths coach and a graduate of the Henley Business School coaching programme
2. My book, ‘The IDEA Mindset’, which enables you to access the thinking and exercises behind my IDEA philosophy and find clarity of thought, clarity of decision and clarity of action about the path ahead
3. My podcast, ‘The Unlock Moment’, where I’m meeting and learning about people who have accomplished great things or brought about significant change in their life. We find out what inspired them, how they got through the hard times and what they learned along the way that they can share with you
4. Reaching out to new audiences through speaking engagements, online workshops, podcast appearances and articles in Forbes, the Sunday Times, the Telegraph and many others

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: London
Speaking Topics: The Unlock Moment: finding remarkable clarity on the path ahead, The IDEA Mindset: figure out what you want, and how to get it

Gary Crotaz Points
Academic 0
Author 64
Influencer 9
Speaker 0
Entrepreneur 30
Total 103

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Company Information

Company Type: Individual
Media Experience: 1 year
Last Media Interview: 02/06/2022

Areas of Expertise

Culture 34.72
Entrepreneurship 35.49
Future of Work
Leadership 33.19
Management 32.20

Industry Experience

Higher Education & Research
Professional Services


1 Article/Blog
Forbes: Why We Should Value A Powerful Question Just As Much As A Great Answer
April 15, 2022
Asking powerful questions is an art, and it takes practice. A powerful question is about more than the words you use. It’s in your intent, your awareness, how you listen as well as how you speak. Here are three components of a powerful question to reflect on and practice in your conversations with friends and colleagues.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Culture

1 Board Membership
Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance
June 02, 2019
Gary is an executive coach specialising in high performance leadership and change, formerly Director of Group Strategy for Selfridges Group and Customer Director of Mothercare plc. He is a retired dancesport athlete and coach and represented England on multiple occasions at World and European professional ballroom dancing championships.

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Management

1 Book
The IDEA Mindset: Figure Out What You Want from Work, and How to Get It, in 6 Weeks
January 13, 2022
The IDEA Mindset is a way of thinking that will lead you towards a deeply fulfilling working life, based around the four core principles of Identity, Direction, Engagement and Authenticity.

I’ve been developing the foundations of a programme that helps people access this mindset for almost 20 years. People who are unhappy in their jobs, people who have lost their sense of purpose, people who are striving for ambitious goals or are just wondering what to do next. People just like you.

Over the course of six fun, intensive weeks, you will gain a profound understanding of your natural strengths. You will design a working life that enables you to reach your fullest potential, that excites you every day and delivers on what you need from your work – emotionally, logistically and everything in between – and you’ll draw up a clear and comprehensive plan for how to get there. Finally, and most importantly, you will access the confidence, clarity and calm that comes with knowing where you’re going, and why: your IDEA Mindset.

This is your chance to change your life. Grasp it with both hands!

‘The approach of The IDEA Mindset frees and focuses your thinking about where to go and how to get there.’

‘The IDEA Mindset provides clear step-by-step guidance that will take you from being successful to being significant. With its emphasis on authenticity, it also teaches us how we can lead with kindness, humility and compassion. This is truly a book that feels like a cheerleader when your career goals seem crazy or out of reach.’

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Entrepreneurship

3 Media Interviews
As Told By Nomads with Tayo Rockson: Unlocking Your IDEA Mindset
As Told By Nomads
March 23, 2022
In this episode I speak with Dr. Gary Crotaz, Gallup Certified Coach and author of, "IDEA Mindset: Figure Out What You Want from Work and How to Get It In 6 Weeks," whose wakeup call was completing a long medical training and a PhD only to discover that it was not the career he was meant to do. Seen as something of an expert in career change. His varied career has encompassed medicine and science, strategy consulting and senior corporate leadership. He’s trained as a doctor, has been a world-class professional ballroom dancer, has worked as a university tutor and even had a short stint as a hospital radio DJ. A regular winner of ‘most eclectic CV’ contests, these days he’s an executive coach and Gallup-certified Strengths Coach. He has coached clients in more than 15 countries, specializing in activating their talents and strengths to achieve ambitious personal and professional goals.

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Management

How to reset your career in six weeks
The Telegraph
February 06, 2022
Life coach and author Gary Crotaz reveals the key lessons on how to change the path of your career, without actually changing your job

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Management

The Great Retirement
The Sunday Times
November 21, 2021
The rebounding economy is crying out for more than a million staff, but the pandemic has inspired a wave of mid-career workers to take stock of their lives and quit the rat race. How can they be lured back?

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Management

1 Podcast
The Unlock Moment
Gary Crotaz Ltd.
March 07, 2022
I’m a coach, author and expert in personal and professional change and growth – I’ve done my fair share of career changes from doctor to executive to professional ballroom dancer.

The Unlock Moment is that flash of remarkable clarity when you suddenly know the right path ahead. In this podcast, I’ll be meeting and learning about people who have accomplished great things or brought about significant change in their life. We’ll be finding out what inspired them, how they got through the hard times and what they learned along the way that they can share with you.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Management



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