From Fear to Fire on Adventurous Leadership Development

From Fear to Fire on Adventurous Leadership Development

From Fear to Fire: Secrets to Overcome Fear, Embrace your Gifts and Achieve Success

This is the place where real people share real challenges. Where you can find a common bond and uncommon wisdom through their stories. Use tips from the breakthroughs of others to jump start your success. Speaker, author, adventurer, and Host Heather Hansen O’Neill takes you on the journey from fear to fire. Today we talk about adventurous leadership development with surfing, getting in the ‘Groove’ and More!

This week’s theme: Adventurous Leadership Development

You know I love a good adventure!  AND I’m a fan of surfing! So, this episode speaks to my heart. But whether you love those things or not, you’ll get a lot out of the innovative leadership strategies our guest expert shares with us today.

Brian Formato:

-is the founder of Groove Management, a leadership development and executive coaching firm. He is also the creator of LeaderSurf, an adventurous development program for business leaders of all backgrounds, industries and corners of the world who want to break old habits and create lasting change.

Brian has 25+ years of experience developing leaders and organizational capabilities inside of companies in a variety of industries including financial services, digital marketing, telecommunications, industrials, construction equipment and publishing as well as non-profit organizations. He has served in diverse roles including HR management, leadership and organizational development, corporate communications, and digital marketing.

Get in the GROOVE:

Brian nationally launched Groove Management in 2014 to help first time CEOs step into new and uncharted waters inherent with their unique roles. He is known for his work with executive teams, taking them outside of their four walls to address tough business challenges, and create new experiences that build trust and prompt change. His practice offers executive coaching, leadership effectiveness and development, organizational development, behavior-based leader branding, and alignment during change (early change company growth, post-merger integration and venture capital) services.


Brian pairs appreciative inquiry with a balanced leadership approach rooted in science, service and self to help leaders find their groove, learn to fail in order to succeed and adopt leadership practices centered on service to others and oneself. He often “sees the simple” that we can’t see when we are too close, and turns the simple into actionable insights with questions like “Would I thrive working for me?”

Brian earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eckerd College and a master’s in organization development from American University. He is certified in Leading Dimensions, Myers Briggs, Birkman, TKI, Conflict Dynamics Profile, and Brand You; and serves on the boards of Advent Co-Working, ClearRock, and the Charlotte chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

Listen now and get the answers to these and more:

  • What is the significance of Groove Management?
  • How does learning to surf help improve leadership?
  • What is your definition of failure?
  • How do you inspire executives to become servant leaders?
  • As well as his personal story of fear, failure, and the path to success…


Learn more about Brian and Groove Management HERE

Learn more about LeaderSurf HERE



And check out Heather’s new Breaking Free PDF to help you through change. Find that HERE

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