Greg Layton is the founder of Chief Maker, host of The Inner Chief Podcast and an executive coach who specialises in helping CEOs and Executive Teams lead turnarounds and transformation.
But there are a gazillion executive coaches in the market right. What makes Greg any different?
“Greg is the only coach we know that has a deep skillset in connecting the three pillars of performance in elite environments - Individual Excellence, High Performance Teams and Organisational Strategy.” [Head of HR, ASX200 Company]
Greg’s covers three key strategies when working with businesses - individual excellence, building high performance teams and organisational strategy. It’s a rare find. And no matter which hat he’s wearing, Greg’s goal is consistent - to help his client’s visualise the future and drive measurable results.
His real-world frameworks have been developed from his years consulting to elite sport and corporate business.
His deeply researched and real-world applied frameworks have become famous for creating clarity and a blueprint for accelerating career, team and business success. In particular he has built a powerful framework for unleashing the power of middle management in the change process.
He has coached more than 100 companies on 5 continents and become the trusted coach of the most in demand C-suite executives and elite sport coaches.
Greg has interviewed nearly 100 CEOs and gurus in elite performance on The Inner Chief Podcast and personally coached C-Suite executives at companies like Arcadis, Target, KMart, Acacia Mining, The Reject Shop, Sydney Water, HealthShare, Aither, AV1, Barminco, CIMIC, John Holland, Development Victoria, Mustard Creative, SAP Concur Blue Star Contracting, GSR mining, Barrick Gold, Telstra, NAB, CBA, Australian Taxation Office.
Over the years, Greg's real world experience has shaped his approach to coaching. Including:
- Training with the Shaolin Monks in the remote mountains of China
- Running 250km Ultra Marathons across the Gobi and Atacama Deserts
- Advising CEOs & executive teams of multi-billion dollar companies
- Working as a high performance coach for the QLD Reds Super Rugby team
- Writing an Amazon best-selling book - ‘Chief Maker’
- Hosting top-rating iTunes podcast, The Inner Chief and The Universal Man
- Interviewing a huge number of inspiring Gurus, Chiefs & Entrepreneurs
My background - from salt of the earth Australia.
THE PATH TO CHIEF MAKER HAS BEEN ONE OF EXPERIMENTS, UPS, DOWNS AND LEARNING FROM THE MASTERS.
I GREW UP IN BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA TO A MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILY.
Mum worked in healthcare, Dad was a teacher and I’m the youngest of 5 kids. My folks were evangelistic catholics and while my childhood was pretty strict, it was full of long hot summers, running and swimming, noisy and chaotic family dinners, and plenty of love.
I loved sport and hanging with my mates and that pretty much summed up my early life. University was the same. I was way more interested in the Beer Appreciation Society and having a good time, than I was studying.
IN 2002, I LEFT AUSTRALIA TO HIT THE ROAD BACKPACKING. I HAD ONLY ONE MISSION - FUN AND ADVENTURE.
I lived and played rugby in England, ran with the bulls in Pamplona, visited the great sites of Europe, travelled overland across the African continent from North to South. You name it, I did it.
Life was carefree and pretty damn wild at times.
IN 2005 I WAS LIVING IN CALGARY, CANADA. LIVING THE DREAM AS A YOUNG, CAREFREE PROFESSIONAL ON AUTOPILOT.
But out of the blue I found myself in financial strife, had an unexpected breakup and some stressful drama at work. I spiralled downward super quick. Why? Because deep down I knew it was all my fault and I had no idea how to deal with the situation.
The one positive - an incredible mentor. He took me under his wing and taught me more than I ever imagined about personal growth.
And deep within me the fire to become the greatest version of myself was lit. I started learning and reading with a passion. It kept me up to the all hours of the night.
I RETURNED TO AUSTRALIA TO A MIDDLE MANAGEMENT ROLE IN GOVERNMENT, DETERMINED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
But one morning I got into the elevator and saw a swarm of zombies looking back at me. They were good people, but there was no spirit. No energy. No meaning. And my fire to be my greatest self was being extinguished every minute that I stayed there.
I looked around and wondered how many more elevators around the world were filled with bored & uninspired people?
And that was the trigger that launched me into coaching.
MY COACHING CAREER BEGAN IN 2008 AFTER A COMPLETE RE-EDUCATION IN THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HIGH PERFORMANCE.
Pretty soon i was working with ceos, corporate executives, pro athletes, sporting teams and anyone seeking excellence.
But, I was trying to be everything to everyone.
Until, in 2012 I started working with organisations going through major transformation and I knew I had found my home.
Turnarounds are are the cutting edge of leadership and personal excellence and in my opinion - where TRUE CHIEFS cut their teeth.
And so Chief Maker was born.
It is everything I learned from the big chiefs, masters of their fields and top athletes, distilled into clear frameworks and strategies for leading change across an organisation and nailing your work.
And its purpose - helping people become A TRUE CHIEF by Boldly Leading Change, Inspiring Your People and Leaving a Legacy.