John Foley is the former lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels, a Sloan Fellow at Stanford School of Business, a gratitude guru and an expert in the how of High Performance teams. In 2015, John was recognized as one of the top 10 most in demand speakers.
His exciting, rare journey inspires awe, triggering audiences to take action and rethink what they believe is possible. John employs those intense realities as a metaphor to motivate teams and individuals to reach for their highest potential while empowering organizations to sustain excellence under dynamic change.
John’s presentations are marked by three overriding traits:
“John was amazing! He is quite the buzz on the conference floor and with our execs!”
Shelly Fox, Trades & Events Manager, NextGen Healthcare
“The most inspirational and transformational Keynote on the planet.”
Patrick Cowden , CEO, Beyond Leadership
“John has a way of connecting with the audience that’s meaningful and his message resonates! He’s inspiring, humble and connects with all participants on many different levels! John’s Diamond Performance Framework will help any company or team achieve even greater results without question.”
Jeff Myers, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Wyndham Vacation Ownership
John has spoken to some of the Highest Performing organizations such as, Microsoft, Hitachi, Intel, Cisco, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Goodyear, Chevron, Lowe’s, Marriott, Wyndham Hotels, Hilton, Penske Racing, Rawlings, LA Kings, Sprint, Motorola, Merrill Lynch, Mass Mutual, Capital Group, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, GE Capital, American Hospital Association, Merck, Sunovion, Reach Air, Adecco, Gillette, McDonalds, and Million Dollar Round Table.
John consistently performed in an extreme, high-stakes environment, flying at speeds of more than 500 miles per hour and in formations as close as 18 inches apart. To survive in those circumstances, he relied on a culture of high trust and leadership that turns inherently unforgiving flight into extraordinary experiences. He employs those intense realities as a metaphor to motivate teams to reach for their highest potential and empower organizations to sustain excellence under dynamic change.
John’s post-Naval experiences as an entrepreneur and a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business put him in a unique position to reverse-engineer the culture of excellence and teamwork found in the Blue Angels. He has created a framework and a mythology that inspires greatness while propelling others on their own journey toward Higher Performance.
John graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also was a defensive back for the Midshipmen, playing in two bowl games and helping Navy to one of the best four-year records in its football history. As a pilot, John was a “Top Ten Carrier Pilot” six times before becoming a Marine instructor pilot and a Blue Angel. He holds master’s degrees in business management, from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (as a Sloan Fellow); in international policy studies, from Stanford University; and in strategic studies, from the Naval War College.
In 2011 John founded the Glad To Be Here Foundation. John donates 10% of his speaking fees to charities through the foundation. John works with every client to donate 5% to charities of their choosing. Through this program over 100 charities and 1 million dollars have impacted thousands of lives globally. It’s part of his mission to connect a shared “purpose larger than self” with every organization.
High Performance is a mindset, a process and a state of being that accelerates everyday performance and achievement. Individuals and teams that embrace High Performance begin a journey toward excellence and elevated execution that has the power to carry them beyond their expectations.
Blue Angel precision is built on a solid foundation of teamwork. Every team member, from the crews on the ground to the pilots in the air, is held to the exact same standards of excellence. Unified alignment collapses barriers, and creates a powerful culture of action.
In the digital age, innovation and transformation surrounds us. Engaging with advances mid-stream requires a unique mindset. How do you fly the jet and innovate it at the same time? And once you’ve arrived, how do you sustain that change?
People and teams operate at the level of their beliefs. When we raise the level of those beliefs, performance will follow. A simple self-reflection on limiting and liberating beliefs can create new alignment and precision in individuals and teams.
How would your teams perform if there was complete inherent trust in each other and the organization? The Blue Angel’s air show is built on a foundation of trust. Picture this: two jets, collision course, 1000mph closure, and you’re goal is to miss the other jet by a wingspan. An extreme trust makes that maneuver possible, and when that relationship is transposed onto the world of business, the results are incredible.
Character, authenticity, compassion, strength, trust: the Blues’ performance flows from powerful leadership.The Blue Angel approach to leadership is unique and inspires trust through confidence, with open and honest communication. Every team member is expected to be a leader to achieve expected results.