How to Win at Work Through Learning Moments with Garry Ridge


This week Libby speaks with Garry Ridge, chairman and chief executive officer of WD-40 Company. Garry is responsible for developing and implementing high-level strategies, overseeing operations, and nurturing relationships and partnerships for the company. He is passionate about the learning and empowering culture he has helped establish within the organization. His vision and leadership have positively impacted the company in both measurable and immeasurable ways and he now shares his wisdom with leaders around the world.

Libby and Garry discuss:

  • How understanding tribes (literally) has helped him build an engaged and productive culture
  • Why failure should never be an issue
  • Why pleasure makes perfection at work
  • The traits of a soul-sucking CEO and how to fix toxic cultures in the workplace
  • Communication and leadership differences between men and women
  • The importance of being both a leader and a teacher
  • Moving from a fixed to a growth mindset through “learning moments”

Garry joined WD-40 Company in 1987 and has held various management positions in the company, including executive vice president and chief operating officer, and vice president of international. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego where he teaches the principles and practices of corporate culture in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership program. 

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