Apr 28, 2020
Are you ready to take your individual or team performance to the highest level? Then strap on your flight helmet and light the afterburners. It’s time to jump into the High Performance Zone.
John Foley is a former lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels, a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford School of Business, and an expert in the how of High Performance teams. As a Blue Angel, 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 turned inherently unforgiving flight into extraordinary experiences.
In John’s post-Naval experiences as an entrepreneur, a venture capitalist and a business consultant, he employs the intense realities of his aviation career as a metaphor to motivate teams to reach for their highest potential and sustain excellence under dynamic change.
For over a decade, John has shared his exciting, rare journey with audiences around the world, becoming one of the most in-demand leadership and performance experts. John has worked with some of the world’s top organizations such as Microsoft, Hitachi, Intel, Cisco, Mercedes-Benz, Chevron, Marriott, Hilton, Penske Racing, the LA Kings, the Mayo Clinic, Merrill Lynch, Mass Mutual, Bank of America, GE, P&G, Gillette, and Google.
John graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in mechanical engineering. As a defensive back for the Midshipmen, he played in two bowl games and helped Navy to one of the best four-year records at that time. 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, in international policy studies from Stanford University, and in strategic studies from the Naval War College. In 2016, John was awarded an honorary PhD from UNAM in Mexico.
In 2011 John founded the Glad To Be Here Foundation. Through the foundation, John donates 10% of all his speaking fees to charity. To date, the foundation has raised over 1 million dollars for over 100 charities around the globe.