Courage and Determination : Overcoming Adversity

January 8, 2014
Hosted by Chris Ruisi

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Join Chris as he explores with his guest Colonel Gregory Gadson what it means to Step Up and Play Big when your life takes a dramatic turn. Colonel Gadson has overcome tremendous adversity in his career and has become an inspiration to many with his messages of courage, determination and teamwork. Colonel Gadson will be discussing his experiences and the lessons of Pride, Poise and Team, learned as a West Point linebacker and how he applies those lessons to his life, career and family. A 24-year career Army officer, Col. Gadson’s life is a portrait of courage in the face of great adversity. In May 2007, as commander of the 2nd Battalion, 32 Field Artillery, Col. Gadson’s greatest challenge came in Iraq, where an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack cost him both legs above the knees and normal use of his right arm and hand.

Step Up and Play Big

Step Up and Play Big

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The Step Up and Play Big Radio Show with Chris Ruisi will focus on sharing practical concepts and tools addressing leadership, business and entrepreneurship that you can use to become exceptional, raise your personal success bar, and Step Up and Play Big.

Far too many people accept “average” as their personal standard either out of fear, lack of effort, or as a result of a misconception that it is too hard to go beyond average. Our goal is to have you see the possibilities and recognize that exceeding average is not as hard as you may think. People give up far too early and allow themselves to become victims of their circumstances when they can actually be the master of them. We’ll show you how to create your own plan by answering your questions, showcasing expert guests and presenting some great tips.

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Chris Ruisi

Chris Ruisi

Chris Ruisi is a nationally recognized executive coach, leadership expert, professional speaker, and author who challenges business leaders to Step Up and Play Big. Drawing on his 35 plus years as a senior level executive on the corporate front lines, Chris helps his clients to discover how to find and use the full measure of their capabilities. Chris combines his detailed insights and real life experiences and creates humorous, inspiring, informative and entertaining speaking programs.

His method incorporates his own proven expertise on how organizations and decision making work in order to help others build solutions. Through enlightening, positive and interactive sessions, Chris works with his clients to cultivate their vision, set goals, prioritize their strategies and then execute a targeted solutions-based plan.

Throughout his corporate career, Chris has received acclaim as a decisive, respected and effective leader, among both superiors and colleagues alike. He has been recognized for his abilities as a rational problem-solver who is able to keep cool, and promote a calm sense of solution-finding among others, through the challenges faced by a major public company in the financial sector. He has also been acknowledged as the kind of leader who has the unique ability to drive individuals to top performance levels.

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