Helping People Navigate Career Transitions with Gary Slyman, USNA ‘81

Jan 12, 2022 | USNA

“My whole goal, whoever I coach or whoever I’m working with, is clarity. I want you to have clarity about where you’re going…I help people get better at what they do.”

-Gary Slyman (USNA ’81)

Gary Slyman (USNA’ 81 ) is President and Founder of Great Transitions Strategies, a Leadership Consulting and Coaching practice with the mission to empower individuals and organizations to reach the next level of performance personally, professionally, and as an organization. After serving for 23 years in the United States Marine Corps in program management and as Commanding Officer of an aviation squadron in combat, Gary led, established, and assisted in the development of multiple ethics education programs as the Deputy Director of the Ethics Center at the United States Naval Academy. Gary also led the development of a Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 private independent school centered on a values based leadership program where he worked as Head of Middle and Upper School.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How vision, values and strengths shape Gary’s coaching strategies
  • Why it’s important to love what you do
  • Resource recommendations for discovering your values 
  • Tips on how to navigate entrepreneurship
  • What helped Gary succeed as a leadership coach

Gary also tells us why he started Great Transitions Strategies and the story of how his daughter identified his talent for leadership coaching. We also discuss the types of transitions Gary is most passionate about helping people through, some of his favorite transition tools, and the motivating power of his Monday morning 5 minute stand-up meetings. We learned a lot from Gary’s expert tips and hope this episode inspires you as you kick start 2022!

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Special thanks Gary for joining me this week. Until next time!

– Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

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