Karl F. Gretz, Ph.D. is the President & CEO of Gretz Consulting Group. He has applied his unique consulting approaches to numerous areas, including customer relationship management, leadership, sales management, cultural change and consultative selling skills in financial services, education, the military, industry, and health care for companies in North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. For more than 30 years he has provided individual and corporate business development consulting that has helped thousands of senior executives, managers and line sales professionals take their business to the next level. In addition, he has created numerous courses / curricula in areas from leadership, cultural change, relationship skills and ethics to business development. A popular speaker at conferences, he has authored six books, been featured in 17 financial TV programs and is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World and Who's in Finance and Industry. Finally, he is on the Board of Directors of Community Living, a Louisville, KY based non-profit agency that provides housing and community integration for developmentally disabled adults.
Working in partnership with Steven Drozdeck, Karl has developed comprehensive training programs for such companies as:
• Prudential Securities. Delivered the Market Strategies course for new advisor program.
• CIBC/Wood Gundy (Canada). Comprehensive sales training for new advisor program.
• McDonald & Co. Comprehensive sales training for new advisor program.
• Bank of America. Developed relationship manager program template.
• J.C. Bradford. Comprehensive sales training for senior advisors.
• Vickers Ballas (Singapore). Comprehensive sales training for all advisors at firm.
• Financial Satellite Network. Delivered over 25 television programs.
• LaSalle Banks. Comprehensive sales training for all advisors at firm.
• MFS Funds. Developed modules for delivery to financial firms by MFS wholesalers.
I am passionate about helping people grow to the next level of effectiveness in their lives and business. I believe character is the key to that growth.
In a world drowning in despair where individuals are convinced to turn themselves into human bombs to make a final statement about their lives, it behooves those of us in leadership positions to strive with all the energy we have to give hope to the hopeless. Only by reaching beyond ourselves and our own petty problems can we lift another and help them rise above their despair to the point where they can begin to use their own creativity to find solutions for their lives. In the end, that's the whole point of leadership.
What you are doing to help others move out of the darkness of despair and into the bright light of hope.
Helping people work together to achieve a common goal.
50 years ago, Hollywood, the churches, the schools and even the government worked to teach children the importance of developing a good character. Now, the only only organizations that demand character are the military, the Boy Scouts of America and a few churches. Everyone else has either abandoned their responsibility or [like Hollywood today] are doing everything they can to destroy character. Today, no one is accountable for anything they do or say. The economic, political and social problems we face as a nation can be traced to our failure to demand and teach character to our youth, our co-workers and, especially, our political, educational, business and religious leaders. When will we stop pandering to mediocrity and the lowest common denominator and demand the best of ourselves and each other?
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