A team of black belts does not equal a black belt team.
You’ve probably heard that “TEAM” stands for “Together Everyone Achieves More.” While organizations love the “achieving” and “more” parts of the acronym, but struggle with the “together” part. Dr. Nguyen “Tom” Griggs has combined his diverse backgrounds in martial arts, higher education, and business to develop black belt leaders and high-functioning teams.
Find Your Inner Black Belt
Learn about the strengths of character every black belt needs. Discover how to bring those black belt strengths within you to your day to day life as a team member and as a leader.
Myth of the Lone Warrior
Leaders are definitely made, but often with manufacturing defects such as the “lone warrior” mentality. Transform your leadership style from a solo exercise into a team sport.
Learning How to Fall
One of the first things you learn in Japanese Jujitsu is how to fall. Counterintuitively, falling is a vital skill for advancement in the art. So why is “falling” outside the dojo a source of shame?
The B.L.A.C.K. B.E.L.T. Experience
Earning a black belt is tough but keeping it requires a strong mind as much as it does a strong body. Unlock the cognitive strategies that black belts use to endure even the most grueling challenges.
5 Traits of Black Belt Leaders & Teams
Drawing upon his lived experience and academic research, Tom illustrates the five essential traits critical to the efficiency and performance of a team and ways in which you can reduce conflict between team members.
Diversity & Inclusivity Training Seminars
Discover how to cultivate inclusive and diverse communities on campus or at work by identifying personal blind spots, testing assumptions, and challenging your own implicit biases.
Benefits of training
Transform oppositional team members into your greatest allies
Leaders commonly complain about their more challenging team members and their meeting alter egos such as the Motor Mouth, the Pessimist, and the Contrarian. Creativity, perspective-taking, and flexibility are key components that allow working groups to take difficult feedback and transform it into fuel for team growth.
Discover the benefits of adopting a white belt mentality
Aging is a privilege that bestows us with opportunities to develop talents, master languages, and accrue wisdom through lived experience. However, there is wisdom in knowing you don’t know everything. A white belt mentality is characterized by an openness to learning, spiritual development, and a continuing sense of curiosity about the world.
Build stronger teams through compassionate leadership
If we live in a democracy, why do the social politics of our workplaces and schools so closely resemble the caste systems of feudal Japan. Why do we treat some people like emperors and others like indentured servants? Effective leaders empower their teams by developing a culture for people to share their knowledge, demonstrate expertise, and welcome feedback and input to further organizational goals.
“I work with organizations to develop black belt leaders that others want to follow.”
Every day, millions of people show up to work feeling despondent, disconnected, and alienated before they even leave their cars. You can practically see the veins protruding from the necks of coworkers that are struggling to suppress snide comments resulting from years of built-up resentment at their peers. Disengaged, callous leadership directly contributed to the transformation of our schools and workplaces into social and psychological battlegrounds.
I feel comfortable utilizing negatively charged language and vivid imagery to describe these destructive environments because of my own first-hand experiences with them growing up in my neighborhood, working in the corporate financial sector, and teaching in higher education. The unfortunate reality is, toxic social dynamics permeate all facets of our society.
I am a life-long student and educator who transforms challenged work groups into supportive teams by educating others about how to become a better leader through self-awareness and compassion. Every customized keynote and workshop is informed by the tenets of Japanese Jujitsu – courage, benevolence, justice, respect, honesty, loyalty, and honor.
My vision is to empower individuals and teams to develop and nurture supportive organizational cultures that make individuals feel valued, heard, excited to come to work.
Take care friends,
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“As a leader, if you won’t listen to what your team tells you, then you’re wasting their time and yours.”
Dr. Nguyen “Tom” Griggs is committed to a lifelong pursuit of continuous personal and professional growth. Client input and feedback are integral to that process. Using his creativity, sense of humor, and unique perspective, each keynote and workshop is designed to meet the needs of each individual client.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
“Mr. Griggs was a dynamic, engaging speaker at the Martial Arts SuperShow. It was fantastic to see the audience interact and get involved in the discussion. I highly recommend hiring Mr. Griggs to speak at your next conference!”
“Dr. Griggs’ presentation engaged the students in lively discussions and peer-to-peer mentorship. The information that the Talent Search staff gained will impact various aspects of our communities.”
“Dr. Griggs captured the participants’ attention and imagination while challenging them to do things that they traditionally wouldn’t take part of. I’m already planning to have Dr. Griggs back in the future.”