Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best…and Learn from the Worst

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Date(s) - October 10, 2019
7:30 am - 10:00 am



John Graci, President & CEO of Graci Leadership Solutions, LLC / C: 612-708-1939 /



Did you ever have a great boss? Everyone should have the opportunity to have one, but unfortunately, not enough people do. If you are a boss, or hope to become one, or have a less-than-great boss, you can’t afford to miss this entertaining, fun and fast-paced presentation chock-full of plain-spoken and real-world solutions. Business is about people! If a leader does not show up to work, how much of the work gets done? If employees do not show up to work, how much of the work gets done? Employees are an organization’s most valuable resource. This program is not about warm fuzzies, or academic theories, just practical wisdom from the trenches helping leaders and employees work together to achieve the objectives important to your company. This presentation is thought-provoking, insightful and rich with ideas to help improve relationships in the workplace and maximize the productivity of each employee.

Program Takeaways:

  • Deliver crystal-clear communication
  • Get workers tuned in and turned on
  • Handle conflict and crises
  • Recognize the most basic employee workplace needs
  • Manage “up the ladder”
  • Tips for communicating with your boss

Program Highlights:

  • Why do leaders unintentionally reward poor and unwanted behavior?
  • Why do leaders unintentionally punish wanted behavior?
  • Drive-by recognition
  • “Boss please let me know if I have spinach in my teeth!”
  • What’s the most powerful question a leader can ask their employees?


John Graci is an author, consultant, and leadership adviser with more than 20 years of management experience in production, office, union and non-union environments. Graci’s folksy and tell-it-like-it-is approach comes across as refreshing and riveting, and will have leaders on all levels of business grimacing in guilt knowing they might be practicing management without a license. John is a frequent keynote speaker on change, motivation and communication for Fortune 500 companies, national conventions and SHRM chapters across the Midwest. He has been recognized by VIP’s for teaching management skills that instantly improve the work environment. John’s debut book, The Buck Stops with You exposes today’s leaders who are quick to blame employees for having bad attitudes as opposed to looking in the mirror and asking what they could have done to cause the situation. Graci’s second book doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to offering solutions to the question: Why Don’t Employees Perform as Expected? John’s third book, Leaders Are MADE, Not Born! will be released this summer. Graci’s tell-it-like-it-is approach shines light on what your employees always wanted to tell you, but never do! As seen on CNN, John’s sense of humor, charisma and passion blend nicely with his pragmatic style. Practical and entertaining, John’s time-tested techniques provides nuggets of wisdom and in-the-trenches solutions for employees of all generations.


Date:  October 10, 2019
Time:  Networking: 7:30-8:00 A.M., Meeting: 8:00-9:30 A.M., Optional Roundtable 9:30-10:00 A.M.
Location:  Bachman’s, 6010 Lyndale Avenue So, Minneapolis, MN 55419

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