Commanding Excellence with Gary Morton: Purpose, Obsession, and Creativity

Gary Morton, author of Commanding Excellence: Inspiring Purpose, Passion, and Ingenuity through Leadership that Matters, is one of the reasons I love live interviews.

It would be hard to make up a story as fascinating as Gary’s. From his success at West Point to his time serving as part of the Army’s incredible Task Force 4-68 as a tank commander, to his career helping build one of the largest, most successful firms in the medical device industry, Gary’s leadership wisdom comes through in every anecdote.

In Commanding Excellence, Gary shares the details and lessons learned from his time serving under Lt. Colonel Alfred L. Dibella in Task Force 4-68 and then John Brown at Stryker. The comparison and contrast of what made these leaders tick and how they succeeded is truly fascinating for any student of leadership. The themes of Clarity of Purpose, Empowered Obsession, and Unleashed Creativity describe the commonalities between these leaders and offer rationale for their incredible successes.

As I mention during the interview, Gary’s lessons in the military in particular, are incredibly relevant for all of us striving to create an environment of high performance in our organizations. If high performance is on your mind, you will come away from this interview and Gary’s book boiling over with ideas. I know I did.

Enjoy the interview. Soak up the ideas in the book!


You can reach Gary via his website at

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About the Author:

Art Petty is a coach, speaker and workshop presenter focusing on helping professionals and organizations learn to survive and thrive in an era of change. When he is not speaking, Art serves senior executives, business owners and high potential professionals as a coach and strategy advisor. Additionally, Art’s books are widely used in leadership development programs. To learn more or discuss a challenge, contact Art.

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