Gary Morton was the senior co-founder of Stryker Corporation’s EMS equipment business. He led that business to astounding growth while pioneering breakthrough technologies that revolutionized patient handling for ambulance services around the globe. He is also a West Point distinguished graduate and the author of the highly acclaimed book Commanding Excellence: Inspiring Purpose, Passion, and Ingenuity through Leadership That Matters follow: @garymorton6.
What do I do best?
I recognize extreme talents in unique individuals and create empowered environments in which they can express those talents in ways that will impact their work, their organization, and the world. I create islands of excellence, and get a thrill out of helping talented people strive for great things.
What makes me the best version of myself?
I keep moving forward, no matter what.
What are my aspirations?
a. Hike the National Parks, see more parts of the world, set a masters swimming world record at over 90 years old, achieve a national master qualification in chess, positively influence the lives of my children and grandchildren, continue to have a great marriage, walk on the moon, laugh often, learn more, live a long and healthy life, and leave a legacy that has meaning.
b. Professionally I’ve had the chance to accomplish many wonderful things and work in environments of excellence. I would like to inspire others to create similar environments that allow them and their organizations to reach for their highest and best.
My Biggest Success?
There are a number of things that come to mind in my personal life, but I’ll focus on the professional. I co-founded and later led an EMS Equipment business that for twelve years was the top performer in a highly aggressive company. Over that arc of time, we were the best of the best. But, the thing that made it so worthwhile was when some of the most hardened paramedics would come into our booth at a tradeshow and hug our engineers, thanking them for creating products and technology that allowed so many to keep working in the profession they loved. Our technology made a difference in the world and transformed patient handling in the pre-hospital environment.
My Most Challenging Moment?
After seventeen years of trying to make a make a mostly loveless marriage work, I made the difficult decision to end that relationship. In the long run, it all worked out. The kids are doing well, my ex is with someone who accepts her for who she is instead of trying to change her, and I have found the love of my life. Coming out on the other side was an awakening.
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My Favorite People/Role Models?
Of course, John W. Brown & Fred Dibella- focus and leadership, Steve Jobs-imagination and drive, George S. Patton Jr-determination, Jesus Christ-love, Albert Einstein-seeing things others don’t, Garry Kasparov-competitive spirit, Michael Jordan-talent meets determination, Star Trek Captains Kirk, Picard, Sisko, and Janeway-inspiring the best out of extraordinary people.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
Hiking just about anywhere, especially in the American Southwest. New Zeeland, Lake Michigan, European capitals, Pacific Islands, the Napali coast of Kauai, and the National Parks.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro. With these devices, I have the world’s library, all of written history, and the knowledge base of humankind at my fingertips. I can connect with people all over the world but still turn it off for those quiet times of introspection and intimacy.
My Current Passions?
I am launching my first book – Commanding Excellence: Inspiring Purpose, Passion, and Ingenuity through Leadership that Matters