Want to Break Average?

It's about betting on yourself, and bettering those around you.  It's about facing fear, chasing doubt to create meaningful change and lasting relationships. We believe it's what you are meant to do in life and in business.  Yet, you don't have to do it alone!

Let someone help guide you in the journey. 

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Any meaningful accomplishment or achievement — especially in the midst of a struggle — ultimately involves others who choose to break average with you. We have agents of change -- who are certified guides -- to help you and your team on the journey. If you need a coach, or need someone to assess your leadership style or team culture, or need someone who can speak into your tribe or group at your next event, then reach out today. We have someone ready, and trained to guide you.

  • Coaching
  • Assessments
  • Mentoring
  • Speaking

Why a Breaking Average Certified Guide makes a difference?

There are four reasons every leader and team needs a guide: 

  1. To gain greater clarity for what's possible and how to get there.
  2. To discover the strength in the diversity represented by you and your team.  
  3. To empower the enterprise -- your organization -- at all levels - whether someone serves in the mail room or the c-suite. Why? Because everyone wants to feel like a contributor.
  4. To unlock the unlimited potential that you and your team have in front of you. 

Team Strong Leaders need mentors.  That's where a Breaking Average Guide can help.

Create the Clarity

A guide will help you shape and share a a VISION, and How to gather INSIGHT from others

Discover the Diversity

A guide can help you cultivate team CHEMISTRY, and How to develop deeper TRUST.

Empower the Enterprise

A guide can help instill a sense of OWNERSHIP for your team and help them be more RESILIENT. 

Unlock the Unlimited

The secret to being a confident leader, and Giving others a reason to say “YES”

Meet the Guides


Paul Gustavson

Paul has a passion for what he calls full spectrum innovation, which is centered on personal, technical, and corporate growth. In 2000, he helped cofound SimVentions, Inc., a technology firm that delivers engineering solutions for today’s military. SimVentions is frequently recognized as one of Virginia’s Best Places to Work and was named by Inc. Magazine as one of “The 50 Best Places to Work in 2016”. As the CTO, Paul leads in identifying and contributing to the company’s capability and influencing the strategic vision. Paul is an author of the recent book Breaking Average, and Leaders Press On. Paul is also co-host of the Transformational Leader Podcast. As a leader with an engineering background, he is also an active member within the simulation and virtual reality communities. Paul and his wife Barbara live in Virginia.

You can connect with Paul at http://www.simventions.com

Gloria Burgess

Gloria Burgess is founder and CEO of two organizations that equip and inspire leaders throughout the world. A retired executive in IT, philanthropy, and human services, she is a highly sought-after speaker and strategic advisor. Gloria is faculty and founding partner with the John Maxwell Team, and she also serves as faculty in executive leadership at Northwest University, University of Washington, University of Southern California, and Slovenia’s IEDC Bled School of Management. Her recent books include Pass It On!, featuring her father’s divinely-appointed friendship with Nobel laureate William Faulkner, and Flawless Leadership.

You can connect with Gloria at http://gloriaburgess.com.

Dave Cornell

Dave Cornell is the founder and president of Cultivate Courage, LLC, an organization dedicated to helping others overcome their fears and lead their most courageous life. Dave is a speaker, coach, and trainer focusing on personal development and leadership. For over 35 years he was in sales, sales management, and training and development. He is the author of Cultivate Courage. Dave lives in Fergus Falls, Minnesota with his wife Amy. They have two daughters, one son-in-law and four grandchildren.

You can connect with Dave at http://www.cultivatecourage.com

Jay Johnson

A retired Air Force veteran, Jay Johnson owns and operates J2 Servant Leadership, LLC, a training and consulting company. In addition to speaking and training domestically and abroad, Jay is also a certified Change Manager and Coach, who specializes in leadership development, team building, and workshop facilitation. Prior to starting his company in 2014, Jay spent 26 plus years as a member of the Air Force and as a government civilian. Jay holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences with a concentration in Behavior Analysis and Sociology from The University of North Texas, and a master’s degree in Adult Education and Administration from The University of Oklahoma. He and his family live just outside of San Antonio, Texas.

You can connect with Jay at http://www.j2servantleadership.com.

Barbara Gustavson

Barbara Gustavson, Founder of Discover Next Step, equips individuals and teams to know their value, live boldly and contribute their gifts to the world. She encourages them to embrace their strengths and imperfections, make peace with their past, and live fully with no apologies. Barbara followed her own calling to live her life with meaning and provide a deeper level of service to others. She is the author of the book Permission To Be Bold.

You can connect with Barbara at http://discovernextstep.com.

Richard Mobley

Richard Mobley is a principal in The Seven Four Group, a consulting firm specializing in executive, team and personal leadership development. The firm provides value through knowledge, relationships, background and resources to improve the status quo. During his successful career journey, he has served in executive leadership in the corporate world — primarily in healthcare business operations. Mr. Mobley has had the privilege of beginning businesses from the ground up, including a consulting and coaching business founded in 2006. He has experienced the impact of good leadership, poor leadership and no leadership. These experiences produced an intense passion for excellent leadership.

You can connect with Richard at https://sevenfourgroup.com.

Trudy Menke

Trudy Menke is the President of Reframing Leadership, LLC and a founding partner with the John Maxwell Team. Her career as a coach/trainer focuses on fostering self-discovery to improve confidence, clarity and results through stronger leadership and communication. For more than 25 years, Trudy has built her expertise in leadership within sales, marketing, and team building. She and her husband, Brian, have been married for over 30 years, have two daughters and enjoy calling Indiana home.

You can connect with Trudy at https://trudymenke.com.

Mike Harbour

Mike Harbour is the founder and Chief Action Officer for Harbour Resources, whose mission is to ignite purpose, excellence and action for leaders and men across the United States. Mike is a founding partner on the John Maxwell Team (JMT) where he serves on the President’s Advisory Council as Chair for the John Maxwell Transformational Leadership Award, and he is a Peer Teaching Partner for over 30,000 fellow JMT members. Mike is a coach, trainer and speaker living in Little Rock, Arkansas with his son and daughter and wife of 27 plus years.

You can connect with Mike at http://www.harbourresources.com

Rick Morris

Rick A. Morris, PMP, is a certified Scrum Agile Master, Human Behavior Consultant, best-selling author, mentor, and evangelist for project management. Rick is an accomplished project manager and public speaker. His appetite for knowledge and passion for the profession makes him an internationally sought-after speaker delivering keynote presentations for large conferences and PMI events around the world. 

Rick has three previous books The Everything Project Management Book, 2nd Edition, Project Management That Works!, and Stop Playing Games!  His latest book No Day But Today! is an Amazon #1 best seller. 

Rick is no stranger to being center stage in front of large groups of people. At the early age of 11, Rick was a Walt Disney World Performer in their seasonal shows. In high school, he worked at MGM Studios on various projects including the New Mickey Mouse Club. Taking the experience of his youth and blending it with the knowledge he attained throughout his career, Rick has been able to inspire and mentor many project managers. His blend of real world experience and down to earth delivery style makes his passion for the profession contagious.

You can connect with Rick at https://www.rsquaredconsulting.com/

Diane Caine

Diane is an Executive Director with The John Maxwell Team and a certified facilitator, speaker, trainer and coach for individuals and groups in the areas of leadership development, professional skills and personal growth.

Trained and mentored by John Maxwell and mentors of his world-class faculty, she is equipped with the tools, resources and experience to help you and your team improve your productivity, performance and profitability. Whether you are looking for a facilitator for group workshops, corporate training in leadership, speaking, sales, or coaching skills for your leaders, or a speaker for your next event, she has access to exclusive content that is only available through a certified Executive Director of the John Maxwell Team to help you reach your goals and objectives.

You can connect with Diane at https://www.poweryourspark.com/.

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If we don’t break average, we won’t make the impact that we could and should. And being unified as a team is the most powerful way to add that value. We call that Team Strong Leadership.