Grayson helps senior executives and their teams to rapidly expand their collaborative performance, solve complex organizational problems, and skillfully manage major change initiatives built on shared trust, straight talk and mutual accountability.
Based in Northern California, Grayson and his firm has worked with organizational leaders throughout the U.S. and internationally (Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Russia). For more than 25 years he has coached executives and their teams, facilitated organizational change initiatives, and designed and led cutting edge educational programs including the widely acclaimed Full Contact Collaboration® programs.
Grayson is recognized for his potent and unique multidisciplinary approach to executive and team performance improvement which draws upon his personal experience as an organizational leader, alternative dispute professional, martial artist, ontological coach and social entrepreneur.
In the 1980s Grayson was CEO of a multi-campus private school system in the San Francisco Bay Area that was profiled as a model school for the future in Esquire Magazine and the updated edition of the groundbreaking educational reform book “Education and Ecstasy.” In addition to serving on several non-profit boards, he was founding Executive Director from 2005-2010 of a nonprofit focused on building a sustainable regional food system that received the prestigious Leadership in Sustainability Award and recognition by the California State Senate and State Assembly. In the 1990s he served as the first Executive Director of a regional homeless services and advocacy agency that has gone on to national recognition for its innovative and successful programs.
Founding Executive Director of a regional nonprofit that received the prestigious Leadership in Sustainability Award and was recognized by the California State Senate and State Assembly, Grayson (many years prior) served as Executive Director of a homeless services and advocacy agency that has gone on to national recognition for its innovative and successful programs.
Reflecting his life-long interest in collaboration, Grayson has worked as a professional mediator specializing in resolving complex, multi-party litigations within the California court system, taught programs on negotiation and alternative dispute resolution, and co-founded the Victim-Youth Offender Reconciliation Program for Sonoma County Legal Services Foundation.
Grayson holds a 6th Degree Black Belt in Aikido, is a senior instructor at Two Rock Aikido, and long-time practitioner of Chi Gong, Vipassana Meditation and other mind-body disciplines (which he refers to as “performance practices”).
He is one of two worldwide trainers and certifying professionals for The Samurai Game®, an internationally recognized leadership, team-building and personal development simulation developed by author, lecturer and human potential pioneer George Leonard.
Grayson lives in Sonoma County, California with his wife, dog, and numerous pet gophers.