Rusty Gaillard ~ Executive Leadership Coach

Former Worldwide Director of Finance at Apple, Rusty Gaillard teaches senior leaders to achieve success without sacrifice. Rusty knows how to create success by pushing hard. He worked at top companies during his corporate career, from GE under Jack Welch to Apple during the launch of the iPhone, iPad, and Watch. But he learned that pushing hard doesn’t always get you where you want to go.

Feeling stalled in his career, Rusty left Apple in 2019 to become a full-time speaker and executive coach. In the following years, he learned that sacrifice and hard work didn’t originate with his job or his boss’s expectations. His intensity was internal, and it backfired when it limited innovation, creativity, and boldness.

Rusty helps smart people make better decisions, at work and in life. He believes true success comes from being your best self, not from working to the point of exhaustion. Rusty is the best-selling author of “Breaking the Code”. He lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and teenage son, enjoys playing bass in a rock band, and spends as much time as possible outside.


Breaking the Code
Don’t wait for retirement. You can achieve freedom and balance in your life now.

Many of us think we cannot have the degree of success we really want. We limit ourselves based on what we think we can achieve, so we don’t even reach for what we most want in life. Discover how to upgrade your InnerTech so you can conceive, plan and accomplish a degree of success you haven’t known before.

Based on the best-selling book “Breaking the Code”, this presentation will teach you to:

  • Unlock Your InnerTech. Every person has a code (beliefs, habits, mindset) that governs their daily decisions and actions. Learn how to unlock this code to achieve a new level of success.
  • Overcome the #1 Obstacle to Success. Learn the number one factor that blocks you from reaching your goals, and how to override it.
  • Be More Efficient. Achieving your goals doesn’t have to feel hard, it can be easy. Learn the most overlooked productivity hack to reach your goals faster.


Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions
Most business leaders have earned their position by being right most of the time. As a result, they rely too much on their intellect, trying to solve for the best answer. Good decision-making requires much more than intelligence. 

In this presentation, Rusty unpacks these surprising facts:

  • The best leaders rarely answer questions.
  • The right answer doesn’t produce the best result.
  • All failure has its roots in the quality of the decision

The quality of your life is based on the quality of the decisions you make. Make better decisions and you’ll reap benefits not just at work, but across all dimensions of your life.

Rusty Gaillard Speaker Reel

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Partial List of Previous Speaking Engagements:

  • GGBC (Golden Gate Breakfast Club)
  • Unity Palo Alto
  • CSIX Connect
  • San Mateo Chamber of Commerce
  • TCMC (Tri-Cities Marketing Council)
  • SCAOR (Santa Clara Assoc of Realtors)
  • Rotary Clubs of Alameda, Newark, Fremont, Los Gatos Morning, Benicia, Pacifica, El Cerrito, and Santa Clara
  • SING (St. Isidore Networking Group)
  • ABWA/BABEN (Am Biz Women’s Assoc) Bay Area Biz Express Network
  • FENG (Financial Executives Networking Group) San Francisco
  • STN (Successful Thinkers Network) Alameda Chamber
  • Kiwanis Club of Napa
  • Security Pacific Real Estate
  • Alameda Business Network

Partial List of Previous Podcasts:

The Dave Pamah Show
Stand Out and Grow with Kat Ramirez
CEO on the Go with Gayle Lantz
School for Startups with Jim Beach
The Game Changers Experience with Adam Strong
A Climb to the Top with Chuck Garcia
The Winning Zone with Hilmon Sorey
Access to Anyone with Michael Schein & Michael Roderick
Human Capital Innovations (HCI) with Dr. Jonathan H. Westover
Resilience Unravelled Podcast with Dr. Russell Thackeray
Founders Space with Steven Hoffman (Captain Hoff)
The Business Power Hour Podcast with Deb Krier
Ungraduated Living & Learning with Ken Hannaman
Inside Personal Growth with Greg Voisen
My Wakeup Call with Dr Mark Goulston
Richer Soul Podcast with Rocky Lalvani
The Mitch Gray Show 
Center Stage with John Hinson
Business Confidential Now with Hanna Hasl-Kelchner
The DEB Show #GoalChatLive (Courage) with Debra Eckerling
The DEB Show #GoalChatLive (Leadership) with Debra Eckerling
The Mark Struczewski Podcast
Will Work 4 Podcast with Daniel Thorton and Brendan Boland

The One Big Tip Podcast with Jeff Mendelson
The Next Phase
with Steve Kee

Live on Purpose with Dr. Paul Jenkins
The Answer is Yes with Jim Riley
The Oval Table with Carl Walsh and Douglas Bowers
Join up Dots with David Ralph
The Billionaire Lifestyle with Emmitt Muckles
Espresso Jams Entrepreneurial Journeys with Joe Matz
Your Partner In Success™ Radio with Denise Griffitts

Savvy Business, Life Unscripted with Christina Rivera
InnovaBuzz with Dr. Jurgen Strauss
Warriors, Lovers, Kings, and Heroes with Eric Rogel
Tribute 2 Happiness with Hedinn Sveinbjörnsson
Access to Anyone with Michael Schein and Michael Roderick
Succeed Against the Odds with Francesca Anastasi
Playing Injured with Josh Dillingham and Mason Eddy
Getting to the Point with Cindy Skalicky
Encouragement Engineering with Bob Brumm
The Go PROcast with JeremyTorisk
Heidi’s LemonAid Stand with Heidi Alldredge
Lifesaving Gratitude with Bunny Terry
I Am Refocused Radio with Shemaiah Reed
Living Fearless Today with Mike Forrester
Leading with Curiosity with Nate Leslie
InnovaBuzz with Dr. Jurgen Strauss
Getting to the Point with Cindy Skalicky

Warriors, Lovers, Kings, and Heroes with Eric Rogell 
Secrets of Success with Dr. Ken Keis
Tribute 2 Happiness with Hedinn Sveinbjörnsson
The Intentional Encourager with Brian Sexton
Sales POP!
with John Golden 
The Sanity Project Podcast with Joanne Victoria
The Authors Show with Danielle Hampson



“Rusty got me to do something I have avoided for a long time. He gave me the inspiration and concrete opportunity to take a moment to think about what I wanted in my life, at this juncture. When I relayed one facet of what I wanted, what I would love, and I heard his acknowledgment that I could have what I loved, I knew in my core, he was right. His manner of knowing, from his own experiences of doing, is powerful and contagious. I encourage anyone, who is yearning for his/her life to be more of a life you want, to reach out to him and explore if you two are a good match. He’s good! Signed…Louise, not yet retired, only 69.”
~ Louise Goeckel, M.A., Voted 2018 Best of Alameda Life Coach, Career and Business Consultant

“Rusty has the ability to truly connect with his audience. Within 15 minutes, we all gained insight into having a more fulfilled life. If you have the chance to have him come to your organization, you will not regret it.”
~ Andre Lewis, Program Chair, Rotary Club of Benicia

“Rusty’s message is easily understood, his takeaways are actionable, and he supports his thesis with anecdotes and stories.”
~ Rick Morgin, Chair, FENG (Financial Executives Networking Group) San Francisco

“Rusty has a spark that helps people to turn ideas into action.”
~ Amparo Pazo, Sales Operations & Support 

“Rusty was a great speaker, engaging, with a good sense of humor. I saw members interested enough to have further conversations with him. ”
~ Colleen Wright, Program Chair, Rotary Club of Pacifica

“Rusty is an insightful, present, and accepting coach who has helped me to grow in profound, life-changing ways.”
~ Marc Dahlberg, Controls Engineer

“Rusty is very inspiring and he helped me get started on my vision for life. I’m motivated to learn more!”
~ Carl Cavalho, Marketing Executive 

“I could tell Rusty spent a lot of time preparing his talk, and he delivered it well. Really appreciate his effort and the wisdom he shared.”
~ Joanna Chou, Program Chair, CSIX Connect


Video: Life Mastery Institute Training – Befriending Fear
Book:  Breaking the Code: Stop Looking for Answers and Start Enjoying Life