Chad Robert Stewart is an international management consultant, global strategist, author, and public speaker. He is founder of the Britfield Group and a global strategist for Wolf Management Consultants, where he helps companies maximize productivity and profitability.
Stewart received his B.A. from Brown University, did post-graduate work at Harvard and Oxford Universities, and earned an M.B.A. from Boston College. He’s taken advanced courses at the Institute of Directors, London. Before becoming a full-time business consultant, Stewart worked at Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch.
Stewart is on tour with his new book, “The Five Great Principles for Life,” published by Pelican, which he launched at a special event at Warwick’s in October.
What brought you to La Jolla?
Sixteen long years in Wellesley, Mass., and the desire to be close to my family.
What makes this area special to you?
I grew up in Newport Beach, so I love the ocean. La Jolla is a dynamic area, with a solid academic base and cultural atmosphere.
What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?
I’d arrange a massive overhaul of downtown San Diego. I’ve been all over the world and know we can do better here. Perhaps this is a future strategic project for me.
Who or what inspires you?
Those who yearn for the impossible; and those who want to learn, grow, and improve.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
Set aside from close friends and family, and in the spirit of having fun with the question: Ludwig van Beethoven, Napoleon Bonaparte, Sir Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Abraham Lincoln and J. K. Rowling.
What are your five favorite movies of all time?
“Dead Poets Society” (1987), “The Great Escape” (1963);
“The Philadelphia Story” (1940); “The Sound of Music” (1965) and
“Star Wars” (1977).
What is your most-prized possession?
My education, travels and experience.
What do you do for fun?
Travel (mostly abroad), attend cultural events, play tennis, go sailing, write, swim, and support the San Diego Ballet, for which I am now a board member.
Describe your greatest accomplishment.
It’s my new book, “The Five Great Principles for Life,” which is based on 20 years of experience working with 50 professional trainers, four self-made millionaires, three Fortune 500 companies, and successfully launching multiple businesses. And also, my recently finished 450-page young adult adventure novel, “Britfield & the Lost Crown,” which is the first in a five-part series that takes place all over the world. Britfield will be released next year in 2012.
What is your philosophy of life?
Whatever you do, do it well or not at all. And to always learn, grow, and improve. My two favorite quotes are:
• “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” –Goethe
• “In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him, and in that I am his pupil.” –Emerson