Gavin Barton (EdD) is a skilled consultant and practitioner with over 20 years of experience in the area of expertise development and coaching. As an award-winning coach, Dr. Barton has taught teams and individuals how to achieve higher athletic performance. By applying those coaching skills and proven techniques to individuals and groups in business settings, he enhances the ability of experts to transfer their knowledge and of recipients to actively develop the expertise that they need to further their own career and support organizational goals.
Gavin Barton has focused his research and consulting practice on helping individuals and teams develop expertise. He is the Principal and founder of GB Performance Consulting, a company that delivers personalized performance enhancement programs and educational, practice–based workshops for individuals, teams, and groups. In addition to counseling individuals, Dr. Barton has designed and implemented programs to enhance performance for multiple organizations. He has applied his research on reflective, experiential learning by professionals and his experience with the development of expertise to business situations, in particular in programs of knowledge sharing between in-house experts and their successors. For such programs, Dr. Barton has developed self–help tools for learners and experts.
Since obtaining his doctorate at Boston University, Dr. Barton has been an adjunct professor at Lasell College where he taught psychology and sport psychology. He has also been a frequent guest lecturer at Tufts University.
Dr. Barton's interest in developing individual potential and enhancing performance derives from his extensive experience as a professional coach and instructor for 20 years. He has been involved in amateur and professional athletics for 30 years, initially as a competitive athlete and then as an award–winning coach, guiding a number of championship–winning athletes and teams.
His current writing involves developing expertise, experiential learning and enhancing life skills. His co-authored article "Make Yourself an Expert" was published in the Harvard Business Review, April 2013. Dr. Barton is also co-author of a book published by Harvard Business Publishing in December 2014, entitled Critical Knowledge Transfer: Tools for Managing Your Company's Deep Smarts. Other publications in progress include: "The relationship between career success and life skill development" and "Career success and life skill development." He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association of Applied Sport Psychology.