HIS CORE PHILOSOPHY ABOUT STRATEGY + EXECUTION
“Ruthless consistency. Leaders who are intensely committed to winning are those who are relentless in developing the right focus, creating the right environment and getting the right people.”
“What our clients will tell you – and I make this commitment to them up front – is that ours is the most effective strategic process they’ve experienced. Why? Because it creates the focus, alignment and discipline for them to succeed.”
“I worked with FedEx for five years. Great company. It was when the Total Quality movement was really taking off. I oversaw service quality for Western Canada and we produced more quality success stories than anywhere else in the Americas.”
“I spent three years coaching college football. Loved it. I loved the intense focus on achieving a common goal. We won a national championship. Those three years shaped my thinking about commitment, strategy and execution.”
DON’T CALL HIM A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
“There are some tremendous motivational speakers out there who have great stories. But my intent is to provoke. I want you uncomfortable. Reflecting on what you as a leader haven’t done but know you must do. And then doing it.
HE STUDIED WHAT?
“My undergrad degree was in sport science while my Masters degree looked at skill acquisition in the context of Eastern philosophy. My interdisciplinary PhD focused on cognitive psychology and human performance.”
WHAT GETS HIM EXCITED
“Adventure. My wife and I love to explore and have been to over 35 countries. After watching the movie ‘The English Patient’ we traveled to Tunisia. Spent five days in the Sahara with a guide who spoke no English. You know what you never forget about the desert? The silence. Absolute, perfect silence.”
(To see photos of Michael's world travels click here)
FAST FACTS ABOUT MICHAEL
In university he was a captain of the football team and voted Most Inspirational Player
He likes to collect antiquarian books about mountaineering and exploration
His favorite food is sushi especially when paired with a good, cold sake.
Not your typical sports fan Michael is an avid follower of Formula 1 auto racing, US college football and world championship curling.
His life ‘to-do’ list includes earning a black belt in Aikido and translating the Tao Te Ching