WHAT GETS HIM EXCITED?
“I’ve always loved travel and adventure. Bernadine and I have been to more than 40 countries. Whether it’s journeying by camel in the Sahara, trekking the mountains of Northern Pakistan, or canoeing on the Amazon, we are always up for adventure.”
(See photos of Michael’s world travels)
“Professionally, I love working with committed people and making a difference. When I get to see the before-and-after it’s tremendously rewarding.”
HIS CORE PHILOSOPHY ABOUT MAKING STRATEGY HAPPEN
“Ruthless Consistency. Leaders who are intensely committed to winning are those who develop the right focus, build the right team, and create the right environment … consistently.”
CONSULTING WITH COMMITMENT
“What our clients will tell you – and I make this commitment to them – is that ours is the most effective strategic process they’ve experienced. Why? Because it creates the focus, alignment and discipline to win.”
DON’T CALL HIM A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
“There are some tremendous speakers who tell uplifting stories. But my intent is to provoke, inspire and equip. I want you uncomfortable. I want you face-to-face with what you haven’t done, yet knowing you must do. And then inspired and equipped to do it.”
“I worked with FedEx for five years. Great company. It was when the Total Quality movement was taking off. I was responsible for implementing service quality strategy in Western Canada. 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.”
HE STUDIED WHAT?
“My undergrad degree was in sport science. For my Masters degree I studied skill acquisition in the context of Eastern philosophy. And my interdisciplinary PhD focused on cognitive psychology and human performance. If you suffer from insomnia I’ll send you a copy of my dissertation.”
FAST FACTS ABOUT MICHAEL
In university he was a captain of the football team and voted Most Inspirational Player.
He collects antiquarian books about mountaineering and polar exploration.
His favorite food is sushi … especially when paired with a fine, cold sake!
Not your typical sports fan Michael enjoys Formula 1 auto racing, US college football and championship curling.
Before it’s all said and done Michael intends to earn a black belt in Aikido and write a book on philosophy.