Mike is a business coach who works with owners of small and medium sized businesses as well as executives and managers in Fortune 100 companies. His coaching style is characterized by fresh perspectives, high energy and penetrating insights into people, processes and strategies. His business experience and uncommon thinking have catalyzed life changing, breakthrough results for his clients.
Mike’s experience in business is rich in breadth and depth. Before embarking on a career in coaching he spent 17 years in sales and marketing. Over one-half of that time was with the U.S. and international divisions of Pfizer. In 1998, Mike shifted careers, serving as an executive coach in Sprint’s prestigious fast-track executive development program. He launched his own coaching business in 2004. Over the past 10 years he has provided coaching and consulting services to individuals and groups in some 20 industries and specialty areas. He has coached every level of the management hierarchy in companies of all sizes. He has also worked with executives in the public and not-for-profit sectors.
In addition to 1:1 coaching, Mike works with groups. He facilitates strategic planning, helps address cultural issues and interpersonal strife, and delivers powerful and pragmatic workshops in areas such as selling skills, customer service, communications, leadership, teamwork and management. In coaching and group facilitation, Mike draws from several disciplines including business, philosophy, psychology, group dynamics, leadership, management, power and politics.
From 2006-2009, Mike was a Process Leader with the Chief Executive Network, a member association of chief and senior executives who share operational and conceptual expertise through a structured meeting process. He has also been a top-rated workshop facilitator at the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP) in Kansas City.
Mike earned a B.S. in Communications from Cornell University in Ithaca N.Y. and an MBA in international management and marketing from New York University in New York City. His formal coaching began in 1998 as an executive coach at Sprint. Before that he was a marketing and sales professional in the pharmaceutical industry, including 11 years in the international and North American divisions of Pfizer. He earned coaching certification in 2003. Mike is committed to continuous learning. His academic and experiential learning range across a vast tapestry including philosophy, spirituality, psychology, group dynamics, meditation, Tai Chi, yoga, entrepreneurship, leadership, the Chinese game of Go, and more traditional business topics.