Speaking and Keynote Topics

Mike’s style is engaging, upbeat, entertaining, thought provoking, compelling, and most importantly educational, relevant and impactful. Individuals, teams and organizations yield immediate results by applying what they learn.

Mike’s personal mission is to help individuals, teams and organizations accelerate their ability to achieve more than they ever believed possible. Clients describe him as inspiring, motivating and a ball of energy with an unequaled focus and passion for helping them achieve their desired results.

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Achieve With Accountability | Develop a High Performing Team or Organization 

Accountability is the Catalyst to: Accelerated Change, Robust Employee Engagement, Intensified Ownership, Relentless Perseverance, Impeccable Alignment, and propels individuals, teams and organizations to intoxicating heights of achievement and success. Learn what it takes to awaken the whatever it takes attitude, belief, resolve, perseverance, confidence, determination, drive and creativity to achieve what matters most to individuals, teams and organizations.

Discover how to transform accountability into a positive, engaging and forward looking experience that will secure your position in the new world of work. Learn how to kick-start a revolution that will blast your team or organization to new heights of success.  With the world coming at us fast and furious every day, it’s easy to feel like you’ve lost control of your own life, your team or your organization. By choosing to take and lead accountability you reclaim control and are able to direct your own destiny.

Key Takeaways from Keynotes

Your work revolutionized me as a person. I spent hours last night sharing what I learned with people closest to me. Our executive team could not be more pleased with your ability to customize the agenda to meet our needs.

Dave G.

Pfizer

Thanks Mike.  We had a tremendous amount of positive feedback from both our distributors and employees on your presentation.  They were chasing me down following the session to get your contact information. I know I got a lot out of it, and I believe the attendees all found it very informative and relevant.  Thanks again Mike…great professional presentation with a ton of learning!  I really appreciate you taking the time to tailor the presentation to drive our desired outcomes You nailed it!  Safe travels!

Mike Catalina

General Manager, Huttig Building Products

Accelerate Change | Achieve What Matters Most

In the past, change was episodic, transient, and gradual; now, change is constant as business, technology, and society itself continue to evolve at an ever more rapid pace.  Accelerating Change – igniting engagement, passion, ownership and creativity that is often lacking during times of change, can be accomplished using proven memorable and pragmatic principles. Learn why some organizations achieve and exceed desired results.

Leading change has become a critical competency in today’s economy. But there is a significant and crucial difference between leading and managing change – not only in the approach, but also more importantly in the results. The success, or lack thereof, with transformational change efforts hinges on a few key principles that have been identified, studied and validated.

Nearly 75% of large-scale change efforts fail, or produce mediocre results. By implementing proven change principles that have allowed teams and organizations around the globe to accelerate and sustain desired change, you gain a competitive advantage.

Ignite Peak Performance | Create Your Optimal Culture

Culture, simply put, is the convergence of the way your employees think and act. That culture is producing your organization’s every result (financial, operational, customer, employee, etc.). If your future desired results are loftier, more difficult, of just different than those you are achieving today, will your current culture be able to deliver?  Most often the results teams and organizations must achieve in the future require employees to think and act differently. Creating those ‘shifts’ in how employees think and act is what will propel your team or organization toward those desired results.

Your culture is your ‘brand.’  The experiences your culture creates (the manner in which your employees think and act) will either reinforce that current ‘brand’ or evoke a new one. You can either lead your culture, or it will lead you. An organization’s (or team’s) culture is either an engine propelling it toward it’s desired results, or an anchor impeding and hindering it’s progress. You can define, lead and shape your optimal culture.

Survive and Thrive in the New World of Work | The Age of Disruptive Competition

In the age of the never satisfied customer, multi-faceted global influences and complex economic challenges, there are companies and entrepreneurs (Destructive/Disruptive Competition) at this moment looking to reinvent the way your business is done. How many bookstores were wiped out because of Amazon.com? What happened to Kodak? Blockbuster? Sears? Woolworth’s? Nokia? Rest assured someone somewhere is about to revolutionize your industry, or your business.

We are in a brawl with few rules, where the fast, flexible, and agile will eat and spit out the slow, over-thinking, and complacent. Individuals, teams, and organizations that fail to adapt will find themselves vulnerable, uncomfortable, and at the mercy of other people, events, or the competition. In this New World of Work, quickly leveraging ideas, talent, and leadership at all levels will separate top performing organizations from the laggards.

In today’s commoditized surplus economy, where customers have more choices than ever, what will it take to ensure your products and services are scintillating and memorable?

Amplify Employee Engagement | Capitalize on Passion, Focus and Commitment

In these tremendously ultra-competitive and turbulent times, how do you cultivate an environment where employees at all levels are engaged, energized and flourish? How do you effectively tap into the enormous wealth of creativity, innovation, passion, energy and commitment of employees that is often left idle? Much different than ‘job satisfaction’ (there are a lot of highly paid miserable people who are satisfied with their job) – engagement is about passionate, focused and committed employees contributing daily to help achieve what matters most.

In order to thrive, it is essential to engage, enlist and motivate employees at all levels to be all they can be. How do you engender a culture where employees at all levels define their ‘job’ as achieving our desired results, and not simply acting on what is in their ‘job description?’

Brand You! | You are CEO of Your Career, Life and Destiny

Welcome to the age of self-determination. The era of ‘entitlement’ is history. It’s up to you to take charge of your career and life. You must become CEO of Me, Inc. It’s about maintaining a competitive edge amidst chaos. It’s about achieving success when the stakes are high and ever-changing. Do you know what it will take? Are you ready for the dramatic changes taking place in the New World of Work?

It is incredibly important in today’s economy for everybody to think of himself or herself as a ‘brand.’  Over the past 10-15 years hundreds of thousands of jobs have been expunged, teams eliminated, and firms driven to extinction due to ERP, SAP, the Internet, Globalization, White-Collar Robots (EX: Cash Machines) and other factors. Blue-collar robots came and triumphed. The new target – White-Collar World. Are you prepared?

Those who will thrive and endure in the future will embrace the notion of continually developing skills, abilities and competencies that will set them apart and vividly demonstrate their value to whoever is signing their paycheck. What are you doing to stand out in today’s sea of sameness?

Unleash Leadership Capability | Summon the Exemplary Leader at all Levels

Discover the practices demonstrated by exemplary leaders that result in others voluntarily choosing to follow them. Leadership is a choice and can be learned, nurtured, and refined – by employees at all levels. Grasp an understanding of the most desired leadership traits employees crave from their leaders (based upon 250,000 case studies).

Embrace memorable principles that can be put into practice immediately. Whatever the desired results you wish to achieve or challenges within your organization – employee engagement, culture change, breaking down silos, improving collaboration, raising employee morale, merging cultures, doing more with less – it is through your people that you will either succeed or fail.  The manner in which your people behave is a reflection of leadership.

Elevate Mindfulness | Nurture Self-Awareness, Live in the Moment, Bolster Effectiveness

In a society where some experts suggest the average attention span is eight seconds, how do you enhance mindfulness and live in the moment? The benefits of being present and aware improve peace of mind, control and personal growth. Developing your ability to be cognizant of your feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations bolsters your level of consciousness and intensifies your feelings of control and effectiveness.

With the relentless and unyielding amount of information, distractions and minutia that bombards you daily, learning to develop mindfulness is your respite during the storm and bolsters your ability to achieve what matters most.

Flawless Execution | Transform Strategic Intent Into Reality  

Deciding upon new strategies and direction is challenging. Enlisting employees at every level to think, act and behave in a manner that assures the strategy results in success is even more difficult. Executing any strategy that requires change in human behavior may be the most difficult challenge a leader will ever face. What does it take to ensure key strategies are not slowly suffocated, but rather produce exhilarating results?

Two out of three crucial strategies fail to produce desired outcomes. How many of your most crucial strategies over the past two or three years achieved and sustained rousing success? How many slowly suffocated over time?  Applying these principles of flawless execution will enhance your likelihood of success.

Congratulations!  Outstanding!  Bravo!  This should do it.  I can’t wait to see the results.  It’s a pleasure working with such a prestigious professional. Congratulations on a Great Presentation Tonight!  You knocked them Dead!  Bravo and Kudos for your superb performance.

Robert K.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Mike, what more can I say, we gave you a challenging assignment; communicate to a group of scientists, help them develop themselves and stay accountable, and I must say you delivered every time.  Your Keynote at our five seminars set the tone each day.  My customers were thrilled that we would take the time to help develop them in their careers. They were energized by your style and delivery. Countless positive evaluations were received from our customers highlighting your session as most valuable. As you know my scientific presenters want you back to workshop on concepts and develop their teams. Great Job, I look forward to working with you on future projects.

John Dimare

Americas Marketing Program Manager, Agilent Technologies

I want to thank you for the wonderful program you presented.  I knew from when I first talked with you that you that you would be fabulous and you did not disappoint.

Sarah J.

National Human Resources Association

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