Mike Evans

Disruption and Innovation Expert

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Mike has developed a unique perspective from 20+ years of working alongside a star studded list of world-renowned thought leaders, including: Dr. John Kotter, Dr. Stephen Covey, Tom Peters, Jim Kouzes, Hyrum Smith, Steve Farber and Chris McChesney. Mike served in senior leadership and consulting roles with Kotter International, FranklinCovey, and Tom Peters Company. In addition to being a best-selling author, Mike is a leading authority on Unleashing Personal and Organizational Accountability, clients rely upon Mike’s solutions to; Accelerate Change, Shape Their Optimal Culture, Flawlessly Execute Key Strategies, Ignite Leadership Capacity at all Levels, and Amplify Employee Engagement, and Ignite Peak Performance.

Mike works with organizations around the globe and in virtually every arena, from the tech sector to financial services, manufacturing, health care, hospitality, entertainment, retail, and the US Government. Clients include: Intel, Capital One, Apple, BNY Mellon, Pfizer, The United States Navy, Fidelity Investments, Johnson & Johnson, Symantec, Cigna Corporation, PharMerica, Oracle, Astra Zeneca, Baxter International Inc., Shell Oil, Cargill, American Airlines, DuPont USA, and NASA.

Mike consults with senior teams, facilitates custom workshops, delivers keynote speeches and provides coaching and consulting on all of these subject areas. He uses his unique insights, passion, experience, and humor to positively affect individuals, teams and organizations around the world. He is experienced with executive leadership teams and groups at all organizational levels.

His 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. His 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 unequalled focus and passion for helping them achieve their desired results.

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Disruption: The New World of Work

Brand You! – Distinct or Extinct?

We are in a brawl with few rules, where the fast, adaptive, and agile will expunge the slow, over-thinking, and complacent. In the past, change was episodic, transient, and gradual; now, change is constant as business, technology, and society itself continue to evolve at an unprecedented pace that will only accelerate. Talent, ideas, speed and distinction are keys to winning in the New World of Work.

Individuals, teams, and organizations that fail to develop a distinct ‘brand’ and separate themselves from the pack in this New World of Work will find themselves vulnerable, uncomfortable, and at the mercy of other people, events, or the competition. The white waters of change are unnerving for many. But the fact is they will only become more turbulent. For organizations and employees who are unprepared, the future will be devastating.


Disruption: Excel and Thrive in the New World of Work

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 and employers have more choices than ever, what will it take to ensure your products and services are scintillating and memorable? As an individual, what are you doing to secure your position in the New World of Work?

Learn how to awaken the whatever it takes attitude, belief, resolve, perseverance, confidence, determination, drive and creativity to achieve what matters most to you, your team and your organization
. 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? Learn to differentiate in a sea of sameness. Distinct or extinct?

  • Develop tenacity, resolve and agility to secure your spot in the New World of Work.
  • Arouse a sense of purpose and passion among your employees.
  • Understand why many individuals, teams and organizations are losing to the unforgiving forces of the ‘7-sided pincer movement’ in the New World of Work.
  • Build, enhance and grow your desired 'brand' – Organizational and Individual – to cement your spot in the New World of Work.
  • Discover the essential tools in the ‘New Work Survival Kit.’
  • Cultivate a workforce that is connected, aligned and delivers your 'brand promise.'
  • Capitalize on the untapped potential of your existing top-talent - inspire extraordinary performance.

Accountability | Culture Shaping | Change Leadership Exemplary Leadership | Flawless Execution | Employee Engagement Trust | Peak Performance | Disruption (New World of Work) Teamwork/Collaboration | Branding | Mindfulness

All work is custom tailored to dovetail with each client’s unique culture and to ensure relevance to current business realities. The workshops are interactive, upbeat, entertaining, engaging, and most importantly participants are equipped with proven, pragmatic and memorable models, tools and principles that can be applied immediately. The workshops incorporate adult-learning principles in order to maximize retention and application of the learning. No fluff, hyperbole, rhetoric or complicated models. The insights are easily understood, relevant and applicable. Organizations and individuals are positioned to yield results immediately. You gain a competitive advantage.

  •  Embrace the key change principles that are common among successful change efforts. 
  • Understand the critical difference between leading and managing change and the appropriate ratio required to accelerate change.
  •  Ignite a heightened sense of urgency, accountability, and ownership at all levels of your organization.
  • Discover what it takes to move employees from compliance to commitment – jettison resistance.
  • Learn how to create a ‘Want-To’ versus a ‘Have-To’ culture. A culture where change is embraced. 
  • Avoid the primary pitfalls and traps that sabotage most change efforts.
  • Intensify agility, resilience and perseverance.

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 will 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.

  •  Learn how to create shifts in the way employees think and act so that your desired culture will flourish and heighten organizational
  • performance.  Understand how to identify the root cause of undesired cultural beliefs and actions, and how to infuse desired beliefs and actions.
  • Discover how to gain voluntary commitments from colleagues so they self-select desired actions - Stop wasting time enforcing compliance around policies and procedures.
  • Develop a culture where employees ‘bring more of themselves’ to the workplace – trigger innovation, creativity and passion.
  • Create organizational laser-like focus on what matters most – eliminate confusion, misunderstanding, miscommunication, mistrust, frustration and indifference.
  • Acquire principles and tools to help you clearly define and then establish your optimal culture.

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

  • Discover how to craft a culture where employees go above and beyond what is ‘required.’
  • Learn the pathway to differentiation and increased market share. 
  • Master practical and memorable leadership tools proven to increase levels of voluntary contributions of discretionary performance from those you lead.

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? 

  • Arouse your understanding and commitment of what it will take to find success in the New World of Work. 
  • Discover how to develop and enhance your ‘desired brand’ to secure your position now and in the future. 
  • Learn what it will take to gain a reputation as a ‘valued’ employee.
  • Understand how to find more meaning and fulfillment in your work.
  • Grasp what it takes to unleash your true potential. 
  • Develop a team or organization that is connected, aligned and manifests your organizations brand. 
  • Create internal champions of transformation. 
  • Break through self-imposed barriers and mediocrity.

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).


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.

  • Learn the four principles of execution that are common among strategies that achieve and sustain desired results. 
  • Understand the most common ‘de-railers’ of flawless execution and how to avoid them. • Internalize a common framework and methodology to ensure your top strategies are achieved.
  • Discover how to create organizational focus on critical new strategies that will ensure future success, while still maintaining peak performance on the day-to-day operations. 
  • Learn how to ‘deconstruct’ crucial strategies down to the individual contributor level so that all employees understand how ‘what they do’ contributes to the success of the strategy. 
  • Develop the ability to align, engage and enlist necessary personnel and key stakeholders.
  • Spawn a culture where employees at all levels focus on actions and behaviors that will positively contribute to execution excellence.

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.

  •  Discover the 4 keys to accountability, along with the observable best practices. 
  • Cultivate the agility, flexibility and resiliency to adapt and thrive during constant change. 
  • Foster collaboration, camaraderie and teamwork – Establish unshakable trust and credibility. 
  • Intensify ownership, engagement and alignment – Crumble silos and abolish territorialism. 
  • Instill a can-do, steely resolve, solutions focused mindset in the face of difficult challenges, obstacles and barriers.
  • Eradicate the blame-game and vanquish excuse-making that stifle peak performance. 
  • Shed feelings of disarray, discomfort, apathy, entitlement, indifference and despair. 
  • Unleash voluntary contributions of discretionary performance that is often left untapped in individuals, teams and organizations.

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,

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?

  •  Learn to differentiate in a sea of sameness. Distinct or extinct?
  • Develop tenacity, resolve and agility to secure your spot in the New World of Work. 
  • Arouse a sense of purpose and passion among your employees. 
  • Understand why many individuals, teams and organizations are losing in the New World of Work. 
  • Build, enhance and grow your desired ‘brand.’ 
  • Cultivate a workforce that is connected, aligned and delivers your ‘brand promise.’ 
  • Capitalize on the untapped potential of your existing top-talent – inspire extraordinary performance.

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?’ 

  • Grasp memorable principles that move employees from compliance to commitment.
  • Develop a culture where employees ‘bring more of themselves’ to the workplace.
  • Understand what it takes to help employees find more meaning and fulfillment in their work. 
  • Foster innovation and creativity to build and sustain a competitive advantage.

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.

  •  Acquire proven tools, models and principles to heighten and refine your untapped leadership potential. 
  • Learn the five best practices demonstrated by exemplary leaders and how you can apply them. 
  • Discover the key elements of communicating a vision that lead to increased levels of commitment, engagement and accountability. 
  • Understand what it takes to cultivate a culture where employees ‘bring more of themselves’ to the workplace – where they are engaged, energized and flourish. 
  • Embrace memorable principles that move employees from compliance to commitment.
  • Learn to influence, transform and achieve any change that is most important to you, your team, or your organization.
  • Discover what it takes to influence and inspire others – with or without positional authority. 
  • Vanquish any existing degrees of the ‘us’ versus ‘them’ mindset.

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.

  •  Discover the culprits that sabotage mindfulness and what you can do to avoid them. 
  • Develop your ‘awareness radar’ – the ability to better understand what is in the head and heart of those around you. 
  • The majority of positive emotions are anchored in the present. Learn to leverage that in order to evoke more inner-peace. 
  • Learn the best practices utilized by those who have mastered the art of mindfulness. 
  • Enhance your ability to control your thoughts rather than your thoughts controlling you.
  • Understand the significant consequences of multi-taking and the toll it takes on mindfulness.

Other Keynote Topics and Workshops

Leading Your Career and Developing Your Brand

Fortify Trust – Establish Unshakable Trust and Credibility

Unite! - Strengthen Collaboration, Teamwork and Camaraderie

Visioning – Communicate to Engage, Enlist and Align Those You Lead

Elevate Persuasion and Influence Skills

Negotiate for Shared Success

Gain Control - Manage Your Time, Work and Priorities

Enhance Emotional Intelligence and Executive Presence – The Fundamentals

Master Leadership Communications - Communicate to Connect

Make Winning Decisions – Seize Opportunities

Influence in a Matrix Organization

Resolving Conflict and Disagreement


Recent Publications by Mike Evans

Achieve With Accountability

 

"I’ve attended well over 100 events like this in my career and you were the only speaker who kept may attention the entire time and engaged me. I learned more during your keynote than I thought possible."

"As I shared with you when we talked during the break Friday, you changed my life. I want you to work with my team in December."

"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

"Mike, Thank you for your excellent presentation to our Leadership/Management Team. The entire team of more than 350 was very positive and energized about your presentation as well as the book. The material and presentation was absolutely powerful and engaging. Our leaders were able to apply what they learned to their daily routines. As always, it is a pleasure to work with someone who is professional, articulate and bright – and to partner with someone who makes every effort to understand our business model and key issues and embed them into your presentation. Talk to you soon." - Todd Haines, Vice President, Human Resources, PharMerica

"Thanks, Mike. To the contrary thank YOU for your willingness to meet and work with us on your own time to customize and create an amazing event. Your informative and inspirational presentations and messages resonated with the entire audience. I have heard some very positive accolades about your expertise. The group was thrilled - and that is saying something. For example our Medical Director of Neonatology asked for your contact information as we wants to invite you to their national organization Pediatrix, to be a keynote presenter. We have had many speakers present to this group. You were by far the best we have had." - Rob Curry, President & CEO, Citrus Valley Health Plan

"Thanks Mike. I'm definitely looking forward to some additional conversation. Your message last night and again this morning is totally in line with all the things we have going on with my current employer. That was the best session I have ever attended in my 32 years in business. I will be reaching out to you soon." - Mike Wardlow, Director, Cedar Creek

"Your keynote was very well received. We could not be more pleased with your presentation and the outcome. Both the Masonite team and our customers were extremely pleased with the content and delivery. We received plenty of positive feedback. It was a pleasure working with you. Thanks again!!" - John Beeken, Masonite International, VP, North American Wholesale

"Thank you Mike for the excellent presentation! I am not easily smitten with “keynote” sessions however you were spot on. Your book will be ordered as well. I am going to pass your information to the A.W. Hastings Company to see if they have heard of your presentations. I will be with them in Newport R.I. this Wednesday and Thursday." - Dan Keith, General Manager, Selectwood

"Thank you. I wanted to let you know we got really good reviews from our customers. I'm putting together a summary package of the slides from the various sections of the meetings. Many people have asked for your slides specifically. They were blown away with your style and expertise. Everyone gained a lot from the event. I suspect you might be hesitant to share raw slides from intellectual property/ copyright concerns, however, would you consider maybe a PDF version of mini slides in a notes form that we could share with them. That would be great. Just let me know. Thanks again" - Todd Apple, Vice President, ADVISAR

"Hi Mike. It was a pleasure to meet you as well and we were very fortunate to have you speak to our group and to meet you in general! You left me, and the entire group inspired and more knowledgeable. I learned more than I could have imagined. Also, thank you for signing my book." - Kandi Thomas, Executive Director, McAfee

"…working with you to finalize 2 hybrid courses that incorporated learning principles from other modules was a breeze and a pleasure. As a result we delivered “Leading Up and Down Your Organization” to a full class of senior leaders who responded in high regard to the experience and felt more empowered as a result. We are looking very forward to the next course “Communicating Vision” coming up this autumn. It’s always been an extreme pleasure to work with you and our clientele have requested your return. I would highly recommend your services…" - Burt Gravellese, Enterprise Training Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office

"Mike, You are very welcome and thank you for all of your help and insight during our event. I have heard nothing but compliments on both of your presentations and how well your methods apply to our current company priorities. It was a pleasure meeting you and having an opportunity to work with you as well." - Sarah Scotino, Huttig Building Products, National Support Manager

"Our team was thrilled with how interactive Mike’s keynotes were! As the conferences progressed, I continued to hear students reference how exceptional his presentation was on the opening morning, particularly in the way of keeping the audience engaged through learning activities." - Kenna Lewis, Manager Education, GCCA