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Mike Evans At A Glance:

Mike Evans is an award-winning author/speaker, and 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 executive leadership and consulting roles with Kotter International, FranklinCovey, and Tom Peters Company. 34 of Fortune 50 are clients.

In addition to being a leading authority on Artificial Intelligence Impact and Future Work, clients rely upon Mike’s solutions to; Accelerate Change, Shape Their Optimal Culture, Unleash Personal and Organizational Accountability, Flawlessly Execute Key Strategies, Ignite Leadership Capacity at all Levels, Amplify Employee Engagement, Embrace The Role of CEO of Your Life, Career and Destiny, and Cultivate Peak Performance.

Mike Evans is an award-winning author/speaker, and 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 executive leadership and consulting roles with Kotter International, FranklinCovey, and Tom Peters Company. 34 of Fortune 50 are clients.

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, Caterpillar, PNC Bank, Cargill, Pfizer, General Mills, H&R Block, The United States Navy, John Deere, Fidelity Investments, Monsanto, Google, US Steel, Rite Aid, Agilent Technologies, Johnson & Johnson, Symantec, Cigna Corporation, ITPA, US Department of Commerce, BNY Mellon, Oracle, Astra Zeneca, Baxter International Inc., Shell Oil, UPMC, Citrus Valley Health, McAfee, American Airlines, Masonite, Novartis, Ernst & Young, ACE Hardware, DuPont USA, Quest Diagnostics, State Farm, BP Oil, Heinz USA, NAFCU, 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 unequaled focus and passion for helping them achieve their desired results – both professional and personal.

  • BREAKOUT SESSIONS, AND WORKSHOPS FUTURE WORK : Thrive Through Artificial Intelligence Impact, Disruption & Change, and Today’s Sea of Sameness

    Seven powerful forces have joined together and are gunning for your job, to displace your department and to reinvent and disrupt your industry. Complacency and clinging to the status-quo are the death knell to individuals, teams and organizations. Among these forces…

    • Artificial Intelligence Impact – Upon Individuals, Teams and Organizations
    • White-Collar Robots
    • Revolutionary and World-Changing Software
    • Expansion of Internet Capabilities
    • Today’s ‘Commoditized Economy’ (Sea of Sameness)

    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 and organizations that fail to adapt will find themselves vulnerable, and at the mercy of other people, events, or the competition. In this New World of Work, leveraging ideas, speed, talent, distinction and leadership at all levels will separate top performing individuals and organizations from the laggards.

    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.

    Adapting to and embracing change – igniting engagement, passion, ownership and creativity that is often lacking during times of disruption, is the preeminent competency individuals and teams must cultivate. Learn what it will take to thrive and excel in the New World of Work – Future Work

    KEY LEARNINGS AND TAKEAWAYS:
    • Discover and internalize the skills and competencies that will be essential to stay relevant in Future Work/The New World of Work.
    • Embrace an understating of what it will take to become ‘distinctive’ in a world where A.I. and the progression toward the ‘singularity’ are predicted to allow those that choose to, the ability to ‘know all there is to know about everything.’ Internalize what is will take to secure your place in the New World of Work.
    • Deploy the keys to build, enhance and grow your desired ‘brand’ – Organizationally and Individually – to become distinctive in today’s commoditized ‘sea of sameness’
    • Employ the 5-ingredient ‘kryptonite’ to thwart Artificial Intelligence Impact, Relentless Change, Disruption and the ‘7-sided Pincer Movement’ that is transforming the nature of work for everyone.
    • Learn to lead and embrace change – ignite the engagement, passion, ownership and creativity that is often lacking during times of change and disruption – the preeminent competency individuals and teams must cultivate.
    • Develop tenacity, resolve and agility to secure your spot in the New World of Work.
    • Learn how to create a ‘Want-To’ versus a ‘Have-To’ culture. A culture where change is embraced and resiliency and accountability are commonplace.
  • CULTIVATE RESILIENCE, COMMITMENT, ACCOUNTABILITY, OWNERSHIP AND PERSEVERANCE: Ignite Peak Performance

    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.

    Accountability crumbles silos, boosts teamwork and collaboration, strengthens camaraderie, creativity, resiliency, agility, trust, and communication. Accountability is a current that feeds into the slipstream of success. Your performance, your decisions, and your results are all within your control; when you operate from that premise, magic happens. You deliver like never before because you are personally invested in the outcome. Achieve with Accountability shows you how to nourish that can-do mindset, so you can begin to achieve what matters most.

    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.

    In today’s constant changing competitive environment individuals, teams and organizations must be prepared to convincingly answer these critically important questions:

    1. Who are you? What makes you distinctive in today’s ‘sea of sameness?’
    2. How are you dramatically unique or different?
    3. How do you make a significant difference, or create an astonishing overt benefit?
    4. What is/are your reason/s why anyone should believe in you? Convince me!

    KEY LEARNINGS AND TAKEAWAYS:
    • 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.
    • Discover how to develop and enhance your ‘desired brand’ to secure your position now and in the future.
    • Grasp what it takes to unleash your true potential.
    • Develop a team or organization that is connected, aligned and manifests your organizations brand.
    • Break through self-imposed barriers and mediocrity.
  • CREATE YOUR OPTIMAL PEAK-PERFORMING CULTURE: Culture Shaping

    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.

    Embrace memorable principles that can be put into practice immediately. Whatever the desired results you wish to achieve or challenges within your organization – lofty growth, distinction, culture change, innovation, breaking down silos, improving collaboration, employee engagement, 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.

    Learn to 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.

    Through intentional focus on a few proven principles, you can ignite extraordinary results within your team or organization. Decades of research have pinpointed principles and practices that accelerate desired shifts in culture. These straightforward, practical and memorable tips can transform your culture to support and deliver your ‘must-achieve desired results.’ The results that will ensure you thrive and excel in the new world of work.

    KEY LEARNINGS AND TAKEAWAYS:
    • Learn how to create shifts in the way employees think and act so that your desired culture will flourish and heighten organizational performance.
    • Foster increased levels of trust, collaboration and teamwork
    • Ignite a heightened sense of urgency, accountability, and ownership at all levels of your organization
    • Intensify ownership, engagement and alignment – Crumble silos and abolish territorialism.
    • Understand how to identify the root cause of undesired cultural beliefs and actions that impede progress, and how to infuse desired beliefs and actions to accelerate achievement of desired results.
    • 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.
  • LEADING CHANGE: Accelerate Achievement of What Matters Most and Thrive in the Age of Disruption

    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.

    Driving a strategy that requires change in human behavior may be the most difficult challenge a leader can face. What do top leaders do to gain voluntary contributions of discretionary performance from those they lead? How do they create alignment, ownership and accountability for desired results at every level of an organization? How do they ensure that key strategies are not slowly suffocated, but instead produce extraordinary 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.

    Leveraging talent, ideas, speed, distinction and leadership are keys to accelerating change. Accelerated achievement of desired results can be accomplished through consistent focused attention over time on a few practical, pragmatic and memorable principles. Discover the practices demonstrated by exemplary leaders that result in others voluntarily choosing to follow them.

    Intentional focus on these principles will ignite extraordinary results within your organization. Decades of research have identified five principles and practices that propel organizations forward to blast through the common barriers, obstacles, challenges and inertia that derail most change efforts.

    KEY LEARNINGS AND TAKEAWAYS:
    • Embrace the key change principles that are common among successful change efforts. heighten and refine your untapped leadership potential.
    • Understand the critical difference between leading and managing change and the appropriate ratio required to accelerate change.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Learn how to lead, develop and cultivate a culture/team that is equipped to overcome the new ‘forces that are coalescing’ to dramatically alter the corporate and economic landscape.
    • Discover what it takes to lead a culture/team that is aligned, resolute, engaged, agile and takes accountability and ownership to achieve what matters most.
    • Arouse a sense of purpose, distinction and passion among your employees.

Mike Evans participated as a keynote speaker in The IIA’s General Audit Management Conference.  His leadership presentation really resonated with the audience of executives in internal audit.  Mike is one of our highest rated speakers and as a result is being asked back to present at the All Star Conference which is the conference where we showcase encore presentations from the highest rated speakers.  This is a great testament to his ability to provide an audience with practical strategies, tools and techniques for positive

— Sheena Majette, Managing Director, Conferences, IIA

Thank you so much Mike for your engaging and informative keynote!  I heard all rave reviews  (the best we ever had) from the attendees. Thank you so much for coming to our region.  They want you back!

— Ann Franz, Executive Director, NEW Manufacturing Alliance

Attendees raved about how captivating and energetic Mike is and how much his message resonated with them personally and professionally. They stated that Mike was the best keynote at the conference… Attendees were captivated as he spoke about how peak performance is the state of achieving one’s highest level of productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness… Thank you, Mike, for persevering and challenging our members to not only thrive but succeed in times of change.

— Kimberlee Humphrey, CEO/President, Association for Manufacturing Excellence

Mike, in over 30 years of attending conferences, seminars and breakout sessions I have never seen anyone captivate an audience for an entire day the way you do.  Your high energy, interactive style ensures that everyone in attendance will pay full attention to what you say.  Your ability to draw parallels from the examples you give to the topic you have been tasked to discuss ensure that the time they spend listening will be rewarded.  The response from all who attended was overwhelmingly positive and they asked that we have you do more of these sessions in the future.  I can’t imagine a higher compliment than that from our group.  The upfront legwork that you put in to clearly understand the goals we wanted you to meet went a long way towards a highly successful outcome.  You definitely made a great impression and had the desired impact.  I have already recommended you to my colleagues.

— Greg Klein, CEO, ITPC

I first met Mike at an industry event in Florida.  I was so moved by his presentation that afterwards I shook his hand and told him that he just changed my life forever. About a month later I invited him to make a similar presentation for our company during our annual Christmas luncheon.  Mike presented to over 225 guests and that were engaged and motivated.  The next day he made a full day presentation to 40 of our managers and sales team.  Our team is still talking about the event and quoting lines from his book

— Navid Yavari, CEO, PAI Industries

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