Over the past 30 years, Michael has been an internationally sought-after executive coach, leadership consultant, business advisor, and keynote speaker. His practical, business experience is in consulting, advising, and coaching executives in clarifying vision, mission and values, strategic planning, goal execution, leadership development, building high trust, performance-based teams, cultures, and organizations. He is an executive coach to many of the world’s top business leaders and executive teams in over 35 countries.
For over 20 years, Michael has been a Senior Consultant in Global Delivery for FranklinCovey’s Strategy Execution, Leadership, Coaching, and Trust Practices. He is the co-founder and Managing Director of FranklinCovey–Columbia University’s Executive Coaching Global Certification Program. Michael is the CEO of Simpson Executive Coaching www.SimpsonExecutiveCoaching.com and is also the CEO of Impact International Education/FranklinCovey - China, a leading educational leadership and educational technology offering 7 Habits and Leader in Me leadership to schools in over 10 provinces across mainland China.
Michael is the author or co-author of eight leadership and coaching books and several articles, including: Powerful Leadership Through Coaching: Principles, Practices, and Tools for Leaders and Managers at Every Level. Unlocking Potential: 7 Coaching Skills That Transform Individuals, Teams, and Organizations; Talent Unleashed: with A. Roger Merrill, Todd Davis, and Shawn Moon; Ready, Aim, Excel with Dr. Marshall Goldsmith and Dr. Ken Blanchard; Your Seeds of Greatness:10,000 of the World’s Greatest Leadership Quotes; The Execution-focused Leader with PwC; Building Team and Organizational Trust, and The Leader and Manager as Coach Certification Program.
Mr. Simpson was on faculty for three years instructing senior executives with the late Dr. Stephen R. Covey, Dr. Ram Charan, and Dr. Mette Norgaard at FranklinCovey’s Executive Leadership Summit held at Deer Valley and Sundance, Utah ski resorts. For the past four years, Michael has been the Program Director for the FranklinCovey-U.S. Department of Defense’s Vanguard Senior Executive (SES) Leadership Program in Washington, DC. Michael has instructed and coached some of the most senior U.S. military officers and civilian leaders across the U.S. government from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, NASA, NATO, DIA, DLA, DOJ, OPM, Homeland Security, and other government agencies.
Mr. Simpson was formerly a Principal Consultant for the global management consulting firm, PricewaterhouseCooper’s (PwC) Strategic and Organizational Change Practice in New York City, NY. He was a Senior Consultant with Ernst & Young (EY) Change Management Practice in Washington, D.C. Michael has held executive leadership positions for two leading technology companies as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Vice President of Business Development. He has served on several Board of Directors, including: Clear Center Foundation, Smash Innovations, XR Nutrition Systems, Mercato Partners, BYU’s Kennedy Center, Globe Link, Ivy Hall Academy, Orange Duffle Bag Foundation, Nourish the World, and Project Read Adult Literacy.
At FranklinCovey, Michael has lived and consulted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for five summers. He opened the Vietnam and Myanmar markets for FranklinCovey international licensee offices with Leadership Resources Malaysia and Right Management Consulting Group - Singapore. Michael has taught, advised, and coached leaders and teams in over 35 countries, including: United States, Canada, China, Macao, Taiwan, Japan, So. Korea, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Borneo, Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Mexico, Barbados, Panama, Columbia, Venezuela, Brazil, Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Russia, Egypt, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, and Zambia-Africa.
Mr. Simpson is a consulting and coaching practitioner and master facilitator in the following curriculum: Columbia University’s Executive Coaching Certification, Leader and Manager as Coach, Vision and Annual Strategy Planning Process, 4 Disciplines of Execution, Speed of Trust, 4 Essential Roles of Leadership, Leadership Greatness: Great Leaders, Teams, and Results, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People/Managers, Talent Unleashed: 3 Leadership Coaching Conversations, Focus: Time Management, PwC’s Leading Organizational Change, PwC’s Building Value-based Culture, and Organizational Effectiveness (OE) Change Cycle.
Michael has been a visiting professor for one-year at South China’s University of Technology in Guangzhou, China. The Chinese Government’s Commission of Higher Education awarded Michael one of the top 10 foreign teachers among 150 professors in Guangdong Province. Michael was an external consultant at Nike in Guangzhou, China where he designed and developed a year-long Chinese high-potential management program. Michael has been an adjunct professor at Columbia College’s School of Business Administration. He’s been a visiting instructor in leadership and organizational behavior at Hong Kong University, University of Malaysia, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business, BYU’s Marriott School of Business, Fulton’s School of Engineering, Kennedy School of International Relations, and Utah State’s Executive MBA Program. Michael was an external consultant at the United Nations in New York City, NY where he facilitated Conflict Resolution, Mediation, and Diversity skills training with Columbia University’s International Center for Cooperation & Conflict Resolution (ICCCR).
Michael’s clients include: PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, General Electric, Marriott, Hilton, IHG Hotels, Kimpton Hotels, IBM, Xerox/ACS, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, BDO, E-Trade, H&R Block-Canada, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard-Malaysia, Ericsson, Juniper Networks, TE Connectivity, Sabre, Laird Connectivity, ZS Associates, Zotec, Epsilon, Honeywell, 3M Corp, NIIT-India, Cable One, Coca-Cola, Nike-China, Chiquita, Atlanta Falcons NFL, Orlando Magic NBA, ExxonMobil, Chevron-Phillips Chemical, Shell, Petronas-Malaysia, Marafiq Oil & Gas-Saudi Arabia, John Deere, Elanco, Procter & Gamble, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Eli-Lilly, Amgen, Baxter-Canada, Johnson & Johnson, Sunovion-Pharmaceuticals, Abbvie Pharmaceuticals, Alvogen Pharmaceuticals-Iceland, Truven Health, GEHA, Highmark Health, KVC Health Systems, Loma Linda Hospital, Amway, Mary Kay, Capital One Bank, Bankers Financial, HSBC-Malaysia, Bank of Islam, OCBC Bank-Singapore, UOB Bank-Singapore, Nordstrom Bank, TD Bank, Bank Negara, Bank Maumalat, Central Bank-Philippines, Central Bank-Thailand, Central Bank-Malaysia, Huntington Bank, Stanbic Bank-Zambia, Kuwait Finance, Landsbankinn-Iceland, Affin Bank, Mazuma Credit Union, Golden One Credit Union, Prudential BSN, ING, NY Life, Farmers Insurance, 21st Century Insurance, Lockton Insurance, Unilever, Fruit of the Loom, Pandora-Denmark, IC Company-Denmark, Gentex, Webco, PPG, Schneider Electric, Evergy, Kansas City Power & Light, FL Power & Light, Tafe-India, Samsung-Canada, Cox Communications, Intel, Nokia-Finland, Motorola, Verizon, Maxis-Malaysia, Mobily-Saudi Arabia, ACE Hardware, Cummins Engine, Darden Restaurants, Duffy’s Sports Grill, Kroger’s, Associated Foods, U.S. Foods, NCH Corp-China, Partsmaster, Goodyear, Bridgestone, Culligan Water, Payless Shoes, Deluxe Corporation, Morton Salt, Delphi-China, Paradies-Lagardere, Stanley Consultants, Hoidale, Amsted Rail, Sterling Steel, Net Jets, Spirit-Aero Aviation, Envoy Air, Raytheon, Lockheed-Martin, Westinghouse, Malaysian Rubber Board, Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Iskandar-Malaysia, NY State Workers Compensation Board, Iowa State Workforce Development, IL Department of Child and Family Services, GA Dept. of Human Resources, GA Technology Authority, U.S. Dept. of Defense, U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marines, U.S. Coast Guard, NASA, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Los Alamos Nat’l Laboratory, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, VA Hospital, U.S. OPM, U.S. Dept. of Justice, U.S. EPA, LA Unified School District, Orange County CA School District, Ivy Hall Academy, South China University of Technology, Columbia College, Alamo Colleges Texas, University of Malaysia, University of Hong Kong, NATO, and United Nations.
Michael holds a master’s in Organizational Behavior from Columbia University and a bachelor’s from Brigham Young University’s Kennedy School of International Relations. He holds a Graduate Studies Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from Columbia’s International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR). Michael holds a Graduate Studies Certificate in Executive Coaching from Columbia University’s Coaching Certification Program and is a partner in the Columbia Coaching Learning Association (CCLA). Mr. Simpson is a fellow and thought leader with Harvard University’s Institute of Coaching (IOC) in partnership with McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is a certified coach with Gallup’s Strengths-based Coaching Program; A certified coach with Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder-Centered Coaching Program; A certified coach with Inside-Out GROW Coaching Program; and a certified coach with University of Maryland’s Art and Practice of Coaching Leaders. Michael has been an ongoing speaker at the World Business Executive Coaching Summit (WBECS). He is a member of the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches (ACEC) and International Coach Federation (ICF). He lives near the beautiful Wasatch Mountains in Utah with his wife Cynthia and four boys Zachary, Luke, Jacob, and McKay. Michael enjoys snow skiing, travel, reading, and mountain biking.
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