Mike has spent the past 40 years helping people to build on their strengths and achieve their picture of success. His many books include The Strengths Way, The Art of Mentoring, The Super Teams Book, The Strengths Toolbox and Strengths Coaching In 90 Minutes, the latter co-authored with Sue Moore.
He also founded The Strengths Foundation. This aims to share the strengths way of enabling people, teams and organisations to achieve ongoing success.
Mike’s early work was captured in the 1972 BBC documentary Escape To Fulfilment. This described the pioneering therapeutic community he ran for young people. They were encouraged:
a) To take responsibility;
b) To build on their strengths;
c) To manage the consequences of their weaknesses.
They then encouraged each other to stay healthy and achieve success. Some old footage still remains on YouTube.
In 1974 Mike set-up his own company dedicated to helping people to build on their strengths and achieve ongoing success. Invited to work in Scandinavia, he spent over a decade there educating leaders in schools, business and sports. Returning to the UK in 1986, he has since focused on working with pioneering individuals, teams and organisations.
His approach has always been to study, simplify and share what works. This has led to providing practical tools that people have used to build super teams and superb organisations. These have been adopted by organisations to build excellence cultures, rather than excuse cultures. They have delivered a clear story, strategy and road to success.
Mike’s style is encouraging and generous, but it is also extremely clear. He only works with people, teams and organisations that aim to be positive, professional and peak performers. Many organisations report that this approach works. People take away practical tools they can use to deliver peak performance.
A strong advocate of sharing knowledge, Mike set up The Strengths Foundation. The Foundation’s site is packed with positive models and practical tools that people can download and use in their own way. You can access this know-how at: www.thestrengthsfoundation.org