Michael is a co-founder of Cultures AT Work a specialist, New Zealand based company, which pioneers ways to unlock the power of culture and create productive and engaging workplaces.
This year Michael was awarded the ‘Thought Leader Mentor of the Year’ award in recognition of his innovative and groundbreaking approaches to helping his clients develop and grow their business, and be recognised as Thought Leaders in their industry
Born in the UK Michael was raised in Africa and New Zealand and works extensively in Australia and New Zealand, where he now lives. Michael graduated from Auckland University in 1985 with degrees in Anthropology and History. He has built on the knowledge gained from these degrees, travelling extensively while studying over 70 cultures and tribes in more than 40 countries.
However Michael is no stranger to business, having worked in and for organisations, for nearly thirty years. His unique combination of Anthropological skills and practical business experience enables him to support clients in a variety of ways to unlock the power of their organization’s cultures.
Possessing a degree in Anthropology and being highly experienced in Axiology (the science a human values) means that Michael’s strong grounding in social sciences ensures that his work is practical, evidence based and always focused on performance.
Michael has worked with companies such as; Coca Cola, Vodafone, Canon, GHD engineering, TVNZ, Lion Nathan, Kordia, Canon, Microsoft, Bayleys Real-estate, Vector, along with government departments, professional sports teams, the military and schools.
He is acknowledged as a pioneer on finding and teaching ways to unlock the power of culture to leaders in all types of organizations.
Michael is best selling author of 4 books on the impact and benefits of mastering company culture and human values and his expertise is drawn upon by Auckland University where he is the guest lecturer on company culture at Auckland University Business School.