Location: City and Country

Tokyo, Japan

Columbia Coaching Certification Program

CCCP Alumni

Professional Affiliation (e.g., employer, organization, etc.)

People Focus Consulting

Interests In Executive and Organizational Coaching

Leading across cultures, dialogue, structural dynamics

Orientation/Role: Select One


Formal Coach Education and/or Training

As an English/Japanese bilingual consultant and coach specializing in talent development, leadership development, and change management, Michael brings more than 20 years of experience in corporate learning, professional services and facilitation to PFC. Michael takes a dialogic approach to coaching and works primarily with non-Japanese functional heads and emerging executive-level leaders in Japan and across the Asia Pacific region. Common themes in his coaching engagements include aligning personal identity and vision with effective leadership behaviors, leading effectively across organizational and cultural boundaries, and adopting mental models that help improve personal and organizational effectiveness. Before joining People Focus Consulting, Michael served as the global head of technology learning at Morgan Stanley, where he ran training services so front-office employees could make the most of the firm’s technology to boost productivity and monetize work. During his tenure as the global head of learning and development at the public relations firm Burson-Marsteller Michael focused on developing the talent the agency needed to earn a reputation as a global leader in digital and evidence-based communications. His professional service experience includes a variety of management roles at Dell and other top IT companies where he drove rapid, profitable revenue growth and built strategic partnerships. He has provided training in a wide range of venues, from corporate leadership programs in 15 countries to classroom instruction of cadets at the United States Air Force Academy. Michael holds a BA from the University of North Carolina, an MA from the University of Colorado and an external coaching certificate from the Teachers College Columbia University and the Columbia University Business School. He holds a Saville Consulting International Accreditation for the Aptitude and Wave assessments and is a Ken Blanchard Companies certified trainer in Situational Leadership II, Situational Team Leadership and Leading People Through Change. Michael is also an active member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

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