MIchael Winston

Michael Winston, Ph.D.

Fortune 50 Executive, Presenter & Consultant
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Program Descriptions

  • The Power of Change
  • Target: Innovation
  • Building Competitive Advantage
  • Creating a High Performance Culture
  • Leadership…in the Eye of the Storm!
  • Breakthrough: Organizational Learning
  • Developing Human Capital
  • Lessons from Legendary Leaders
  • Innovation
  • Competitive Advantage
  • High Performane Culture
  • Leadership


  • The Power of Change

Change is occurring at a blistering pace, leaving many businesses unprepared. Wave after wave of technological breakthroughs have revolutionized entire industries overnight. Wrenching political changes around the world are bringing new opportunities and fresh risks. Competition in global markets is growing fiercer by the day. More sophisticated customers expect ever-higher levels of quality, customization, convenience, and timeliness. 

The business climate has and will experience continued turbulence. New regulatory challenges as well as lingering economic uncertainty pose significant challenges. Success will depend not only on size, but also on speed and competitiveness to capitalize on fast-moving changes in markets, technologies, and the general business landscape.  The Power of Change reveals proven strategies and tools to anticipate, drive and capitalize on change. This is Michael’s most requested and popular topic. He has delivered over 500 Keynotes of this topic.

  • Innovation Champions

Is your firm leading, managing and creating a culture for innovation success and business breakthroughs in this new global marketplace?  Innovation is essential to compete in the global arena. To stay ahead of the curve, organizations need to redefine the rules of innovation and build a culture for innovation.

How can you ensure that your idea generators dedicate themselves to your company—rather than taking their hot management notions to rival firms? Innovation Champions reveals the new tools that enable you to harness an explosion of new, productive, innovative ideas in a changing world.  Discover how to champion change, generate innovative solutions, reinvent your business model, and compete successfully in an ever-demanding global environment. This presentation is highlighted by rich illustrations of business trailblazers who charted a course into uncharted territory and brought glory to their names and phenomenal new opportunities to their companies. This presentation is especially relevant to leaders and companies that must thrive on innovation and originality, encouraging risk-taking and divergent voices. Michael has delivered this talk over 300 times

  • Competitive Advantage: How to Get it: How to Keep it

Rapidly changing technology, quick market saturation, unexpected competition, and economic uncertainties - these all make succeeding in business harder than ever today.  Companies that are ahead of the curve have a high intensity and consistent focus on markets, customers and competition. Building competitive advantage is not enough.  You have to sustain it. 

The source of competitive advantage is a constantly moving target.  The best competitors know how to keep moving, adapt quickly to meet market and technology changes, and stay on the cutting edge. Competitive Advantage covers the “new rules” for competitive vigor.

  • Creating a High Performance Culture
    The Company that dominates in today's tough business climate will be the one with the most energizing vision, soundest business strategies, most empowering structure and culture, and most talented leadership team. The key to success is designing a total system of improvement in which these key elements are aligned.

    This exciting program contains the results of over three decades of research focused on Creating a High Performance Culture to generate world-class performance. Participants learn new strategies for promoting a new structure and culture that will support the quest for ever-higher levels of excellence.


  • Leadership…in the Eye of the Storm!
    A changing business environment requires an increasingly high level of human performance within an increasingly complex business world. Leadership…in the Eye of the Storm details cutting-edge tools and strategies leaders use during turbulent times to tap and optimize the talents and skills of those around them - stimulating high performance, sparking creativity and imagination, encouraging teamwork and inspiring loyalty.

    The key is stepping up to the task of creating an environment in which people want to, and can, perform at the highest levels of their potential. This presentation provides participants with the perspectives, strategies and tactics to shape both their personal destinies and their organization's futures in an age of complexity and uncertainty. 


  • Lessons from Legendary Leaders
    Throughout history, great leaders have understood that change brings tremendous opportunities as well as fresh risks. In this presentation, Michael shares ideas on how great leaders throughout the ages…from the ball field to the boardroom, from politics to science, learned to survive- and even thrive- during turbulent times by adhering to timeless principles and maintaining flexible visions. While clearly "the past is not prologue", we can still learn the characteristics that lead to abiding success from great leaders in all walks of life. They all consistently communicate vision, inspiration, courage and character…critical components for leadership greatness! Lessons from Legendary Leaders provides a blueprint for true leadership.  




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With almost thirty years of cutting-edge experience as a business leader, change agent and organization strategist, Michael G. Winston has been in the "eye of the storm" in businesses going through massive transformation. He worked closely with C-Suite Officers developing the business model, crafting strategy, architecting structure, creating culture, and selecting and developing leaders. Named one of the top business “thought-leaders” year after year, Michael Winston challenges managers to embrace change, to innovate, not imitate, and to lead from the heart. What differentiates Michael G. Winston as a presenter is that he is not just speaking, writing, or consulting about it…he has done it! Audiences especially appreciate his guidance and insights in turbulent times.

As Managing Director and Chief Leadership Officer for Bank of America’s Countrywide Financial Corporation, he lead the team that designed, developed and implemented the company’s first-ever organization strategy, development and integration initiatives. In 2006, these efforts were rated 18th in America; the next year they were rated 8th best globally against 1000 other companies considered. Michael’s work has been recognized by inclusion, year after year, in several “Top Business Thought-Leaders” lists. He appeared along with such notables as Tom Peters, John Kotter, Ken Blanchard, Dave Ulrich, Marcus Buckingham, Clay Christensen and Ram Charan.

As Global Head, Worldwide Leadership and Organization Development for Merrill Lynch, he served during one of the most challenging periods in the history of the financial markets…before and after 9/11/01. He held the highest functional role in the Corporation on the issues of organization structure, executive succession planning, leadership development and the management of change. After reinvigorating and upgrading the company’s succession planning strategy, it was used by the Board in implementing a dramatic change of leadership.

Previously, Michael spent over ten years at Motorola as Vice President and Managing Director, heading up all organization design, large-scale change, leadership development and succession planning initiatives for the Communications businesses during the company’s meteoric rise from $6B to over $30B. He was the creator of “The Leading Edge”, “S.W.A.T.”, “Vision, Strategy & Culture”, “PULSE” and Co-Chaired the 6 Sigma Steering Committee, some of the most heralded and most benchmarked initiatives in business. The 6 Sigma concepts have been adopted worldwide and were created by Motorola. His impact and recognition were of such stature that he was dubbed Motorola’s “Ambassador of Change.”

He has also held top strategic human resources positions at McDonnell Douglas and Lockheed Corporations (where he was promoted three levels after nine months to report to the Office of the President ) during seismic shifts in the industry. At Lockheed Corporation, he worked closely with the world-renown “Skunkworks” and successfully scaled their warp-speed cycle-time and quality initiatives throughout the Corporation.

His articles have been featured in Leader to Leader, The Huffington Post, Leadership Excellence, Business Forum, Executive Excellence and a host of other widely-respected publications. He has been widely quoted in major publications and books.

An internationally-respected and highly sought-after speaker, Dr. Winston has a unique ability to inform, energize and empower his audience. His programs are high energy, high content, and high impact. With appearances in Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the South Pacific and throughout North and South America, he has presented to a list of organizations that looks like a Who’s Who of global businesses (over 250 leading companies) including American Express, Royal Dutch Shell, Kawasaki, Mattel, ING, Royal Philips Electronics, Levi Strauss, Wells Fargo Bank, AKZO, Los Angeles Times, Ingersoll Rand, TRW, First Union Bank, Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM), Unilever and Union Carbide as well as dozens of industry and professional associations. Concurrent with his corporate responsibilities, he has also addressed executives at Harvard, Stanford, University of California, Berkeley, INSEAD (France), Management Centre Europe (Belgium) and was Distinguished Adjunct Professor for 15 years at Stichting deBaak (The Netherlands). Michael was named Best Instructor at the University of Illinois and has served as adjunct professor in the graduate schools of business and management for the University of California, University of San Francisco, Golden Gate University and Pepperdine University.

Michael holds a Masters Degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and is a graduate of Executive Programs from Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

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