Call me Matt.

I’m an innovation strategist, which basically means I get paid to advise businesses on where to play and how to win, as well as help them build and develop the capabilities to do so. I offer facilitation, training, coaching, and advisory services. I’m industry-agnostic, and work with companies of all types and sizes, all over the world.

I come from a strategy and design background, heavily influenced by the 8 years I spent as a fully-retained advisor to Toyota. It was a life- and career- changing experience which enabled me to write a book about their innovative methods (The Elegant Solution) and launch a sideline speaking career. I’ve written five books, the latest being Winning the Brain Game.

I hold an MBA in Organizational Design from The Wharton School (1985) and a BA in Social & Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University (1981). I received my training in Design Thinking from the Stanford d school (2010).

Winning the New Yorker cartoon caption contest, though, is perhaps my fondest achievement.

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Matthew E. May

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"What appears to be the problem, isn't.
What appears to be the solution, isn't.
What appears to be impossible, isn't."

THINKING STYLES

STRATEGIC THINKING

the art of winning

DESIGN THINKING

the art of elegance

LEAN THINKING

the art of subtraction

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Winning The Brain Game

Winning The Brain Game

This provocative and highly interactive session is based my latest book Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking.

Participants will engage in the same simple thought challenges given to over 100,000 people during a 10-year period, revealing the most prevalent and deadly mental glitches that can stall or stop our best thinking.

The Power of Subtraction

The Power of Subtraction

This keynote draws upon my book The Laws of Subtraction: 6 Simple Rules for Winning in the Age of Excess Everything.

I outline six simple rules for standing out and staying relevant, built on a single yet powerful idea: When you remove just the right things in just the right way, something good happens.

The Elegant Solution

The Elegant Solution

This popular speech is based on my two first books , The Elegant Solution: Toyota's Formula for Mastering Innovation, and In Pursuit of Elegance: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing.

Based on my partnership with Toyota, I deliver the key elements to creating and developing ideas and solutions that achieve the maximum effect with the minimum means, and foster a companywide culture of continuous innovation.

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