Matthew E. May & Associates
Think. Grow. Win.
Matthew E. May & Associates is a boutique management advisory firm specializing in strategy development, human-centered innovation, and lean operations. We offer advisory, facilitation, and training services to help senior managers and their teams define innovative new strategies and build competitive capability. We work with organizations of all types, industries and sizes, all over the world, from startups to Fortune 100 companies. We use the three most relevant and powerful frameworks in business today:
- Strategy: Playing-to-Win (strategic choice-making framework)
- Innovation: Design Thinking (human-centered innovation)
- Operations: Lean Thinking (Toyota-based process improvement)
founder & principal
Matthew E. May is an internationally recognized thought leader on strategy, innovation, and lean, heavily influenced by the 8 years he spent as a fully-retained partner to Toyota. The experience enabled him to not only publish a 2006 bestselling book about their innovative methods (The Elegant Solution: Toyota’s Formula for Innovation), but also launch a management advisory firm and keynote speaking career, regularly addressing audiences on strategy, innovation, and lean operations.
Matt has now published five books, the latest being Winning the Brain Game, encapsulating over a decade of helping teams develop elegant solutions to difficult problems. Currently a staff writer for the Medium.com publication The Startup, his articles have appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Strategy+Business, Rotman Magazine, Fast Company, 99U, and INC.
Matt holds an MBA in Organizational Design from The Wharton School, a BA in Social & Behavioral Science from The Johns Hopkins University, and advanced training in design thinking Stanford University’s “d school.” He considers winning the New Yorker cartoon caption contest his fondest creative achievement.
kind words from others
“Matt, I want to convey the important impact you clearly had on our team and emphasize how much we value learning at AppNexus. I look forward to celebrating both quick wins and complete rethinks your session today ultimately triggers.”
“Matt, our sessions with you gave us the forethought and foresight that enabled us to not only weather the recent real estate crash, but positioned us to launch a new brand for an entirely new home purchaser and emerge as market leader.”
President, Quadrant Homes
“Matt, thank you for the guidance you have provided the Senior System Leadership Team. You add depth to our thinking on how we are developing people to improve unique processes to create superior value and win in the marketplace.”
Matt's library: five books in ten years
“This book should be a must-read for any innovator, business leader or problem solver.”
BRAD SMITH, Chairman and CEO, Intuit
Matt’s latest book is the culmination of giving a real-world thought challenge to thousands of people over the course of ten years, and reveals seven observable problem-solving patterns that can block our best thinking. Calling on modern neuroscience and psychology to help explain things, he draws insights from some of the world’s most innovative thinkers and offers a super-curated, field-tested set of “fixes” proven to raise your thinking game.
a sampling of contributions to well-known publications
The Secret to Solving Problems CreativelyInc.
How to Hold Lean Meetings99-U
How to Reset Your BrainInc.
Loose Reins ManagementHBR
Connecting The Dots The WSJ WayFast Co.
Breakthrough Borne Of ConflictHBR
Winning the Brain Game InterviewRotman Magazine
Neuroscience of ChangeRotman Magazine
7 Targets for Lean InnovationHBR
Got A Career Strategy?99-U
The Art of BosslessnessFast Co.
Skunk WorksRotman Magazine
Create The Cartoonist WayFast Co.
Stealing Ideas Is Harder On Your BrainInc.
Observe First, Design SecondRotman Magazine
Mindfulness Without MeditationNYT
The Weekend Creativity BoosterInc.
Mastering Creative TensionRotman Magazine
Perils of Self-Censoring99-U
The Most Engaging Ideas Leave Something OutHBR
6 Secrets To Doing LessStrategy + Business
Zen & The Art of SimplicityRotman Magazine
Addition By SubtractionNYT
How to Quiet Your MindHBR
The Art of SubtractionRotman Magazine
Creativity Loves LimitsHBR
Kill The Stupid Rules99-U
The FEDEX Logo StoryFast Co.
7 Zen Design PrinciplesFast Co.
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