who I am
Matthew E. May
My simple aspiration is to help business professionals raise their game and create meaningful change. I do that through training, coaching, facilitation, writing and speaking on three key leadership development themes: strategy, innovation, and operations.
I teach master classes in these areas using the most powerful high performance frameworks in business today. My work is heavily influenced by spending 8 years with Toyota, which culminated in my first book, The Elegant Solution. I’ve now published a total of five books, the latest being Winning the Brain Game, which I wrote to help leaders win by changing how they think.
I’m a partner in the strategy firm Stratechia, a contributing writer for several publications and sites, a New Yorker cartoon caption contest winner, an avid cyclist, and struggling tennis player.
I get the greatest joy from helping ambitious professionals win.
master classes are high-energy, hands-on, tools-based and perfect for time-crunched professionals wishing to upskill themselves and their teams in the most relevant business disciplines
Strategy Development Framework
Toyota Production System + Kaizen
Customer Experience Development
BUSINESS BIG THREE
Strategy + Design + Lean
WINNING THE BRAIN GAME
Advanced Creative Technique
“This book should be a must-read for any innovator, business leader or problem solver.”
BRAD SMITH, Executive Chairman , Intuit
This book is the culmination of giving a real-world thought challenge to thousands of people over ten years, and reveals seven observable problem-solving patterns that can block our best thinking. Calling on modern science to help explain things, along with insights from the world’s best thinkers, it offers a super-curated, field-tested set of “fixes” proven to raise your thinking game.
a sampling of my contributions to well-known publications
The Secret to Solving Problems CreativelyInc.
6 Secrets To Doing LessStrategy + Business
Mastering Creative TensionRotman Magazine
7 Zen Design PrinciplesFast Co.
Observe First, Design SecondRotman Magazine
7 Targets for Lean InnovationHBR
Addition By SubtractionNYT
Loose Reins ManagementHBR
Perils of Self-Censoring99-U
Kill The Stupid Rules99-U
Breakthrough Borne Of ConflictHBR
Connecting The Dots The WSJ WayFast Co.
Winning the Brain Game InterviewRotman Magazine
Neuroscience of ChangeRotman Magazine
Creativity Loves LimitsHBR
The Art of BosslessnessFast Co.
How to Hold Lean Meetings99-U
Got A Career Strategy?99-U
Zen & The Art of SimplicityRotman Magazine
Skunk WorksRotman Magazine
The FEDEX Logo StoryFast Co.
Create The Cartoonist WayFast Co.
Mindfulness Without MeditationNYT
How to Reset Your BrainInc.
How to Quiet Your MindHBR
The Weekend Creativity BoosterInc.
The Most Engaging Ideas Leave Something OutHBR
The Art of SubtractionRotman Magazine
Stealing Ideas Is Harder On Your BrainInc.
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