who I am

Matthew E. May

innovation speaker 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.

                         

WHO I HELP

master classes

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

PLAYING
TO WIN

Strategy Development Framework

DESIGN
THINKING

Customer-Centered Innovation

LEAN
THINKING

Toyota Production System + Kaizen

JOURNEY MAPPING

Customer Experience Development

BUSINESS BIG THREE

Strategy + Design + Lean

WINNING THE BRAIN GAME

Advanced Creative Technique

PRAISE

“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.”
PABLO DOMINGUEZ
VP, AppNexus
“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.”
KEN KRIVANEC
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.”
JEFFREY HUNTER
EVP, Thedacare

books

Winning the Brain Game best-selling book by innovation strategist Matthew E. May

Winning the Brain Game

FIXING THE 7 FATAL FLAWS OF THINKING
“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.

Speaking

I tailor every talk, but these are some of the most popular themes

“Matt was very well received by our group. He adapted his presentation so that it suited our senior team. We enjoyed his insights on innovation, and look forward to implementing them.”
HARVEY TREMBLAY
Chairman/President, Hy-Tech Drilling LTD
“Matt is a masterful presenter in every way…he connected with the audience and knew his material. We were delighted to have him kick off our Design Strategy series.”
TIM SMITH
Design Chair, California College of the Arts
“We were so honored that Matt came to speak to our Council on Development, Education and Learning. He delivered an excellent presentation on innovation. We wanted more time with him!
THE CONFERENCE BOARD
On the campus of 3M Corporation

Media

BROADCASTS

PRESS

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PODCASTS

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CONTACT

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