MATTHEW E. MAY
A Bit About Me
My simple aspiration is to help companies remove the obstacles to growth, create superior value, and achieve sustainable competitive advantage. I do that by acting as a strategic strike force using Toyota-born-and-bred “Lean” expertise to guide leaders and their teams to quickly formulate winning strategies, improve customer experience, deliver rapid innovation, and optimize critical processes. I deploy an exclusive portfolio of engagements featuring a compelling blend of special facilitation methods, powerful business frameworks, and proprietary tools designed to develop elegant solutions to difficult problems.
I’ve published several thought-provoking books. My new book, What A Unicorn Knows: How Innovative Entrepreneurs Use Lean Principles to Scale for Growth, co-authored with Pablo Dominguez, will be published in February 2023 by BenBella Books.
I run the Lean ScaleUp program for Insight Partners, a leading global private equity and venture capital firm investing in high-growth technology companies. I’m a contributing writer for several publications and sites, a New Yorker cartoon caption contest winner, and an avid cyclist.
“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.
“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.”
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
a sampling of my contributions to well-known publications
Zen & The Art of SimplicityRotman Magazine
Kill The Stupid Rules99-U
The Art of SubtractionRotman Magazine
Create The Cartoonist WayFast Co.
7 Targets for Lean InnovationHBR
Skunk WorksRotman Magazine
Got A Career Strategy?99-U
The Most Engaging Ideas Leave Something OutHBR
7 Zen Design PrinciplesFast Co.
Winning the Brain Game InterviewRotman Magazine
Stealing Ideas Is Harder On Your BrainInc.
Creativity Loves LimitsHBR
The FEDEX Logo StoryFast Co.
Mastering Creative TensionRotman Magazine
6 Secrets To Doing LessStrategy + Business
Connecting The Dots The WSJ WayFast Co.
How to Hold Lean Meetings99-U
The Secret to Solving Problems CreativelyInc.
Neuroscience of ChangeRotman Magazine
Addition By SubtractionNYT
The Art of BosslessnessFast Co.
Perils of Self-Censoring99-U
The Weekend Creativity BoosterInc.
Loose Reins ManagementHBR
How to Quiet Your MindHBR
Mindfulness Without MeditationNYT
Observe First, Design SecondRotman Magazine
How to Reset Your BrainInc.
Breakthrough Borne Of ConflictHBR
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