about

My name is Matthew E. May. I’m an independent innovation strategist, which means I work closely (and often confidentially) with senior executives and their teams to help them not only define innovative new strategies, but also help them build the creative confidence and capability to deploy them.

I specialize in innovative program design, facilitation, and training. I’m industry-agnostic, and work with companies of all types and sizes, all over the world. When my schedule permits, I coach senior executives one-on-one.

I come from a strategy and design background, heavily influenced by the eight years I spent as a fully-retained advisor to Toyota. It was a life- and career-changing experience which enabled me to publish a 2006 bestselling book about their innovative methods (The Elegant Solution) and enter the global lecture circuit.

Since then I’ve published four more popular books, the latest being Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking, encapsulating a decade of fieldwork. I’ve written for The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Strategy+Business, Rotman Magazine, Fast Company, 99U, and INC. Winning the New Yorker cartoon caption contest is my fondest creative achievement.

services

TRAINING

I build durable capability in today’s most relevant disciplines: strategic thinkingdesign thinking, and lean thinking. My training is tailored, team-focused and hands-on.

Programs

Design Thinking

Human-centered innovation methods

Strategic Thinking

Play-to-Win strategic choice-making framework

Lean Thinking

Fast and frugal continuous innovation process

Toyota Production System

Official University of Toyota manufacturing simulation

“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.”
CASEY BIRTWELL
SVP, AppNexus

FACILITATION

Facilitation is my passion and strong suit. I design and guide highly engaging sessions that get teams aligned and moving forward with best speed toward their chosen objective.

Sessions

Focused Ideation

Framestorming followed by brainstorming

Strategy Summits

Senior management strategic ideation

Lean Starts

Multi-day rapid prototyping & testing

Kaizen Sessions

Time-bound operational workflow simplification

“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 the winner in our market.”
KEN KRIVANEC
President, Quadrant

ADVISORY

I offer deep insight into strategic innovation gained from 30 years of front-line experience and on-going counsel to senior leaders of the world’s most admired companies.

Expertise

Innovation Labs

Guidance on designated creative spaces

Corporate Accelerators

Guidance on rapid venture development

Go-To-Market

Guidance on product/service launch

Innovation Governance

Guidance on aligning the innovation pipeline

“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

Speaking

WINNING THE BRAIN GAME

This provocative and highly interactive keynote speech is based my latest book Winning the Brain Game. Participants will engage in the same simple thought challenges given to over 100K people during a 10-year period, revealing seven mental glitches that stymie our best thinking.

“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

THE MAGIC OF SUBTRACTION

This keynote draws upon my book The Laws of Subtraction. I outline six simple rules for standing out and staying relevant in massively distracting world, built on a single yet powerful idea: When you remove just the right things in just the right way, something good happens.

“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

DESIGNING ELEGANT SOLUTIONS

This popular speech is based on my two first books, The Elegant Solution and In Pursuit of Elegance. Drawing on my years with Toyota, I deliver the key elements to creating and developing ideas and solutions that achieve the maximum effect with the minimum means.

“We were so honored that Matt came to speak to our Council on Development, Education and Learning. He delivered an excellent presentation on innovation. I just wish we had more timewith him!
THE CONFERENCE BOARD
On the campus of 3M Corporation

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