Think. Grow. Win.
Matthew E. May & Associates is a boutique management coaching firm specializing in strategy development, human-centered innovation, and lean operations. We offer training, facilitation, and coaching services to help senior managers and their teams define innovative new strategies and build the creative capability to deploy them.
We specialize in three of the most 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)
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 Art of SubtractionRotman Magazine
Connecting The Dots The WSJ WayFast Co.
Skunk WorksRotman Magazine
Loose Reins ManagementHBR
How to Reset Your BrainInc.
Mindfulness Without MeditationNYT
6 Secrets To Doing LessStrategy + Business
The FEDEX Logo StoryFast Co.
Addition By SubtractionNYT
Kill The Stupid Rules99-U
How to Hold Lean Meetings99-U
Create The Cartoonist WayFast Co.
Zen & The Art of SimplicityRotman Magazine
Creativity Loves LimitsHBR
Neuroscience of ChangeRotman Magazine
The Secret to Solving Problems CreativelyInc.
Observe First, Design SecondRotman Magazine
Breakthrough Borne Of ConflictHBR
The Art of BosslessnessFast Co.
Stealing Ideas Is Harder On Your BrainInc.
Mastering Creative TensionRotman Magazine
How to Quiet Your MindHBR
Winning the Brain Game InterviewRotman Magazine
Perils of Self-Censoring99-U
7 Targets for Lean InnovationHBR
The Weekend Creativity BoosterInc.
The Most Engaging Ideas Leave Something OutHBR
Got A Career Strategy?99-U
7 Zen Design PrinciplesFast Co.
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