MATTHEW E. MAY
A Bit About Me
My simple aspiration is to help business professionals raise their thinking game to create meaningful change. I do that through writing and speaking on key leadership themes like strategy, innovation and problem-solving.
I’ve published a total of five thought-provoking books, the latest being Winning the Brain Game, which I wrote to help leaders improve their ability to conceive elegant solutions to difficult problems.
I’m a founding partner in the strategy firm Stratechia, a contributing writer for several publications and sites, a New Yorker cartoon caption contest winner, and an avid cyclist. But I get the greatest joy from helping ambitious professionals achieve the success they envision for themselves.
“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
Breakthrough Borne Of ConflictHBR
The Art of BosslessnessFast Co.
The FEDEX Logo StoryFast Co.
How to Reset Your BrainInc.
Mastering Creative TensionRotman Magazine
Loose Reins ManagementHBR
How to Hold Lean Meetings99-U
7 Zen Design PrinciplesFast Co.
The Art of SubtractionRotman Magazine
The Secret to Solving Problems CreativelyInc.
Perils of Self-Censoring99-U
Connecting The Dots The WSJ WayFast Co.
Creativity Loves LimitsHBR
Addition By SubtractionNYT
Stealing Ideas Is Harder On Your BrainInc.
7 Targets for Lean InnovationHBR
Mindfulness Without MeditationNYT
How to Quiet Your MindHBR
6 Secrets To Doing LessStrategy + Business
Zen & The Art of SimplicityRotman Magazine
The Most Engaging Ideas Leave Something OutHBR
Observe First, Design SecondRotman Magazine
Neuroscience of ChangeRotman Magazine
Skunk WorksRotman Magazine
Kill The Stupid Rules99-U
The Weekend Creativity BoosterInc.
Got A Career Strategy?99-U
Winning the Brain Game InterviewRotman Magazine
Create The Cartoonist WayFast Co.
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