Matthew Brylka, Site & Operations Engineering Director, Mentor Graphics, Katowice, Silesian District, Poland
Michael is a great person to work with and one of the best change experts I’ve met so far. We worked together on a change management project which helped our organisation get better in many areas. His knowledge, experience, professionalism, humour and approach was key to our success. During the time we worked together, I’ve also noticed that Michael has excellent insight into subjects like employee motivation, teaching techniques and organisational culture. I look forward to new opportunities to work with Michael in the future.
Tenni Theurer, GM & VP Products at Verizon Media
Michael is an excellent executive coach – insightful, experienced, and witty. He pays attention to what is said and left unsaid, and adapts his style and methods for every situation. Michael shares his wealth of knowledge on leadership, transformation, teamwork, and building consensus. He arms his clients with the tools they need to practice multiple learning and leading styles, reinforce them into daily practice, and ultimately achieve desired outcomes and business results. I highly recommend Michael, and look forward to continuing to collaborate.
Scott Noteboom, Founder & CEO at Litbit, formerly at Apple, Yahoo!
I give Michael a lot of credit in the success of my own career. I’ve worked with him on multiple occasions, both in executive coaching and team leadership training. As my executive coach, Michael taught me a lot about human dynamics, team leadership, presentation and communication skill advancement, etc. In leadership training, he did a lot to help my team mature in similar areas. I give my highest recommendation to Michael Papanek– he’s a great guy to work with, and I look forward to continuing to work with him.
John Zapolski, VP Strategy & Operations at Two Bit Circus, formerly Management Innovation Group
Michael has been both a client and a consulting partner. In every instance, I’ve admired his willingness to productively challenge the status quo in the search for solutions to messy business problems that are at once technical, political, and emotional. As a leader, Michael is adept at bringing teams together around their common interests, clarifying a new vision of the future, and managing a collaborative process of change. He is an adept process designer and facilitator, and always keep the human dimensions of work in focus without letting things start to feel too “soft and squishy.” I definitely look forward to working with Michael again on future projects.
Justin Sampson, Software Architect at VMWare, formerly at Google
Michael is the best manager I’ve ever had. He’s great at articulating strategic objectives and making sure the whole team is on board and working together well. I never doubted that he was looking out for my well-being both professionally and personally. I would work with Michael again without hesitation!
Massimo Carli, Director T&OD at Fluidigm Corporation, formerly at Yahoo!
Michael has played a key role in the deployment of a key Leadership program dedicated to the top population of leaders in Yahoo. Michael professionalism, adaptability and solid business experience has been key in the success of the project. He provided critical inputs in the design phase and has been one of our very few external facilitators selected for the initiative. I had the pleasure to work with Mike and co-facilitate with him and I appreciated his insights, advice and humor. I look forward to new opportunities to collaborate with him in the future.
Stephanie Pincus, Managing Director at Golden Seeds, formerly National Institute of Health
Michael designed and facilitated a highly interactive meeting on a complex politically challenging medical issue. Participants loved it; but most importantly we easily met our goal of finding creative approaches to move our agenda forward.
Alan Armstrong, CEO and Founder Eigenworks, Inc.
We hired Michael to help with a change effort that had board-level visibility. We had underestimated the cultural change needed, and Michael helped us diagnose the problem and address it. He worked with our sponsor and the team to reassess the goals, set a new charter for the group, and secure the kind of sponsorship we needed. Along the way Michael used humor to help keep things light in what was a fairly heavy transition. Michael’s impact extended far beyond that change effort however; my own career was enriched by his ongoing coaching and the exposure to the body of knowledge that he carries with him.
Peter Buck, Software architect and Practice Group Head at HBR Consulting LLC
Michael brilliantly adapts his teaching/coaching style to your learning style. His initial sessions focused on how I like to learn, grow and receive information. This foundation makes his leadership training 10x more powerful. As the saying goes, “if he can help me, then he can help anyone.
Becky Wanta, Executive Vice President & CIO at Pacific Compensation Insurance Company
I retained Michael to lead my Organizational Change Management Effort. Michael put together a superb multi-dimensional plan and successfully partnered with me to transform the hearts and minds of my entire Information Technology organization (approximately 1000 people), and I would hire Michael again at my next opportunity.