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Challenging the status quo

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.”

Tenni Theurer

GM and 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. ” In partnership with Sloan Group International

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.” In partnership with Coach Source, LLC

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 keeps the human dimensions of work in focus without letting things start to feel too ‘soft and squishy.'”

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’s professionalism, adaptability and solid business experience have been key in the success of the project. He provided critical inputs in the design phase and has been one of very few external facilitators selected for the initiative. I had the pleasure to work co-facilitate with him and I appreciate his insights, advice and humor.”

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.”

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

“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.”

Qian Wang

MD, Chief Asia-Pacific Economist, Global Head of VCMM at Vanguard

As a new leader of a research team, Michael has helped me tremendously in many areas, including increased team engagement, better talent development, improved relationships, greater problem-solving capabilities, better team collaboration, establishment of new organizational goals, vision or strategies, etc. I came to the coaching meetings with specific questions and issues to be solved, Michael always helped me to see the root problem and provided a good framework which not only helped me with the current issue, but also helped me to build skills to solve similar problems that might emerge in the future. In partnership with Sloan Group International

Michael Rodman

Sales Executive, Qstream

“An uncanny combination of wit, intelligence, and passion! Michael’s knowledge of human dynamics and workflow processes, collaboration skills, and tremendous energy levels to not only meet—but exceed—internal and external client expectations is impressive to say the least. Because he brings his entire self into every engagement, one is assured of Michael’s commitment to not only achieving success, but for following a process where all involved feel included, heard and valued.”

Nadav Savio

Design and Strategy at Google.org

“Michael is an effective and accomplished facilitative leader. He motivates others through clarity of strategic vision, tactical excellence, and the high expectations set by his own level of engagement. He is able to articulate and focus the specific strengths of those around him, making both the individuals and the group more effective.”

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