michael-papanek-consultingMichael Papanek is Founder and Principal Consultant of Michael Papanek Consulting.

Over the past 30 years, leadership consultant Michael Papanek has advised top executives from the world’s biggest brands, including Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Salesforce.com, Apple, Cisco, Sutter Health and VMware. His methods for creating breakthrough results during rapid change are used by Facebook, Chevron, Bank of America, AT&T, Sprint, Clorox and Mercedes-Benz. As an expert on 21st-century leadership and organizational resilience, Michael continues the legacy of his grandfather, Kurt Lewin, the psychologist known globally as the father of Organizational Development – the study of how to improve human dynamics and social systems to impact business results.

Insightful, strategic, creative, full of energy (and just enough humor) – Michael increases the performance capabilities of leaders and teams through his work as a consultant, trainer, facilitator, speaker, and coach.

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Matthew Brylka, Site & Operations Engineering Director, Mentor Graphics, Katowice, Silesian District, Poland

"His knowledge, experience, professionalism, humour and approach was key to our success....Michael has excellent insight into employee motivation, teaching techniques and organisational culture..."
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Tenni Theurer, GM & VP Products at Verizon Media

"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."
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Scott Noteboom, Founder & CEO at Litbit, formerly at Apple, Yahoo!

Michael taught me about human dynamics, team leadership, presentation and communication skills..a great guy to work with...
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John Zapolski, VP Strategy & Operations at Two Bit Circus, formerly Management Innovation Group

...Michael is willing to productively challenge the status quo in the search for solutions to messy business problems that are at once technical, political, and emotional.
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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...
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Massimo Carli, Director T&OD at Fluidigm Corporation, formerly at Yahoo!

...Michael's professionalism, adaptability and solid business experience has been key in the success of the project...
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Stephanie Pincus, Managing Director at Golden Seeds, formerly National Institute of Health

Participants loved it...we easily met our goal of finding creative approaches to move our agenda forward.
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Alan Armstrong, CEO and Founder Eigenworks, Inc.

Michael used humor to help keep things light in what was a fairly heavy transition...
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Peter Buck, Software architect and Practice Group Head at HBR Consulting LLC

Michael brilliantly adapts his teaching/coaching style to your learning style...which makes his leadership training 10x more powerful.
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Becky Wanta, Executive Vice President & CIO at Pacific Compensation Insurance Company

Michael partnered with me to transform the hearts and minds of my entire IT organization...
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