Kathleen Wheeler, Ph.D. – Consultant & Instructor UCSD Extension

Kathleen Wheeler, Ph.D. – Consultant & Instructor UCSD Extension

I have known Mike for four years and have worked closely with him on several large, complex client projects. On one particular project where we worked as peer Organization Development consultants, we partnered to bring about culture change in a large division of 600 employees. There were two groups with distinct cultures who the leader wished to align and bring to higher levels of collaboration and performance. Mike and I designed and facilitated a series of team interventions where skill, sensitivity and flawless coordination were key to success. What was wonderful about working with him is that we shared leadership and he could support as well as he could lead. He had a calming as well as a stimulating effect on the group and he helped them navigate challenging conversations that had to happen in order for progress to be made. He encouraged deeper thinking than many consultants are able to do. Mike is an outstanding partner and consultant, facilitator and thinker. He listens and he challenges the status quo, he supports and he pushes back, all without ego and with the client’s needs up front and center. It is refreshing to see him in action whether the task is coaching an individual, facilitating a diverse group of leaders or working to build a team’s skills for the new world.