Mike is the author of Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken, Nothing Changes Until You Do, and Bring Your Whole Self to Work, which have been translated into 15 languages. His fifth book, We're All in This Together: Creating a Team Culture of High Performance, Trust, and Belonging, is just about to be released.
In this book, Mike sets his focus specifically on professional and organizational development. Bring Your Whole Self to Work: How Vulnerability Unlocks Creativity, Connection, and Performance, concentrates on the most important elements of his work: authenticity, vulnerability, appreciation, taking risks, and building strong relationships and teams.
Mike draws from more than 17 years of researching, writing, and speaking about essential human experiences and high performance in the workplace. His clients have ranged from Google to Citibank, from the U.S. Department of Labor to the San Francisco Giants. From small start-ups in Silicon Valley to family-owned businesses in the Midwest.
From what he’s seen and studied over the years, Mike believes that for us to thrive professionally, we must be willing to bring our whole selves to the work that we do. And for the groups, teams, and organizations that we’re a part of to truly succeed, it’s essential to create an environment where people feel safe enough to bring all of who they are to work as well.
“This book will offer you insights, ideas, and tools to inspire you to bring all of who you are to the work that you do—regardless of where you work, what kind of work you do, and with whom you do it. And, if you’re an owner, leader, or just someone who wants to have influence on those around you—this book will also give you specific techniques for how to build or enhance your team’s culture in such a way that encourages others to bring all of who they are to work.”
This book explores the delicate and complicated relationship we have with ourselves. Unfortunately, many of us struggle to make peace with ourselves and to be kind, compassionate, and loving towards ourselves, which can lead to a number of challenges in our lives, our work, and our relationships. Nothing Changes Until You Do is a guide-book, written in short essay format, which consists of 40 inspiring and thought-provoking chapters, designed to help you:
- Make peace with yourself, others, and life
- Breakthrough the traps of self-criticism and perfectionism
- Accept yourself and those around you with compassion
- Live with passion, courage, and vulnerability
- Remember how powerful and resilient you are
It's filled with stories, inspiration, perspective, and practical wisdom. Mike shares vulnerable truths, important insights, and a valuable knowledge that can transform your relationship with yourself, as well as your relationships with others and with life itself.
Nothing Changes Until You Do debuted at #1 on the Marin Independent Journal's bestseller list when it came out.
This book explores why it can be hard for us to be authentic – the familial, cultural, and personal influences, thoughts, and fears that make it difficult for us to do and say what is true for us, or lead us to believe that who we are is not acceptable enough. The book then presents simple yet effective ways to exercise the power of authenticity in our relationships, work, and life. The ideas, principles, and practices laid out in this book give you specific techniques which allow you to:
- Express yourself fully and with confidence
- Confront and transform fear
- Deal with conflicts directly and effectively
- Take risks and go for what you truly want
- Have more freedom and confidence in your work, your relationships, and your life
The book is filled with action items, ideas, and suggested exercises and practices.
Mike offers five powerful principles of authenticity and then provides action plans, exercises, resources, and anecdotes that demonstrate how to apply these principles on a daily basis in life. Written for people who want to improve their lives, their work, and their relationships, the book is brimming with inspiration and practical help.
Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken, reached #17 overall on the Amazon bestseller list and appeared on the Marin Independent Journal’s list of bestsellers. It also received a coveted “Starred Review” from Publisher’s Weekly.
This book explores the many challenges involved in expressing and experiencing appreciation and gratitude in our lives. The book then presents you with simple yet effective ways to exercise the power of appreciation in everyday life. By taking this journey, you will:
- Experience the positive impact of appreciation on yourself and those around you
- Learn how to be grateful for your life-right now
- Gain insight into using your thoughts, feelings, and words to create circumstances and relationships that you appreciate
- Consider how to acknowledge other people from your heart
- Explore appreciating yourself in new and profound ways
This book too is filled with action items, ideas, and suggested practices. It is easy to take what you learn in Focus on the Good Stuff and use it in your life right away.
Mike shows us that it is our ability to feel and express true appreciation-to focus on the good stuff-that leads us to genuine fulfillment in our lives, not the other way around. The art of appreciating our lives goes way beyond simply saying “thank you” or occasionally noticing nice things. True appreciation is about altering the way we relate to ourselves, others, and the world around us. By living our lives in a grateful way, we put ourselves on a path of fulfillment, happiness, and success.
Focus on the Good Stuff reached #4 on the Amazon bestseller list and also appeared on the San Francisco Chronicle’s list of bestselling books. In addition, it received the prestigious Silver Nautilus book award.