Matthew E. May is an internationally recognized thought leader on strategy, innovation, and lean. Working as a solo advisor and coach, he specializes in helping senior executives and their teams craft innovative strategies and build the capabilities to implement them.
Matt has written five books on innovative thinking, his latest being Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking. His previous include The Laws of Subtraction, In Pursuit of Elegance, The Shibumi Strategy, and The Elegant Solution. May writes the bimonthly “Brain Game” column for Inc.magazine, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Strategy+Business, The Rotman Magazine, Fast Company, and Harvard Business Review. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.
Matt has a deep passion for ideas that solve a difficult problem in an elegant way. He defines an elegant solution as one that is both uncommonly simple and surprisingly powerful, and that achieves the maximum effect with minimum means. Above all, Matt is a practitioner of business strategy and innovation with powerful lessons learned and war stories to tell from years in the trenches with companies ranging from small startups to companies as large and multinational as Toyota, where he spent eight years as a full-time advisor.
Matt works closely with senior executives and their teams to help them not only define innovative new strategies, but also build the creative confidence and capability to deploy them. He specializes in innovative program design, facilitation, and training. Industry-agnostic, he works with and speaks to companies of all types and sizes, all over the world. When my schedule permits, I coach senior executives one-on-one.