About Mike

Mike is an executive director and chief teaching officer of The Advisory Board Company. As a long time teacher of management, leadership, and strategy, Mike consults and facilitates workshops with leading hospitals, health systems, and multi-national organizations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East, South America, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Mike’s areas of expertise and study include leadership development, culture building, public policy development, strategy development, operational improvement, and innovation. He both teaches and develops curriculum focused on changing leadership mindset and energizing teams to achieve higher levels of excellence.

Through his 20 years of experience at The Advisory Board Company, Mike has personally worked with more than 750 health care organizations, professional associations, government agencies, the United States armed forces, insurance firms, pharmaceutical companies, and medical device manufacturers.

Prior to joining The Advisory Board Company in 1996, Mike was elected to four terms in the South Dakota House of Representatives, serving as assistant majority leader and vice chair of Health and Human Services. Additionally, Mike was elected to five terms as president of the Aldermanic Council, was mayor of a small town in South Dakota and served as vice president of the state municipal league. His professional experience includes service as the chief operating officer of an international distribution company, the executive director of a Habitat for Humanity agency, and a college lecturer in business management and leadership.


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