Growing up in New Zealand surrounded by 60 million sheep Mike learned a thing or two about standing out in a crowd (human or on four legs!). He also learned that by simply following the flock you end up getting eaten!
In his later travels to (live and work in) Australia he learned that a dead kangaroo on the side of the road will attract a lot of flies, but doesn’t get to benefit from all that attention.
While working and traveling in Europe Mike saw how determined people would eventually break down a symbolic wall holding back ideas.
And since arriving in the United States Mike has learned that talking funny and thinking differently can be both a blessing and a curse...so he works hard at making it a blessing!
His broad general knowledge means no one ever wants to play Trivial Pursuit with him, but it also means he enjoys connecting random thoughts to solve problems...big and small.
With his experience working on three continents and a wealth of knowledge in mass communications, social media, marketing, new product development and customer service Mike loves to use his knowledge to help others. His only requirement is that everyone have funalong the way – because life is just too short to do otherwise.
In his current company, Fixitology, Mike combines his passion for creativity with his naturally social nature to help businesses understand and get into Social Media. Fixitology guides its clients through the ideation, planning and implementation stages of Social Media strategies and can also help with Social Media monitoring and search engine optimization strategies.
What two outside tests say about Mike:
To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in the 2001 management book "Now, Discover Your Strengths." The book spent more than five years on the bestseller lists as it helped millions to discover their Top 5 talents. In StrengthsFinder 2.0 Gallup unveiled a new and improved version of its popular assessment and sorted strengths into 34 themes.
Mike’s strengths (as determined by StrengthsFinder):
The KolbeA Index measures a person's instinctive Method of Operation (MO), and identifies the ways he or she will be most productive. It is only taken once, since these innate abilities do not change over time. The index was developed by Kathy Kolbe and identifies four human instincts used in creative problem solving. These instincts are not measurable. However, the observable acts derived from them can be identified and quantified by the Kolbe A™ Index. These instinct-driven behaviors are represented in the four Kolbe Action Modes: