Creative people do the unexpected, and when they do, remarkable new horizons open.
Michael D. Huggins, CEO, and Wharton graduate running a $2 billion business, has tremendous insight and extensive knowledge on the necessary components to successfully take your company in the direction necessary for growth, productivity and risk management. Michael was a global corporate executive who successfully constructed businesses, designed support systems and shaped leadership and team building skills. He also developed processes to leverage the strengths and positive characteristics of managers into a transformative leadership style, motivating employees to achieve personal and corporate goals.
Michael is also a crisis management expert who believes leaders must take nothing for granted-offering a game changing wake-up call, based on his personal experiences. His insights and experience can help protect, restore and increase reputations.
Believing strongly in corporate and personal responsibility through community engagement, Michael founded a nonprofit program serving people impacted by trauma, addiction or incarceration. This organization has served over 60 thousand people and has been recognized as an important leader in trauma sensitive disciplines.
A sought after speaker, trainer and consultant, Michael D. Huggins is transforming the way businesses approach risk mitigation and offers the necessary tools for building trust, responsibility, accountability and growth within any organization.
"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." – Wayne Dyer
From 2009 when indicted, through his nine-month 2012 prison sentence, Mike coped by studying and practicing yoga, with the goal of eventually sharing its power. Beginning first with those in the justice system then adding at-risk populations in recovery, veterans, and others dealing with traumas, Mike’s dream grew and in 2013 he founded the Transformation Yoga Project in Philadelphia.
Its mission to provide tools through trauma-sensitive, mindfulness-based yoga for stress, tension, addiction, and anxiety relief has grown. It now conducts over 350 classes per month, and more than 65,000 people in three states and 50 locations have participated.
Mike believes the Transformation Yoga Project addresses a societal need by attempting to close the gap of accessibility. All people deserve access to the wisdom of yoga and to learn how to be at peace with themselves and the world.
Personal values drive business: trust, authenticity, empowerment of responsibility and accountability, respect, and performance.
Corporations have a responsibility to those whom they can impact-employees, stakeholders, society at large. This is the sum of their reputation.
Mike understands and respects the culture of people and places. He has personally studied the values, traditions, and beliefs for his many global ventures and has successfully solved a myriad of business issues using that knowledge.
Mike's mental agility to merge both sides of his brain –left for logic, right for creativity-has not only increased his range of problem solving techniques but has made them that much more effective.
You have a choice in how you behave regardless of what life throws at you. It is easy to be grateful when you reach the top of the mountain but a true measure of a person is how grateful she/he is while falling after being pushed off the mountain top.
Samples of Mike's “everyday creativity:"
France: a strong French and American management culture divide was greatly diminished when Mike organized and integrated teams to take cooking lessons learning both cuisines.
Thailand: Mike greatly improved morale of 350 female factory workers by coordinating a culturally appropriate formal event so they could exchange their everyday uniforms for evening gowns.
Hong Kong: Mike routinely invited one manager and his/her staff to lunch with home-office executives. Staff picked the restaurant and all ate local cuisine. Staff could ask any question of any executive.
Mike addressed orthopedic product recall problems by having surgeons and patients demonstrate for factory workers what can happen when the products they make are not 100% perfect. He instilled the phrase, “Would you want this product used for your loved one?”
USA: When a senior management team was formed, Mike developed interactive team engagement parameters, leveraging each executive's individual strength resulting in significantly more open and productive communication.
Mike improved trust/communication with field sales through a “senate” of field sales people and senior administration who met regularly to discuss problems and issues of those working in the trenches as well as those running the show.
His range of solutions and how effective they are will captivate you.
And his character will awe you, like this one example:
When 9/11 happened, Mike immediately coordinated with the New York mayor's office, the VP of UPS and an executive of a large level 1 trauma hospital to coordinate the delivery of two large trailers loaded with medical equipment. The trucks drove nonstop from Colorado and were able to enter the "no traffic" area to triage at the trauma hospital.