Executive coach for senior executives and their Boards
Since founding Michael Stern Associates Inc. in 1982, Michael has worked closely with senior executives and the Boards/CEOs to whom they report – first as an executive search consultant, then as an executive coach.
He has been instrumental in helping many of North America’s top organizations identify, grow and evaluate senior talent. Michael has also been a catalyst in assisting hundreds of executives to master new challenges and become better leaders.
Trained in counseling psychology
Executive coaching comes naturally to Michael. After earning an M.A.Sc. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Waterloo in 1973, he worked as a Psychologist at the Brantford General Hospital. Michael then became a Senior Consultant at the Addiction Research Foundation (now the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), where he managed clinical services in Central Ontario. Michael was Co-Chairman of a joint ARF/Etobicoke Police Department steering committee, which developed the pilot project that became Ontario’s R.I.D.E. (“Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere”) Program.
Thought leader on executive development
Since 1989, Michael’s articles on leadership have run regularly in the business press.
For ten years, he wrote a regular monthly column – first for the Globe & Mail, then for the Toronto Star. For seven years, Michael wrote a biweekly column titled “Corner Office” for The National Post. He has also been a regular contributor to Canadian Business magazine and several other business publications.
Michael is frequently interviewed and widely quoted by the media on corporate North America’s leadership needs; executive development; executive recruitment, engagement and retention; employment trends and career planning.