Former Commanding Officer of SEAL Team TWO
A 20-year veteran of the US Navy SEALS, Michael Hayes translates the lessons he learned in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as in the White House to the corporate world in order to help organizations develop stronger leaders and improve their bottom line. Hayes served throughout South America, Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, including the conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Read More >
The High Performance Organization
The Uncomfortable Zone
Mike has successfully led teams in the most complex and difficult of circumstances, and has extracted over two decades of proven “lessons learned” from the SEALs and two White House administrations. Mike is passionate about sharing those lessons, discusses his approach to leading high performance teams, and tackles questions like: Read More >
This topic can be tailored based on specific organizational issues and is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how leaders in other high performance organizations deliver results, handle challenges, make hard decisions with imperfect information, build solid teams, create and sustain a culture, and lead their people to achieve more than they knew possible Read Less ^
Excellent organizations know they are never excellent enough. The same is true for individuals-excellent individuals constantly pursue increased excellence. This pursuit distinguishes high performance, successful people and organizations from the rest. Leaders who know they are only as good as their people and strengthen their people’s individual performance are consistently the most successful. Mike has many lessons to strengthen the individual, which subsequently strengthens the entire organization. Just some of the points that transcend into any organization include: Read More >
Mike’s lessons are universally applicable, provoke significant thought, and leave an audience stimulated, challenged, and eager to “try them on” in both professional and personal situations. Read Less ^
Mike’s decades of experiences as a leader in the SEALs yielded “hundreds of once-in-a-lifetime” experiences, developed and tested his principles, and enabled tremendous success. Examining the principles around decision-making, risk, and training can help any organization generate new ideas, renewed focus, or refinement of current approaches. Some of the salient questions include: Read More >
Mike tailors all of his topics by listening to and understanding the goals, problems, and opportunities of an organization. Read Less ^
"If you haven't considered it, you should definitely write a book. You are the real deal and you have a lot to offer on the subject of genuine, authentic leadership."
Mike was a speaker at our inaugural Builders and Innovators conference, which brought together many emerging and high profile entrepreneurs from across the country. Based on his 20 years of experience on SEAL Teams and in the White House, Mike's message on the importance of recruiting the right people, contingency planning and decision making in the face of high pressure, unexpected outcomes resonated. His passion and genuineness was greatly appreciated by this group of important business leaders.
"In over two decades of professional experience, I've rarely heard a speaker translate as rich and diverse a set of experiences into such powerful and highly salient lessons, concepts, and questions. Mike has a very unique ability to identify and communicate to the heart of what drives both individual and collective success. The wide variety of lessons our team drew from Mike's tremendous experiences continue to be a topic of discussion. His talk was unequivocally one of the best I've ever heard."
"Mike exemplifies the leadership all organizations need to succeed in today's fast changing business environment. Mike's thoughts on problem solving, direct communication, and decisive action in situations of uncertainty provide a playbook for creating high performing teams. My team speaks regularly about Mike's visit and I find myself frequently repeating the lessons he shared!"
"Mike’s career as a Navy SEAL placed him in situations and put him up against circumstances most of us will never see. But he possesses the remarkable ability to channel those unique experiences into thoughtful perspectives on leadership that anyone can relate to. Without a doubt, he can help your management team broaden its perspective to more sharply assess challenges and opportunities and make the important decisions exactly when you need them."