President Sapir Consulting US, Lean Agile Inspiration Expert, Best Selling Author and Speaker.
As an Agile Leadership Expert and Executive Coach, Michael’s initiatives with one Fortune 100 company are saving over $12 million in program costs, with completion dates more than a year ahead of schedule.
Michael Nir, President Sapir Consulting US, is an enterprise lean-agile expert; known for his passion, creativity and innovation; known for his passion, creativity and innovation.
His Masters in Engineering, certification in Project Management and training in Gestalt balance his technical know-how with emotional intelligence. He inspires people and teams to change, experimentally and emotionally, while climbing the hill AND reaching the summit.
The author of ten books on influence, consumer experience, and Agile project management, Michael delivers practical skills gained from eighteen years of experience leading change at global organisations in diverse industries such as: Intel, Philips Healthcare, United Healthcare, DnB, Volvo, JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Unilever and many others. He is masterful at connecting the dots between human behavior, business systems and work environment to drive highly productive teams and lead individuals to communicate effectively.
Michael draws on unique personal experiences that provide him with valuable insight. During college in Israel, he led groups of adolescents on excursions through the desert, observing natural leadership behaviors in team settings. Later, on a hike to Alaska, he had to face down a 250 lb Grizzly Bear – giving him a dramatic taste of what it’s like to influence a powerful and threatening personality using wits alone.
Michael was born in Los Angeles and resides in Boston. He travels extensively to Europe and East Asia providing consulting and facilitating training. He understands people, organisations and cultures and is comfortable leading cross-functional and cross-cultural workshops.
A passionate guide and mentor for organisations undergoing change, he has developed Persuading the Bear – Influence without Authority and Practical Lean Startup workshop and delivery program as well as gestalt team-building and leadership workshops.