“If you ask anyone that has been fortunate enough to experience a facilitation with Mike, they will be sure to tell you that he is the best strategic advisor that they have ever experienced. Mike has an incredible ability to synthesize very quickly what is happening in an organization strategically, operationally and culturally and work at a very personal level with executive teams both collectively and individually to enhance their leadership skills, performance and business strategies. Simply put, Mike is without a shadow of a doubt the best executive coach, mentor and business strategist in the country.”
“Mike Watson is a remarkable management consultant, facilitator and advisor to business. As Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, I selected Mike to lead a strategic planning process for our Board of Directors. His preparation, insight, humour and direction was impeccable. Mike helped us to make our way to the exceptional outcomes we hoped to achieve. He has my unqualified endorsement.”
“In my capacity serving on the Board of Directors for the BC Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and for the last three years as Chairman of the Board I have had the opportunity and pleasure in working with Mike Watson for a number of years on various issues including but not limited to, Strategic Planning, Board Governance and changing an organization’s culture. At each and every meeting where he was and/or is involved he ensures that everybody in attendance participates in the preparations, discussions of the subject matter and defining the next steps in a process that all agree on in order to move forward. He facilitates meetings where he makes everybody feel involved in the final outcome and he is able to simplify the input from some without losing the point people are trying to make. He is very astute and respectful of everybody’s efforts/opinions in reaching an agreed goal. Nobody in my experience with working with Mike Watson has ever left the room not knowing what the goal(s) of the meeting were, how we reached the conclusions we did, what the next steps were ,the timeline to achieve the goals and who was responsible and accountable for them. He did all of the above with a great sense of humour, dedication and commitment to success for our organization.”
“As a facilitator, Mike’s strategic acumen and practical business sense are second to none. On many occasions over the last four years I have witnessed his ability to facilitate a room of divergent corporate interests to see the possible and to act as one. Overlaying these skills with Mike’s incredible insight, wisdom and tenacity he offers a highly personalized executive coaching service. In my experience, Mike always made my interests and my success a chief concern during our coaching sessions. In short, thanks to Mike’s expertise and leadership skills I have improved mine.”
“BCMEA has worked with Mike Watson since 2013. Mike is probably the most skilled facilitator that I have ever worked with and he has been instrumental in bringing our strategic planning process to an enhanced level of focus and alignment internally and with our Board of Directors.
Mike digs in to truly understand our organization’s challenges and opportunities, and he is adept at identifying how his team can add value in delivering results to our organization and its customer members.”
“I have had the privilege of working with Mike Watson since 2011. During that time Mike has assisted us with facilitation, strategic planning and implementation, leadership support and development and CEO advisory. His involvement has helped us challenge our thinking, push our boundaries and grow farther than we thought possible. In the last 5 years, we have more than tripled our financial performance.
Mike is by far the best facilitator that I have seen with a unique ability to stretch your thinking and challenge your perspectives in a comfortable but highly productive way. His approach ensures participation by the entire group while his use of time is exceptionally efficient. His ability to grasp concepts and summarize them in meaningful ways is also very impressive. He assimilates well with all teams and quickly earns their trust and confidence. I like his direct, honest and deliberate coaching style and the team, including myself, has greatly benefited from his strategic counsel.”
“Ocean Networks Canada has repeatedly benefited from Mike Watson’s work with us on strategic planning and implementation. Mike demystified the steps in setting clear strategic directions. He also provided pragmatic tactical guidance to me and my executive team and facilitated clear discussions as we worked with our Board of Directors to implement the new strategy. Mike has a rare skill of bringing clarity to wide-ranging corporate discussions that, in turn, delivers results.”
“I have had the opportunity to work with Mike in my roles as President of CHBA and a Shareholder and employee of AWW. He consistently displays the utmost professionalism and leadership of senior teams in helping them analyze business landscapes, create strategy and evaluate successes.
Mike brings an energy and skill set to his practice that elevates leaders, and sets companies up for success.
In our experience with Mike at CHBA, we were able to create a long term strategic plan that truly draws a path forward towards our goals. As we continue to work on strategic imperatives, we find our organization moving towards our true objectives more quickly than we could’ve anticipated.
I would strongly recommend Mike as a business leader in any setting.”
“Mike is very skilled at bringing clarity and objectivity to complex internal discussions. He has been instrumental in helping us shape a strategic plan for our company’s future that focuses us, aligns us and importantly inspires us.”
“I have known Mike for 20 years and have used his expertise as a facilitator and as a convener for consultation and strategic planning purposes. Mike has an exceptional ability to not just listen to those he convenes, but the skill to succinctly combine the common elements of the conversation together that produces a clarity of the issues and opportunities at hand that groups, boards and organizations can embrace and act on.”
“I been involved in a number of strategic, multi-interest facilitations led by Mike Watson and have also retained his services for our own organization. In all cases he has demonstrated an ability to help bring diverse interests together, identifying areas of mutual interest and alignment. He is an immensely talented facilitator who is at ease working with groups ranging from Canada’s most senior business leaders to small not-for-profit organizations.”
“The thing that separates Mike’s facilitation from that of others is his ability to ask the incisive question and draw out the most relevant information from all present, allowing the group to more clearly understand the issue at hand. His ace in the hole, though, is his unique ability to cut through the noise and deliver summaries that fast-forward meetings to successful conclusions that all participants buy into. It’s quite remarkable. He really is an accomplished thinker and communicator.”
“Mike provided critical strategic support and facilitation to a major initiative of our enterprise. He was a master at keeping our groups focused, engaged and constructive when dealing with difficult issues. We couldn’t have done it without him.”