Matthew E. May

"Games Our Brains Play," TEDx Pershing Square 2017

PROFILE Matthew E. May is an internationally recognized thought leader on strategy, innovation, and lean. Working as a solo advisor and coach, he specializes in helping senior executives and their teams craft innovative strategies and build the capabilities to implement them. Matt has written five books on innovative thinking, his latest being WINNING THE BRAIN GAME: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking (McGraw Hill, 2016). His work has appeared in The New York Times, Inc. , Strategy+Business, The Rotman Magazine, Fast Company, and Harvard Business Review blogs. Matt holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from Johns Hopkins University, but he counts winning the New Yorker cartoon caption contest as one of his most creative achievements. PERSPECTIVE Matt has a deep passion for ideas that solve a difficult problem in an elegant way. He defines an elegant solution as one that is both uncommonly simple and surprisingly powerful, and that achieves the maximum effect with minimum means. Above all, Matt is a practitioner of business strategy and innovation with powerful lessons learned and war stories to tell from years in the trenches with companies ranging from small startups to companies as large and multinational as Toyota, where he spent eight years as a full-time advisor. Matt blends his frontline experience with research from his books in order to deliver useful concepts with immediate application, and aims to achieve four things in every address: 1. inspire new thinking; 2. share a unique perspective; 3. tell compelling stories; and 4. deliver practical takeaways. Matt tailors every talk to the audience, but these are the most popular themes: THE ART OF INNOVATION This inspiring keynote offers a powerful toolkit of real-world innovation principles and practices drawn from Matthew's decades of experience working with innovative companies like Toyota, Intuit, and Amgen to grow their business through continuous innovation. PLAYING TO WIN This talk is based on Matthew's half-decade experience in helping senior executives craft new strategies using the Playing-to-Win strategy framework taught to him by his mentor, Roger Martin, coauthor of Playing to Win. Compelling examples and case studies illustrate the power of being able to answer two key questions: Where will you play? and How will you win? WINNING THE BRAIN GAME This provocative and highly interactive keynote speech is based on Matthew's 2016 book, Winning the Brain Game. Participants will engage in the same simple thought challenges given to over 100K people during a 10-year period, revealing seven mental glitches that stymie our best thinking. He then offers powerful techniques for doubling our creative thinking ability. THE POWER OF SUBTRACTION This keynote draws upon Matthew's popular book, The Laws of Subtraction. Matt outlines six simple rules for standing out and staying relevant in a massively distracting world, built on a single yet powerful idea: When you remove just the right things in just the right way, something good happens. DESIGNING ELEGANT SOLUTIONS This popular speech is based on Matthew's two first books, The Elegant Solution and In Pursuit of Elegance. Drawing on his years with Toyota, Matt delivers the key elements to creating and developing ideas and solutions that achieve the maximum effect with the minimum means.





6 Reviews
THE CONFERENCE BOARD On the campus of 3M Corporation
He (Matt) delivered an excellent presentation on innovation.

“We were so honored that Matt came to speak to our Council on Development, Education and Learning. He delivered an excellent presentation on innovation. We wanted more time with him!"

December 2017

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TIM SMITH Design Chair, California College of the Art
Matt is a masterful presenter in every way.

“Matt is a masterful presenter in every way…he connected with the audience and knew his material. We were delighted to have him kick off our Design Strategy series.”

December 2017

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HARVEY TREMBLAY Chairman/President, Hy-Tech Drilling LTD
Matt was very well received.

“Matt was very well received by our group. He adapted his presentation so that it suited our senior team. We enjoyed his insights on innovation, and look forward to implementing them.”

December 2017

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