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Matthew E. May

Author, Winning the Brain Game

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 Matthew E. May Biography

Matthew E. May is an internationally recognized leader on strategy, innovation, and lean. Working as a solo advisor and coach, he specializes in helping senior executives and teams craft winning strategies and innovative approaches that result in sustainable, competitive advantages. He has a deep passion for ideas that solve a difficult problem in an elegant way, incorporating powerful lessons from years working with companies ranging from small startups to those as large as Toyota, where he spent eight years as a full-time advisor.

May has written five books on innovative thinking, his latest being Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking. His previous include The Laws of Subtraction, In Pursuit of Elegance, The Shibumi Strategy, and The Elegant Solution. May writes the bimonthly “Brain Game” column for Inc. magazine, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Strategy+Business, The Rotman Magazine, Fast Company, and Harvard Business Review. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.

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Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking (Business Books)

Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking (Business Books)

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  • 4. Toyota + Innovation: Forging New Inroads to Invention

    Smart leaders know the necessity of thinking differently at every level: creating compelling customer value, flowing that value through streamlined processes, and embedding a cultural discipline around constant creativity and continuous innovation. And no better example of the post-industrial innovative organization exists than Toyota. In an industry with flat demand and product parity, Toyota is able to consistently gain the lion’s share of the consumer’s garage. Behind their ability to perform is a focused and structured approach to everyday innovation, resulting in over 3,000 ideas implemented each day—one million ideas a year. They are an old-school firm with new school rules. Driving the Toyota approach is a companywide quest for elegant solutions—solutions that deliver optimal customer value and impact with the minimal burden, effort and expense. Based on his bestselling book The Elegant Solution, and success in applying the collective wisdom gleaned from nearly a decade of working with Toyota, Lexus, and Scion to other organizations, May offers a vital prescription of ten key cultural practices that are a must-have for organizations seeking new inroads to innovation.

  • 3. Elegant Solutions: Why the Best Ideas in Business Have One Thing Missing

    What made The Sopranos finale one of the most-talked-about events in television history? Why is sudoku so addictive and the iPhone so irresistible? What did Jackson Pollock have in common with theoretical physicists and Buddhist monks? The answer? Elegance. In this thought-provoking exploration of why certain events, products, and people capture our attention and imaginations, May examines the elusive quality behind so many innovative breakthroughs in fields ranging from physics and marketing to design and popular culture. Combining unusual simplicity and surprising power, elegance is characterized by four key elements—seduction, subtraction, symmetry, and sustainability. This compelling, story-driven talk that sheds light on the need for elegance in design, engineering, art, urban planning, sports, and work, while offering surprising evidence that the best ideas have something missing … on purpose.

  • 2. Subtraction: Removing Excess for Better, Smarter Business

    How do you stand out and stay relevant in a world that is massively distracting and mostly disruptive? It’s a daunting challenge for everyone, no matter their walk in life. In an age of excess everything, success looks different, and now demands a new skill: Subtraction. Matthew E. May defines subtraction as simply as the art of removing anything excessive, confusing, wasteful, unnatural, hazardous, hard to use, or ugly—or the discipline to refrain from adding it in the first place. And if subtraction is the new skill to be acquired, we need a guide to developing it. In this keynote, May outlines six simple rules for winning (in business, as well as life) in the age of excess everything, and delivers a single yet powerful idea: When you remove just the right things in just the right way, something very good happens.

  • 1. The Brain Game: Fixing the Seven Fatal Flaws of Business Thinking

    Science confirms the distinction between the biological brain and the conscious mind. Each day, a game of mind versus matter plays out on a field defined by the problems we need to solve. Most are routine, and don’t demand a more mindful approach. It’s when we’re faced with more difficult challenges that our thinking becomes vulnerable to brain patterns that lead us astray: We leap to solutions that simply don’t work; we fixate on old mindsets that keep us stuck in neutral; we overthink problems and make them worse; and we kill the ideas of others, as well as our own. Worse, we keep doing these things, over and over again, naturally and instinctively. In this provocative and highly interactive keynote, Matthew E. May engages audiences in the same simple thought challenges given to over 100,000 people during a 10-year period. Calling on modern neuroscience and psychology to help explain the “seven fatal flaws,” May draws insight from some of the world’s most innovative thinkers. He then combines a super-curated, field-tested set of “fixes,” proven through hundreds of creative sessions, to raise our thinking game to a more mindful level.

  • 5. Mind of the Innovator

    How Game-Changers “Think Different” The pressure to stand out and stay relevant in a fiercely competitive marketplace demands innovative thinking to jump the curve and move to the next level. That pressure falls squarely on the shoulders of the individual, because companies don’t innovate, people do. The tension between business objectives and creative thinking isn’t easily resolved…unless you can tame the traps of traditional thinking. In this compelling keynote, Matthew takes the audience inside the minds of the world’s most creative executives and entrepreneurs to reveal how they crush the status quo, write their own rules, change the game, and move the world.

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Matthew E. May

Author, Winning the Brain Game

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Matthew E. May Biography

Matthew E. May is an internationally recognized leader on strategy, innovation, and lean. Working as a solo advisor and coach, he specializes in helping senior executives and teams craft winning strategies and innovative approaches that result in sustainable, competitive advantages. He has a deep passion for ideas that solve a difficult problem in an elegant way, incorporating powerful lessons from years working with companies ranging from small startups to those as large as Toyota, where he spent eight years as a full-time advisor.

May has written five books on innovative thinking, his latest being Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking. His previous include The Laws of Subtraction, In Pursuit of Elegance, The Shibumi Strategy, and The Elegant Solution. May writes the bimonthly “Brain Game” column for Inc. magazine, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Strategy+Business, The Rotman Magazine, Fast Company, and Harvard Business Review. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.

Matthew E. May Videos

  • Matthew E May MSNBC - YouTube
  • Matthew E. May, The Elegant Solution, Part 2 - LeanBlog Video ...
  • Matthew E. May - "In Pursuit of Elegance" Part 1 - LeanBlog Video ...

Matthew E. May Books

Matthew E. May Speaking Topics

  • 4. Toyota + Innovation: Forging New Inroads to Invention

    Smart leaders know the necessity of thinking differently at every level: creating compelling customer value, flowing that value through streamlined processes, and embedding a cultural discipline around constant creativity and continuous innovation. And no better example of the post-industrial innovative organization exists than Toyota. In an industry with flat demand and product parity, Toyota is able to consistently gain the lion’s share of the consumer’s garage. Behind their ability to perform is a focused and structured approach to everyday innovation, resulting in over 3,000 ideas implemented each day—one million ideas a year. They are an old-school firm with new school rules. Driving the Toyota approach is a companywide quest for elegant solutions—solutions that deliver optimal customer value and impact with the minimal burden, effort and expense. Based on his bestselling book The Elegant Solution, and success in applying the collective wisdom gleaned from nearly a decade of working with Toyota, Lexus, and Scion to other organizations, May offers a vital prescription of ten key cultural practices that are a must-have for organizations seeking new inroads to innovation.

  • 3. Elegant Solutions: Why the Best Ideas in Business Have One Thing Missing

    What made The Sopranos finale one of the most-talked-about events in television history? Why is sudoku so addictive and the iPhone so irresistible? What did Jackson Pollock have in common with theoretical physicists and Buddhist monks? The answer? Elegance. In this thought-provoking exploration of why certain events, products, and people capture our attention and imaginations, May examines the elusive quality behind so many innovative breakthroughs in fields ranging from physics and marketing to design and popular culture. Combining unusual simplicity and surprising power, elegance is characterized by four key elements—seduction, subtraction, symmetry, and sustainability. This compelling, story-driven talk that sheds light on the need for elegance in design, engineering, art, urban planning, sports, and work, while offering surprising evidence that the best ideas have something missing … on purpose.

  • 2. Subtraction: Removing Excess for Better, Smarter Business

    How do you stand out and stay relevant in a world that is massively distracting and mostly disruptive? It’s a daunting challenge for everyone, no matter their walk in life. In an age of excess everything, success looks different, and now demands a new skill: Subtraction. Matthew E. May defines subtraction as simply as the art of removing anything excessive, confusing, wasteful, unnatural, hazardous, hard to use, or ugly—or the discipline to refrain from adding it in the first place. And if subtraction is the new skill to be acquired, we need a guide to developing it. In this keynote, May outlines six simple rules for winning (in business, as well as life) in the age of excess everything, and delivers a single yet powerful idea: When you remove just the right things in just the right way, something very good happens.

  • 1. The Brain Game: Fixing the Seven Fatal Flaws of Business Thinking

    Science confirms the distinction between the biological brain and the conscious mind. Each day, a game of mind versus matter plays out on a field defined by the problems we need to solve. Most are routine, and don’t demand a more mindful approach. It’s when we’re faced with more difficult challenges that our thinking becomes vulnerable to brain patterns that lead us astray: We leap to solutions that simply don’t work; we fixate on old mindsets that keep us stuck in neutral; we overthink problems and make them worse; and we kill the ideas of others, as well as our own. Worse, we keep doing these things, over and over again, naturally and instinctively. In this provocative and highly interactive keynote, Matthew E. May engages audiences in the same simple thought challenges given to over 100,000 people during a 10-year period. Calling on modern neuroscience and psychology to help explain the “seven fatal flaws,” May draws insight from some of the world’s most innovative thinkers. He then combines a super-curated, field-tested set of “fixes,” proven through hundreds of creative sessions, to raise our thinking game to a more mindful level.

  • 5. Mind of the Innovator

    How Game-Changers “Think Different” The pressure to stand out and stay relevant in a fiercely competitive marketplace demands innovative thinking to jump the curve and move to the next level. That pressure falls squarely on the shoulders of the individual, because companies don’t innovate, people do. The tension between business objectives and creative thinking isn’t easily resolved…unless you can tame the traps of traditional thinking. In this compelling keynote, Matthew takes the audience inside the minds of the world’s most creative executives and entrepreneurs to reveal how they crush the status quo, write their own rules, change the game, and move the world.

FAQs on booking Matthew E. May

  • How to book Matthew E. May?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Matthew E. May for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Matthew E. May, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Matthew E. May or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Matthew E. May?

    Booking fees for Matthew E. May, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Matthew E. May, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Matthew E. May?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Matthew E. May for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Matthew E. May for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Matthew E. May or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Matthew E. May or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Matthew E. May is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Matthew E. May for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Matthew E. May generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Clayton Christensen, Troy Hazard, Tim Sanders, Geoffrey Moore and Rosabeth Moss Kanter. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Matthew E. May for an upcoming event.

Matthew E. May Speaker Videos

  • Matthew E May MSNBC - YouTube
    Matthew E. May, The Elegant Solution, Part 2 - LeanBlog Video ...
  • Matthew E. May - "In Pursuit of Elegance" Part 1 - LeanBlog Video ...
    Laws of Subtraction Matthew E May - YouTube

Matthew E. May Speaking Topics

  • 4. Toyota + Innovation: Forging New Inroads to Invention

    Smart leaders know the necessity of thinking differently at every level: creating compelling customer value, flowing that value through streamlined processes, and embedding a cultural discipline around constant creativity and continuous innovation. And no better example of the post-industrial innovative organization exists than Toyota. In an industry with flat demand and product parity, Toyota is able to consistently gain the lion’s share of the consumer’s garage. Behind their ability to perform is a focused and structured approach to everyday innovation, resulting in over 3,000 ideas implemented each day—one million ideas a year. They are an old-school firm with new school rules. Driving the Toyota approach is a companywide quest for elegant solutions—solutions that deliver optimal customer value and impact with the minimal burden, effort and expense. Based on his bestselling book The Elegant Solution, and success in applying the collective wisdom gleaned from nearly a decade of working with Toyota, Lexus, and Scion to other organizations, May offers a vital prescription of ten key cultural practices that are a must-have for organizations seeking new inroads to innovation.

  • 3. Elegant Solutions: Why the Best Ideas in Business Have One Thing Missing

    What made The Sopranos finale one of the most-talked-about events in television history? Why is sudoku so addictive and the iPhone so irresistible? What did Jackson Pollock have in common with theoretical physicists and Buddhist monks? The answer? Elegance. In this thought-provoking exploration of why certain events, products, and people capture our attention and imaginations, May examines the elusive quality behind so many innovative breakthroughs in fields ranging from physics and marketing to design and popular culture. Combining unusual simplicity and surprising power, elegance is characterized by four key elements—seduction, subtraction, symmetry, and sustainability. This compelling, story-driven talk that sheds light on the need for elegance in design, engineering, art, urban planning, sports, and work, while offering surprising evidence that the best ideas have something missing … on purpose.

  • 2. Subtraction: Removing Excess for Better, Smarter Business

    How do you stand out and stay relevant in a world that is massively distracting and mostly disruptive? It’s a daunting challenge for everyone, no matter their walk in life. In an age of excess everything, success looks different, and now demands a new skill: Subtraction. Matthew E. May defines subtraction as simply as the art of removing anything excessive, confusing, wasteful, unnatural, hazardous, hard to use, or ugly—or the discipline to refrain from adding it in the first place. And if subtraction is the new skill to be acquired, we need a guide to developing it. In this keynote, May outlines six simple rules for winning (in business, as well as life) in the age of excess everything, and delivers a single yet powerful idea: When you remove just the right things in just the right way, something very good happens.

  • 1. The Brain Game: Fixing the Seven Fatal Flaws of Business Thinking

    Science confirms the distinction between the biological brain and the conscious mind. Each day, a game of mind versus matter plays out on a field defined by the problems we need to solve. Most are routine, and don’t demand a more mindful approach. It’s when we’re faced with more difficult challenges that our thinking becomes vulnerable to brain patterns that lead us astray: We leap to solutions that simply don’t work; we fixate on old mindsets that keep us stuck in neutral; we overthink problems and make them worse; and we kill the ideas of others, as well as our own. Worse, we keep doing these things, over and over again, naturally and instinctively. In this provocative and highly interactive keynote, Matthew E. May engages audiences in the same simple thought challenges given to over 100,000 people during a 10-year period. Calling on modern neuroscience and psychology to help explain the “seven fatal flaws,” May draws insight from some of the world’s most innovative thinkers. He then combines a super-curated, field-tested set of “fixes,” proven through hundreds of creative sessions, to raise our thinking game to a more mindful level.

  • 5. Mind of the Innovator

    How Game-Changers “Think Different” The pressure to stand out and stay relevant in a fiercely competitive marketplace demands innovative thinking to jump the curve and move to the next level. That pressure falls squarely on the shoulders of the individual, because companies don’t innovate, people do. The tension between business objectives and creative thinking isn’t easily resolved…unless you can tame the traps of traditional thinking. In this compelling keynote, Matthew takes the audience inside the minds of the world’s most creative executives and entrepreneurs to reveal how they crush the status quo, write their own rules, change the game, and move the world.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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