Originally from South Africa, prior to moving to Los Angeles in 1979, Michael lived and worked in Johannesburg, London, Zurich, Paris and Montreal. As an attorney and business executive, he has conducted business in almost every major world commercial center and is known for his remarkable negotiating expertise, leadership and public speaking skills.
In the mid-1990s, Michael served as CEO of an international music company. Its radio programming was syndicated in 30 countries.
In 2005, he was appointed CEO of an award-winning international architectural design company with offices in Venice, California, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul.
In 2008, he completed his critically acclaimed book, “Detecting the Scam: Nelson Mandela’s Gift.” In the book, he shows how, had we used Nelson Mandela's approach to negotiation and leadership, we would have been better able to detect and avoid the high-profile scams.
He is now chairman and CEO of Owl Strategic Consulting LLC.
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Author of "Detecting the Scam: Nelson Mandela's Gift (professional)
Author of critically acclaimed book about recent high-profile scams. In the book, Michael explores Nelson Mandela’s remarkable leadership and negotiating skills. He shows how, had we used his approach to negotiation and leadership, we would have been in a better position to detect and avoid the high-profile scams.
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa: BA, Philosophy 1970
McGill University: Law 1978
Spent one year at McGill studying European Community Law prior to moving to Los Angeles.
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa: LLB, Law 1973
Sorbonne University: French 1978
Attended summer language class.
Event Appearances (4)
Detecting Scams Burbank California
Mental Radio Forum Los Angeles
Rewiring Our Brain San Bernadino
Personal Best Chicago
Sample Talks (5)
What Makes Some Leaders Inspirational and Others Not-So-Much – and Why This Is Important
Exploring the common traits and qualities of inspirational leaders and how they all appear to the same way and why inspirational leadership is so important...
The Dangers Scammers Face – and the Obstacles we Face in Confronting Scammers
Exploring the dangers scammers face as they try to scam us – and exploring the obstacles we face in confronting scammers...
The 10 Hidden Treasures of an Ethical Workplace
Showing how creating an ethical environment can offer both a remarkable opportunity and a means to avoid some serious risks. Taking advantage of a remarkable opportunity to create a competitive advantage through improved performance, productivity, innovation, morale and leadership.
Nelson Mandela's 10 Powers of Negotiation
Exploring the 10 Powers of Negotiation that Nelson Mandela displayed in his epic negotiations with the South African apartheid regime...
The Duck School, the School of Common Sense
Applying the 10 rules of the Duck School – and the 10 obstacles we must overcome in applying those rules...
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