Michael J. O`Brien

Michael J. O’Brien
Organisational Development Specialist
As a consultant and executive coach Michael O’Brien unravels the complexities of organisations into
easy to understand interrelationships. Michael’s diverse background in finance, economics and human
behavior enable him to take the seemingly unpredictable relationship side of business and make it
tangible and manageable. This clear understanding of corporate cultures has allowed Michael to lead
some of the world’s top companies to new perspectives of their strengths and of their challenges.
Michael has leveraged this gift of discernment by establishing strategic relationships with consulting
organisations around the world, as their culture and leadership expert.
After receiving his Honors Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1986
Michael joined Human Synergistics Canada. During his nine years there he grew the business 900% by
listening to clients and developing new products and processes that met their needs. He educated and
supported hundreds of internal and external consultants on the use of individual and organisational
measurement tools. Clients included Southam Newspapers, Royal Bank of Canada, Ontario Hydro,
Agriculture Canada and St. Joseph’s Hospital. In 1994 he received his Master of Education degree from
The University of Western Ontario.
In 1995 Michael was promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing at the home office of Human
Synergistics in Plymouth, Michigan. While managing a staff of twelve, Michael continued his clientfocused approach with organisations like Saturn, American Airlines, Colgate Palmolive, Hewlett Packard,
Disney and the University of Michigan. With these and many other clients he helped them improve their
teamwork, management, leadership and culture.
In 1999 Michael helped form Star Performance Group and now is the sole owner. A strategic partnership
with The Pacific Institute® and Star Performance Group has enabled Michael to reach a global audience
with an array of products and services that have helped clients to achieve incredible growth with
improved productivity. The list of clients continues to grow including the City of Beverly Hills, Caterpillar,
Child Health Corporation of America, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, Houston
Rockets, National Association of Realtors, SASOL, Shell Oil and the State of Nebraska.
Michael is a firm believer that we all have to give back to the community. As a charter member of the
Katy Sunrise Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow, Michael went to Egypt to help with Rotary’s Polio
Eradication Campaign. Michael has served as the secretary of the board for his children’s school.
Another of Michael’s passions is South Africa, where he and local partners have set up Star Performance
Group Africa to help this emerging nation continue their miracle of change.
Michael and his wife Angela love to travel and experience different cultures and regions as they help
Kate, Colleen and Nicolas grow into citizens of the world.
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