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Matthew E. May

Senior Advisor

Matthew May, Senior Advisor, works with business owners and senior executives to guide and help manage change at multiple levels of an organization—visionary, strategic, tactical, or operational.

On matters of innovation and strategy, he is a close advisor to senior management of companies such as Amgen, Amazon, and Toyota.

He is the author of five critically acclaimed, award-winning, and/or bestselling books on  business innovation:

THE LAWS OF SUBTRACTION: 6 Simple Rules for Winning in the Age of Excess Everything (McGraw-Hill, ©2013). 800CEORead bestseller.

THE SHIBUMI STRATEGY: A Powerful Way to Create Meaningful Change (Jossey-Bass,  ©2011). Gold medal winner, Axiom Award for Best Business Fable.

IN PURSUIT OF ELEGANCE: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing (Crown Business  ©2009, 2010). Named to 2009 BusinessWeek Best Books in Design and Innovation list.

THE ELEGANT SOLUTION: Toyota’s Formula for Mastering Innovation (Free Press, ©2007). Winner, Shingo Prize for Research.

WINNING THE BRAIN GAME: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking (McGraw-Hill, ©2016). Executive Summaries Top 30 Books for 2016.

Matt is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review blogs, Fast Company Design, OPEN Forum Idea Hub, and University of Toronto’s The Rotman Magazine. His articles have appeared in frog design’s Design Mind, Thinkers50.comMIT/Sloan Management Review, Strategy+BusinessQuartz, and USAToday.

Matt’s work has been featured or mentioned in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, USA Today, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Time, Forbes, INC magazine, Fast Company, Wharton Leadership Digest, CIO Insight, American Enterprise Institute, The Miami Herald, and The Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on numerous radio shows, television, and online shows, including MSNBC, NPR, and ESPN.

Matt received his training in design thinking from the Stanford d school, holds an MBA in Marketing and Organization Design from The Wharton School, as well as a BA in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Johns Hopkins University,  but he considers winning the The New Yorker cartoon caption contest as one of his proudest and most creative achievements.