Henry Mintzberg, Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University in Canada, is an internationally renowned speaker and author on organization and management. His work has focused on the work of the manager, and how managers are trained and developed.
Cheerfully contrarian, Mintzberg is a long time critic of traditional MBA programs. His first book, The Nature of Managerial Work (1973) challenged the established thinking about the role of the manager and is one of the few books that actually examine what managers do, rather than discussing what they should do. In all, Mintzberg has authored or co-authored fifteen books. His body of work also includes over 150 management articles, among which are two Harvard Business Review McKinsey prizewinners (1975, 1987). He received the Strategic Management Journal Best Paper Prize in 2005.
In 2007, he co-founded CoachingOurselves.com, which brings all his efforts in management development to natural fruition, by enabling small groups of practicing managers to develop themselves and their organizations in their own workplace.
Mintzberg was named a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada as well as of the Academy of Management, the International Academy of Management, and the World Academy of Productivity Sciences. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada and l’Ordre national du Québec and holds fifteen honorary degrees from educational institutions around the globe.
Phil LeNir is co-founder and managing partner of CoachingOurselves. He developed CoachingOurselves following a new approach to management education implemented in the International Masters Program in Practicing Management. Through CoachingOurselves he has worked with hundreds of organizations designing and delivering learning and organizational performance solutions, delivered numerous workshops throughout Canada, US, Japan and Europe, authored several articles and published a book on Social and Informal Learning for Managers in Japanese.
Prior to CoachingOurselves, Phil spent 15 years in management positions in high-technology companies specializing in speech-recognition systems. With experience ranging from developing and architecting large scale speech recognition systems to managing software teams spread across the globe, Phil has a unique mix of practical management, innovation management and business experience. Phil has a patent on Speech Recognition and Speaker Verification using distributed speech processing. He holds a Masters of Management and Honors Engineering degree from McGill University in Canada.