About Mike Figliuolo

Mike FigliuoloMike is the Founder and Managing Director of thoughtLEADERS, LLC – a professional training  firm focused on leadership development. His new book One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership is designed to help leaders define who they are and what their personal leadership philosophy is.

He is available as a speaker for your next event.  He also teaches a course called Creating Your Leadership Maxims in which he facilitates your use of the approach covered in the book to create your own personal set of leadership maxims.  Simply contact him if you’re interested in bringing him into your organization to speak.

He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1993 where he was an honor graduate and a Distinguished Cadet. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. He spent five years as an Armor officer in a variety of roles including Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Personnel Officer and ROTC Instructor at Duke University.

After leaving the Army, he joined McKinsey and Company as a management consultant. He served clients in several industries (banking, retail, healthcare, chemicals, and technology) on a variety of issues (strategy, mergers & acquisitions, cost reductions, growth and business building). He also published many of his findings in professional development documents proprietary to McKinsey as well as publishing an article in The McKinsey Quarterly.

Mike next worked at Capital One Financial as Group Manager of Strategy & Analysis and as Director of Specialty Collections. He was responsible for ~$1B in collections, a $125MM budget and the performance of 150 employees. The initiatives his teams put in place delivered over $125MM in value.

Mike’s most recent roles were Vice President, Quality Improvement, Customer Service, Business Development & Service Support for Scotts LawnService where he was responsible for acquisitions, division strategy, technology infrastructure, customer service, and franchise operations. Previously, he was Vice President, Strategic Planning at The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG) where he was responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company by working directly with the executive team (CEO, CFO, Division Presidents) to assess where to take the business long-term and then identifying opportunities to achieve corporate goals.

Mike founded thoughtLEADERS because he believes practitioners make the best instructors and because he has a passion for people development and organizational improvement.  He was recently named the Columbus, Ohio Small Business Leader of the Year by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

One Piece of Paper elegantly tackles the complex topic of leadership and makes it real, practical, and powerful for leaders in all walks of life. Leadership is about relationships. The approach explained in this book will help you build a strong foundation for the relationships you have with your team.”

– Mike Krzyzewski, Head Coach, Duke University

In One Piece of Paper, Mike Figliuolo brushes aside the buzzwords and offers a clear path to becoming a truly authentic leader. If you want your team to work both harder and smarter – not just because you’re the boss, but because you’re a trusted ally – buy this book.”

– Keith Ferrazzi, Author of Who’s Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone

Once I began, I could not put Mike’s book down as I learned how to learn about myself. Beginning with establishing an honest, personal introspective foundation, One Piece of Paper provides a hands-on, actionable guide to credible, effective leadership.”

– Jack Partridge, President, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc.

Because Mike Figliuolo is a leader himself, he truly understands the challenges leaders face in the real business world. His guidance and advice are practical and in One Piece of Paper he zeroes in on the skills leaders need to compete effectively in today’s global environment.”

– Gail Leiber, Director, Global Learning & Development Consulting Practice, Abbott

One Piece of Paper is exceptionally framed, forward-thinking, and thought provoking. Mike Figliuolo provides key leadership insights and perspectives that are real. This book represents concise, practical, and effective thinking on leadership and plainly said – this approach works.”

– Darcie Zeliesko, Group Leader, Heinz North America

Mike Figliuolo’s maxims approach to leadership provides a simple yet profound template for developing the kind of synergy, trust and confidence essential for successful organizations.”

– Robert F. Foley, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Retired and former Commandant of Cadets,
United States Military Academy at West Point

So what are you waiting for? Get your copy of the book now and become the leader you’ve always wanted to be. When you’re done with it, let us know what you think!