M. Marino & Associates
Michael J. Marino

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MJM

Culture eats strategy for breakfast.
— Peter Drucker

 

Great Leader = Great Culture = Great Results

I now work as a confidential advisor to Chief Executives and other senior leaders to help you set a path to success. Such leaders set the tone for every organization, from Fortune 100 and 500 corporations to start-ups and non-profit organizations:.

  • Maximize their leadership effectiveness,

  • Foster a culture that creates a purposeful work experience for all employees,

  • Generate improved results by aligning culture with strategy and structure.

Using the most current, time-tested approaches to transforming organizations and delivering results, I’ve advised C-level executives on a range of culture initiatives, including scaling a culture as companies grow, building a globally united culture, integrating cultures following mergers and acquisitions, and unifying a fragmented organization.

I was one of the early pioneers in the field of organizational development and culture-shaping, and derive great pleasure in helping leaders think through and master the challenges of leadership, culture, and performance.

I HAVE LED CULTURE-SHAPING BUSINESSES AND HAVE MANAGED SUBSTANTIAL P&LS. AS A LEADER AND COACH, WE CONSISTENTLY DELIVERED ROBUST GROWTH THROUGH COLLABORATION AND PERSEVERANCE. 

In my career, I've spearheaded the change management and international administration for North America and Pacific Rim billion-dollar conglomerates. I worked closely with Board Chairs to implement initiatives across a network of companies. I pioneered a combination of strategy, productivity improvement and organizational development. 

 

AN ENGAGING, STRAIGHTFORWARD RELATIONSHIP BUILDER.

I have many interests including performing with my band (the Howlers); doing yoga; being in the great outdoors; or discovering new people, new ideas, new places. What I can tell you, is that I've lead major business success throughout my own career, and I'm ready to share the processes that have helped me along the way. 

A Few Highlights: 

  • Leader in pioneering culture-shaping industry.

  • Led strategic accounts in global and Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries, including transportation, retail, pharmaceuticals, insurance, and financial services. Participated in setting strategic direction for company.

  • Instrumental in growing company from $10 million to $40 million in consulting revenue.

  • Integrally involved in shaping purposeful, rewarding organizational culture at Senn Delaney.

  • Led FedEx engagement to imbue the PSP (People Service Product) leadership philosophy into what had grown into a global, 300,000-strong Fortune 500 company.

  • Following merger that created Glaxo Smith-Kline, led The Leadership Edge program to integrate the merged companies around a common set of values.

  • Advised New York Life’s CIO on transforming his business to effectively compete for software engineers / developers, among them Google, Amazon, and Facebook.

  • Coached CEO of Indivior (maker of suboxone) to navigate taking the company public. Moved from Director of Marketing to CEO, leading creation of a patient-centric culture.

  • Advised Loblaw’s management board in the creation and implementation of the B3 program: Better Me, Better We, Better Loblaw that led to improved performance and being named among Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures list in 2011.

  • Key member of team preparing company for acquisition, identifying the right strategic partner, and then negotiating with Heidrick & Struggles.


  I BELIEVE  in pursuing health on many levels.Yoga has also taught me the power of alignment and humility in leading others. After 20+ years of yoga practice I continue to recognize my physical capabilities are diminishing but my mindset is growing more robust every year.

I BELIEVE in pursuing health on many levels.Yoga has also taught me the power of alignment and humility in leading others. After 20+ years of yoga practice I continue to recognize my physical capabilities are diminishing but my mindset is growing more robust every year.

  IN COSTA RICA  the footing in water is more secure than on the trail so walking up or down waterfalls is possible. This challenges our assumptions and is one of the many lessons I take away from being in new and challenging environments and situations.

IN COSTA RICA the footing in water is more secure than on the trail so walking up or down waterfalls is possible. This challenges our assumptions and is one of the many lessons I take away from being in new and challenging environments and situations.

  As an executive  I have had the opportunity to work across many cultures both ethnic and organizational. I never imagined the depth and breadth of life experience that would come my way in my career. I am excited to share this with my clients and learn from them as well.

As an executive I have had the opportunity to work across many cultures both ethnic and organizational. I never imagined the depth and breadth of life experience that would come my way in my career. I am excited to share this with my clients and learn from them as well.

  I’ve played music  for most of my adult life. Music has taught me discipline and teamwork as well as just finding a way to let myself truly be in the moment.

I’ve played music for most of my adult life. Music has taught me discipline and teamwork as well as just finding a way to let myself truly be in the moment.

  It was a lesson in courage  I carry with me always. Gokyo is 18.500 feet – and that is Mt Everest in the background. This shot of my wife and me on top the peak where I learned perseverance and commitment as I watched my wife navigate the last 1,000 feet of the climb.

It was a lesson in courage I carry with me always. Gokyo is 18.500 feet – and that is Mt Everest in the background. This shot of my wife and me on top the peak where I learned perseverance and commitment as I watched my wife navigate the last 1,000 feet of the climb.