Michael has taken five areas of interest in his life (creativity, enthusiasm and passion, psychology, theatre, and working with people) and has woven them together to create a consulting business that focuses on turning potential into performance.
Combining his eclectic background with his entrepreneurial spirit, he’s developed a unique way to help people thrive. He has had the good fortune to work with people on four different continents amidst a variety of cultures and beliefs, in multinational and small businesses, tapping creativity, enhancing personal expression, and coaching individuals toward personal fulfillment.
He plays a number of roles as he delivers his programs: coach, consultant, facilitator, teacher/trainer, ideator, and guest speaker. His style and impact has been described by clients as:
“gets the job done in the most innovative, energetic, and engaging way possible in the time frame slotted…”
“taking individuals and groups to a creative mindset - somewhere they’ve never been before--kind of like “Star Trek’-- to boldly go where no man has been before…”
“exciting and life changing that provides hope to people who are stuck in a rut!”
“pure positive energy…a coach optimizer…”
“an executive coach…a business co-pilot…”
“…caring, sensitive, energetically charismatic, spontaneous, and an engaging listener…”
“Michael’s energy and effectiveness is unlike that of any other trainer I have ever met. He is able to deliver an impactful and life changing message to any crowd regardless of age, culture, position.”
Pitek has served as an adjunct instructor in Cornell University’s Management Development Programs in New York City where he conducted Creativity and Innovation sessions. He has earned numerous certifications including the new Emotional Intelligence assessment, EQ-i 2.0; EQ 360; the WorkPlace Big Five Profile; the VIA Character Strengths Survey; the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI); the Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory (KAI); the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI); and the Center for Creative Leadership’s suite of 360° feedback instruments.
Michael has been a featured speaker at a variety of conferences, meetings, and retreats including Leadership Buffalo; the 16th Annual Users Conference for the Center for Applied Cognitive Studies (CentACS); Dr. Reddy's Laboratories' Leadership Symposium; Black and Decker’s Global Supply Chain Conference; the Sun Microsystems Regional Sales Meeting; Health Care Education Institute; Association for Quality and Participation; NYHIMA; The HR Forum; Colgate-Palmolive-Mexico’s National Sales Meeting; and the Third International Conference on Creativity in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
Prior to founding his business in 1984, Michael enjoyed a theatrical career as a producer/director. His credits include a limited run of Shaw’s Candida at the Circle-in-the-Square Theatre on Broadway, starring Joanne Woodward and Jane Curtin. In Buffalo, he served as Managing Director of Studio Arena Theatre from 1982-84. In 1982 he founded the long-standing Buffalo event, Curtain Up, which he produced for the first fifteen years of the event’s 35 year history.
Pitek holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MFA: Theatre Direction) and Duquesne University (BA: Philosophy/Psychology). He is an Advanced Certified Personal and Executive Coach from the College of Executive Coaching and has taken credited courses at the University of Pennsylvania in Positive Psychology and at the VIA Institute in Character Strengths. He is also a member of ICF, the International Coach Federation, and ATD, The Association for Talent Development (formerly the American Society of Training and Development).