Dr Mike Drayton helps individuals, teams and organisations dramatically improve communication, positivity and emotional intelligence, to create a high performance and profitable culture at work. His specialisations include: negotiation and mediation in complex, entrenched and high emotion organisational conflicts in cross cultural teams; and improving the cross-cultural performance of leaders and leadership teams with individual & group leadership coaching.
Mike holds a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Birmingham and a BSc in Social Psychology from LSE and has 20 years’ experience of helping people to change. He now uses his skills to help businesses improve performance, wellbeing and engagement. His recent projects include designing and implementing programmes on: surviving pirate kidnap for Somali and West African seafarers; negotiation for Russian business leaders; and managing conflict in Vilnius, Lithuania. Another initiative addressed the building of positive working relationships at a national government level and he has also provided coaching and executive education for a national government security department.
Mike is a graduate of the Oxford Programme on Negotiation (Saïd Business School, University of Oxford) and is an honorary lecturer at the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick.
Mike has travelled extensively and he has always been fascinated about cultural difference. ‘When you scratch the surface,’ he says, even apparently similar cultures ‘are so different’. His experience working with international leadership teams has taught him how cross-cultural misunderstandings can sometimes lead to unnecessary and destructive conflict. He finds the Richard Lewis model to be a powerful tool for improving the functioning of cross-cultural teams.