Merwyn A. Hayes, PhD. Founder
Dr. Merwyn Hayes founded The Hayes Group International, Inc., a highly successful consulting firm focusing on people issues within organizations. The company was established by Merwyn in 1976 and has served over 1,700 organizations.
Merwyn personally worked with over 500 organizations. His writings and consulting focused on helping people individually and as teams. Much of his work centered on leadership development, team development, merger assessment and facilitation and executive coaching. As a coach he worked with executives from a cross section of industries and cultures: athletic coaches (pro & college); corporate chairman and presidents; general managers/managing directors; leaders for medical and legal organizations; and unit leaders of all kinds.
Organizations in which Merwyn worked include: ABB, Darden Restaurants (formerly General Mills Restaurants), Federation of State Medical Boards, Augusta Newsprint, AREVA, GKN, Westinghouse, General Electric, Harvard University, R.J. Reynolds, Yazaki, Cox Media, Delta plc, Bank of America, Wake Forest University Medical School, University of Utah Medical School, International Paper, Curtiss Wright, Kaiser Permanente, Stroudwater Associates, Cytec, URS, Gulfstream, New Hope Media, Lockheed Martin, The South Financial Group, YKK, Source Corp and Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Prior to forming The Hayes Group, Merwyn taught at the University of Illinois, the University of Georgia, and Wake Forest University. At Wake Forest he was the Associate Dean of the Babcock Graduate School of Management, responsible for the Executive MBA and the Center for Management Development.
Merwyn was educated at Macalester College (B.A.); the University of Oregon (M.A.), the University of Illinois (Ph.D.); and Stanford University (post doctorate). All of his degrees were in communication. As a writer he is best known for his books on motivation and leadership: THE BELIEF SYSTEM ™: the Secret to Motivation and Improved Performance (co-authored with Thad Green), GIVE TO GET LEADERSHIP: the Secret of the Hidden Paycheck (co-authored with Richard Huseman), and his most recent book: START WITH HUMILITY: Lessons Learned from America’s Quiet Leaders on How to Build Trust and Inspire Followers (co-authored with Michael Comer).
Merwyn’s personal motto was “good, better, best never let it rest until your good is better and your better is still best.” The Hayes Group International continues Merwyn’s legacy in elevating organizations by helping leaders and teams become the best they can be.
Merwyn A. Hayes (1938 – 2017)
Start with Humility: Lessons from America’s Quiet CEOs on How to Build Trust and Inspire Followers
The Belief System: The Secret to Motivation and Improved Performance