Michael D. Comer, D.M.
Mike Comer is President for The Hayes Group International, Inc. His responsibility is for the areas of organizational and team development, leadership assessment and development (executive coaching), and training development and delivery.
He has over 25 years consulting experience with both Fortune 50 companies as well as smaller organizations in organizational development, leadership assessment and development (executive coaching), and training development and delivery.
Mike started his career at Andersen Consulting (Accenture) in Washington, D. C. where he was senior manager of Change Management Services for the southeast. He then spent 10 years as an independent consultant working with Ameritech, Pharmacia, CSC, Digital Equipment Corp., and KPMG Peat Marwick. Mike joined the Hayes Group in 2000.
Mike serves as a coach to leaders – providing individualized feedback and development plans to enhance leadership skills for senior executive-level managers as well as front-line supervisors. He has helped large and small organizations manage change, including developing and implementing customized processes and training programs, assisting with corporate-wide leadership training, and implementing organizational changes in multiple locations with multiple employees.
Mike’s clients include Federal Express, International Paper, Department of Defense, Social Security Administration, Burger King Corporation, US Army Corps of Engineers, Westinghouse, General Dynamics, Volvo, Gulfstream Aerospace, UnitedHealthcare, Promus Companies (Embassy Suites, Hampton Inns), Curtiss-Wright, Quintiles, and ABB.
Mike’s global experience includes conducting team development and coaching in China, Brazil, Spain, England, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Mexico, Japan and Eastern Europe. In 1993, he co-founded the Eastern European Leadership Forum – an organization that connected Western business leaders with Eastern European entrepreneurs.
Mike was part of the original Change Management Services division of Andersen Consulting (Accenture) in the early 1980s. In this role he and his colleagues developed many of the tools use in leading change today. For example, Mike has used the “Change Report Card” tool in companies such as Federal Express, International Paper, ABB, and Volvo. He has coached senior leaders using the tools and has been able to measure early adoption of change initiatives through surveys and observation. Mike was involved in a multi-year change roll at Pharmacia-Upjohn that helped improve the drug delivery process through FDA early approval resulting in savings of over $1 million per year.
Mike holds an MBA in Management/Finance and a Doctor of Management (DM) degree in Organizational Leadership. His doctoral studies examined how a leader’s passion and sense of calling resulted in specific leadership behaviors. Mike’s new book “Start with Humility: Lessons from America’s Quiet CEOs on How to Build Trust and Inspire Followers” (co-authored with Merwyn Hayes) which shares the lessons learned of six quiet senior leaders and provides practical tips on real-world leadership, is published by The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.