Michelle Ray is a highly sought-after international leadership keynote speaker, entrepreneur, author and educator who advocates the importance of developing leadership and accountability skills, regardless of one’s title. She is committed to helping her clients create engaged workplaces, develop exceptional leaders and implement practical strategies to revitalize their cultures.
Michelle began her career in Australia in media and advertising. From increasing sales revenues of 25 leading Australian radio and television affiliate stations, Michelle helped generate record-breaking revenues for the sales team of the world’s largest cinema advertising contractor in the midst of a severe recessionary climate. With a proven background in achieving outstanding results as a business leader, Michelle has since worked with leaders and teams in diverse industries including finance, insurance, retail, food services, construction, mining, oil and gas, as well as many government, healthcare, education and public sector groups.
In addition to her corporate background, Michelle broadened her leadership experience during her tenure as a program director with Junior Achievement. Michelle secured financial commitments and volunteer support from an array of corporations, facilitating enduring partnerships between youth, entrepreneurs and educators that helped educate future generations about business.
Michelle Ray on Great Leaders & Revitalizing Workplace Culture
30% or more of leaders are not engaged, how can you engage other people if you are not engaged yourself. As Michelle works with organizations around the country and around the world, she has found three really big issues; how do we get people to buy into to change, how do we keep our workforce engaged, and how do we retain great people. It really does start with you. If you are a leader that people trust, and you are that leader that people want to follow, and they buy into what you’re saying, it’s because you’ve mastered the ability to really connect with them.
What is it that makes people want to stay with an organization? People want to be valued, people want to be heard, people want to be appreciated, & people want to be understood. Michelle works with companies that understand what it takes to be successful, complacency is the enemy of success.
It’s very easy to say we are doing well, but we need to be aware of what happens when we stay in the status quo, change isn’t logical change is emotion, it’s one thing to have the words, but we need to back it up with action. So when A leader in an organization focuses on what’s within their control, that makes you Unstoppable. What’s 100% in our control, it’s having the best work environment that we can have, being the best of us that we could be, having the best relationships that we can have, all of that is 100% in our control, that’s the most exciting part.