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Michael Melcher

Education
Harvard College
Stanford Law School
Stanford Graduate School of Business

Certifications
Hudson Institute | Santa Barbara

Recent Clients
Google, Turner, Doctors Without Borders, Davis Polk & Wardwell, BNP Paribas, Rockefeller Foundation, Loosecubes, AOL, Lung Cancer Research Foundation

Inspiration
Teachers, the Montague Bookmill, composting
Human capital represents our abilities to think and to do. Michael Urtuzuástegui Melcher works with clients to bring out the full potential of leaders and teams, sharpen their abilities to make better decisions, and achieve strategic objectives.

Michael has a special gift for communications, including writing, speaking, teaching and working in diverse cultural environments (the middle name is Basque, via Mexico). His clients have included Google, AOL, Turner, BNP Paribas, Doctors Without Borders, Population Services International and the Rockefeller Foundation.

He speaks Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and has delivered coaching and leadership development programs in Haiti, El Salvador, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Tanzania, France and Italy. He has published numerous articles as well as two books, including The Creative Lawyer: A Practical Guide to Authentic Professional Satisfaction.

He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and earned a JD/MBA from Stanford. He previously served as a Foreign Service Officer in India and Taiwan, worked as a securities lawyer with Davis Polk & Wardwell, and founded an Internet start-up.

He lives in Manhattan with his partner and their three dogs, and serves on the boards of two New York nonprofit organizations. He is a member of the TED “Ideas Worth Spreading” conference.

Leadership Insights | Recent Posts by Michael

20 Minuets a Day to Career Fulfillment | Next Step Partners

20 Minutes a Day to Career Fulfillment

By devoting just 20-minutes a day, career fulfillment and success at work are within reach. This article gives useful guidance for daily career action.

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Secret Lives of CEO's | Next Step Partners

The Secret Lives of CEOs

If you are a CEO, you’re likely to wrestle with complex career questions for which your previous experience doesn’t provide clear answers.

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A great leadership turnaround story | Next Step Partners

Northland Controls: How One CEO’s Values Led to Explosive Growth

What happens when a company with a poor reputation and low morale aligns around five core values? It grows from $1.5 million to $60 million in 10 years.

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