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Michael Bush

Business, Corporate Culture, Employee Engagement, Management / Employees, Sustainability

Travels from Oakland, California, USA

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Michael Bush Profile

  • With over 30 years of executive and consulting experience growing trust and revenue in large-scale organizations, Michael Bush is an internationally recognized authority on how to create a great place to work for all employees.

  • Bush is the CEO of Great Place to Work®, Inc., a global management consulting company which collects data annually from an average of 10 million employees across 44 countries and each year, is responsible for compiling Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.

  • Bush has served on President Obama’s White House Business Council, teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford University, and is Founder and President of the business management online educational platform 8 Factors.
  • Conscious capitalism warrior, Michael Bush is the CEO of Great Place to Work®, Inc., the agency that compiles Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. Bush leads 58 global offices responsible for gathering data from 10,000,000 employees as part of the company’s mission to build a better society by improving work conditions for all.

    An innovation heavyweight with 30 years of executive experience, Bush has an impressive track record of strengthening efficiency and growing organizations. As CEO of Tetra Tech Communications, he grew the company’s revenue from 40 million to 300 million. During the financial uncertainty of 2008, he secured financing for the young company Clark Sustainable Resource Developments which was later successfully acquired by Triton Logging of Canada.

    Bush is the founder and current president of 8 Factors, an online learning platform focused on business management and hosted in partnership with Udemy. Additionally, Bush is the founder and president of the Mattmar Group, which has been providing turnaround leadership to companies that need to get back on a sustainable path since 2002.

    Bush served as a member of President Obama’s White House Business Council. He is a founding member of the private equity fund, Fund Good Jobs and teaches entrepreneurship classes at Stanford University and Mills College.

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      Michael C. Bush is the CEO of Great Place to Work®, Inc., the research and analytics firm that produces FORTUNE magazine’s 100 BEST Companies to Work For list. Great Place to Work has offices in 58 countries and surveys over 10,000,000 employees per year. Michael joined Great Place to Work® in 2015 at a time of rapid growth for the company, and brings over 30 years of experience in growing consulting organizations and increasing efficiencies of innovative business units. Previously he served as President of 8 Factors, an online learning organization, as well as CEO of Clark Sustainable Resource Developments, and CEO of Tetra Tech Communications which he grew from $40 million to $300 million in revenues.

      Michael received his M.S. in Management from The Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He is an advisor to the board of Inner City Advisors and a founding board member of the private equity seed-fund, Fund Good Jobs, and taught entrepreneurship courses at Stanford University and Mills College. Michael is was a member of President Obama’s White House Business Council.

      Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Over 10 million employees in 50 countries annually take the Trust Index© Employee Survey, its proprietary research tool. The U.S. entity of the firm’s global network, Great Place to Work® United States, offers management consulting and leadership training to U.S.-based organizations ranging from multinational corporations to medium-sized organizations.

      Bush and his team at GPTW found significant gaps between the experiences of executives and those on the front lines. Between full-time and part-time employees. Between men and women. Between whites and people of color. Bush realized: “That’s not good enough. If we’re going to call a company “great”, it’s got to be great for everybody. It’s got to be a Great Place to Work…For All.”  As a result, GPTW re-examined its definition of a Great Workplace and a Best Workplace and decided to raise the bar.

      Under Bush’s leadership and tapping insights from their data, GPTW built a new approach for Great Place to Work for All assessments, including a new leadership framework and retooling of its technology, surveys and company rankings to better evaluate and rank companies as a way to inspire and equip them towards being better – better for business, better for people and better for the world. Companies that are Certified with GPTW and go on to achieve the sought after rankings on their lists have up to 65% turnover lower than rivals and stock returns of three times the market average. This has resulted in many companies seeking Bush’s advice on how to get these kinds of results within their organization.

      Today’s business climate is defined by speed, social technologies and people expecting “values” besides value. As a result, Bush helps leaders create an outstanding culture for everyone, no matter who they are or what they do for the organization. They must build a Great Place to Work For All.  This is not just for social justice reasons, but for defining business success. Michael Bush and his team from GPTW (who are also committed to creating their own FOR ALL workplace reflective of its teachings!), published a new book with Berrett-Koehler Publishers:   A Great Place to Work for All

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    Books by Michael Bush:

    A Great Place to Work For All

    What was good enough to be great 20 years ago is not good enough now. For two decades, we have published our gold-standard list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. But our latest research shows that even at the best workplaces, leaders can—and must—do better.

    CEO Michael C. Bush and team connect the dots to show how human potential is the name of the new game, fairness is the playbook, and the leaders who reach all of their people win. Today’s business climate is defined by speed, social technologies and people expecting “values” besides value. As a result, leaders have to create an outstanding culture for everyone, no matter who they are or what they do for the organization. They have to build a Great Place to Work For All.

    The book features new research on how Great Places to Work For All outperform in the stock market and grow revenue 3x faster than less-inclusive rivals. We tell surprising, inspiring stories about how closing gaps in the work experience between groups of employees pays off for everyone. We document the ways Great Places to Work For All benefit the individuals working there and contribute to a better global society. And we introduce a new leadership framework, showing the advantages of Level 5 “For All” leaders. In effect, the times demand executives who not only are business-savvy but also are devoted to fairness, have deep faith in people, and empower all individuals to reach their full human potential. A Great Place to Work For All is a call to lead so that organizations bring out the best in everyone.

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