Michael Simpson –

Author of Talent Unleashed


“Great leaders remember to talk less and listen more.

Most of your talking should consist of asking powerful questions with active listening.”

Michael Simpson

Michael Simpson

Global Managing Director for Executive Coaching, FranklinCovey

Michael Simpson is a co-author of Talent Unleashed-3 Leadership Conversations to Ignite the Unlimited Potential in People, FranklinCovey’s newest book of powerful leadership insights and practices. This book teaches the core principles, framework, and process that enable leaders to release the talent, intelligence, capability, and creativity in people, inspiring leaders, and teams to create a culture rich in trust, clarity, and empowerment. The authors share collective knowledge gained from working with thousands of corporate leaders in industries that span the global workforce.


For 30 years, Simpson has been an internationally sought-after executive coach, leadership consultant, and keynote speaker. His practical, business experience is in teaching, advising, and coaching many of the world’s top business leaders and teams. He has coached and consulted with leaders in over 35 countries in leadership development, strategic planning, goal execution, building high performance-based teams, and high-trust organizational cultures.


For more than 20 years, Simpson has been a global delivery senior consultant in FranklinCovey’s Strategy Execution, Leadership, and Trust Practices. He is co-founder and global managing director for the FranklinCovey-Columbia University Executive Coaching Certification Program.


Simpson was formerly a Principal Consultant for the global management consulting firms Ernst & Young (EY) Change Management Practice in Washington, D.C. and PricewaterhouseCooper’s (PwC) Strategic and Organizational Change Practice in New York City, NY. He has held executive leadership positions for two leading technology companies as vice president of sales and marketing and vice president of business development.


Simpson holds a master’s in Organizational Behavior from Columbia University and a bachelor’s from Brigham Young University’s Kennedy School of International Relations. He also holds a Graduate Studies Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from Columbia’s International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR). He is a certified executive coach from Columbia University’s Executive Coaching Certification Program; a certified coach from Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Executive Coaching program; a certified coach with Inside-out GROW coaching; and a certified coach from University of Maryland’s The Art and Practice of Coaching Leaders.


Simpson is the author or co-author of seven leadership and coaching books and several articles, including: Unlocking Potential: 7 Coaching Skills That Transform Individuals, Teams, and Organizations; Ready, Aim, Excel with Dr. Marshall Goldsmith and Dr. Ken Blanchard; Your Seeds of Greatness: 10,000 of the World’s Greatest Leadership Quotes; The Execution-focused Leader with PricewaterhouseCoopers; Building Team and Organizational Trust with Stephen M.R. Covey.