Michael G. Renquist brings 30 years experience as a change agent, keynoter, trainer and meeting facilitator to the platform every time he opens his mouth. He has a wealth of learning and organizational development skills including a unique mastery in understanding human behaviors. With a BA from Austin College, a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, his speaking, training and consulting skills are treated with a compassion - and fun! - that makes his talks, meeting facilitation, and training unique to the person and the company, not the skill.
Mike has a reputation for analyzing communications for process improvement, change management and merger integration. Programs that he has designed and implemented throughout the country include process re-engineering, curriculum development, strategic planning, managerial and leadership development, integration strategies, performance assessment, project management, coaching and programs on transitional management. Environments in which he has conducted meeting facilitation include high-tech (Cisco Systems with system engineers, Nortel with process directors), manufacturing (Takata with senior managers), and non-profits (senior staff).
As an independent consultant, companies and organizations like Pennzoil, Chrom-Alloy, Gulf-Chevron and First Presbyterian Church, Arlington, TX, engaged Mike to initiate and implement organizational audits, including data-gathering, devising diagnostic instruments, interpreting results, providing recommendations and change strategies, enhancing competitive or mission advantages. He conducted major organizational analysis leading to corporate restructuring of a national mortgage-banking corporation and developed effective, strategic plans for multiple team environments, virtual and single-site. "What Mike and his team did for us in changing a chain-of-command old-style work culture into one of mutual respect, crisp communication and supervisory coaching was phenomenal; we were able to create a climate in this workplace that made it attractive to sell to the ideal buyer and saved hundreds of jobs in the process," said a Gulf Coast refinery manager.
Keynotes have been mostly in small companies, non-profits, universities, colleges and churches, and professional meetings, service organizations. Topics include "The Perfect Tool for Every Leader for Every Situation" and any of several topics exploring the themes of his book on personal and professional identity and ethics, Facing the Mirror (PublishAmerica, 2004) www.facingthemirror.com:
- Objects in the Mirror are Closer Than They Appear
Using the metaphor of the mirror to foster individual change (ethics, character)
- If You Can't See My Mirrors, I Can't See You
Using the metaphor of the mirror to establish and reconfirm personal identity
Mike is comfortable in almost any organization or any setting. His training specialty is presentation skills and effective meeting leadership skills. He has served as a consultant to management in the human resource arena including position profiles, recruitment, outplacement, policy and procedure manuals, exit interviews, job descriptions, training and development programs, discipline and termination issues, team-approached problem solving, quality circles, and union-management strategies. He has trained or talked in Cisco Systems, Fidelity Investments, TXU and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas to name but a few of the over 150 different organizations in which he has delivered curriculum, keynotes or facilitated meetings. For eleven years, he was adjunct faculty for SMU's Business Leadership Center of the Cox Business School working with MBAs in communication arts (presentation, writing, speaking, listening, and providing feedback).
Mike is certified in conflict resolution (Conflict Dynamics Profile), and as a practitioner in neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), or rapport building, and is the author of more than 30 training curricula. He is married to a United Methodist minister, Dr. Georjean Blanton, and they have three adult children and are eagerly anticipating grandchildren.