Mike Stevenson is a formidable speaker and creative thinker who inspires people to run with new ideas. Few are better at embedding that learning seed and encouraging people at all levels to step into their leadership. Mike puts the fun and enjoyment into his presentations and audiences love his fast-moving and humour packed approach. He is founder of Thinktastic, an innovations agency, voted Scottish Small Company of Year 2008 and acclaimed for its unique approaches to stretching people and organisations beyond the ‘apparently’ possible. With more than 30 years in Marketing, Mike has worked with a number of leading brand names including M&S, British Gas, Sky TV, SSE and Standard Life, with each the original brief was exceeded. He is an acknowledged leader in social marketing: from increasing foster carers recruited in Edinburgh by 40% in just one year to transforming the fortunes of a local authority housing department. He has achieved a string of ground-breaking successes.
Mike’s motivational work with schools was given special recognition over three successive years with a Business in the Community award for Raising the Attainment of Young People while his community investments made him one of only 21 UK company directors to be awarded the inaugural Community Mark. In 2011, he picked up New Start Magazines Better Places Award. He was a founder member of Glasgow’s Wise Group and then of multi-award winning creative agency, Design Links.
Chucked out of school at 15, Mike spent many months sleeping on the streets of London, then racked up 29 jobs before his 26th birthday – his CV includes steelworker, wine bottler, hod-carrier, hospital orderly, biscuit packer and community worker. He also enjoyed a stint as a musician and actor. He uses a patchwork of stories from his own extraordinary journey as a means to inspire people to stretch beyond their comfort zone.
He is a TEDx and Leadercast speaker – recently joining the likes of Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder in a Transatlantic leadership event. He is a regular media commentator on leadership, modern marketing and innovation, an occasional columnist for the Sunday Times and a two-times host of Disney Institute Master classes.