Mike Barnato

#ThrivingNotJustSurviving – using mindset & behaviour, with a martial arts twist

Adviser & Story Teller – De-risking strategy, marketing, leadership & change

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My mission is to help organisations & individuals #ThriveNotJustSurvive. (Thriving is about success & performance, happiness & getting in the zone or flow.)

I de-risk processes of strategy, marketing, leadership and change through advice & story telling by:

  • Asking critical questions & warning about traps; and
  • Applying martial arts principles to change mindset & behaviour.

Advising on agreement & actions to manage risks

I facilitate groups bringing  views into the open to reach agreement on the next steps.

I have done this with over 50 different groups, covering aspects of  Leadership, Strategy, Structure, Promotion, Projects & Conflict. This has included teams in public, private & social sectors & wider stakeholders.

The scope has covered all, or some, of:

  • Diagnosis: Interviews, initial research, discussion.
  • Design: Agenda, roles & materials.
  • Delivery: Ensuring all voices are heard & maintaining momentum.
  • Post Delivery: Capturing outputs and actions; sometimes making recommendations.

Please contact mike@barnato.com to arrange an initial free scoping visit.

Advising on capability  

I help individuals & teams to develop capability, confidence & capacity to change:

  • Improving leadership, strategic, marketing & transformational skills & outcomes;
  • Improving careers & choices; and
  • Making awesome presentations.

The scope has covered strategic and tactical matters. He includes content (tips, tools, traps),  & process (acting as a critical friend, catalyst, contributor).

I have mentored 45 small businesses, corporate CEOs & not for profit leaders.

Please contact mike@barnato.com to for an initial scoping discussion.

Story Telling & Motivational Speaking on A. Work & B. Life Success

Mike entertains with humour and demos, provides tips & tools for immediate use, makes ideas tangible by sharing his own mistakes & provides inspiration & motivation. He tailors all speeches, which can range from ten minutes to a seminar or compere role.


Mike speaks on 1. Mindset & behaviour & 2. Contemporary business challenges.

He draws on training as an economist, barrister & experience in leadership & consulting roles. He see himself as a strategist mugged by action & mindset. Some examples:

1. Mindset & Behaviour

  • Playing to YOUR Strengths (How to discover, develop & communicate strengths.) “Very relaxed, great humour, key points we can learn from.” PM                                       “I really enjoyed it. And everyone else clearly did too. Superb.” Charlotte O’Farrell.
    Metro Bank speech.jpg Speaking on Playing to YOUR Strengths at At Metro Bank.
  • How to combine focus and action (Aligning mind & body; strategy & tactics.)
  • Three tools to help you focus (Improving choice, concentration, communication.)
  • How to take action (How to find your path, practicing properly & for real &  escape from your comfort zone.)

2. Contemporary challenges

  • Worcester Warrior or Worrier? (Case study of leading a large de-merger programme & internal/external journey to The Richmond Group of Leading Independent Management Consultants. “Very insightful.” Peter Tomkins; “Captivating..really enjoyed” Ketan Varia. “Great Storytelling.” MT
  • Man on a Mission (The trials & tribulations of running a faith based charity.)
  • Age Is Just A Number (The business impacts of an aging diverse population)
  • The Seven “Fs” (The ingredients of a successful faith based organisation.)
  • The G.A.M.E. Changer (Impact of Gender And Marriage Ending.)

B. Life 

Mike speaks on 1. Mindset & behaviour & 2. Martial Arts, personal safety & self defence.

He draws on his experience of mindful martial arts, yoga, calisthenics (MMACY) & unWellness (cancer & knee injuries). He believes age is just a no. & aims to create hope, inspiration & fun through positivity, #Looking4Balance, developing a #GrowthMindset and improving personal safety. Some examples:

 MC at Talent Show.jpg   At Talent Show & Cabaret, Nov 2017. Great compering.” Craig Simmons   “Amazing.” LS

Mindset & behaviour

  • Overcoming fear of public speaking – six simple tools. “A fabulous seminar.” O.H.
  • Be. Positive (Two keys to thriving in turbulent times.)                                  “Inspirational, easy to listen to & entertaining.” S.A.
  • The Hospital Pass (How a critical illness – oesophagus cancer – changed my life.)
  • Legacy, learning & Laughter (Three keys to future happiness.)
  • Learnings from the Lotus (How tiny tweaks can lead to total transformation.)

Martial arts, personal safety & self defence

  • Sexism in the City (How a woman overcame repeated harassment in a City office.)
  • How not become a victim of violence (Why “fight or flight” is unrealistic and two simple actions to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim.)
  • Two strategies to keep you safe (How to be aware and avoid problems.)
  • Early learnings from martial arts (A journey of self-awareness.)
  • The Journey (A 40 minute speech/seminar for a faith based organisation, starting with a Latvian grandfather, who was a dentist & ran brothels.)

Researching the ingredients of success.

You can read about my research project here.

Please contact me if you want to join in or discuss at mike@barnato.com.




Written by Mike Barnato

February 9, 2015 at 4:28 pm

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