Mike Barnato

#ThriveNotDive – using Management & Marketing, Martial Arts Principles & Mindset & Behaviour

#ThriveNotDive, using management & marketing, martial arts principles & mindset & behaviour

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My mission is to help you #ThriveNotDive. I de-risk change, acting as :

  • Speaking Partner (agreeing on actions & improving capability);
  • Story Teller (challenging, educating, entertaining); and
  • Strategist (creating a path from purpose to performance, through people)

Don’t just take my word for it..I am pleased  with these recent comments:

  • “You have made a fantastic contribution..” KS
  • 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.
  • “Very insightful.” Peter Tomkins;
  • “Captivating..really enjoyed” Ketan Varia. “
  • Great Storytelling.” MT
  • Great compering.” Craig Simmons   
  • “Amazing.” LS
  • “A fabulous seminar.” O.H.
  • “Inspirational, easy to listen to & entertaining.” S.A.
  • “Inspirational & entertaining.”

1a.Speaking partner (chair/facilitator) – Agreeing on actions 

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 Leadership, Strategy, Structure, Promotion, Projects & Conflict; and
  • With 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.

1b.Speaking partner (mentor & coach) – Improving capability  

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

I have mentored 45 small businesses, corporate CEOs & not for profit leaders; recent examples have covered:

Marketing for CRM company, School, Wellbeing company & several sports businesses

Management & people on:

  • Confidence, careers; redundancy, interview skills;
  • Presenting with Panache;
  • Conflict management & decision making;

Leadership & strategy: for a charity & an environmental business

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

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

2.Story Telling & Educational/Entertaining Speaking on A. Work & B. Life Success

I challenge, entertain & educate, using humour and demos, tips & tools for immediate use and making ideas tangible by sharing my own mistakes. All speeches are tailored. They can range from ten minutes to a seminar or compere role.


I speak on 1. Mindset & behaviour & 2. Contemporary business challenges.

This draws on training as an economist, barrister & experience in leadership & consulting roles. 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.)
  • Knowledge management seminar for a professional body (Chair)

B. Life 

I speak on 1. Mindset & behaviour & 2. Martial Arts, personal safety & self defence.

This draws on my experience of:

  • Mindful martial arts, yoga, calisthenics (MMACY);  and
  • unWellness (cancer & knee injuries).

I think age is just a no. and aim 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.)

3.Strategising (creating a path from purpose to performance through people)

I help organisations connect purpose to performance, through people, promotion, processes & projects.

Some recent examples are:

  • Organisational design, governance & recruitment of Chief Executive;
  • Rebranding & identity change; and
  • Strategy & promotion for two membership based organisations.

I am also researching the ingredients of success.

You can read about my research project here.

Please feel free to comment on this post or to contact me here:









Written by Mike Barnato

February 9, 2015 at 4:28 pm

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