Mike Barnato

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

#ThriveNotDive: Storyteller, Executive Coach, Author & Strategist

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I help people, organisations & communities thrive, rather than dive.

You know how organisations & people can get into a state where they forget purpose, lack engagement, fail to act and incur risk. And this can result in a lack of direction and momentum, lack of engagement and demoralisation and fragility and decay; in other words they go into a dive.

I diagnose, then design and help deliver sustainable improvements, based on my experience & understanding of martial arts principles.

So leadership teams can simplify, sharpen action, become agile and achieve what they might have thought was impossible.

As a result, instead of being in a dive, or merely surviving, they thrive.

1.STORYTELLING- BIG ideas on work & life or a different take on important topics 

I use personal stories, sharing my own mistakes in work & life & demos (from martial arts, calisthenics & yoga). All speeches are tailored & aim for laughter, inpiration & education. They can range from ten minutes to a seminar or compere role.

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  • How to thrive, not dive. (#Playing2YourStrengths & #ProperPractice)
  • Playing to YOUR Strengths (How to discover, develop & communicate strengths.)
  • 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 (Finding your path, practicing properly, escaping comfort zone)
  • Be. Positive (Two keys to thriving in turbulent times.)
  • The Hospital Pass (How a critical illness – oesophagus cancer – changed my life.)
  • Legacy, learning & Laughter (Three keys to future happiness.)
  • How not become a victim of violence (“Fight or flight” & 2 life saving actions.)
  • Two strategies to keep you safe (How to be aware and avoid problems.)


  • Learnings from the Lotus (How tiny tweaks can lead to total transformation.)
  • Early learnings from martial arts (A journey of self-awareness.)
  • Worcester Warrior or Worrier? (Case study of a large de-merger programme & internal/external journey to Leading Independent Management Consultants. )
  • Man on a Mission (The trials & tribulations of running a faith based charity.)
  • The Journey (40 minute seminar for a faith based organisation, starting in Latvia.)
  • The Seven “Fs” (The ingredients of a successful faith based organisation.)
  • Being President (25 min humorous after lunch speech)


  • The G.A.M.E. Changer (Impact of Gender And Marriage Ending.)
  • Age Is Just A Number (The business impacts of an aging diverse population)
  • Knowledge management seminar for a professional body (Chair)
  • Overcoming fear of public speaking – six simple tools. 
  • Sexism in the City (How a woman overcame repeated harassment in a City office.)


I develop capabilities, actions & performance for individual clients.  I have coached some 45, including small businesses, corporate CEOs & not for profit leaders. The scope covers strategic and tactical matters. It includes content (tips, tools, traps),  & process (acting as a critical friend, catalyst, contributor).For example:

Marketing for a CRM company, a School, a Well-being company & 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 & a research institute.

I also coach, chair, faciliate groups & teams. The aims are to bring  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 can cover Diagnosis; Design; Delivery & ensuring all voices are heard & Post Delivery: Capturing actions.

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

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

I help organisations “become fit for the future” by connecting purpose to performance, through people, promotion, processes & projects. Some recent examples are:

  • Finalising a strategic plan in the face of opposing views;
  • Resolving significant conflict in a professional body;
  • Organisational design, governance & recruitment of Chief Executive;
  • Rebranding & identity change; and
  • Strategy & promotion for three membership based organisations.


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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  3. Thanks you very much!

    Mike Barnato

    April 13, 2019 at 9:35 am

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