Senior Executive Coach, Successful Business Leader and
New York Times Best-Selling Author
Mark C. Thompson is an expert on executive leadership, business strategy, and innovation who has spent over 25 years leading teams and building companies from the ground up. He delivers actionable, valuable and practical advice for leaders at all levels of an organization.
Currently a highly sought after executive coach and venture investor, Forbes called Mark one of America’s Top Venture Investors with the ‘Midas Touch’. Mark was recently featured as one of the “World’s Top Executive Coaches” by the American Management Association and #1 Thought Leader on Innovation and Engagement. He was named one of the “Top 30 Communications Professionals for 2015” by Global Gurus. Mark advises top leaders in Fortune 500 and Global Fortune 1000 companies as well as the executive teams who are leading high-growth startup companies in Silicon Valley today.
A New York Times bestselling author whose books include: ADMIRED: 21 Ways to Double Your Value; Now Build a Great Business; and Success Built to Last – Creating a Life that Matters. Mark is also an Innovation Leadership columnist for Forbes.com, Inc.com, and FastCompany.com. His most recent bestseller ADMIRED is a primer on how the world’s “Most Admired Companies” achieve long-term success and growth as well as the qualities that are common to “Most Admired Leaders”.
Mark has worked side by side with three of the world’s most legendary disruptive innovators: Steve Jobs, Charles Schwab, and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson. He brings insight from decades of experience with these great leaders and research on the culture of companies and brands that achieve the highest levels of employee engagement, customer loyalty, and continuous sales growth.
Mark was Charles Schwab’s former Chief of Staff and Chief Customer Experience Officer, and the Executive Producer of Schwab.com which today has assets over $2.4 Trillion. He is a co-founder of Sir Richard Branson’s Entrepreneurship Centres and an advisor to Virgin Unite Entrepreneurs.
Mark is a founding advisor of the Stanford Realtime Venture Design Lab and is a visiting scholar at his alma mater, Stanford University. He has served as faculty at the World Economic Forum and World Business Forum, is a member of the Clinton Initiative, and an executive coach for TED Fellows.
A successful venture capitalist over the last two decades, Mark was as an early investor in companies like Facebook, Netflix, and eSurance. He has been a Board Member for many well-known technology, biotech, and retail companies, including Best Buy, Korn Ferry, and Interwoven (now owned by HP). He was the Chairman of the Board for Rioport, which popularized the MP3 player prior to the iPod. He is an investor in Cancer Genetics, a leader in DNA-based diagnostics for clinical management of cancer treatment.
Among Mark’s passions are music and Broadway. Mark serves as a founding Board of Directors member for Smule, the top music app company on iTunes which has over 125 million users worldwide. As a Broadway producer, Mark’s plays have earned five Tony Awards and a total of ten Tony nominations, including Peter and the StarCatcher with Disney, and StickFly with Alicia Keys.
Mark lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Manhattan with two extraordinary women – his wife Bonita and their daughter Vanessa.
Business Transformation: Drive Change and Create a Culture of Innovation
Disruptive innovation is happening all around us in almost every industry. “Disruptive Innovation” can mean: disrupting your competitors, customer relationships, internal processes, reward systems, management strategy, the status quo and “last century thinking”. But how do you create a culture of innovation that enables a big company to think and act like a small one? Mark shares insights on world-class companies that struggled with change - some that failed to adjust to meet changing markets and others that reinvented their business models and transformed entire industries with disruptive innovations. Mark answers several questions that will help you understand how to: Enable your teams to not only embrace change, but lead business transformation, Operationalize innovation while still meeting the demands of Wall Street, Remove the fear of failure for disruptive ideas Create incentive systems that reward those that challenge “business as usual,” and Empower employees at every level to make change happen.
Building a Most Admired Brand through Customer and Employee Engagement
Leaders of the world’s Most Admired Companies know that the customer experience IS the brand! Customer engagement is not about transactions, it’s about RELATIONSHIPS - acting as though you’d put your own money on the line in your customer’s company. If you were investing in your customer’s company, you’d think differently about how you deal with them and fight for their success like it was your own. Mark brings many examples of how the most admired brands approach customer engagement and set the standard for lasting customer relationships in their industries. These companies understand four key components that lead to lasting customer relationships: Every touchpoint that a customer encounters is defining your brand, Delivering a consistent experience regardless of point of contact or method of communication, A high level of Employee Engagement is critical to achieving Customer Engagement,and Knowing what your MVPs (both customers and employees) value is key
Most Admired Leadership: Nobody Does it Alone! Building Great Teams
Mark shares insights into the top leadership qualities of the world’s Most Admired Leaders according to the most engaged employees. In a broad survey of over 10,000 employees in 110 countries, Mark’s research team identified the top eight leadership traits that people want from their leaders. He presents case studies from many of these leaders including his experience working directly with several of them. He outlines how the Most Admired leaders have achieved such enduring success over decades and how they consistently: Recruit, Build and Retain the highest performing teams, Create a corporate culture that Inspires loyalty and engagement, Face adversity and bounce back from failures Challenge themselves and their teams year after year to outdo themselves and achieve continuous and long-term growth, and Learn what their MVP’s value and what drives them in their lives and work
Fanatic Sales Growth - Success Built to Last Growing from Good to Great to ADMIRED
In this high-impact keynote, Mark reveals the critical drivers behind long-term sales growth and enduring success. He lays out the key factors that differentiate companies that are Good, those that become Great and those that are ADMIRED. How world-class teams generate unstoppable growth Avoiding common mistakes that cut sales in half, 5 Tools To Double Sales: Positioning-Pain-Promise-Proof-Planning, The customer service strategies that drive customer retention, and Discovering what your market craves and getting ahead of the curve
I just wanted to say thanks for your great work in Costa Rica and also for meeting our colleague in Singapore. Please let me know of any upcoming international trips when you might be available to speak at an embassy- or consulate-sponsored event. And as always, we hope to have a program request come in that would leverage your unique speaking skills and topics. If so, we'll reach out to you.
- U.S. Dept. of State | Aaron B. Steers-Smith, Foreign Affairs Officer
Let me start off by extending my sincere gratitude for your presentation at the ICF Advance Forward event. Your amazing presence and ability to engage the audience were awe-inspiring. My colleagues and I greatly appreciate your willingness to volunteer your time, energy, and insights. Thank you so much again for your expertise and generosity.
- International Coach Federation | Nicole Zafian, Assistant Director of Education
Mark was with us today at a meeting that was a kickoff of our business planning process. We wanted to send a message to our bottling partners and our own teams about the need for change and the importance of looking at innovation from a process standpoint. I think also that the material shared by Mark was very well received and people were excited about his comments. I think this will make our meeting go much smoother as we look to promote change in our business.
- Coca Cola Company | Alfredo Rivera, President, Latin Central
Feedback was exceptional for your talk. Appreciate the support and engagement of our team.
- Janssen Biotech, Inc. | Scott White, President Oncology