Michael McMillan

Michael McMillan

  • Best-selling author Pink Bat & Paper Airplane
  • World leader in creative thinking
  • Frequent media guest

Michael McMillan’s breadth of knowledge and experience, combined with his story-telling ability, make him a much-sought-after speaker, panelist, and consultant. His messages resonate with audiences, leaving them both motivated and committed to embrace a future of endless possibilities.

Michael’s reputation for creative thinking and delivering innovative results is well deserved. Early in his career, Michael founded a visual communication firm that soon attracted a client roster that read like the Who’s Who of Business. Fortune 100 corporations, small entrepreneurs, sports and music legends, non-profit organizations and institutions have sought Michael’s creative guidance to deliver effective solutions with award-winning results. His work has been recognized by every major design, marketing, advertising and communication organization around the world.

Michael’s creative direction on Michael Jordan’s New York Times best-selling pictorial autobiography, Rare Air, established a new niche in retail publishing. He followed this success with several more award-winning coffee-table books including Mario Andretti, The NBA at 50 and John Deere’s Genuine Value.

After 20 consecutive years of growth, Michael sold his firm and began sharing his unique insight on creative thinking, innovation and making positive change. He is a perception catalyst and truth seeker, inspiring others to question, think differently—and take action.

An accomplished author, Michael’s books include:

Pink Bat: Turning Problems Into Solutions. This book will turn your thinking upside down and have you seeing problems as solutions… and at the very least, opportunities. Readers discover that “Pink Bat Thinking” makes the impossible possible.

Paper Airplane: A Lesson for Flying Outside the Box. This entertaining story provides a profound and lasting impact on the power of creative thinking. Paradigm shifts occur when people have the courage to follow their vision and take action.

The Power of Teamwork. Michael coauthored this compelling book with former Blue Angels pilot Scott Beare. It explores the essence of teamwork and reinforces key principles practiced by the ultimate performance team.

Johnny the Bagger: The Simple Truths of Service. Working with Ken Blanchard and Barbara Glanz, Michael created this book to illustrate the importance of customer service that comes from the heart. To date, more than 20 million people have viewed the viral movie Michael created to promote the book.

The Race: In collaboration with Mac Anderson, founder of Successories & Simple Truths, this gift book stresses the importance of never giving up. Michael also created a short film based on the book that has received accolades from diverse international audiences.

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