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Matthew E May

Internationally recognised thought-leader on strategy, creativity, innovation, design-thinking, and lean-thinking

Matthew E May is an internationally recognised thought-leader on strategy, creativity, innovation, design-thinking, and lean-thinking. Founder and CEO of StratInnoSys and creator of The Idea Score,™ he specialises in helping executives craft innovative strategies and build the capabilities to implement them.

Matthew holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from Johns Hopkins University, but counts winning the New Yorker cartoon caption contest as one of his most creative achievements.

Matthew E May has a background in strategy and design, heavily influenced by the eight years he spent as a fully-retained advisor to Toyota. It was a life and career-changing experience which enabled him to publish a 2006 bestselling book about their innovative methods (The Elegant Solution) and enter the global lecture circuit.

He has published five best selling books, the latest being Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking, encapsulating a decade of fieldwork. He has also written for The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Strategy+Business, Rotman Magazine, Fast Company, 99U, and INC.

Matthew is a highly sought-after innovation, strategy, and design media commentator.  He regularly appears on television shows including MSNBC, Business Rockstars, and SmallBiz Academy to comment on innovation issues, and he is frequently profiled in major media outlets such as Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur Magazine, and Financial Times.

Matthew specialises in innovative program design, facilitation of custom strategic thinking, design thinking, lean thinking frameworks and training as well as keynote speaking on innovation and creativity.

In his talks, Matthew blends his frontline experience with research from his books in order to deliver useful concepts with immediate application, and aims to achieve four things in every address: 1. inspire new thinking; 2. share a unique perspective; 3. tell compelling stories; and 4. deliver practical takeaways.

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Winning The Brain Game

Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking
In this provocative and highly interactive keynote based his book by the same name, Matthew engages audiences in the same simple thought challenge given to over 100,000 people during a 10-year period. Calling on modern neuroscience, psychology, and insight from the world’s most innovative thinkers, he offers a super-curated, field-tested set of “fixes,” proven through hundreds of creative sessions to raise our thinking game.

Elegant Solutions

Success Through Simplicity
In this thought-provoking exploration of why certain events, products, and people capture our attention and imaginations, Matthew reveals the key to innovative breakthrough in fields ranging from physics and marketing to design and popular culture, and sheds light on the power of simplicity and subtraction in business, work and life, while offering surprising evidence that the best ideas have something missing…on purpose.

Innovation The Toyota Way

Creating a Culture of Constant Innovation
Based on his bestselling book The Elegant Solution, and success in applying the collective wisdom gleaned from nearly a decade of working with Toyota, Matthew offers a vital prescription for organizations seeking new inroads to companywide innovation.

Mind Of The Innovator

How Game-Changers “Think Different”
The pressure to stand out and stay relevant in a fiercely competitive marketplace demands innovative thinking to jump the curve and move to the next level. That pressure falls squarely on the shoulders of the individual, because companies don’t innovate, people do. The tension between business objectives and creative thinking isn’t easily resolved…unless you can tame the traps of traditional thinking. In this compelling keynote, Matthew takes the audience inside the minds of the world’s most creative executives and entrepreneurs to reveal how they crush the status quo, write their own rules, change the game, and move the world.

Elegant Leadership

Secrets to Achieving the Maximum Effect With Minimum Means
Amidst an arguably expanding world economy, one fact stands clear: business leaders are facing a scarcity of resources. Materials cost increases and other financial burdens combined with an ever-shrinking pool of top talent leaves leaders facing a critical capability challenge. Enter the concept of elegance: achieving the maximum effect with minimum means. In this compelling keynote, Matthew reveals how the best leaders spur creativity and innovation among their ranks by imposing intelligent constraints.

Competing for the Future

The Art of Playing to Win
Leaders at every level face the same daunting challenge: how to win consistently in a massively disruptive business environment. Enter the need for a forward-looking strategy that enables a player to create a sustainable advantage and superior value relative to the competition. In this talk, Matthew show leaders how to begin with a future-back winning aspiration, then answer two deceptively simple questions: Where will you play? and How will you win? Blending compelling examples with stories from years of front-line experience facilitating strategy sessions, this keynote delivers a master class on competing for the future.

Matt did a great job of connecting with the audience; he was extremely credible and knew his material. The feedback we received has been overwhelmingly positive, and would be interested in future presentations.


We were so honoured that Matt came to speak to our council on Development, Education and Learning. He delivered an excellent presentation on innovation. We wanted more time with him!

3M Corporation

Matt gave an outstanding presentation. Everyone raved about it and felt it very motivating. We will be recommending him to other groups in the company!


Matt is a masterful presenter in every way…he connected with the audience and knew his material. We were delighted to have him kick off our Design Strategy series.

California College of the Arts


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Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking

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The Shibumi Strategy: A Powerful Way to Create Meaningful Change

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The Laws of Subtraction: 6 Simple Rules for Winning in the Age of Excess Everything

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The Elegant Solution: Toyota's Formula for Mastering Innovation

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In Pursuit of Elegance: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing

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  • UK:

    £15k to £30k

  • Europe:

    £15k to £30k

  • US:

    £15k to £30k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £15k to £30k

Travels From

  • United States



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