A glimpse through the eyes and experience of clients and proteges is provided, showing the progression that includes spanning across categories as Corporate Executive Mentoring & Coaching through boundaries to Personal and Career Development and separately the reports of those connected for their "Personal Evolution."
CORPORATE, CAREER, LEADERSHIP & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
“I’ve known and worked with Michael King since 1988. He is a great mentor, insightful coach, and truly a gifted person. He has helped me, coached me, as my career advanced. We met when I was an individual contributor at a corporation in New Jersey (more than 20 years ago). By using his connections I relocated to Silicon Valley and my career progressed to become a President/CEO of a privately held company to a Vice-President of a publically traded company. He has helped me through many difficult personal and business situations. I am very lucky to have Michael as my most trusted advisor.
- Eddie Pavlu, Vice-President, National Technical Systems (formerly President/CEO, Elliott Laboratories)
As a management consultant, Dr. King regularly, across many years, provided me (and our team) with advice both strategically and technically to help bring my programs to their successful completion.
- Rolf Walters, Ph.D. Sr. Vice President, STI Medical Systems
“I was first introduced to Michael King over 20 years ago when he was brought into the company, Auspex Systems Inc. While working together I quickly learned that Michael had much more to offer than just his engineering expertise, and over a short period of time he became a mentor and life coach. (Yes, he also got Auspex first pass success in terms of EMC compliance, but given his reputation that should simply go without saying…)
“Through the years Michael has shared his insight on far ranging topics, and has helped me to navigate as my navigational beacon through my toughest challenges in work and in life as I advanced from being an individual contributor to a senior executive, maintaing a life balance along the way .”
- Russell Lait, Vice-President, Operations, Alacritech Inc.
"I have known and been engaged with Michael since 1982, for literally half my life.We met in England when he was a trusted advisor serving as an adjunct to the World Headquarters Executive Suite of Burroughs Corporation. Using his influence at Burroughs, I relocated to positions in America, and my life changed dynamically. During that time, when I request it of him, Michael has been a consistent guardian, professional - technical mentor and finally spiritual mentor. Michael will always maintain that he is simply a mirror - that all he does is show you yourself.
My experiences with Michael have been a lot deeper than that. His depth of knowledge in professional organizations, economics, philosophy and spirituality help me to better understand all of human development and involvement - not just my own. As I have begun to fix the noise in my life, I can without equivocation say that his contributions to my life, my marriage, and my children’s lives have been deep, profound and uplifting."
—Charles Grasso, Engineer, Louisville Colorado
"I have known Michael King for about 40 years. In that time, he has not only been a mentor to me professionally, but also spiritually. I think that the fact that he and I still talk and connect to each other after all these years speaks volumes about our relationship.
In Michael’s own unique style of patiently listening, digesting, guiding, and bringing out what is already inside of me, he has facilitated my being able to increase my level of self-confidence. My prior lack of self-confidence had generated such turmoil that it affected my personal life. Now, I have confidence in myself that I am somebody and am – at the least - just as qualified as the next person. Michael’s exchanges with me caused me to realize that how good I can be, is limited only by myself. This good feeling has also expanded my personal outlook and my horizons. It has given me an inner peace both professionally and personally. Today, I feel truly blessed in life: I am a successful and fulfilled person. This is what Michael King has done for me."
“W. Michael King has been a trusted advisor through a difficult and confusing time in my life. He has always patiently advised me with a clarity and vision that I did not have for myself.
“I would recommend Dr. King to anyone seeking a substantial and challenging change in their lives.”
- Donna Bass, Senior Laboratory Assistant, Published Studies in Psychobiology, Neuroscience , University of New England
Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
“I met Dr. King while working as a design avionics design consultant. I was very impressed with his depth of subject matter knowledge and even more so with his ability to lead <sometimes initially hostile> groups of people to correct solutions. It didn't take long for me to regard him as a leader and then a mentor. Michael has helped me through difficult personal and professional decisions and is someone that I will readily call upon for advice and guidance.
“The easiest way to summarize everything is to say that my life, both professional and personal, is better from having known him.”
- Marc Gaddis, Product Engineer - ITT Corporation
“I met Michael over 30 years ago when my company hired him to solve technical problems. I have maintained a relationship with him, and include him as one of my close friends. My companies have benefited immensely from his professional expertise and guidance. It gives me great pleasure to be able to provide a strong recommendation for him.”
- Charlie Bayhi, Independent Advisor
“I first contracted Michael as a business consultant and worked with him for more than a decade. Michael brought us great results as a creative expert.
“Faced with creating a new hardware product in the high end server marketplace I needed someone who could support me with the design, selection of suppliers, design review, technical oversight, and testing and adherence to the emission and safety requirements worldwide. Michael filled these areas in addition to working with the in-house engineering team and Industrial Design consultants. The end result was a system that achieved industry leading benchmarks and Industrial Design that was unlike any of our competitors. During the next eight years he continued to support me at Auspex Systems with enhancements and new products. Michael was a mentor during my years at Auspex and in the years since.
“His breadth of technology knowledge and business expertise has been invaluable to me. I would recommend him without hesitation.”
- Robert Rogers, (Formerly) VP of Operations, Auspex Systems Corporation
“During the 1980s, I had Technical Oversight responsibility for the introduction of personal computers into the AT&T product line while with AT&T Bell Laboratories. We encountered a severe Electronic Magnetic Emissions (EMI) problem with a personal computer and peripheral modem board that AT&T was imminently about to launch.
We tapped our internal consultants in this area who had considerable knowledge, but could not come up with a solution to this perplexing problem. I was given Michael's name as an expert in this field, and there began an over 25 year business relationship with a gentleman for whom I have enormous respect. He quickly was able to resolve our problem - demonstrating that EMI work is more of an art than a science.
Michael came up with a solution that was manufactureable and met the approval of our off shore European vendor who originally were very suspect of this. Having achieved these results that permitted us to successfully launch these products in a timely way, he became a trusted part of our team for many more product rollouts, and became recognized across the preeminent research community of Bell Laboratories as the renowned expert in his field.
“Beyond his unsurpassed technical knowledge, Michael became a personal friend whose views to this day I welcome and value.”
- Stuart A. Tartarone, Project Manager / Business Analyst, AT&T
I met Michael King in July 2003 while I was a design engineer and Michael was hired as a consultant and advisor to guide several projects I was also working on. Michael coached me professionally in electrical project engineering. I remained in contact with Michael King and developed an increasingly personal relationship with him. He graciously took me on as a mentee and I acquired a mentor.
I want to take this opportunity to describe the amazing skills as a mentor and coach that Michael has demonstrated over the years that I have the fortune of working with him. When I met him I was living in uncertainty, having almost daily emotional breakdowns and in general an unhealthy approach to life. In less than a year I had waned off most of my deeper issues, and my self-negative thoughts disappeared as my emotional turmoil vanished.
With my newly found confidence, I joined another company in November 2004 as a field clinical engineer working exclusively with high profile customers, physicians and surgeons, in the operating room environment. Nurturing me through the transition caused me to evolve, changing my life. Michael influenced my career development, coaching me, mentoring me on how to work well and efficiently in a high stress environment. He taught me skills on communications, organization, and developing professional relationships with difficult customers. To be accurate, I must say that this has not been easy: he challenged and tested me to be accountable to myself and to work in my self-interest. I attribute the fact that I am thriving, healthy, and have a great career, all to the inspiration and guidance Michael provided.
- Iris Wu, Senior Clinical Field Engineer
“I have known Dr. King since November of 2006 when I was working on my Masters at UAB. Although he was not my academic advisor, he has always been there to answer my queries and teach me basics of EM theory and much more. He was always available to help whenever I needed it. My research was based on determining the electromagnetic interference of thermoplastic composites and Michael has mentored me in every which way possible. His tutoring has helped me clarify a lot of basic as well as advanced concepts in EM theory. His way of relating the cliché theory to real life examples is something that helps you understand practical applications of the theoretical concepts.
“He is one of the most knowledgeable and great mentors any student can ever have. Above all, he is a very jovial, humorous and a nice person to interact with. I wish him all success and prosperity in his life ahead.”
- Shalmalee Vaidya
Composites Engineer (Singapore)
(Formerly) Research Assistant, University of Alabama - Birmingham
“I have worked with Michael King as consultant on numerous projects while he was on contract to Massimo Zilliani, President of Olivetti America, while at Olivetti, and later have worked with him as a trusted advisor and mentor. He is extremely knowledgeable and is able to make very complicated situations clear. He can cut to the heart of the problem with precision and discernment.
His wide technological knowledge and his knowledge of "who does what" and "who knows what" and "were to get it" make him a very valuable ally.”
- Fred Leffingwell, Cisco Systems
"Working with Michael has been the most dynamic, life-changing activity I have ever participated in. My life-mate had initially discovered Michael, and I ‘poo-pooed ‘ it for several months, until I finally sent him my initial e-mail. On his very first response, he told me things about myself that I had never considered before, yet I knew he was correct. His initial impact was profound, and this impact forced me to realize there was a lot more to do than I was conscious of. He challenged me on many levels, always reflecting back, often using my own words, in a non-judgmental manner. Not necessarily kind and gentle, but unflinchingly accurate. Wish I had a dollar for every time I've argued with him, only eventually coming to understand and accept how spot-on his perceptions are.
I have said many things to Michael that I have not said to another living soul; yet he always has the utmost discretion and patience while helping me to work through some difficult transitions. He is particularly good at helping one: work on one's fears and eliminating them; understand how one has been imprinted from prior experiences, resulting in reflexive behaviors; and, discover dependencies and eliminating them.
By blowing away these limits that hold one back, one learns that life can be one of freedom, responding purely by conscious decision and volition and not through mindless reflexes. What is the ultimate goal? To evolve to one's highest potential and develop one's abilities to their highest level. Michael is a tool to help one get there, the most amazing and efficient tool I have even known. He said to me initially "if you work with me, you may change your life forever." These words are 100% accurate. If you are really serious about changing, evolving, growing, then talk to him."
—Kim Garwood, retired (formerly President/CEO of GGW, Software Development Corporation, Southern California)
"Michael King was engaged after I had experienced a loop in my evolution on the spiritual and relational level for the last ten years. Being myself a lifetime practitioner and teacher of few different known (as well as less-known) spiritual/esoteric disciplines, I had observed how any time that a higher threshold in my personal evolution was reached, there I would stumble in the same low-level issues over and over again, as if being able to glimpse, understand and impersonate higher states of awareness that would do but little to upgrade my personality and relationships concerns. I would resort to different techniques, other frames of approach and spend years in there, still to be faced with another disappointment or (even emotional) breakdown at the end of the road.
Working together with Michael has provided me with overtly intelligent mirroring: this has facilitated me to cross the most wanted thresholds.
Michael's approach is rich in wisdom and very transparent. His help has been decisive in debugging what was being a hindrance to my personal growth, and his customized coaching has provided me with deeper views inside my motivations and self-defeating behavior: his teachings are most effective in allowing an individual to control and dissolve negative dependencies and conditioning. Moreover, in the field of development of the abilities of Self, Michael has been instrumental in nourishing me with outstanding knowledge, which in turn I have shared with others, and their progress is currently evident.
It is fairly impossible to access the totality of oneself without correct, efficient, coaching. I am deeply convinced that Michael's students (clients) can be propelled beyond all dependency-forming limitations, which preclude individuals from accessing their inner resources fully. Nowadays all the seekers of knowledge in the western world are accessing and feeding eastern sources, which offer them a tiny bit of light while fostering their students’ dependencies on their support. Now a valuable guide has been made available in our hemisphere, and his approach is non-religious and highly pragmatic.
In my opinion, based on my experience, Michael King is perhaps the most advanced resource for seekers on the Path of Knowledge in the western world, with his command of expression and logic of exposition of the whole Self-fulfillment process. Each individual that connects with Michael King is altered in ways that are appropriate for that person. Understanding that our innermost responsibility is indeed to maintain and then evolve Self, he is totally able to facilitate our awakening to recognize that we are, each one of us humans, a platform where the highest evolution for our race can be accomplished."
—Pierre Colonna, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
"After many years of struggle and confusion, finally, after engaging with Michael, I have discovered the evolution of self as the new purpose in my life. Michael has been most instrumental in facilitating my processes in reorganising my life around this new purpose which have resulted in a smooth and safe transition for myself.
With Michael I have discovered the magical formula of evolutionary success: self-love + energy efficiency = progress. As a result of the focussed and purposeful efforts, lovingly and unconditionally stimulated and guided by Michael, from what was previously the seemingly chaotic circumstances and experiences of my life, a new reality of the higher order has started continuously emerging. The brilliance of this new reality has positively affected both my personal and professional lives. My relationships improved by leaving behind the burden of negative emotions, which are now replaced with understanding and openness. My abilities became clearer and more accessible as a result of increased self-confidence.
What I value most with Michael is his ability to approach the components of life without the need to separate between the spiritual and material. This is probably why he is able to make a difference so efficiently in relationships with anyone who actively seeks to enhance themselves. Adding to this, his extensive experience in various fields makes me see Michael as the most competent to offer mentoring and coaching services not only to individuals but also to families and corporations."
—Zoran Babic, Sydney, Australia
"Many have wished they could encounter a “nagual” (mentor) like don Juan Matus was reported to be by Carlos Castaneda. This desire is not for the purpose of becoming an all powerful “sorcerer” but for the purpose of achieving a truly higher state of being. Michael King is to me as don Juan Matus was to Carlos Castaneda.
Carlos Castaneda described the processes of his evolution and elevated state of awareness as he journeyed through his many books. He was guided in his experiences by the sure hand of don Juan Matus. Whether his experiences were fictional or not is immaterial: something within the narratives struck a nerve, an intrigue, and this response has attracted millions. Anyone with half a brain that can question their references of self may soon realize that the internal inefficiencies, conflicts, dependencies and guilt that they were fed as a child, what they were taught to believe, what imprinted them to effect their state of being, what was later reinforced by consensus reality, may be highly suspect, and the true reality may be something very different than that represented by the media and what I have come to call “institutionality” (which means the mandates of social institutions that cause one to be dependent upon those institutions themselves). Working with Michael (in my opinion) would suggest that you will eventually feel supremely privileged in finding the freedom of discovery within yourself. Prepare, however, to have every weakness, every opinion, every self-important issue, every fear, every low self-esteem issue probed and laid bare. The process for myself has been at once occasionally painful, upsetting, followed by discovery and elation. The self-inspection and resulting knowledge may, as Michael often states, change your life forever. Castaneda related that “knowledge” is the “way of freedom”. That knowledge starts with introspections to gain the knowledge of self. If you have the courage to stay with it, as I have, you will achieve that state hinted at by Castaneda and if you have the ability, you will advance beyond."
—John Weeks, retired, Yucca Valley, California
"One day I went on the internet looking for any websites having to do with don Juan Matus, the teacher, written about by Carlos Castaneda. I had a feeling that through some website I might meet someone who would be able to guide me and help to accelerate my growth. I was at a point where books were no longer sufficient as my only teacher. To make a long story short, the first website I found was very interesting, and my intuition prompted me to write an e-mail to the site. Now the site was not Michael’s, but because of that letter I was introduced to him by the owner of the website. This was about three years ago. I have communicated with Michael ever since.
In reading comments made by Michael to my questions and statements, I was impressed by his intellect, the breadth of his understanding and his unconditional acceptance of my humanness." My joy was immense as I quickly realized that he embodied all of the attributes which I had aspired to for myself. It was like finding a gold mine. I analyze everything, and it soon became apparent that these qualities sprang from a person who had expanded the barriers of his perception beyond anyone whom I have ever met. We cannot understand what we cannot perceive.
He is also a person with great personal power because he has eliminated personal importance, and self-pity. Michael is truly in charge of his inner world, his psychological world. Because of this, events in the outside world do not touch him. In times of difficulty I often draw upon an axiom which he related to me. "All problems are actually management problems, not emotional problems." He went on to explain that when one becomes emotionally upset over a situation, the person has to deal with the emotions first, and then with the real problem. This is not efficient.
One of the most progressive concepts that Michael presented to me was that I was responsible for my actions in dreams. One of the basic tenants of the philosophy which Michael teaches, is that we must take responsibility for all of our decisions. I have lived by this idea for years, except that I had always been able to excuse my actions in dreams. Through the gift of this new perspective, I was able to understand that I had issues having to do with deep-seated feelings of anger and aggression. It was through this process that I was able to remove the blanket of denial which prevented me from working with these issues. After all, we cannot work on a problem if we are not aware that it exists.
Because of his broad perspective, and the diminished barriers toward perception, Michael can help one to see problems in a three-dimensional manner. He has guided me in discovering the solution to problems both spiritual and mundane.
Above every thing else, he has helped me to learn to love my Self unconditionally. What more could one ask for?"