An Exceptional Certified Career, Leader & Life Coach who has been recognized as the go-to coach and mentor throughout his career.
  • Career Coaching
    Michael brings years of Talent Acquisition experience, along with teaching Talent Acquisition at the University of California, which helps clients learn the methods that work with today's job search. His unique method of branding helps to market oneself using their resume and LinkedIn profile, as well as be discovered. His method to teach you why and how to do the work, helps you to modify your materials as needed. The goal is to learn how to connect with companies vs. depending on results from clicking on the Apply Online button. Consider purchasing the "Guide to your SMART Job Search" to learn the process and compliment this with coaching sessions as needed to save $$$.
  • Life Coaching
    Michael's expertise on the topic of personal growth and self-discovery, along with him spending years as a development and leader coach, helps you to first identify your goals followed by identifying the specific reasons that are holding you back from achieving these goals. For example, a generic goal such as "being happy" must first be broken down into what happiness means to you, followed by identifying the consequences you are experiencing that are contributing to this feeling, along with understanding what is it within us that is holding us back. The challenge is to not see yourself as a victim, but as the victor, who takes charge of their life. Then we can define the work needed to get you where you want to be.
My coaching philosophy and style is; Inspirational, Passionate, Empathetic, Understanding, Very Knowledgeable, Authentic and Speaks from The Heart. A powerful style of coaching emphasizing that Personal Growth & Development should begin from the Inside – Out, with an intrinsic motivation to succeed. Client is responsible for their development & assumes a take charge mentality. Coach acts as an inspiration and guide to get you there.
  • M. Kelley
    Michael is an awesome coach - very dedicated and truly cares about each person.
    M. Kelley
  • A. Merchant
    Career Coach - Michael MCGINNIS. He was awesome and connected with me all the time with very good input and assistance.
    A. Merchant
  • B. Vinick
    I can't believe it has already been 2 years since we interacted. In our interactions, your advice was lasting and motivated me to not settle until I was happy which is why I changed roles roles another few times since then, finally landing a position that fits and will last. Once again thanks for your coaching and advice.
    B. Vinick
  • M. Kelley
    Resume reviews and improvements, Michael is an awesome coach - very dedicated and truly care about each person, database for executive search firms, multiple webinars (branding, LinkedIn, prepare for the interviews).
    M. Kelley
  • A. Merchant
    Career Coach - Michael MCGINNIS. He was awesome and connected with me all the time with very good input and assistance.
    A. Merchant
  • J. Scott
    Michael McGinnis is excellent! His one-on-one counseling sessions are the best. Thank you.
    J. Scott
  • D. Williamson
    One on one coaching with Michael McGinnis was great. His YouTube videos about resume development and using LinkedIn for a job search were exceptional!
    D. Williamson
  • A. Reljic
    Personal coaching session for resume and LinkedIn profile with Michael McGinnis were exceptional!
    A. Reljic
  • H. Hebert
    Michael McGinnis was a great coach as I transitioned to consulting work. Having regular meetings with him really helped me navigate my job search and transition. I also valued the help updating my resume.
    H. Hebert
  • M. Kerwin
    The one on one consultation I was blessed to participate in, led by Michael McGinnis was invaluable! I can't thank Michael McGinnis enough in preparing me for my next career steps. Michael was able to immediately set my expectations properly as to how the job market and prospecting for my new career is in 2020/21. I was able to move through the steps of job loss, career search prep, and then begin engaging through networking and supporting others in their search. I feel I have learned not only invaluable career life lessons but life lessons for this age (both "at my age" and the year/times that we live in). Thank you Michael!
    M. Kerwin
  • N. Kuhnert
    The specific coaching on resume, LinkedIn and personal branding. Michael McGinnis had great sessions on these topics and his personalized review and recommendations were very helpful.
    N. Kuhnert
  • P. Phillips
    Thanks for all of your wisdom, guidance, knowledge share, and encouragement! Without you, I would not have known how to start, manage, and close my job search!
    P. Phillips
  • L. Rorye
    One on one time with career coach Michael McGinnis is absolutely the best. He uses every minute of the meeting to show me how to creatively and strategically connect with others in LinkedIn and utilize the tools. He is very resourceful. His candid feedback to the many questions that I may have encountered during the job search and interviewing process helps me improve.
    L. Rorye
  • J. Brennan
    Michael McGinnis was an awesome coach and provided many practical tips as well as cheer leading and support.
    J. Brennan
  • D. Heckathorne
    Working with Michael McGinnis was absolutely outstanding! He was very knowledgeable, available, and empathetic to me. He really took the time to understand my situation, and his coaching was very helpful. His suggestions regarding my resume and LinkedIn profile were very instructive - I have had dozens of views to my profile. Michael is a good listener, and knows just how to coach and make relevant suggestions. Also, his group coaching classes were very helpful. Thank You Michael
    D. Heckathorne
  • D. Mikuriya
    Personal knowledge/network of Michael McGinnis was very helpful in getting me to consider different options in my job search and connected me with helpful individuals.
    D. Mikuriya
  • M. Choy
    Michael McGinnis is an effective coach and advisor. His guidance was invaluable in transitioning into my next role. The feedback on my LinkedIn profile, to interview preparation, and starting at my new role were very helpful.
    M. Choy
  • A. Quintero
    Thanks for your help during these very challenging times; I appreciate the support from Michael McGinnis and his insight and guidance in support of my job transition. Having access to a live career counselor, with experience, was very helpful.
    A. Quintero
  • K. Peterson
    Michael McGinnis is a very effective coach and very helpful to me personally. He always gave concrete, useful feedback and suggestions to me.
    K. Peterson
  • A. Ghofrani
    My personal coach, Michael McGinnis, was by far the most effective aspect of my job search. His words of wisdom and encouragements were indeed what I needed at this hard time.
    A. Ghofrani
  • J. Kilpatrick
    The one on one coaching with Michael McGinnis was exactly what I needed. He was motivating, focused, and helped me think about what my options were.
    J. Kilpatrick
  • L. Arzon
    My coach Mike was great to work with. Would highly recommend him. Highlights include; Resume review and feedback, LinkedIn Make-Over tips and feedback.
    L. Arzon
  • L. Pollack
    The direct 1-on-1 interaction allowed me to explore questions and concerns I had about the direction and approach. The feedback was insightful and applicable.
    L. Pollack
  • D. Ruiz
    My career coach was the best part. Thank you, Michael, for all your encouragement.
    D. Ruiz
  • D. Fernandez
    Great personal coach that helped me with the right tools, advice, and encouragement through the whole process. A great program to help structure the approach to your new reality, with many tools and information to explore different alternatives and personal coaching.
    D. Fernandez
  • M. Yi
    Michael is a great coach with my job search. I was preparing Amazon's leadership interview questions and don't know where to start. He pointed me to very valuable preparation videos immediately. During the 1:1 video coaching with him, he also point out some important details like looking at your interviewer through the camera, etc that i ignored before. All in all, he is excellent and helped a lot during my career search. I highly recommend Michael as career coach!
    M. Yi
  • B. Zenz
    My career coach, Michael McGinnis, was very helpful and inspirational on my job search journey!
    B. Zenz
  • A. Brumme
    My sessions with Michael McGinnis were very helpful. He was motivational and really helped me think through my options. Also the resume updates provided were very helpful. I also appreciated the time flexibility provided due to family circumstances. All in all a great experience. Thank you.
    A. Brumme
  • V. Oliver
    As "active retirement" was my new career goal, I appreciated that my coach tailored his assistance to my needs.
    V. Oliver
  • UCSD Student
    His teaching was great! Made me really excited about my career again, and really thinking about my future.
    UCSD Student
  • K. Haahr
    Michael McGinnis is a fantastic coach - really kind, upbeat and thoughtful.
    K. Haahr
  • J. Ellerbrock
    The most effective aspects of my LHH service was meeting with my career coach, Michael McGinnis.
    J. Ellerbrock
  • I. Popoff
    Individual career coaching and follow up / 1:1s with M. McGinnis - fantastic work!! Good Job Mike
    I. Popoff
  • B. Zenz
    Thanks so much for your help on this journey! I appreciate all of your wisdom and you are excellent guide and career coach.
    B. Zenz
  • J. Ellerbrock
    I was not in a typical transition, but was exploring active retirement after leaving my company. The coaching I received included potential paths for this phase of my life that I had not known existed. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to work with my career coach, Michael McGinnis.
    J. Ellerbrock
  • K. Haahr
    Michael McGinnis was fantastic - really kind, upbeat and thoughtful. Thanks so much - it was wonderful working with you. Your kindness meant so much to me.
    K. Haahr
  • J. Irelan
    The most effective aspects from my coaching experience were Resume, Branding advice and Career Coaching (Michael McGinnis was outstanding).
    J. Irelan
  • T. Halloran
    The most effective aspects of my coaching experience was working one-on-one with my coach Michael. It was extremely helpful.
    T. Halloran
  • M. Townsend
    "The career coach I worked with, Michael McGinnis, is awesome!"
    M. Townsend
  • B. Nakano
    Michael McGinnis made all the difference in the world. He was able to establish a genuine relationship with me that enabled him to get to do things that everyone was saying (ie in the webinars) but that I wasn't actually doing. I appreciate the moral support too. I'm lucky to have had him as my career coach!
    B. Nakano
  • D. Manayani
    I enjoyed working with Michael McGinnis as my career coach. His guidance was very helpful to help me navigate through this rough patch in my life.
    D. Manayani
  • L. Arb.
    Michael McGinnis provided excellent job search and retirement planning advice.
    L. Arb.
  • J. Mahler
    My coach Michael McGinnis was very perceptive and was effective in jumpstarting my job search focus so kudos to him. Michael was prolific in sending out material that I found useful.
    J. Mahler
  • M. Alibhai
    Excellent guidance from my coach Michael who was always there to help with any questions I had. The professional resume consultation and updating LinkedIn profile session was also very helpful.
    M. Alibhai
  • T. Hall
    In the Midlands Tech/Bose Blythewood years that we worked together, I always knew there was something very special about you. I'm not talking about talent, exceptional expertise in your area, or your ability to put together excellent training. I see now what that was. It was your heart. That, my friend, is the best quality about you. You have lived a full life - excelling professionally and always caring more for others than for yourself. You have, and continue to, bless others.
    T. Hall
  • T&D Student - UCSD
    I really like how positive he was - Professor McGinnis was so engaged and supportive of everyone's input. He was super open to all questions and comments. He is clearly an expert in his field and I absolutely gained a lot of knowledge that I have already implemented in my career.
    T&D Student - UCSD
  • M. Ternavan
    1:1 with my coach Michael, helped me keep focused and was always positive.
    M. Ternavan
  • T. Lauerman
    Michael McGinnis is a superb coach and mentor. He was encouraging and dedicated.
    T. Lauerman
  • A. Kaplan
    Mike is wonderful, and my time with you was emotionally supporting and informative
    A. Kaplan
  • M. Chevrie
    Michael McGinnis was an incredible coach. He was very Professional, helpful, encouraging, and an overall pleasant person to talk with.
    M. Chevrie
  • C. Dekker
    Michael McGinnis was a great sounding board
    C. Dekker
  • S. Hilsher
    "Michael's coaching and teaching skills have helped me further develop my leadership, facilitation, and coaching skills."
    S. Hilsher
  • D. Gibson
    "I would have to say that Michael makes a difference in every person he comes in contact with. He is able to transfer his energy and passion for learning and personal development into an individual or a large group."
    D. Gibson
  • K. Gordon
    "I would not be where I am today without the commitment to my development by Mike."
    K. Gordon
  • J. van Deusen
    "Mike is a seasoned learning and organization development professional and I’ve benefited from his knowledge and skills many times over the past decade"
    J. van Deusen

Coaching is an Art and a Science which takes years to master

"As their coach, your job is to set the bar high, inspire them to reach this bar, encourage them, and most of all, guide them in the best possible manner and in the most supportive environment." John Popovich

Effective Coaching is ultimately about forming a confidential, open, candid and trusting relationship with their client. The goal is to initially understand your situation, circumstances and challenges you are experiencing, along with your goals and aspirations. The focus then turns to define a realistic and actionable development plan to move you from current state to your desired future state, and then support you on your journey.

The difference between a good coach and great coach is their experience to educate, challenge, and inspire you to keep your forward momentum, along with strong and relevant experience in human development and the particular situation you are experiencing. When you bring a willingness to be an active participant, an open mind to break through old paradigms & beliefs, along with a sense of adventure, anything is possible!

Anyone today can call themselves a “coach”, but few have acquired the skills, knowledge, experience, knack, and people skills to both guide and challenge you. Great coaches never tell you what to do, or, say “I know the answer”. Instead they help you identify your what and why, and then guide you on the how. This way you own the discovery process, learnings & outcomes, and are more apt to put your learnings into action because they are YOURS, not mine.

Below are documents providing an overview of each of the following:

Career Coaching
Leader | Development Coaching
Life Coaching