Michael P Fitzgerald

Executive Coach

Career Background

Mike Fitzgerald recently retired from TRW after twenty-six years. As the Vice President of Management and Organizational Development, he was responsible for the recruitment, assessment, and development of global executive and management talent. In addition, he led the global succession planning and performance management processes. At TRW, Mike designed new assessment, performance appraisal, and succession planning systems to meet the needs of a growing, global lean high-performance organization. His work led to the development of a multinational leadership group that is recognized in the industry as world-class.

Before he joined TRW, Mike worked at General Motors and Ernst & Young Consulting. His work developing a selection program for the GM/Toyota joint venture focused on the needs of the Toyota lean production system. This led to his work as a consultant to bring new manufacturing practices to traditional firms. While working on these organizational change initiatives, Mike developed a true appreciation for the role of effective leadership in successful organizational change.

Mike is now pursuing his passion for leadership development with his new firm, sharing his experience and expertise to assist organizations and their leaders.  

Coaching Approach

Throughout his career, Mike has focused a great deal of his efforts and energy on assisting new and experienced global leaders. He employs many techniques so that his clients will enhance their self-awareness. This understanding of self is a critical foundation to realize potential and to attain heightened levels of competence. Mike uses psychometric testing, values clarification, and behavioral feedback as guideposts to accelerated leadership development.

Mike feels the most effective executive coaching is both person and business centered. Current and future business challenges should focus coaching objectives and targets. Mike has found that this business focus will enhance organizational support for personal behavioral change. In addition, key organizational stakeholders must be included in the coaching process.

Education & Certifications

  • Michigan State University, PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Past president of the Michigan Association of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
  • Member of the American Psychological Association
  • Member of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology