Troy State University
Education Pepperdine University’s
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Michael Patterson, Ed.D. is a partner at Core Strengths and the co-author of the highly acclaimed book, Have a Nice Conflict: How to Find Success & Satisfaction in the Most Unlikely Places (Jossey-Bass, 2012), as well as the Have a Nice Conflict Learning Experience. Mike began his career as an officer in the U.S. Army and then spent 20 years in a variety of sales, marketing, and training roles in the pharmaceutical industry culminating in his leadership of two comprehensive employee development programs.
As a consultant and master facilitator, Mike has worked with a wide variety of global organizations, and is a frequent conference and keynote speaker. In addition to his work with organizational clients, Mike is an adjunct professor teaching leadership in the doctoral program at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology.
Mike earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy State University, a Master of Arts degree from Biola University, and a doctorate in education from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology.
Mike’s dissertation, An Examination of Supervisory Support as a Factor Affecting Training Transfer in a Sales Organization, was recognized as one of the winners of the International Society for Performance Improvement’s Annual Distinguished Dissertation Award in 2011. Mike continues to focus on issues of learning transfer and adult learning theory in his academic work and teaching.
Mike lives in Temecula, California with his wife and son.