Mike Smith


Mike Smith is an unusual combination of international businessman turned mentor who has worked with 250 executive clients to help them work out and attain a role in which they will feel happy and be effective. He is writing a book on work and well-being. Over a varied career – change manager, company doctor and then mentor – he is proudest of having told the World Bank how they should spend $300 million on environmental education in Indonesia in 1980.


His idea is worth spreading because he will tell you how to build and climb your own staircase to happiness – which the evidence says should help you live a decade longer and be healthier – and also be up to 47% more productive.

Favourite TED/TEDx Talk

Mike’s favourite TED talk is Simon Sinek on “Millennials in the Workplace” because it is entertaining and really made him think.

What does thriving mean to you?

For him, the difference between surviving and thriving is the difference between being alive and feeling alive.