Who is This Guy?
Mackenzie Kyle

…a man who has been attempting to puzzle out the secrets of human existence for his entire life. Some progress may have been, and some of it has been written down. Other bits come out in front of crowds, sometimes at random times and sometimes in front of groups that intended to be there to hear about it.

His first published book, Making It Happen, detailed the trials and tribulations of practical project management. The book was written as a novel, and despite (or perhaps because of) the subject matter, it went on to sell more than 45,000 copies in Canada, the US, and around the world. A training program based on these principles now has more than 15,000 graduates worldwide.

His second book, The Performance Principle continues the story and provides perspective on what motivates people and how to work with that.

Mackenzie speaks (learn more) on a variety of topics related to employee motivation, team work, and project management.

Mackenzie Kyle

Mackenzie Kyle

…a man who has been attempting to puzzle out the secrets of human existence for his entire life. Some progress may have been, and some of it has been written down. Other bits come out in front of crowds, sometimes at random times and sometimes in front of groups that intended to be there to hear about it.

His first published book, Making It Happen, detailed the trials and tribulations of practical project management. The book was written as a novel, and despite (or perhaps because of) the subject matter, it went on to sell more than 45,000 copies in Canada, the US, and around the world. A training program based on these principles now has more than 15,000 graduates worldwide.

His second book, The Performance Principle continues the story and provides perspective on what motivates people and how to work with that.

Mackenzie speaks (learn more) on a variety of topics related to employee motivation, team work, and project management.

His day job is as British Columbia Managing Partner at MNP, a national Consulting and Accounting firm. Mackenzie has more than 25 years experience in operations improvement and restructuring, and has provided specific assistance in everything from strategic planning to performance management to managing large projects. He has hands-on experience in a wide variety of industries, and his services are frequently of use in situations requiring the application of more than a single specialty.

He has worked in a variety of industries including manufacturing, transportation, telecommunications, as well as the public sector and internationally in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Books

New in 2016

The Performance Principle continues the story of Will Campbell, former project manager and newly promoted executive in charge of the Hyler manufacturing facility. The company has fallen on hard times and Campbell is given a year to turn around Hyler’s fortunes, a feat made all the more challenging because of the discontent among all of Hyler’s employees, from management to sales to the unionized shop floor. Over the course of several tumultuous months, Campbell and his team learn the unique principles of performance management and the powerful results it can deliver.

Unique, lively and powerfully effective, The Performance Principle illustrates the fundamentals of performance management, providing a model that allows the reader to understand exactly what motivates people in the workplace, and how to align this with the organization's strategy.

Looking for a different way to tackle projects? Written in the form of a novel, Making It Happen provides a fresh and practical approach to project management, presented in an interesting and memorable way.

Will Campbell, a reasonably competent middle manager, is suddenly thrust into managing a high-profile project that could make or break his career. Armed only with the guidance of his eccentric mentor, Martha, Will navigates the rough seas of company politics, treacherous competition, and a difficult project, narrowly evading many pitfalls, and mastering some indispensable project management tools along the way.

Against the backdrop of this personal drama, a simple, rational approach to project management unfolds. Will's ability to grasp these principles is the key to his survival, and could be the key to yours. Making It Happen enables the reader to transform risky, real-life situations into success.

Speaking

Using humor, the occasional slide, and a story-telling approach, Mackenzie speaks on a variety of topics, including:

  • Making Things Happen: how project management works and why you should care
  • Motivation: why people do what they do and how to work with that
  • Leadership: Understanding what makes an effective leader
  • Strategic Planning: Finding the value, making it practical
  • Lessons from the Front: Personal experiences from the front lines of management

For more information or to arrange a speaking engagement.

Contact Mackenzie

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Teen-Age Curfews and Performance Management

I opened my email yesterday and lo and behold, what did I find but a question from someone claiming to have read The Performance Principle (available now at a bookstore near you!) At first I thought it must be spam, but then I read through it and found that whoever wrote it made enough reference

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Working with Mackenzie

To find out more about working with Mackenzie, contact him or follow this link to the MNP Website (click here)