Mike Thompson is the CEO of SVI, a talent development company on a mission to create irresistible companies and extraordinary people. Mike and SVI partner with complex global organizations to engage, train, assess and develop their entire workforce. As one of the most forward thinkers in leadership, Mike coaches executives and next generation CEOs at many of the world’s largest companies. Mike is the author of three top-selling business and leadership books, The Organizational Champion: How to Develop Passionate Change Agents at Every Level; The Anywhere Leader: How to Lead and Succeed in Any Business Environment; and, most recently, Forging Grit: A Story of Leadership Perseverance. Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Ethics from John Brown University, serves as the president of the Dallas Chapter for the Association of Talent Development. Mike also served six years in the Air Force and Air National Guard.