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Michael “Dr. Woody” Woodward, PhD is an organizational psychologist and author of the Amazon top selling book The YOU Plan. He is a CEC certified executive coach in private practice and is also on faculty at the Institute for Management Studies where he has trained managers from BOSE, Verizon, and the NBA.

In practice Dr. Woody focuses on building leadership capacity and has worked with leaders from Bacardi, SAP, and VMWare among many others. From 2008 to 2015 he served on the advisory board and as faculty at the Florida International University Center for Leadership. Early in his career Dr. Woody served as an HR consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (PwC) and project manager for IBM Business Consulting Services.

In the media Dr. Woody has appeared on The TODAY Show, LIVE with Kelly, Fox & and Friends among others. He has been quoted as a work-life expert in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur.

Dr. Woody received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Miami, a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Springfield College, and a PhD in industrial and organizational psychology from Florida International University. While at FIU Dr. Woody published award-winning research on teamwork titled Cooperation and Competition: The Effects of Team Entrainment and Reward Structure.



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Dr. Woody chats with Ernie Anastos about the new reality of managing remote workers and how to maximize working from home.



January 28, 2019



The office holiday party season is officially upon us and there is still plenty of time to spread some of that pent-up cheer you’ve been holding in all year long! This means festive gatherings, decorated cubes, and plenty of workplace cheer. However, that cheer can sometimes get the better of us. Here are 12 of those common office party mishaps we’ve all either witnessed or been guilty of ourselves!   

December 13, 2018



The world is changing at a pace we have never seen before. A quick look at your Twitter feed or news scroll will show you just how volatile and uncertain the world has become. I believe our greatest challenge in navigating an unpredictable world is remembering to stick to the basics: Get your leaders right and connect with your people!   

Get Your Leaders Right  

November 24, 2018



As SHRM 2018 comes to a close I wanted to paraphrase some of the thoughts and tips from four very memorable speakers taking part in Chicago this year! I think these are great pointers to keep in the back of your mind as you head back to the office tomorrow!

Embrace Values Over Skills: Adam Grant, Professor at Wharton School of Business

June 21, 2018


Dr. Woody sits down with famed HR analyst Josh Bersin to talk HR trends, humanizing the work experience, and how to be a better coach for your people.



May 16, 2018


Dr. Woody: What is the essence of The Power of People? Who is this book for and why did you write it?

July 7, 2017
The cornerstone of the American dream is and always has been hard work. Deeply ingrained in our psyche is the belief that if you push hard enough you’ll eventually get there if for no other reason than the sheer force of your effort. One of the many factors that separates successful entrepreneurs is their innate grasp of the fact that the American dream requires a lot more than just hard work, it’s also about smart work.
March 30, 2017

I recently sat down with Pandit Dasa, author of The Urban Monk, to talk about the myths and realities of practicing mindfulness from the perspective of a man who spent 15 years as a monk living in

July 12, 2016

In the recent "Live with Kelly and Michael" controversy, organizational psychologist and #SHRM16 Blogger Dr. Michael "Woody" Woodard says the old adage "Nothing personal, it's just business" does not ring true. He joins Lunch Break with Wall Street Journal's Tanya Rivero and discusses how any solid relationship is founded in respect, which must begin with open communication. 


April 28, 2016