MICHAEL ALAN TATE, MRE, CMF
Consultant | Coach | Author
Michael ( Mike) guides successful leaders to clarify their next big move and stay on point through the transition – by consulting, coaching, and writing.
Mike is president of On the Same Page Consulting, Inc., a leadership strategy and career planning firm that is geared around his trademark 1-Day Fast Track Planning Retreat model and Compression Planning execution method. The goal of his process is to bring his clients better results in less time.
For over 20 years Mike has been retained by progressive Boards and leadership teams to clarify strategy and Execute Leadership Succession, often called on to be a confidential advisor to leaders who are facing a significant change in their career and life.
Meanwhile, for the past 15 years, Mike has also consulted with the Center for Congregational Resources based in the Divinity School at Samford University. He serves both as a coach to ministers navigate mid-career decisions, as well as a designer of the curriculum that helps church members find the place of calling in the local church. In 2019 Mike and the staff collaborated on a new workbook. Life is Calling! A Calling Conversation Guide, which based on the concepts found in his book, The White Shirt. It is a free resource on his website.
Career Coaching and Writing
Career coaching has been Mike’s passion and calling for decades. He loves to help clients of all ages “make the best next career move”. Private coaching is offered either face-to-face or virtually.
Mike is a best-selling author with three books: Design a Life that Works – business, career, family and faith on the same page, The White Shirt – find you peaceful, life-giving career at any stage in life and Roll Up Your Sleeves – leading and living in a world of constant change.
Experience and Education
After several years leading education programs and overseeing administration in two Kentucky congregations, Mike resigned from his church minister profession. He often says, “That was the day that minister became a verb instead of a noun in my life.” In 1993 Mike began his work in the field of leadership consulting as a career transition coach and director of web-based career education projects for a national human resource management firm. In 2000 he became Partner at a regional management-consulting firm that specialized in strategic planning and executive coaching. He founded On the Same Page Consulting in 2011.
Michael holds a BS in psychology from the University of Alabama Birmingham and a (MRE) Master’s in education from Southern Seminary in Louisville Kentucky. He has also earned a number of professional certifications, including Benchmark® facilitator for the Center for Creative Leadership, The Birkman International Method® and Compression Planning® storyboard planning specialist and graphics facilitator. Tate was recognized for contributions to the field of career management by the Career Certification International Institute and received a Career Management Fellowship (CMP) one of only 356 awarded worldwide.
Professional experience and background are always important when considering someone to help you design a career plan or business strategy. You might also want to know a little about me personally. As a man of faith, I try to look through a Christian lens for my own life while respecting the perspective others hold for theirs. I’m an active Rotarian and participate in its mission of world peace and local community service. I’m also an avid outdoors-man.
My wife Patricia and I make our home in Gardendale, Alabama, and own Riverbend, a bobwhite quail hunting preserve, located on the Black Warrior River. This is where I train my bird dogs and where Patricia photographs the wonders of nature in the woods and waters. We enjoy a richly blessed life with three children, five grandchildren and a bird dog named Annie.
Training bird dogs to stay on point has been part of my life since my youth.
“A few years ago, I realized that my dogs had been training me. I try to pay closer attention to them now so I can be a better husband, grandparent and consultant.” Michael Alan Tate
Lessons from the Field
While coaching executives in transition is my profession, coaching bird dogs is a lifelong passion. These fine creatures have taught me many lessons that I have incorporated in my own life, as well as in my executive coaching. Namely, how to:
Roll Up Your Sleeves Reviews...
Roll Up Your Sleeves has a biblically based story-line to help leaders get through their wilderness to their promised land. This book is a not a clinical approach to managing stress, but more of a collection of common-sense approaches that is helpful for people in their leadership and life.