MICHAEL BERGDAHL, SPHR
World Renowned Professional Speaker on 6 Continents, Best Selling, Internationally-Read Author,
& Authority On the Best Leadership Practices of Walmart & Sam Walton.
Bergdahl has 25 years of Human Resources experience working for Fortune 1000 Companies, including Walmart (#1), HQ Director of People; PepsiCo (#44), Group HR Manager; American Eagle Outfitters (#703), VPHR; and Waste Management (#217), VPHR. One of the people he managed at Waste Management wrote the following about Bergdahl when asked to cite examples of effective leadership:
Describe and give examples of the leadership style and philosophy of the best / most effective leader you have worked for.
Bergdahl also worked as a Plant HR & Safety Manager at J.M. Huber, a privately owned $2 billion manufacturing company. He started his career in his family’s Houston, TX based publishing business as HR Director.
He is a turnaround specialist who participated in two successful business turnarounds at public companies. He received the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) lifetime certification from SHRM. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology / Behavioral Science.
Walmart/ Sam Walton Authority
Michael Bergdahl is considered an authority on the best leadership practices of Walmart & Sam Walton.
He has been interviewed on CNN, CNBC, CNN FN, MSNBC, CNN International, Univision, CBS National Radio, and Bloomberg TV. He has participated in internationally televised news debates on “Power Lunch”, “On the Money”, “Morning Call”, and “Closing Bell”.
Articles written by Michael Bergdahl, as well as articles that others have written about him, have been published in business newspapers and magazines around the world. Click here to visit Bergdahl’s Articles & Reviews page.
Bergdahl is the moderator of two LinkedIn discussion groups. The first is “Walmart’s Best Leadership Practices” and the second is “Sam Walton’s Best Leadership Practices”. His groups have a combined membership of 15,600 worldwide members and 4500 followers including retailers, FMCG/CPG product manufacturers/suppliers, HR professionals, & SC professionals.
Author of Six Books
He wrote his first book about “The Strategies of the World’s Largest Company”, titled: What I Learned from Sam Walton: How to Compete and Thrive in a Walmart World (2004).
His second book is written about “The Tactics of the World’s Richest Man”, titled, The 10 Rules of Sam Walton: Success Secrets for Remarkable Results (2007). Note: Rob Walton, the current Chairman of the Board of Walmart, and the son of Sam Walton, wrote the foreword for “The 10 Rules” book. Both of these books were published and distributed internationally by John Wiley & Sons, in English, in both hard cover and paperback versions.
Translated versions of his books are available in Russian, Thai, Indonesian, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, and Spanish. Three of his books have been published in India.
His third book is a 50th Walmart Anniversary Commemorative Edition titled The Sam Walton Way (Brighton Publishing 2012). His fourth book, is titled, HEATKTE: High Expectations Are The Key To Everything (Motivational Press 2014. His fifth book is titled, Putting Employees First! (To be published in 2017).
Professional International Speaker
Bergdahl has spoken professionally in cities on six continents, including:
* Brisbane, Australia * Beijing, China * Melbourne, Australia * Vancouver, British Columbia * Jeddah, Saudi Arabia * Quito, Ecuador * Toronto, Ontario * Caracas, Venezuela * Bogotá, Colombia * Panama City, Panama * Cologne, Germany * Istanbul, Turkey * Malaga, Spain * Moscow, Russia * Port Douglas, Australia * Santiago, Chile * Durban, South Africa * Kiev, Ukraine * Mont Tremblant, Quebec * Valladolid, Spain * Skopje, Macedonia * Belgrade, Serbia * Port of Jiddah, Saudi, Arabia * Dubai, United Arab Emirates * Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia * Cape Town, South Africa * Guayaquil, Ecuador * Cancun, Mexico * Oslo, Norway * St. Thomas, Virgin Islands * Sydney, Australia * Stockholm, Sweden * Antalya, Turkey * Prague, Czech Republic * Lima, Peru.
Bergdahl has also spoken in cities across the USA, including New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Scottsdale, Baltimore, Houston, Fort Lauderdale, San Antonio, Columbus, St Louis, New Orleans, Nashville, Squaw Valley, Las Vegas, San Diego, Phoenix, Boston, Dallas, Orlando, Etc *. Note: To see Bergdahl in action, check out the video clips page.
Speeches, Master Classes, & Workshops
Michael Bergdahl is a professional international business speaker with substance; he is one part solid business content, one part inspiration, and one part storyteller. He presents keynote speeches, breakout sessions, half day programs, and full day Master Classes. He tailors his speeches to fit the conference theme, and his Full Day Master Classes are designed to teach others the best leadership practices of Walmart.
In his speech, “Picking Walmart’s POCKETS”, Bergdahl unveils the best practices of Walmart, and the success secrets of Sam Walton. Audience members will learn the “Tactics of the World’s Richest Man, Sam Walton”, and the “Strategies of Walmart, the World’s Largest Company.”
He also presents an inspiring keynote speech about “Bringing Out the Best in You” based on his newest book, HEATKTE: High Expectations Are The Key To Everything. Click here for Michael Bergdahl’s Speech Videos
Michael Bergdahl speaks at association conferences, public events, customer conferences, public & private companies, college/university symposiums, and at graduation commencement ceremonies. He speaks to retailers, non-retailers, manufacturers, suppliers, B2B and college students. He has spoken at events for Walmart’s current suppliers, and its direct competitors, who are interested in improving their ability to compete successfully in a Walmart “big box” world!
“We were much impressed by the Walmart machine, delighted with your energetic delivery, and enjoyed your very motivational way of getting the messages and insights across. . . . an excellent master class!”
CEO, COOP Grocers, Stockholm, Sweden