Michael J. O’Brien

Senior Advisor
Houston, Texas (Corporate Office)


Based in Houston, Michael O’Brien serves as a Partner in Allen Austin’s leadership advisory practice and is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and CEO practices. Since 1985, Michael’s diverse background in finance, economics, and human behavior has organizations around the world seeking his ability to bring the seemingly intangible aspects of organizational culture and performance to light.

His consulting expertise has enabled hundreds of organizations to achieve their goals by transforming their culture. He has personally coached over 4,000 senior executives on six continents on how to improve their leadership to drive peak performance cultures.

Michael has worked with an extensive and diverse group of clients. These client’s successes include a $3 Billion dollar increase in production in a single manufacturing facility, a successful merger of petrochemical companies, achieving the best place to work in a regional hospital, increased engagement in a professional sports franchise, and increasing the graduation rate from 30% to 115% of the national average in a secondary school.

One of Michael’s biggest joys is sharing his experience with fellow consultants and developing lifelong collaborations. He has had the pleasure of working with thousands of internal and independent consultants across the globe.

Michael is the co-creator of The BluePrint Toolset® — a suite of products used in the measurement and development of organizational cultures, leaders, teams, and individuals. He also co-authored “ThinkBanking & Corporate Webbing — 50 Secrets to Success in the Digital Age.”

Michael is married with three adult children. He was raised in Canada and now resides in Houston, Texas with his wife Angela and their two dogs.