Working for some great leaders, and some horrible managers, has helped Heath realize some of the subtle nuances in attitude that can make the difference in turning a manager into a leader. Having had the opportunity to be a manager and a leader himself, Heath had the opportunity to not only become a student of leadership, but a practitioner as well
Heath Suddleson has more than 25 years managing projects in the design and construction industry where he has led teams in managing billions of dollars worth of projects. In these roles, Heath has served as the Contractor, the Architect/Engineer, and even represented the Owner.
He learned some of his most profound lessons by serving in volunteer leadership roles in organizations such as the American Legion, the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering, and Toastmasters International. In his work with Toastmasters International, Heath served roles from local clubs through many levels in the organization, even having served from 2009-2011 on the Toastmasters International Board of Directors.
Most recently, Heath worked in a corporate role for one of the world’s largest Engineering and Construction Companies developing and conducting training programs to help the next generation of Project Managers become more successful in their roles.
His bestselling book, The Attitude Check: Lessons In Leadership has become a practical field guide for leaders to harness their attitudes to increase productivity and reduce turnover in the work place. Some organizations have incorporated his book into their standard training programs. He has been featured in many publications on the topic of how to engage teams, including CFO Magazine. Heath has presented to audiences all over the world who have included Bechtel Corporation, AECOM, Skanska, The Project Management Institute, The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering, and the Construction Specifications Institute.
Mike started in Broadcasting at the age of 18, entering the US Air Force to be assigned to the network headquarters of the Alaskan Forces Radio Network (AFRN). He was trained as a radio and television journalist in 1974 at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, IN.
Over the years since, Mike has been privileged to work for a variety of radio stations and formats, ultimately leaving broadcast to pursue a growing voice-over acting practice. Along the way, Mike earned a BA, BS, and an MBA in Marketing. He also began to share the skills and techniques he learned on the air with small weekend workshops, ultimately having around 1,500 attendees pass through in a 13-year period. The communication skills he shares with people involve gaining an accurate interpretation of the written copy, leaping into delivering a successful presentation—whether a 30-second commercial, or a major speech or presentation.
Mike says, “How you FEEL at the moment you start to speak, is subconsciously transmitted to the listener’s ears as well as the voice. Most people respond to emotions surrounded by words, and as the transmitter of the message, you are responsible for the emotions to accompany the words.” In other words it isn’t WHAT we say, it’s HOW we are saying it.
A former President’s Club member of the Sandler Training Institute, Mike learned sales techniques that were quite effective and unique when selling as a non-selling professional. With other coursework over the years, he has learned conflict resolution techniques, communication skill building techniques, and personal development strategies.
In 2006, Mike changed his focus to the world of finance, real estate, legal services and alternative funding relationships. As a business development business owner, focused on working with diverse socio-economic clientele locally, regionally, and from around the globe, he uses the accumulated knowledge and experience spanning 40+ adult years to be of service to people seeking to grow their skills in a world that rewards those who can communicate.