Michael Kim

CEO in Seattle, Washington

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Michael Kim is the only behavior scientist to be awarded the prestigious National Institutes of Health innovation research grant in the field of habits ($2 million). He is founder of, and the leading international authority on, Habit Design, the behavioral discipline for accelerating habit formation he developed with clinical psychologists from Harvard, Yale, Stanford Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Washington.

Michael has been called “a leading authority in how organizations create sustainable behavior change” by The New York Times bestselling change management author Jim Collins ("Built to Last", "Good to Great" et al.). He is the recipient of the ABAI B.F. Skinner Award for Organizational Behavior Management, TEDMED “Innovators to Watch”, Seoul Digital Forum “Top 20 Global Innovators”, and has taught at Harvard, USC, MIT, and Stanford Medical School, where he taught the most popular behavior change class in Stanford's history to over 8,000 students. He has been also featured by TED, The New York Times, The White House, The World Bank, McKinsey & Company, Fast Company, CNN, Harvard Business School, Bloomberg TV, MIT Technology Review, IDEO, et al.

As a Harvard and Yale-trained research scientist, Kim's research in disruptive innovation was integral to the scholarship of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen, the founder of "disruptive innovation" theory and author of "The Innovator's Dilemma". His clients have included executives from Google, Harvard, United Healthcare, Apple, Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, Nike, WebMD, Johnson & Johnson, Samsung, AT&T, and many others. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Microsoft, hired by Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, as his first direct report. Michael has served as science policy advisor to the Office of the President of the United States, to the Chief Scientist of IBM, and advisory board member with the MIT Media Lab. Michael holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Yale and Harvard focusing on Innovation Management and was awarded post-graduate fellowships from the CORO Foundation and IRTS Foundation.

He and his family live outside Seattle, WA.

  • Work
    • Habit Design
  • Education
    • Harvard University
    • Yale University