"Michael is a seasoned business ownerwith a skill for creating successful businesses, leadership transformations, and personal growth with owners and managers of mid- sized businesses. He has a passion for people development. Kaplan has more than 37 years of experience in sales, business coaching and entrepreneurship. His expertise includes training, coaching, strategic planning, business management, real estate development and financing. With a passion for helping others, he helps business owners and leadership teams get more of what they want from their business. Kaplan’s slogan is “Helpingyour business work harder, so you don’t have to.”
Business coaching is a perfect marriage of Michael’s skills and training. Prior to joining the family furniture business, Michael earneda BA from Earlham College and an MSW from Smith. His degree in counseling greatly enhances Michael’s abilities as a coach, mentor, and leader. The ability to listen well andto ask good questions is the hallmark ofKaplan’sstyle.
After seeing an article about SCORE, Michael realized that coaching was an endeavor that perfectly combined his skills and education. Kaplan volunteered for SCORE, a SBA program that mentors young business people. He trained at some of the country’s best coach training programs, including the Coaches Training Institute, Vistage International and EOS Worldwide, and EMyth International. In 2008 he opened his own coaching business, Strategic Solutions Coaching, and developed his business coaching system, GPS (Growth Producing Strategies) for Business™ that gives business leaders a new way to look at their businesses to accelerate growth. As a Certified EMyth Business Coach, he has access to the most comprehensive business development system anywhere.
With an outstanding reputation as a coach and businessman, he was asked to judge business plan presentations at Purdue University and helped develop an entrepreneurial program at Ivy Tech. Kaplan teaches organizations how to get focused, engaged, share a common vision, be disciplined and accountable, executingwell and advancing as a healthy, functional, cohesive team.
Kaplan believes that entrepreneurship is best as a team sport, not an individual activity. He enjoys being a mentor and coach for CEO’s, Presidents, and Business Owners who want to outperform the completion by gaining a true competitive advantage. Kaplan’s EMyth clients achieve financial independence, professional and personal growth, and achieve a better work/life balance. They get out of the overwhelm they are in.
Michael lives with his wife of 40 years and has two grown children, Kate and Josh. He enjoys fine dining, grilling on his Green Egg grill, theatre, and traveling the world."