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Mike Robbins

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Mike Robbins (born February 7, 1974) is an American author,[1] management consultant, executive coach[2], and a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).[3][4]  Mike counsels businesses in the areas of leadership, team building, organizational performance, and culture[5] among other topics.  He has authored five books and his work has been featured in several publications.[6][7]

Mike Robbins
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Mike Robbins, Author & Speaker
BornFebruary 7, 1974
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🎓 Alma materStanford University
💼 Occupation
Author & leadership coach


Mike Robbins graduated  from Stanford University[8]  in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies with a concentration in race and ethnicity.  He played in the College World Series as part of the Stanford Cardinal baseball team from 1992-1995.[9] He lives in Novato, CA with his wife and two daughters.


After graduating from college, Robbins was drafted and played 3 seasons of professional baseball with the Kansas City Royals[9][10][11] until an arm injury ended his sports career.

After leaving professional baseball, Robbins worked in sales and business development for two internet start-ups between 1998 - 2000 before beginning his career as a speaker, author and coach.

Robbins teaches the importance of vulnerability, authenticity and appreciation for individuals, employees and leaders, stating that focusing on these values can make one more engaged, a stronger leader and more fulfilled,[5] which is better for individuals, the team, and the company as a whole.[12] Robbins draws on a study at Google called Project Aristotle that posits "the greatest influence on high-performance is psychological safety, which is basically trust at a group level."[9] Robbins' talks emphasize the importance vulnerability plays in being a good leader and building trust, by quoting Dr. Brene Brown from the University of Houston who describes vulnerability as “emotional exposure, risk and uncertainty.”[9]  His books and speaking engagements also emphasize the importance of gratitude and appreciation, pointing out research from the United States Department of Labor showing that lack of appreciation is a major driver of Americans leaving their jobs.[13]

As a speaker, Robbins has shared his insights with numerous corporations, government agencies, institutions, and professional sports organizations, including Google, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Deloitte, the U.S. Department of Labor,  Harvard University,  the NBA, Genentech, the Oakland Athletics, the United States Internal Revenue Service, and more.[14]  Robbins was featured in two prime-time media broadcasts -- CBS 5[15] and ABC 7.[16]

Robbins' work has been featured in Forbes[17], the Washington Post,[18] and on NPR,[19] The New York Times,[20] The Economist,[21] and TEDx[22] among others.  He created and hosts the podcast We’re All in This Together which expands on themes from his books.


Robbins authored five books: Focus on the Good StuffBe Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken Nothing Changes Until You Do[23][24]Bring Your Whole Self to Work, and We’re All in This Together, which have been translated into fifteen different languages.[25] Robbins is also a contributing author to four additional books, Chicken Soup for the Single Parents Soul30 Things to Do When You Turn 30Creating a Marriage You’ll Love[26], and 365 Inspirational Quotes.


  •  Robbins, Mike (2007). Focus on the Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 211 pages. ISBN 9780787988791
  •  Robbins, Mike (2009). Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken: Transform Your Life With the Power of Authenticity. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 238 pages. ISBN 9780470395011
  •  Robbins, Mike (2014). Nothing changes Until You Do: A Guide to Self-Compassion and Getting Out of Your Own Way. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc. 216 pages. ISBN 9781401944551
  •  Robbins, Mike (2018). Bring Your Whole Self to Work: How Vulnerability Unlocks Creativity, Connection and Performance. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House Business, 209 pages. ISBN 9781401952358
  •  Robbins, Mike (2020). We’re All in This Together: Creating a Team Culture of High Performance, Trust, and Belonging. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House Business,  208 pages. ISBN 9781401958138


  1. Author Page, Amazon.com.  Accessed November 13, 2020. 
  2. Silicon Valley Ruined Work Culture. Wired. Padres, Arielle, February 24, 2020.
  3. Marketplace Speakers.  Espeakers.com, January 17, 2020.  
  4. Publishers Weekly.  September 12, 2016.  
  5. 5.0 5.1 Vulnerability As A Tool For Strong Leadership. The Harvard Gazette.  April 24, 2018.  
  6. Hay House Author Bio.
  7. Washington Speakers Bureau.
  8. Ex-Skyline Baseball Start Returning To Roots In Oakland Hills.  The Mercury News.  Mike McGreehan.  June 24, 2014. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 A.J. Hinch’s Former College teammate And Author Details ‘Secret Sauce’ In Astros’ Leadership.  The Houston Chronical.  Atkins, Hunter.  May 10, 2018.   
  10. 1995 Kansas City Royals Picks In The MLB June Ameteur Draft. Baseball Reference.  June, 1995. 
  11. MiLB.com, June 1995. 
  12. Covid-19 Is Redefining What It Means To Be Professional.  Fast Company, May 1, 2010. 
  13. Why Is It So Hard To Say ‘Well Done?’ Forbes. September 13, 2007. 
  14. Thrive Global. Speaker Profile.
  15. Bay Sunday.  CBS 5 KPIX. Mallicoat, Frank, May 7, 2014.  
  16. The View From The Bay.  ABC 7.  Christian, Spencer. December 6, 2007.  
  17. Forbes.  February 1, 2019.  
  18. Say Thanks.  The Washington Post.  Elmer, Vicki. November, 20, 2007.
  19. What’s The Difference Between Recognition and Appreciation?  NPR. January 18, 2019.  
  20. Personality Tests Are The Astrology Of The Office.  NY Times. Goldbert, Emma.  September 17, 2019.  
  21. The Absurd Language used By Job Adverts. The Economist.  Coggan, Phillip. July 11, 2019.  
  22. The Power Of Appreciation.  TEDx Bellvue. September, 2013.  
  23. 4 Ways To Slow Down And Connect With Yourself And Your Kids.  New Jersey Family.  Borst, Heidi. May 13, 2020.  
  24. Focus On The Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation.  Publishers Weekly.  August, 2007. 
  25. Focus On The Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation.  Publishers Weekly.  August, 2007. 
  26. Creating A Marriage You'll Love contributing authors. Amazon.com, Retrieved November 16, 2020