Eliciting Excellence

We help smart, successful executives
clarify their thinking, drive stronger engagement, and deliver better results.


Eliciting Excellence, headquartered in Portland, OR, USA, is passionate about helping leaders become more effective and companies achieve greater success.  We’ve been coaching executives and developing leaders for over 20 years.

In addition to our years of executive coaching, we have decades of executive experience in the corporate world.   It gives us an enormous advantage over coaches who simply have good coaching skills without the real-world experience to back it up.

We work with senior executives, up and coming leaders, and business owners in companies large and small. 


Michael Beck is a nationally acclaimed executive coach, business strategist, and author of the highly rated leadership book, “Eliciting Excellence”.  As president of Eliciting Excellence, he works with leaders to improve their interpersonal skills, sharpen their strategic thinking, and enhance their decision-making.

Michael brings years of business experience to his clients and has been a professional coach since 2000.  He started his professional career as Assistant Treasurer for Perdue Farms, a $300 million poultry production company.  Then, as Co-Owner and Executive VP, he helped Restaurant Systems, a regional restaurant holding company, grow four-fold over a ten-year period.

He then became a Business Advisor to a member of the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia, where he was charged with identifying market opportunities, negotiating multi-national contracts, and launching new business units.  After returning to the US, he became VP of Finance at MacGregor Wathen, a regional construction company, which he helped grow over a three-year period from $20MM to $40MM.  Prior to becoming an Executive Coach & Strategist, Michael held the position of Executive Director at Holland & Hart, a regional, 500-person law firm.


Michael brings the full force of his experience to the table, gained over years of domestic and international work across a broad range of industries and professions.  He has coached executives from a wide range of mid-market organizations in diverse industries including construction, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, technology and defense.  Representative mid-market coaching engagements include:

• CEO/Successor, $400MM Staffing Company
• CMO, Insurance Company
• President, Occupational Medicine
• COO, Occupational Medicine Management
• State Sales Executive, Financial Services
• VP Engineering & Development, Mfg.
• President, Insurance Company
• VP Sales, Power Component Manufacturer
• CIO, $700MM Aerospace/Defense Mfg.
• GM, $500MM Defense Industry Division
• CEO/Owner, Tech Services
• COO, Payment Processing
• CEO, Behavioral Health Organization

Michael’s credentials include an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business along with an MS in Structural Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Founding Member of the International Association of Coaches and a Past-President of the Denver Coach Federation.  He has given over 100 talks on the topics of leadership, productivity, and success principles to corporate, local, regional, and national audiences.

Michael is the author of the highly-rated leadership book, “Eliciting Excellence”, and has been a contributor to a variety of national and international publications including Leadership Excellence, Smart Choice, Journal of Property Management, American Agent & Broker, the Portland Business Journal, People Matters and Oregon Business Magazine.

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Eliciting Excellence

Portland, OR