Michael Seitchik, Director of Research and Assessment, Executive Coach


Michael Seitchik is Director of Research and Assessment for Bates. In his role as a certified Bates ExPI™ feedback provider, he offers coaching and assessment interpretation to senior leaders and executives. For over 30 years, he has been helping senior executives through coaching and designing custom executive education workshops

Michael believes that coaching provides leaders with the one critical thing highly successful and powerful executives rarely get- the truth about the impact of their behavior on others. He learned this early in his career when he was the full-time trusted advisor (coach) to the CEO of a major hospital.

Since then, he has used this philosophy to coach over 900 senior executives at numerous companies and organizations such as ARAMARK, BASF Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson, J&J/Merck, Lockheed Martin, Pfizer, State Street, TD Ameritrade, Unisys, and Verizon.

Experience and Credentials

Prior to joining Bates, Michael operated a successful firm specializing in executive education, executive coaching and executive team development. His coaching included working with successful senior officers, high potential executives, and executives in dysfunctional working relationships. His consulting engagements have included teaching a number of topics including strategy development and execution, influence skills, organizational change, building trust and alignment in teams, stakeholder analysis, and creating mutually accountable teams. In addition, he has partnered with his global network of faculty to provide clients with workshops on strategic thinking, scenario planning, strategy execution, innovation, business acumen, and having difficult conversations.

From 1997 through 2009 he was Managing Director of Executive Education Services at RHR International. At RHR, he developed a unique and powerful approach to executive development that combined workshops, coaching and action learning projects. This work has been recognized by The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, the Financial TimesUSA Today, The Globe & Mail and the Los Angeles Business Journal.  He used this approach to develop programs for AB InBev, ARAMARK, Best Buy, Darden Restaurants, Kraft, McCormick, Merck, Northern Trust, Pepsi Bottling Group, Steelcase, Swisscom, and US Foodservice. He also designed RHR International’s Top Talent® program for senior executives who are being prepared for a potential CEO or COO position in their firms.

Prior to working at RHR, for nine years he was the Director of Program Development at the Wharton School's Aresty Institute of Executive Education. He designed customized programs for over sixty clients including DuPont, IBM, KPMG, General Motors, Unisys, and Verizon. He created many new programs for Wharton including Managing with Ambiguous Authority, which was cited by BusinessWeek as one of the three most innovative executive education programs in the world. Michael has developed and delivered programs for companies or business units based in Belgium, Canada, China, France, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Venezuela, and the United Kingdom.

Michael received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Trinity College and Doctorate in adult education, group dynamics and organizational development from Temple University.