Michael Bergdahl is an international business speaker and coach, bestselling author, and business turnaround specialist. He is a global authority on the best practices of Walmart, the biggest private employer and largest retailer in the world. Bergdahl draws on a lifetime of hands-on experience in the business world, and is renowned for teaching companies how to compete, survive, outperform, and build their best talent.
Bergdahl worked for Walmart, as their Director of People, where he worked directly with Sam Walton. Previous to Walmart he worked in the FMCG Industry for PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Division in the sales organisation and headquarters staff assignments. He participated in two successful business turnarounds as VP of HR at both American Eagle Outfitters and Waste Management.
As the leading authority on Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, he has appeared on CNN, CNBC, CNN FN, MSNBC, CNN International, Univision, CBS National Radio, and Bloomberg TV. He has participated in internationally televised news debates on ‘Power Lunch’, ‘On the Money’, ‘Morning Call’, and ‘Closing Bell’. He has written articles for Hardware Retailer Magazine (NRHA), Progressive Grocer Magazine, Sweden’s Butikstrender Magazine, and the Retailer Association of India, STORAI Magazine.
With an upbeat, high-energy style, Bergdahl makes complex business strategies and tactics easy to understand and apply. He presents popular keynote speeches, breakout sessions, half day programmes, and full day master-classes.
‘P.O.C.K.E.T.S. – The 7 Strategies of ‘The Wal-Mart Way’. Based on his first book, What I Learned from Sam Walton, Michael Bergdahl will discuss ‘The Wal-Mart Way’ through a discussion of the company’s 7 key strategies. Bergdahl will follow the acronym ‘POCKETS’, which stands for Price, Operations, Culture, Key Item Promotion, Expenses, Talent and Service. He will explain the key to each of
Wal-Mart’s Strategies and its Best Practices that have made it the world’s largest company. He will discuss strategies that audience members can take from
‘The Wal-Mart Way’ to make their businesses even more successful.
Michael Bergdahl is a professional international business speaker, author and turnaround specialist. He worked in Bentonville, Arkansas for Walmart as the Director of People for the headquarters office, where he worked directly with Walmart’s founder Sam Walton. Previous to Walmart, Bergdahl worked in the FMCG industry for PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Division in the sales organisation and headquarters staff assignments. He is a turnaround specialist who participated in two successful business turnarounds as VP of HR at both American Eagle Outfitters and Waste Management. Bergdahl has more than 25 years of HR experience, and he has received the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) lifetime certification from SHRM. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology/Behavioral Science.
THE MASTER CLASS – what it covers
> What businesses can learn from ‘The Wal-Mart & Sam Walton Way’
> Then: How Sam Walton almost failed back in 1962
> Now: Tough challenges for Wal-Mart
> The 7 Strategies of Wal-Mart – The World’s Largest Company
> Definition/Explanation of P.O.C.K.E.T.S. Niche Strategy
> ‘The Wal-Mart Way’: Strategies of the World’s Largest Company
> ‘The Sam Walton Way’ – 10 Tactics of the World’s Richest Man
Michael Bergdahl provides full-day and half-day workshops, both of which draw extensively on his wealth of first-hand experience as an insider at the Wal-Mart Headquarters, where he worked directly with Sam Walton. Bergdahl has designed his workshops around his three successful Walmart books: What I Learned from Sam Walton: How to Compete & Thrive in a Wal-Mart World; The 10 Rules of Sam Walton; and The Sam Walton Way. He is an internationally acclaimed expert on The Walmart Way and The Sam Walton Way and his workshops are filled with cultural stories and real world tools that you can use to help improve your ability to compete, survive and thrive in a Walmart World!