Michael Richard Cauley received his Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University and his Doctor of Ministry from Andrews University. He is now a Doctoral Student in the Doctor of Management Program in the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University. He is also a DM Fowler Center Fellow of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit and a DM Nonprofit Management Fellow of the Weatherhead School of Management.
Michael, an ordained minister, pastored congregations in Washington, Texas, and Tennessee before transitioning to his work as an executive coach and launching his coaching and consulting practice, Goal Design. He is an Associate Professor of Professional Studies at Lipscomb University and is also Lead Faculty for the Performance Coaching Program (ICF ACTP).
His current research interest is to understand the impact of non-work (multiple) identities on complex problem solving in the workplace. This interest stems from his professional journey in which he experienced a lack of organizational fit as a minister which led him to study andragogy and adult development as a professor and executive coach. As a coach and consultant, his engagements include individuals, teams, and boards to determine individual-organizational pain points and leverage empathy as action.
He is a multiple IronMan finisher, a devoted coffee aficionado, and enjoys spending time with his family around a warm hearth, favorite bakery on Saturdays, and traveling.