About Matt

mmonge2016-9Thanks for stopping by the site, and for checking out what Mojo’s about. If you’ve not already done so, I’d love it if you joined the Mojo Community by entering your email over to the right in the sidebar. Additionally, let’s connect: you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

One other quick note: if you want to skip down to the boring, business-y version of the “About Matt” page, go ahead and scroll past the next few paragraphs.

My story’s a long one, so we’ll skip a bunch of it and hit some of the relevant stuff. Hopefully it’ll give you a little insight into the guy behind the blog posts that you’re reading and that Mojo clients see rolling up his sleeves alongside them.

I was born on a cold December morning in…

Just kidding. We’re not going that far back. I won’t do that to you.

I actually started my career as a high school teacher and soccer and basketball coach, believe it or not. I loved (and still love) teaching and coaching; there’s just something about it that makes me come alive. Want to know how much I loved it? I actually volunteered to build and teach an Introduction to Philosophy & Worldviews course for the high school at which I taught. Yes, you read that correctly. I volunteered. To teach philosophy. To high school kids. Like I said, I loved the teaching part. Now the grading of papers for hours on end? Not so much.

After eventually transitioning into the corporate world, I found that there was a surprising amount of overlap between the work I did as an educator and coach and the work I was getting into as a recruiter and trainer within the corporate arena. In fact, in retrospect, I strongly believe it gave me a leg up in many respects.

Fast forward to today and I’ve been ridiculously fortunate to work with some amazing folks and accomplish some really cool things. And while the awards and recognitions are nice, the really fulfilling work is the work that began years ago in classrooms and continues on today in organizations around the country.

What makes me come alive is knowing that the work I do with organizations helps make those organizations better places to work ever day. Subsequently, the people who come to work at those places can grow to be more fully human day after day. That means that when they go home after work, they’re perhaps slightly better versions of themselves than if they were spending days, weeks, months, and even years on end toiling away in horrible work environments that left them tired, annoyed, and even angry when they walked in the door at home at the end of the day.

That’s actually the other thing that makes me come alive. I just alluded to it, but it’s the idea that through the work I do — whether it’s within the context of doing culture work with an organization, writing posts for the blog, or giving some of the talks I do at conferences — people can learn how to live into being more fully human.

That desire comes from a place of personal struggle. Since junior high, I’ve struggled with major depressive disorder, writing my first suicide note at the age of about 14.

The inability to be real and vulnerable, the inability to understand and deal with pain  — the inability to be human — is something that is deeply personal to me, as I know firsthand the effect it can have on someone, both personally and professionally.

So put those two things together and you’ve got what’s important to me with Mojo. That’s the mission, if you will. The purpose. The Why. I want to do my part to make the world a better place by helping organizations be better places to work and individuals be more fully human.

Thanks for coming along for the ride. Shout out any time.

Bio:

Matt Monge –  First and foremost, Matt’s a daddy (and as such, is the maker of a mean PB & J sandwich) and cancer survivor; but he’s also an award-winning speaker, consultant, and future of work expert specializing in the areas of culture, leadership, organizational identity, and organizational development.

His mission is simple: he wants to help make the world a better place by helping organizations be better places to work and individuals be more fully human. He believes organizations find their mojo through the transformative power of great company culture, clear organizational identity, and servant leadership.

He holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in servant leadership philosophy from Gonzaga University, and has received multiple national awards and recognitions for his and his teams’ work in culture, branding, organizational development, and leadership.

Obligatory, but uncomfortable, humblebragging

Through the course of his work, Matt and his teams have won multiple national awards, including a Best in Class award for Corporate Brand & Identity from CUNA and Brand of the Year from CUES. New York Times best-selling author Kevin Kruse lists him as one of the Top 100 Employee Engagement Experts, World-Famous entrepreneur Evan Carmichael lists Matt as one of the Top Ten Leadership Experts to Follow, Global Workforce Transformation called him one of the Top 24 ‘Future of Work’ Voices You Should Know About, and Digitalist Magazine called Matt’s blog one of the Top 20 Blogs on the Future of Work. He is also a Training magazine Top 125 Award winner; and he has been recognized as a top leadership blogger and thought leader by multiple individuals and organizations, including the Center for Management & Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership Insights by Skip Prichard.  He was one of earlier winners of Credit Union Times’ Trailblazers 40 Below,” and has spoken at national conferences for Credit Union National Association and the National Association of Federal Credit Unions, in addition to other regional and state events. He has written articles for Training magazine, the Credit Union Times, the Credit Union Executives Society, CU Insight, and CU Water Cooler, among others. Matt holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in servant leadership philosophy from Gonzaga University.

Partial Client/Event List

THRIVE Annual Conference
BIG IDEAS Conference
America’s Credit Union Conference
Experience Learning Live National Conference
National Association of Federal Credit Unions Annual Conference
Gameplan Annual Management Conference
Get Stuff Done Young Professionals Conference
TN Mic Young Professionals Conference
Tennessee Credit Union League
Credit Union National Association
CU Water Cooler Symposium
The Cooperative Trust
Texas Credit Union League
Pennsylvania Credit Union Association
New Jersey Credit Union League
Missouri Credit Union Association
Texas Credit Union League
Meritrust Credit Union
Louisiana Credit Union League Young Professionals Conference
Community Financial
Fortera Credit Union

 

 

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