Consulting Success®... Our Story
Consulting Success…Our Story
Consulting Success® is the worldwide leader in coaching and training for entrepreneurial consultants. We are Michael Zipursky and Sam Zipursky, also known as the “Zipursky Cousins” to our clients and friends. We are entrepreneurs, consultants, authors and strategic coaches. Over the past 20 years we’ve helped thousands of clients from around the globe to increase their impact, earn a higher income, enjoy more freedom and flexibility, and live a lifestyle they love and are proud of.
It Wasn’t Always Like This...
Like most successful entrepreneurs that built up their business, dreams and vision into reality, things weren’t always where they are today. We’ve definitely experienced our share of personal and professional challenges and tough times..
We know what it feels like to reach out to potential clients and get rejected, to work day after day, and month after month with little predictable income coming in. We understand the heartache and soul-searching when you realize you’re spending too much time working and not enough time with family and friends.
Some of our experiences included:
- The loneliness, and at times despair, of working hard every single day on building a new business with little financial results to show for the time and effort being put in
- Feeling like an outsider, and not always knowing what to do next, as we “knocked on doors” to grow the business
- “Imposter syndrome” and second-guessing the value of our own expertise
- Dealing with rejection while trying to keep a smile on our faces
- Neglecting family, friends, and even personal health at times for the sake of the business
Do any of these resonate with you? We’ve been there and want you to know you’re not alone on this journey!
Our Big Pivot & Turning Point
After several years of hustling and non-stop work we still felt we weren’t making the progress we wanted. We knew something had to change - so we did something we’d never done before. We decided to hire experienced consultants, coaches, and mentors who could help us to see what we were missing, and provide us with clear guidance and a proven strategic roadmap to accelerate our growth and success.
The impact these coaches and mentors had on us was profound. We went from spinning our wheels to making real progress. Things started to click and we’ve never looked back. Over the last decade we’ve consistently applied the best practices, systems, strategies and principles of success we learned from our coaches and mentors. This fueled our success and has led to massive growth in our business.
At Consulting Success® we teach and share with our clients these strategies, best practices, and real-world tactics and we’ve helped thousands of our clients to succeed in business and life - this is what brings us true joy and fulfillment!
What Success Looks Like to Us
Today we have a healthy 7-figure business with great clients from around the world, a great team, strong systems in place, and a lifestyle we love. For us success isn’t about flashy cars and private jets...
This is What Success Looks Like to Us:
- Having a growing business that we are excited to work on and are very passionate about, a team we love working with, and clients that we consider as family and friends.
- Spending plenty of time with our family, loved ones and friends.
- Being able to enjoy an amazing meal, gym class, or vacation whenever we want.
- An overall feeling of wellbeing, comfort, and stability.
- Living life on our own terms with a very flexible schedule we feel in control of.
Now you know a bit about our story, where we came from, what drives us, and our beliefs - let us now briefly introduce the team members behind Consulting Success...
The Values We Live and Breathe By...
- We’re a family-owned business and we treat our team, clients, and community like one big family with respect, honesty, genuine care, and trust. We go the extra mile for our clients and team members. We truly want to help the people we come in contact with. We love to serve people beyond what is typically expected in a business relationship.
- We believe growth and improvement makes life and business exciting and challenging. We’re always learning, growing, taking action, surrounding ourselves with smart, ambitious and inspiring people. Reaching new levels of personal and business success is what we’re all about!
- We prioritize health. Mental health, daily physical exercise, and having a flexible schedule that allows us to recharge and create amazing life experiences inside and outside of work are key to how we operate and run our business.
- The people, the languages, the cultures, the food, and the geography, make this place we call earth, a truly spectacular and unique gift to us all. We celebrate this through travel, deep exploration, and by happily working with and supporting people of all backgrounds, religions, and ethnicities.
Meet the Team
Michael and Sam Zipursky’s work has appeared in the Financial Times, FOX Business, Maclean's, HR Executive, Marketing Magazine, Huffington Post, Certified Management Consultant News, and many other media outlets and publications. Both Michael and Sam speak English and Japanese fluently, and they love traveling, music, fine wine, and world cuisine, especially sushi. More than anything, however, they treasure spending time with family.
Michael and Sam are grateful to the many consultants and contributors who share their wisdom on the blog, as well as their very talented lead web developer Vincent. Let’s take a moment to introduce to the team, beginning with the “Zipursky Cousins,” founders of Consulting Success®.
CEO and Co-Founder
Michael has advised leaders and organizations throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Middle East, consulting in more than thirty industries, from service providers to billion-dollar multi-national corporations, including Panasonic, Dow Jones, Financial Times, Royal Bank, and many others. Michael is an in-demand speaker, giving keynotes and leading workshops for the Certified Management Consultants Association, Canadian Internet Marketing Conference, Social Media Camp, and more.
His work has appeared in MarketingProfs, Huffington Post, Financial Times, FOX Business, Maclean's, HR Executive, Business Edge, Marketing Magazine, and several other media outlets and publications. He is the author of five books including Profitable Relations: How to Dramatically Increase Your Profits by Giving Customers What They Really Want, The Consulting Success System: How to Become a Successful Consultant, and The Masters of Consulting Interviews. Michael has been a featured consulting expert on podcasts such as Conscious Millionaire, Unstoppable CEO, Daily Grind, Duct Tape Marketing, and Freelance Transformation. More than anything, Michael loves spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Business Development and Co-Founder
Sam has more than twenty years of consulting and business experience with companies all over the world, with a particular focus on the connection between the internet, branding, design, and marketing. In 2001, Sam co-founded the international brand design and consulting firm Kankei Culture with his cousin Michael.
Over the last several years, Sam has spent time in North America, Europe, and Asia, where he has worked on several cross-cultural business projects. When not focusing on the business side of things, he can often be found relaxing at coffee shops with a good book, traveling the globe, or producing underground jazz and hip-hop instrumentals.
Business & Operations Manager
Naomi is our Operations Manager. Her specialties include streamlining processes, finding efficiencies, and having fun while doing it. She is passionate about helping people discover what matters most to them, and helping them find ways to integrate and implement this into everything they do. Naomi has a BA from UVic, a Diploma in Human Resources from BCIT, is a CPHR, and is pursuing a GDBA from Simon Fraser University.
A true animal lover and advocate of animal rescue, in her spare time, Naomi can be found riding horses at the barn or spending time with her rescue cats and dog at home. She also loves being with her friends and family.
Lead Content Strategist
Tsavo Neal is our lead content strategist at Consulting Success. He's a consultant, writer, speaker, product creator, and business owner who specializes in helping consultants get more clients through their websites. He's the author of Productize Yourself: The Consultant's Guide To Attracting Clients Through Their Website and The Art Of Tech: How To Build A High-Paying Tech Career With Your Liberal Arts Education.
When he's not working on business and helping clients to grow to the next level, he's practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, DJing, working out, reading and taking courses, or spending time with friends and family.
Client Care Manager
Neda specializes in helping entrepreneurs run their businesses more smoothly and managing the day to day. Her role at Consulting Success making sure everything runs smoothly and that clients are fully taken care of.
Neda is a warm, vibrant person with a vast background. and she brings an amazing energy to the team and Consulting Success clients. Her clear commitment to client success enables us to provide exceptional value that supports our clients to move their success forward.
In her spare time, you can catch her staying fit with running, dancing, doing yoga and she loves keeping her mind active by reading amazing books and playing piano.
Brian helps business, sales and marketing leaders at technology companies to create sustainable growth by improving people, processes, and tools. He has worked with companies such as Cisco, Rockwell Automation, Eaton, Bosch, and many others for over 30 years. He simplifies the complex and helps his clients deliver on new initiatives, create strategies and execute them to meet and beat their goals. He has been a featured speaker at numerous global events and webcasts, has been published in nearly every publication in his industry, and has trained thousands.
Cloris Kylie, MBA., is an expert in helping companies build authority, grow their database, and get ideal clients by collaborating with influencers. She leverages her background in industrial engineering, marketing, and project management to design digital marketing systems for her clients. The host of a top rated podcast and author of an international bestseller, she has been featured on platforms with millions of followers including network TV, top-ranked podcasts, YouTube channels, and blogs.
Jeff Kushmerek helps SaaS B2B CEO’s reduce churn and significantly increase recurring revenue and software adoption. Jeff's consultancy works with high-growth companies to establish foundational processes aimed at optimizing resources, managing deliverables, and aligning stakeholder goals and expectations to get new customers launched faster. Jeff has been a part of scaling amazing teams at Endeca (1B purchase by Oracle), Brightcove (VP during IPO), and Virgin.
Clarity CoachPatrick Farran, PhD, MBA has 20+ years of corporate consulting experience across multiple industries and currently runs a B2B consulting practice helping executive leaders implement organizational transformation initiatives and align their teams for peak performance. He also teaches and coaches in the full-time MBA program at the University of Notre Dame where he focuses on coaching and mentoring MBA's pursuing careers in consulting and entrepreneurship. He's currently working on a book, Built on Purpose: A Founder's Playbook for Building a Thriving Company without Selling Out and will be happy to to gift a copy to interested Clarity Coaching Program members when it's available for release later in 2022.
Grant is an International Multi-Award Winning Speaker, Coach & Trainer with over 25 years of extensive business leadership experience running small, medium and global businesses. He has launched new and grown existing businesses. Worked hard to train and develop high performance teams. Grant is also a certified business coach, Brian Tracy trainer, Evernote certified consultant and MBA graduate with tens of thousands of hours of ongoing professional development, training and coaching with individuals and groups including Brian Tracy, Anthony Robbins, Jim Rohn, Franklin Covey, to name just a few.
Lara helps SaaS companies build, improve, and scale their Customer and Technical Support operations and leaders through consulting, advising, and 1-on-1 coaching. She has spent 20 years developing leaders and scaling high-performing teams in leadership roles at both Fortune 500 eCommerce companies and fast-growing tech startups. Lara is a certified Executive Coach, certified Career Coach, PMP (project management professional), and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. She graduated from the Harvard Leadership Development program and has an electrical engineering degree from Bucknell University.
Marc is an experienced design-thinking and digital business consultant. He has helped hundreds of organizations create value through commercial innovation. Over the last 20 years Marc has been a creative and technology executive, he was the Head of Product and Innovation at Infor, a large business applications company. Marc was a part of the enterprise engineering leadership team at Facebook, and went on to help launch a private equity firm along with several digital product companies. Marc continues to be a speaker and thought-leader around enterprise product design and innovation.
Nina Cooke helps 6 and 7 figure service-based Experts to create an unstoppable mindset so they can build authority and boost their profit. She has worked with hundreds of established entrepreneurs, helping them to increase their income by up to 800%. Nina is the co-author of Renegade Mindset: A Financial Advisor’s Guide to a Peak Performance Mindset and host of “Entrepreneur’s Inner Game Podcast" where she has interviewed world-class entrepreneurs and best-selling authors. Nina has been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, on BBC Radio, and on top podcasts.