A global strategist, coach of high-profile executes, and bestselling author, Jan Mühlfeit is on a personal mission to help individuals, organisations, and countries across the globe unlock human potential. His track record has seen him build and lead successful teams acquired during an extensive 22-year career at the Microsoft Corporation. There, he served in various executive positions, ending his career with the company in 2014 as the European Chairman.
Amongst his various positions at Microsoft, Jan Mühlfeit counts those of Vice President of the Microsoft Public Sector Team in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and Vice President of EMEA Corporate And Government Strategy.
Using his in-depth knowledge and expertise, Jan Mühlfeit is a proven expert on unlocking human potential in all its forms. Coaching individuals to large corporate teams, he helps them uncover their personal strengths and to find the best in others. He has worked with large and small companies in this regard. Amongst them, he counts the likes of Deloitte, Microsoft, UniCredit, Volvo, and Skanska. His methodology, rooted in positive psychology, also includes insights into the world of business, politics, sports, and entertainment. His bestselling business book, ‘The Positive Leader’ which he co-authored with Melina Costi focuses on how energy and happiness are the essential requirements that ‘fuel top-performing teams’.
Jan Mühlfeit, together with Katerina Novotna, has also created a special seminar for children and parents. It guides children to become more self-aware while finding their personal uniqueness. This has led to him, together with Katerina Novotna, writing two bestsellers, i.e., ‘Unlock Your Child’s Potential’, and ‘Family As A Team’.
Coinciding with his time at Microsoft and ending in 2010, Jan Mühlfeit was a moderator of the CT24 morning talk show ‘Rendez-vous’. He also recently hosted the Czech show ‘Hidden Potential’. He is also the host of his own talk show, ‘Premier League Thinking’, broadcasted on the Czech station Youradio.
During his career, Jan Mühlfeit has served on several advisory boards, including, amongst others, those for several European governments in the fields of national competitiveness, education, and ICT. He has also counselled on various WEF, OECD, and EC projects.
As a keynote speaker, Jan Mühlfeit brings to the table his wealth of experience from a business background spanning more than twenty years. His main focus is on understanding and unlocking human potential in all aspects of society, including the business sector. He lives in the Czech Republic and speaks English, Russian, Czech, and Slovak.
"A lot of very positive feedback from our team. People got a lot out of it and felt that Jan was a very normal person that they could connect with. The messages were strong and connected well with our theme at the meeting. I think he delivered a great story and backed it with lots of data as we discussed. Jan was incredibly accommodating and I loved how he got stuck into the event, for example he came for dinner, he joined other sessions and was just ready to pass on any knowledge to anyone that would listen. I am here so use me was his thinking all the time. One tiny negative was that rather than doing the 30-minute pres and 30-minute Q&A, Jan just kept going for the hour. We really didn’t mind but I guess it could have been a problem and pity he didn’t think about it. All in all very impressed and satisfied and would highly recommend Jan. Thanks for organising it and getting Jan at such short notice." Tom Freyne, CEO
“I had the pleasure of working with Jan in various leadership roles at Microsoft. He is a high integrity leader who brings passion and thoughtfulness to the business. He has played an important role in Microsoft's innovation and growth throughout Europe."
“The Positive Leader by Jan Mühlfeit is the perfect guide that can help unlock greatness in any leader who wishes to be a catalyst for change and transformation.”
“The cornerstone of world-class success and happiness is self-awareness. This book addresses the most important decision you will ever make – to uncover who you are and offer your best to the world.”
‘’In an era in which good leadership is scarce, this book, the product of years of experience by its author in leadership positions, is an excellent guide to young aspiring new leaders.’’
“Jan Mühlfeit was the star guest speaker to a weekend retreat for newly appointed partners at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm. The retreat was focused specifically on high performance. Jan spoke with passion, humility and great humour to scores of the firm’s senior leaders and rising talent from all regions of the globe, illustrating the messages of his bestseller The Positive Leader and drawing on the rich experience he gained as chairman of Microsoft Europe and as an accomplished sportsman and executive coach. He radiates energy and fulfilment and is a living testament to the highly insightful lessons shared in his book. Audience feedback was outstanding in its praise for Jan as a hugely inspiring and motivating speaker. People were clearly struck by the refreshing openness he demonstrated about his own life and by his determination that others should benefit from the great wisdom he has accumulated. Everyone left the room optimistic and enthusiastic about their new challenges.”