Michael Bergdahl

Former Wal-Mart Executive, Author, Speaker and Coach

Michael Bergdahl is a professional international business speaker, author and turnaround specialist. Bergdahl 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. It was Sam Walton who gave Bergdahl the nickname, “Bird Dawg!”

Previous to Walmart he worked in the FMCG Industry for PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Division in the sales organization 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 the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology / Behavioral Science.

Wal-Mart/ Sam Walton Authority

Michael Bergdahl is considered to be an authority on the best practices of Walmart & Sam Walton. 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”. Articles written by him, and articles written by others about him, have been published in business newspapers and magazines around the world. He has written articles for Hardware Retailer Magazine (NRHA), Progressive Grocer Magazine, Sweden’s Butikstrender Magazine, and the Retailer Association of India, STORAI Magazine.

Bergdahl is the moderator of two LinkedIn discussion groups called, “Walmart’s Best Leadership Practices – Super Group” and “Sam Walton’s Best leadership Practices” with a combined membership of more than 11,000 worldwidemembers including: Retailers, FMCG/CPG Product Manufacturers/Suppliers, HR Professionals, & Supply ChainProfessionals, as well as a large number of current and former Walmart and Sam’s Club employees.

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    Attitude, Inspiration, Management, Motivation, Peak Performance, Time Management

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    Pennsylvania

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Michael Bergdahl is a professional international business speaker, author and turnaround specialist. Bergdahl 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. It was Sam Walton who gave Bergdahl the nickname, “Bird Dawg!”

Previous to Walmart he worked in the FMCG Industry for PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Division in the sales organization 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 the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology / Behavioral Science.

Wal-Mart/ Sam Walton Authority

Michael Bergdahl is considered to be an authority on the best practices of Walmart & Sam Walton. 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”. Articles written by him, and articles written by others about him, have been published in business newspapers and magazines around the world. He has written articles for Hardware Retailer Magazine (NRHA), Progressive Grocer Magazine, Sweden’s Butikstrender Magazine, and the Retailer Association of India, STORAI Magazine.

Bergdahl is the moderator of two LinkedIn discussion groups called, “Walmart’s Best Leadership Practices – Super Group” and “Sam Walton’s Best leadership Practices” with a combined membership of more than 11,000 worldwidemembers including: Retailers, FMCG/CPG Product Manufacturers/Suppliers, HR Professionals, & Supply ChainProfessionals, as well as a large number of current and former Walmart and Sam’s Club employees.

To book Michael Bergdahl call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

HEATKTE: High Expectations Are The Key To Everything©

"HEATKTE is not about how to bring out the best in others, it's about how to bring out the best in you!"

THE SAM WALTON WAY: What Would Sam Do?©

"Wouldn’t it be great to learn Sam Walton’s success strategies? Now you can!" 

Picking Wal-Mart’s “POCKETS”©

“Strategies of the World’s Largest Company”

The 10 Rules of Sam Walton©

“Tactics of the World’s Richest Man”

Growing Your Business “The Sam Walton & Wal-Mart Way”©

“Wal-Mart is a Logistics, Distribution and IT driven company that also has Retail Stores.” Click here for speech details and description

Change/Challenge/Choice©

“Because yesterday’s success is no guarantee of success tomorrow, your team has to adapt and change now or risk failure in the future!”Click here for speech details and description

Scandinavian Grocery Retailer

"We were much impressed by the Walmart machine and its capabilities. We were also delighted with your energetic delivery, and your very motivational way of getting the messages and insights across. On behalf of myself and my entire team - thanks a lot for an excellent master class!"

Exhibition Manager, easyFairs, Sweden

“Michael is a true professional and very easy to work with. He is very committed and provides you with all the information you need in front of a conference – articles, photos, etc. to help marketing. When giving a speech he is energetic, extremely interesting to listen to, takes time to answer questions, and he really gives of himself to the audience. He will absolutely make every audience happy! “

Russian Bank Executive

"Michael Bergdahl delivered an inspirational keynote speech lasting more than two hours. He addressed 1500 managers and executives of our state-owned Russian bank about the importance of standardizing bank operations, across all of our 20,000 branches. Michael spoke as naturally as though he were talking to a relatively small group of likeminded allies and he did it with exceptional ease and grace. His thorough preparation showed throughout the talk, as he drew parallels between operations of the world's largest retailer and Russia's largest bank. Michael is a great storyteller, and the Russian audience kept reciting his Sam Walton stories days after the talk."

Sales Operations Worldwide Services at Dresser-Rand

"I sincerely valued our time together, our discussions, and all of your words of wisdom. You are truly a role model, life coach and fantastic person. Thank you very much for being such a motivating, inspiring, and charismatic person!"
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