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The Art of Offboarding

Michèle Hecken is a global keynote speaker, ex-CEO, best-selling author & paradigm-shifter. Her keynotes, talks & workshops are built for forward-thinking entrepreneurs & high-performing leaders.

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The Art of Offboarding

Michèle Hecken is a global keynote speaker, ex-CEO, best-selling author & paradigm-shifter. Her keynotes, talks & workshops are built for forward-thinking entrepreneurs & high-performing leaders.

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Your Business. Your Life. Your Terms.

Discover how to build a successful business, offboard with peace of mind, and experience a dream life worth living.

Meet Michèle

Ex-CEO, Advisor and Public Speaker. Contagious optimist, lover of freedom, shifter of paradigms and artist.

Michèle Hecken is an ex-CEO who helps high-performing leaders design an organization where each person spends their time working on things they love.

Over 25 years, Michèle built a global, multi-million-dollar translation company. Her journey looked like that of many successful entrepreneurs except for one key difference: she was the “Absent CEO.” Michèle turned the company into a well-oiled machine that continued to scale without needing her to micro-manage people, systems, and business units.

Despite being a single mother, Michele lived a life of freedom, growth, financial success and happiness – all while scaling her company.

She sold the company at a premium – culminating in a high-7-figure exit – because she had leveraged one superpower:

The ability to Offboard herself from the business so she could focus exclusively on what inspires her while eliminating the rest.

Today, Michèle serves as an Advisor to high performers who want to run businesses that serve them and live lives they dream of.

Michèle has given talks and workshops across the globe, from Fortune 500 companies to groups of entrepreneurs. She has been featured in numerous media outlets including Inc. Magazine, the Financial Post, Smart Business Revolution, the Edmonton Journal and others.

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The Art of Offboarding

A roadmap for leaders to work less, scale faster, and live your best life.

We all know that in order to grow your company, entrepreneurs must transition from working “In” your business to working “On” your business. The truth is, the biggest hurdle for entrepreneurs to overcome when they decide to work “ON” their business is that they don’t know how. Traditional work ethic tells us that we have to work long, hard hours to become and stay successful. We often feel guilt for not putting in more time as the business grows, and find ourselves stuck in an impossible balancing act between life and business. It doesn’t have to be that way!

The Art of Offboarding is a proprietary Leadership & Operational methodology which helps high-performing leaders design an organization wherein each person spends 80% of their time working on things they love.

Through The Art of Offboarding, I shift the paradigms of what the “expected” work and life of a high-performing leader looks like. 

Together, we create profitable, productive, powerful change that results in exceptional operations and a life leaders could hardly dream of.

Learning outcomes to expect:

  • What is Offboarding and why is it the key to truly working "on your business"
  • How to choose what to Offboard yourself from and why
  • Why delegating keeps you stuck in your business and keeps it from scaling
  • How to Offboard yourself properly to create the most value in your business
  • Why “Offboarding” is an essential ingredient in building to sell
  • How Offboarding can finally help create freedom and eliminate burnout without risking growth and culture
 

Learning outcomes to expect:

  • What is Offboarding and why is it the key to truly working "on your business"
  • How to choose what to Offboard yourself from and why
  • Why delegating keeps you stuck in your business and keeps it from scaling
  • How to Offboard yourself properly to create the most value in your business
  • Why “Offboarding” is an essential ingredient in building to sell
  • How Offboarding can finally help create freedom and eliminate burnout without risking growth and culture

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Certified Speaker, EO Global Speakers’ Academy (GSA) 2021

Michèle’s Podcast Appearances

Learn more about The Art of Offboarding & Michèle’s story in these recent podcasts.

Built To Sell Radio

In this podcast, Michele joined John Warrillow on his podcast "Built To Sell" to discuss why offboarding is an essential ingredient in building to sell. 

Concorde Conservations

Michele joined Drew Jackson on his podcast, "Concorde Conversations". Listen in as they discuss how you can take the first step to live your best life!

Turning Point

Michele joined Blaine Bertsch in his podcast "Turning Point" to discuss how she turned language translation into a global business and an acquisition, that set the stage for her role today as a highly sought after executive coach.

Clearing Your Plate - Fractional C-Suite Retreat

Michèle Hecken creates a fun and fearless life and business, and sees the importance of making sure that everyone at a company communicates properly. Michèle joins host Joseph Frost to talk about the latest innovations in the c-suite industry

[Part 1] Essential Dynamics:The Fax on Time Travel and Quantum Leaps

Michele explains how she invented time travel using only a fax machine. She talks about early success in her translation business and how she had to eventually fire herself from translating to protect her family life. To be continued...

[Part 2] Essential Dynamics: Offboarding

Michele shares how offboarding responsibilities to others is key to living your best life and creating more value in your business. Purpose X and Purpose Y are both within reach!

 
 

Systems Simplified

Tune in to this episode of Systems Simplified as Adi Klevit interviews executive coach and serial entrepreneur Michèle Hecken about offboarding yourself from your business. Michèle speaks about her motivation for launching a business at age 23, how to customize processes to align with business goals, and her step-by-step offboarding process.

Buy Grow Sell

There’s passion, and then there is being able to successfully remove yourself from a business and have it continue running smoothly without your constant attention. Michèle Hecken’s business was her passion. So much so, she was pulling those 20-hour days just to stay on-top of all the work she was winning. She grew her business to $5 million in annual revenue before starting to assess if it was all worth it.

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