We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Allen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Michael, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I started my business, I knew that I wanted to conduct business differently. My pastoral background led me to consider models that gave back to the community or donated a percentage of proceeds to charitable organizations, but that didn’t quite resonate with my vision. So, after several iterations, I landed on a model that reflects more of who I am as a person. I’ve learned from several mentors that your values should drive your business decisions and interactions. Now I know my “why” and what it will take to achieve it. I want to run a consultancy; that treats people well, honest to a fault, doesn’t take ourselves too seriously, but fights for our client’s success. Most of all, we want to be unconventional in our approach, to be surprising. As a result, we bring deals and projects to bear, that would not have happened unless we spear-headed it. This, conceptually, is my consultancy. Sometimes it’s bringing a new service or product to market, sometimes it’s doing the right thing even when it’s not convenient, but it will always be surprising.

What should our readers know about your business?
I would want to the world to know that we are here to help their business or organization achieve superior results, and that we are the team they want in their corner. We have resources from all corners of the business space, and we are well equipped to tackle any strategic or tactical challenge.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First, I would take them to all the hot spots for a great drink. A good friend is opening a bar called the Rabbit Hole so I would certainly take them there for a cocktail or two. Then we could stumble through one of Houston’s amazing parks, like Memorial Park. Then we would likely have dinner in Chinatown, or go grab some crawfish, or even better, Viet-crawfish. Then I would take them to go see a local band. I know a lot of folks in music around town, or even one of my bands.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
At each stage in my life, I have had a mentor that helped me through that season of my life. At an early age I was mentored by a ex in-law. Then I was mentored by a group of leaders that incorporated faith with leadership. That was a huge growth spurt. Then I was enabled by an old boss, Dwight Edwards to take a step towards true leadership. My business growth I credit to John Honeycutt, a former boss and another paid coach that gave me confidence in executive leadership.

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