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  • The Laws of Subtraction, 6 Simple Rules for Winning in the Age of Excess Everything
  • Mind of The Innovator, 7 Traditional Thinking Traps…and How to Tame Them
  • Elements of Elegance, 4 Creative Qualities to Innovate By
  • Innovation Zen, 7 Japanese Principles for Inspiring Simplicity
  • Toyota on Innovation, 10 Winning Practices for Companywide Innovation


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Matthew E. May is an internationally recognized thought leader on strategy, culture, and innovation. He helps executives and their teams craft winning strategies and innovative approaches to their business through EDIT Innovation, a firm he founded after eight years as a full-time advisor to Toyota.

Mr. May has written four acclaimed books on innovation, his latest being THE LAWS OF SUBTRACTION: 6 Simple Rules for Winning in the Age of Excess Everything (McGraw-Hill, ©2013). His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Strategy+Business, The Rotman Magazine, Fast Company, and the Harvard Business Review blogs.

Matt has a deep passion for ideas that solve a difficult problem in an elegant way. He defines an elegant solution as one that is both uncommonly simple and surprisingly powerful, and that achieves the maximum effect with minimum means. Elegance through subtraction is his guiding philosophy.

Neither “motivational speaker” nor “business guru,” Matt is a practitioner of business strategy and innovation with powerful lessons learned and war stories to tell from years in the trenches with companies ranging from small startups to companies as large and multinational as Toyota.

Matt blends his frontline experience with research from his books in order to deliver useful concepts with immediate application, and aims to achieve four things in every address: 1. inspire new thinking; 2. share a unique perspective; 3. tell compelling stories; and 4. deliver practical takeaways.

Matt May holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from Johns Hopkins University, but he counts winning The New Yorker cartoon caption contest as one of his most creative achievements.

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  • The Laws of Subtraction: 6 Simple Rules for Winning in the Age of Excess Everything (2012)
  • In Pursuit of Elegance: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing (2010)
  • The Shibumi Strategy: A Powerful Way to Create Meaningful Change (2010)
  • The Elegant Solution: Toyota's Formula for Mastering Innovation (2006)

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