Matthew Little

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Business Administration, Huston Tillotson University

Executive M.B.A. University of Texas at Dallas (Est. completion May 2022)

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT CREATING THRIVING TEAMS?

I believe that teams with a culture of trust, respect, and accountability will deliver exceptional business results. At Thriving Teams Institute, I can combine passion for people, culture, and business to help organizations maximize the effectiveness of their most important asset, their people.

WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THRIVING TEAMS?

I began my professional career at age 18 in the U.S. Marine Corps as an enlisted man. My first assignment in the operating forces was an infantry unit and I quickly learned that trust, discipline, and teamwork were essential to our effectiveness as a fighting force. In 2004, my unit deployed to the mountains in Afghanistan and the importance of trust, respect, transparency, work ethic, integrity, and sacrifice became forever ingrained into who I am today. In 2011, I commissioned as a Marine Officer and quickly realized my individual impact on the effectiveness of an organization’s culture. My final years in the military were spent in the fast paced, metric based, recruiting environment. My team was spread out over 1 million square miles and the only way that we could effectively operate in such a highly decentralized environment was to train our team mates and create an environment of trust and accountability to achieve their recruiting objectives.

THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN IS

A person’s salary and title within an organization does not give them a monopoly on coming up with great ideas. Team members in all levels of an organization have valuable input in their area of expertise and these ideas can have a major impact on the organization’s ability to innovate and outperform their competition. These ideas will be only presented in an environment that is built upon an atmosphere of trust and respect.

ONE ITEM ON MY BUCKET LIST IS

To cage dive with Great White sharks in Australia