Michael Burwell says that it would be great to always make everyone happy, but that isn’t always the best thing to do. Sometimes collaborating and trying to agree with everyone on every detail of a project could be the worst thing for that project.
Burwell knows this all too well. He has been the one who has said “no” to a project even though he was originally spearheading it. His company had invested millions into a new technology, but after really examining the market, Burwell decided that it was best to just end work on the technology.
This was an unpopular decision, as everyone who had invested time and energy into the technology really believed in it. However, the decision was Michael Burwell‘s call, and he did what he felt was best.
To this day, he doesn’t regret his decision to end work on the technology, although many still see the choice he made as a mistake.
There is a reason we have two ears but only one mouth: so we can listen twice as much as we speak. Michael Burwell is an excellent listener and recommends that everyone else hones his listening skills.
This recommendation is due to the fact that Burwell feels that everyone has something interesting to say or something amazing about them. The key to learning the interesting facts is to invest time in listening so you can really key in on what people are saying.
Mike Burwell is Willis Towers Watson’s Chief Financial Officer.
He replaced Roger Millay, WTW’s former Chief Financial Officer, and joined the company with a degree in business administration from Michigan State, and his past work history includes 31 years of employment at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP.
Burwell advanced during his time at PwC, beginning by working on business advisory services. Later, in 1997, he was elected partner into the company’s transaction business. He would get promoted to Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer in 2009 and to Vice Chairman Global and U.S. Transformation in 2012 before getting hired on as Willis Towers Watson’s CFO. View Related Info Here.
Mike says that he is glad to have such a major role in the broking and solutions company, and that for years he has been impressed with the company’s leadership, inclusive culture, and commitment to clients. He, along with WTW’s Chief Executive Officer, John Haley, feels that he has what it takes to contribute to the company’s success.