The concept of Dynamic Competence and the resulting 25 years of consulting work arose from the original work of Daryle and Mary May that started in the 1970's. Daryle May's doctorate in mathematics was a collaborative effort with Isabel Meyers (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) at the University of Florida. Mary May, M.A. focused her University teaching on literature and linguistics at the interface of neuroscience and metacognitive theory. In the 80's, they began to work with Jim November, Ph.D. who researched and taught neurolinguistics and psychology. Together they integrated cutting-edge research and theory into elegant concepts of conflict, choice, and change in the classroom and wrote two textbooks on metacognition. As Mary and Jim refined their ideas, Daryle, Dean of an education department, turned this work into highly successful, graduate level, accredited, professional training courses for teachers. These courses ultimately evolved into materials and coaching in metacognition for a wide range of professionals. Through their consulting firm, May and Associates, Inc., Mary and Daryle and their staff spent the next 30 years teaching and coaching this material.
After years of supporting their parents’ training and coaching in this metacognitive approach to problem solving, Thomas May, M.B.A. and Susan May Clark, Ph.D. began to expand this work into applications for business, including large multi-disciplinary, collaborative stakeholder groups. For 25 years, Tom has focused on optimizing operational capacity of manufacturing companies while Susan has focused on collaborative implementation of multi-disciplinary solutions and high-stakes, high-conflict facilitation. Over the years, Susan and Tom have expanded their network of consultants to help support a wide range of businesses as they face unprecedented demands to solve the paradoxes of efficiency, quality, and cost; all while keeping organizations in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
Thomas May has over 25 years of experience in construction materials companies. Over these years, he has consistently taken low performing divisions to become industry leaders in production and sales, often generating the most profit for his companies. Tom received his engineering degree at Vanderbilt University. He then became a naval aviator who flew combat missions in Bosnia and Iraq, including over 350 carrier landings, and received both Navy Commendations and Air Medals. While in the Navy, Tom also completed his M.B.A. He is currently Vice President of Fleet Operations at a major construction materials company with over $4B in mobile equipment and an operating budget of over $980MM. Tom is also Susan's brother and continues to practice a management approach that focuses on both people and process.
Through her parents, Susan grew up surrounded by the human potential movement in the 60’s and 70’s. At the same time, she was drawn to the interconnectedness of science and biological systems and received her Ph.D. in Biophysics (1987) from Brown University. Susan then left research following the birth of her children and explored teaching and living in the remote Eastern Sierra Region of California at both Deep Springs College and the University of California White Mountain Research Station. As her kids grew older, Susan began to facilitate high-stakes, high-conflict environmental and tribal issues. Most recently, Susan's started a podcast that reconnects her to past colleagues and new friends to help tell their stories as successful change agents. Susan currently resides in Reno, NV with her husband, cats, chickens, bees, as well as various children, their spouses, and pets as they come and go.
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