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Michael Friedlander Overview

Michael Friedlander’s early days…

Michael Friedlander
          Michael Friedlander

In the early days, Michael worked for one of the largest commercial law firms in South Africa. During that time, believe it or not, he was young and quite handsome.

The younger and more handsome Michael Friedlander

As apartheid was still raging, Michael escaped to London. There, as he became older and less handsome, he worked in the London and Zurich offices of a multi-national trading group. He was the personal assistant to the Managing Director of the group.
When asked about this London and Zurich experience, Michael offered this—

“I can’t remember learning anything from that experience… Actually, I can’t remember ever being in London and Zurich…”

Moving to Los Angeles…

After moving to Los Angeles in 1979, Michael was admitted to the California Bar. Since then, he helped his local, national and international clients to negotiate, structure and draft their business transactions. Sadly, during this time, he became even older—and even less handsome. When asked about his greatest challenge and triumph during those years, Michael offered this—

“It was getting my clients to pay me…”

In the late 1990s, Michael left the dark side. He left the practice of law to explore life on the bright side—the world of business. He first became the CEO of an international music company. Then he became the CEO of an international architectural design company. Then, after the devastating financial collapse of 2008, Michael decided to return to the dark side. When asked, he offered this—

“The dark side is clearly where I belong…”

He is now inching back to the bright side. While still practicing law, he is the CEO of an international strategic consulting company. He also recently became a co-founder of this storytelling project, The-Gift-Tree. When asked why he’s inching back, Michael offered this profound response—

“I have no idea.”..

Life is too short

Michael Friedlander’s writings and books…

In October 2012, Michael co-authored an article entitled “In Search of an Elusive Magical Key.” It was published in Design Intelligence. It was about how ethics and innovation can help improve profitability.

Michael has written two books—

“Detecting the Scam: Nelson Mandela’s Gift” is about how Nelson Mandela’s negotiating skills might help us detect and avoid scams. He explores how those skills might have saved us from the Enron, Ahmed Chalabi and Bernard Madoff scams…

Detecting The Scam: Nelson Mandela's Gift
Detecting The Scam: Nelson Mandela’s Gift

“Come Dance With Me” is a diary about how hope, laughter and finding balance can help deal with life’s challenges…

Come Dance With Me
Come Dance With Me

Speaking and business programs…

Michael is an accomplished and entertaining public speaker.

He has also created a number of business programs, that include—

10 Hidden Treasures of an Ethical Workplace,”

“10 Powers Of Negotiation,” and

The Duck School: The School Of Common Sense.” 

Michael has also hosted an online radio show: “Dreamers, Winners—And Making A Difference.” In the show, he interviewed guests who had become winners by making a difference for the better in the lives of those they touched…


Michael graduated with BA and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and at McGill University in Montreal. When asked about this, Michael offered this—

“Some of the dumbest and most unpleasant people I’ve ever met went to the very best schools. Some of the smartest and nicest didn’t… Go figure! …”

A final word from Michael…

Michael offers you this—

Dear past

View Michael’s recommendations in his LinkedIn profile…

making a difference for the better…