Michael Bergdahl

Specialist on Walmart's success.


Michael Bergdahl is a professional international business speaker, author and turnaround specialist. Bergdahl worked in Bentonville, Arkansas for Walmart, as the Director of “People” for the headquarters office, where he worked directly with Walmart’s founder Sam Walton. Bergdahl has 25 years of Human Resources experience working for four different Fortune 1000 Companies including: Walmart (#1), HQ Director of People, PepsiCo (#44), Group HR Manager, Waste Management (#217), VPHR, and American Eagle Outfitters (#703), VPHR. He also worked as a Plant HR & Safety Manager at J.M. Huber, a privately owned $2 Billion Manufacturing Company. He started his career in his family’s Houston, TX based publishing business as HR Director. He is a turnaround specialist who participated in two successful business turnarounds at public companies. He received the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) lifetime certification from SHRM. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology / Behavioral Science.

Previous Experience:

Walmart / Sam Walton Authority: Michael Bergdahl is considered an authority on the best leadership practices of Walmart & Sam Walton. He has been interviewed on CNN, CNBC, CNN FN, MSNBC, CNN International, Univision, CBS National Radio, and Bloomberg TV. He has participated in internationally televised news debates on “Power Lunch”, “On the Money”, “Morning Call”, and “Closing Bell”. Articles written by him, and articles written by others about him, have been published in business newspapers and magazines around the world. Bergdahl is the moderator of two LinkedIn discussion groups. The first is “Walmart’s Best Leadership Practices” and the second is “Sam Walton’s Best Leadership Practices”. His groups have a combined membership of 15,600 worldwide members including: Retailers, FMCG/CPG Product manufacturers/Suppliers, HR Professionals, & Supply Chain Professionals.

Author: He wrote his first book about “The Strategies of the World’s Largest Company”, titled: What I Learned from Sam Walton: How to Compete and Thrive in a Walmart World. His second book is written about “The Tactics of the World’s Richest Man”, titled, The 10 Rules of Sam Walton: Success Secrets for Remarkable Results (2007). Both of these books were published and distributed internationally by John Wiley & Sons, in English, in both hard cover and paperback. His hird book is a 50th Walmart Anniversary Commemorative Edition titled The Sam Walton Way. His fourth book, is titled, HEATKTE: High Expectations Are The Key To Everything. His fifth book is titled, Putting Employees First!


Talking Points
Picking Walmart’s P.O.C.K.E.T.S.: The Seven Strategies of the World’s Largest Company
Disrupt You: How to Challenge, Change & Refocus Your Personal Strategy to Bring Out the Best in You!
PUTTING EMPLOYEES FIRST! Why 21st Century Leaders Need to Focus on Employees 1st, Customers 2nd & Profits 3rd
The 10 Rules of Sam Walton “Tactics of the World’s Richest Man”
The Sam Walton Way & The Walmart Way Leadership, People & Cultural Best Practices of Walmart