Mike Hower

My name is Mike Hower. I’m a location-independent learning consultant with a home office in Box Elder, South Dakota (near Mount Rushmore ).

After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy, I spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force defending freedom by flying satellites and leading some of the world’s best teams. In 2011, I retired from the Service and set out to help individuals and organizations achieve their full potentials, first as the Chief Learning Officer for a nationwide knowledge management firm, and then as owner of my own company.

Today, I troubleshoot problems, design solutions, and coach individuals and groups all around the country.

Check out One Page About Me to learn more about who I am and what I do.

Nice to meet you!

Over the last 25 years, I've had the privilege of helping dozens of individuals, teams, and organizations get better at what they do by finding and fixing problems, designing timely and elegant learning solutions, and coaching to improve performance. I’d love to help you, too!

I charge a simple, flat, monthly fee to become your on-demand learning professional and partner in all things related to problem solving, organizational learning, and professional development.

Keep reading to learn how we can connect and what to expect when we start working together.

Your hired gun.

I'm a troubleshooter, instructional designer, and coach — minus the resource strain.

Hiring separate professionals for problem solving, learning design, and developmental coaching is expensive…but it doesn’t need to be. Many companies don’t actually need full-time staff to do this type of work. What they need is a talented, resourceful consultant who can quickly and effectively assess needs, identify or create solutions, and guide implementation, while helping the organization develop organic capacity to do those things independently in the future. That's where I come in. You can hire me on a month-to-month, ongoing, or per-project basis to be your partner.

A dependable partner is hard to find. But I think you’ll discover working with me to be a breath of fresh air—an investment in your business, not an expense. It’s why my clients repeatedly come back to team up with me, and why nearly all of my business comes from referrals.

A simple, flat, monthly fee or per-project cost.

No guessing. No surprises. An affordable investment.

Service by Retainer

Multi-month rates as low as $3,950 / month.

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Service by Project

Multi-month rates as low as $3,950 / month.

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What can you expect when we partner?

My fee schedule is predictable, easy to budget for, and substantially less expensive than hiring a traditional employee or agency. I guarantee the benefits I provide will far outweigh the cost.

What can you expect when we start working together? In general, I’m pretty easy to work with. I’ll start with learning about you, your goals, and your customers. We’ll discuss needs, problems, challenges, and where you want to go…then we will tailor a bespoke solution that meets your needs. Each individual, team, or organization is at a different stage in terms of growth and maturity, so no two solutions are the same.

What can we do together?

  • Knowledge Management Strategy Development and Training
  • Community Design, Development, and Facilitation Team Training
  • Program and Course Instructional Design
  • Blackboard, Canvas, and Storyline Course Development
  • Online and Hybrid Course Quality Assessment
  • Wordpress Development
  • Sharepoint Team Site Design
  • Faculty Development Workshops
  • Assessments and Developmental Coaching
  • Team Training
  • Copyright Research and Documentation
  • Copywriting and Editing
  • and more…

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Ready to Get Started?

If you’re ready to achieve your full potential; you’re serious about harnessing the power of good knowledge design improve yourself or your business; and you love the idea of having someone you can trust at your side, then take a minute and introduce yourself. Tell me a bit about you and your business, and how you envision us working together.

The best way to get in touch with me is via the contact form below. If you do call, please leave an email address so I can easily close the loop with you.

I’ll be quick to follow up.