A STORY OF OUR SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS
Have you ever done a job that you hated?
We all have. That’s why we started Provolution. Because there are so many people out there who do jobs that they don’t enjoy! And we want to help!
Provolution was incorporated in Thailand in 2008, but it really began many years before.
in the late 1990’s, working in the corporate world, Mike and Koong both witnessed habits, routines, structures, attitudes and behaviours that seemed counter-productive to what the business wanted to achieve. It seemed almost as if the culture of business demanded those kinds of controls, the blame and shame and the carrot and stick approach. So many young minds had grown up in that system that, when they got to the top, they continued doing it.
In 1999, Mike was an HR Manager at Chiva-Som in Thailand. He employed a man named Dr. Bill Gould who had a program called “Transformational Thinking”. Dr. Bill taught Mike some revolutionary ideas, one of which was the most important lesson he would ever learn: There is no such things as a professional.
When you teach the person, you transform the professional. A happier, healthier, more energetic person at home, brings that to work. But a demotivated, unhappy, angry person at work, takes that home.
After Dr Bill’s passing in 2012, this simple idea drove Mike and Koong’s development of a new program we now call The We-Toia Project. This multi-faceted suite of personal skills is just as applicable to the business world as one’s private life.
No one should hate their job. No one should hate their life.
The story of Provolution is a story of skills and concepts that are focussed on happiness everywhere.
MICHAEL PAUL STEPHENS
Michael Paul Stephens
Mike began living in Thailand in 1992. He began his Human Resources career with Chiva-Som in 1999, and then Six Senses in 2007. He began Provolution in 2008 and became the chief program writer and trainer. Now, he is responsible for developing new and exciting concepts, such as The Human Spirit® and ChatterBox®. Mike is passionate about The We-Topia Project, believing change from the inside-out is the only way to build effective culture.
With an MBA from Bristol University and a distinguished career at the very top of the corporate Human Resources ladder with Marriott, Koong has spent her career coaching people to grow and improve. Her intuitive insight and compassionate listening makes her the ideal master trainer and coach. She loves helping people grow through the benefit of her wisdom and years of experience.
SELECTED CLIENT LIST
Johnson & Johnson – Malaysia
Dusit Hotel Group
Outrigger Hotels and Resorts
Siam Kempinski Hotel
Thai Institute of Banking & Finance
Island Aviation – Maldives
Marriott Executive Apartments
Phuket International Academy
Maldives Ports Authority
Uni-Edit – Hong Kong
Okura Prestige Bangkok
Evason Ana Mandara – Vietnam
The Government of The Maldives
Chiva-Som International Health Resort
Holly Hotel, Myanmar
“Using new management principles like “The Free-Thinking Zone ” and “The Human Spirit ” Michael helped us effectively unite three individual teams into a single force for making effective changes to our business practices during these difficult economic times.”
“The course itself was excellent! Learning how to shut out ‘mind distractions’ anyplace, anywhere, really lets me relax and switch off… I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I have been able to take lots of ideas from the course which I will commit to keeping up.”
“…not only inspiring but mind set changing. We all walked away energized and engaged…the feedback from all participants was excellent. …strong messages in line with our business priorities…gave everyone simple tools enabling us to move from ‘Very Good’ to ‘Excellent’! Back at work the initiatives are in motion and his programme has unlocked our mind-sets and make us see the possibilities in impossibilities. Thank you, Mike, it was a joy to have been introduced to this programme.”
“If you want to bridge gap between your departments and reduce the distance between your hierarchies, use solution thinking! It’s the perfect tool to foster team spirit while enterprising ingenious ideas that could optimize millions of dollars for you!”
“We successfully trained over 300 hosts and Michael Paul Stephens not only provided the curricula but also stood as the key trainer for this program. The results were instrumental in transforming a very young crew to become “The Best Hotel in the World 2008, by Conde Nast “Readers Award 2008”.
I can wholeheartedly endorse Michael Paul Stephens and his transformational program to be very a very strong tool in focusing an entire team to a common goal of greatness.”