A Commitment to Thriving: Mike Cook and Thriving in the Middle

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 | 2 Comments


Let me take you back in time: before I became a mom, before I had found my life’s work. I was hungry. Hungry to learn. Hungry to grow. Hungry to find my path. That’s when I met Mike Cook.

Mike didn’t happen by accident.

During my “hungry years”, with no social media to distract me, I devoured at least three, often four, books a week. I read everything I could get my hands on about business, leadership, influence, purpose, self-esteem, confidence, presence – pretty much anything that had to do with being your best at work. I highlighted my books so much that my husband used to tease me that I should just dye the pages yellow and be done with it. Back then, I used to comb this cool new site called Amazon, in search for another great book to read. Somehow Amazon knew I should meet Mike.

When I read his first book, Thrive: Standing on Your Own Two Feet in a Borderless World, I was struck by the strangest feeling. While I had never met Mike before, I felt like I knew him. Like he understood me. I had never had the audacity to reach out to an author before, but I was compelled to reach out to Mike. That email was the beginning of (what I hope will be) a life-long friendship.

Since that time Mike and I have worked together, challenged each other, laughed a lot, and have seen one another through the twists and turns that well over a decade can dish out.

Today, Mike Cook’s second book is released. I wish I could explain what a special experience it is to have one of your first mentors ask you to read his new book before it hits the shelves, but really I can’t put it into words. Big, unwieldy, wonderful feelings.

As I read his book, Thriving in the Middle: Why Managers Need to be Coaching Each Other I experienced a bit of deja vu. That familiar, genuine “voice”. The warmth. The way he pulls you along and invites you to look at the world through new eyes. The way you can’t help but want to dive in and try something new. If it’s even possible, he makes it safe to want to risk.

I was hooked. I couldn’t put it down. This Cook book (get it… Mike Cook…book…Yeah. Sorry.), being a parable, was even more accessible. He takes complex ideas and turns them into something that is actionable. Achievable.

Game-changing ideas.

It is such an honor to be able to tell you all about my friend Mike Cook and shout out to the world the exciting news about his new book. Mike’s work doesn’t let you off the hook easily. He make you think. But that’s what I love about him. He’s committed to helping us thrive.

There’s an old saying that people come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When I reached out to him the first time, it was for a reason, and since that time we’ve shared many a season.

Who knew one single email could impact a lifetime?


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  1. Chuck Mencke
    November 10, 2017

    Good day Kimberly,

    What a beautiful tribute to your mentor, Mike. I definitely believe that we are destined to cross paths with those who can touch our lives and those whose lives we’ve destined to touch! What a blessing.


  2. Kimberly Davis
    November 10, 2017

    Thanks so much, Chuck! I agree with you! I still remember the day I met you and Terri! It was in the hallway of the conference hotel, between the elevators and the ballroom. You had the biggest smile on your face. It has been a true gift to stay in touch all these years!

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