Michael S. Hyatt

Michael Scott Hyatt is an American author, podcaster, blogger, speaker, and the CEO and founder of Michael Hyatt & Company. He has written several books about leadership, productivity, and goal setting.

Michael S. Hyatt
EducationBaylor University, philosophy, B.S.
EmployerThomas Nelson (1998–2012) Michael Hyatt & Company (2012-Present)
SpouseGail Hyatt


Hyatt's publishing career began at Word Publishing while a student at Baylor University where he graduated with a degree in philosophy.[1] He started his own publishing company, Wolgemuth & Hyatt, with Robert Wolgemuth in 1986. In 1992, Word Publishing acquired Wolgemuth & Hyatt.[2]

He was a literary agent from 1992 until 1998, after which he joined Thomas Nelson.[2] During this period, he wrote several books about the Year 2000 problem, including the fictional Y2K: The Day the World Shut Down as well as non-fiction books The Millennium Bug: How to Survive the Coming Chaos and The Y2K Personal Survival Guide.[3] Hyatt was promoted to president and COO of Thomas Nelson in February 2004[4] and was made CEO in August 2005.[1] He began blogging in 2004.[5]

By 2006, Hyatt was serving as chairman and chief executive of the Nashville, Tennessee-based Christian books publisher[6][7] as it became a private company.[8] His tenure as CEO ended in April 2011 but he continued to serve as chairman of the company.[9] The same year, Thomas Nelson was acquired by HarperCollins.[10][11] Hyatt then began hosting the weekly podcast This is Your Life dedicated to intentional leadership.[citation needed]

Hyatt also wrote several more books including Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World,[5] a New York Times Best Seller,[12] and four Wall Street Journal Best Sellers:[13][14] Living Forward,[15] Your Best Year Ever,[16][17][18] Free to Focus,[19] and The Vision Driven Leader.[20]

In 2012, Hyatt founded the organization that would later become Michael Hyatt & Company (and then Full Focus). Under his leadership, Michael Hyatt & Company has been featured in the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in America[21] for three years in a row. The company was also listed in Inc's 2020 list of “Best Places to Work.”[22] Michael Hyatt & Company is a leadership development firm helping successful, but overwhelmed leaders get the focus they need to win at work and succeed at life.[23] Hyatt announced in 2021 that he would step down as the company's CEO and his daughter, Megan Hyatt Miller, would take the helm. [24]

In 2017, Hyatt created the Full Focus Planner[25][26] The Full Focus Planner is a physical planner designed to help people plan their year, design their days, and achieve their goals. It claims to be built from a proven goal-achievement and productivity framework, it’ll help you end chaotic days and establish peace, confidence, and success.[27]

Personal lifeEdit

He and his wife Gail live in Nashville, Tennessee. They have five daughters.[1] He is an ordained deacon in the Eastern Orthodox Church.[28]


  • Hyatt, Michael S.; Grant, George (1998). Y2K: The Day the World Shut Down. Word Pub. ISBN 978-0-8499-1387-7.
  • Hyatt, Michael S. (March 1, 1999). The Y2K Personal Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Get from This Side of the Crisis to the Other. Regnery Publishing. ISBN 978-0-89526-301-8.
  • Hyatt, Michael S. (1999). The Millennium Bug: How to Survive the Coming Chaos. Broadway Books. ISBN 978-0-7679-0374-5.
  • Hyatt, Michael S. (2012). Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-1-59555-503-8.
  • Hyatt, Michael (2013). The Virtual Assistant Solution : Come up for Air, Offload the Work You Hate, and Focus on What You Do Best. Los Gatos. ISBN 978-0-9910244-0-7.
  • Hyatt, Michael; Harkavy, Daniel (March 1, 2016). Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want. Baker Books. ISBN 978-1-4934-0325-7.
  • Hyatt, Michael (January 2, 2018). Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals. Baker Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-8010-7525-4.
  • Hyatt, Michael (2019). Free to Focus: A Total Productivity System to Achieve More by Doing Less. Baker Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0801075261.
  • Hyatt, Michael (2020). The Vision Driven Leader: 10 Questions to Focus Your Efforts, Energize Your Team, and Scale Your Business. ISBN 978-0801075278.


  1. ^ a b c "A conversation with Michael Hyatt, CEO, Thomas Nelson Inc". Nashville Business Journal. January 6, 2008. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "RNS Daily Digest". Religion News Service. August 26, 2005. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  3. ^ Grossman, Anna Jane (March 24, 2010). "The Good Old, Hilariously Terrifying Days Of Y2K Panic". Motherboard. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  4. ^ "Former Thomas Nelson CEO Moore dies". Nashville Post. June 4, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Emerson, Melinda F. (June 22, 2012). "Blogging to Build Your Business". You’re the Boss Blog. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  6. ^ Bulkeley, William M. (April 3, 2006). "The Inside View". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  7. ^ Neary, Lynn (January 27, 2010). "Will An Apple Tablet Heat Up E-Book War?". NPR.org. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  8. ^ Bourke, Dale Hanson (July 14, 2007). "Christian Booksellers Face Crisis Of Faith". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "Thomas Nelson CEO turns over reins to lieutenant". Nashville Post. April 12, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  10. ^ Garrett, Lynn (November 4, 2011). "Stunned Reaction To HarperCollins's Acquisition of Thomas Nelson". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  11. ^ Olsen, Ted (October 31, 2011). "HarperCollins Buys Thomas Nelson, Will Control 50% of Christian Publishing Market". Christianity Today. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  12. ^ "Best Sellers: Hardcover Advice & Misc". The New York Times. June 10, 2012. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  13. ^ "Best-Selling Books Week Ended July 3: With data from Nielsen BookScan". The Wall Street Journal. July 7, 2016. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  14. ^ "Best-Selling Books Week Ended Jan. 7: With data from NPD BookScan". Wall Street Journal. January 12, 2018. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  15. ^ Vanderkam, Laura (April 12, 2016). "How Can You Tell If A Goal Is Achievable And Realistic?". Fast Company. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  16. ^ Feloni, Richard; Lebowitz, Shana (January 4, 2018). "17 Important Business Books Everyone Will Be Reading In 2018". Money. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  17. ^ Sparks, Hannah (January 3, 2018). "Your resolution is way too hard — but these hacks will make it easier". New York Post. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  18. ^ Lacina, Linda (February 8, 2018). "This Bestselling Author Says These 4 Simple Mistakes Are Holding You Back From Planning Your Future". Entrepreneur. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  19. ^ "Michael Hyatt's "Free to Focus" hits multiple bestsellers lists".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ "Bestselling Books Week Ended April 4". Wall Street Journal. April 9, 2020. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  21. ^ "Michael Hyatt & Company". Inc.com. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  22. ^ "Michael Hyatt & Company". Inc.com. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  23. ^ "About Michael Hyatt". Michael Hyatt. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  24. ^ www.bizjournals.com https://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2021/01/05/michael-hyatt-to-step-down-ceo.html. Retrieved October 5, 2021. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  25. ^ "Behind the Brains of The Full Focus Planner". The Full Focus Store by Michael Hyatt and Co. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  26. ^ "Introducing the Full Focus Planner". Michael Hyatt. April 12, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  27. ^ "The Full Focus Planner". Michael Hyatt. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  28. ^ "Dn. Michael Hyatt – St Ignatius Orthodox Church Franklin".