Stepping into the Next Chapter

Today at Thomas Nelson we promoted Mark Schoenwald, our President and Chief Operating Officer, to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Effective immediately, I am stepping out of active management of the company, and turning over the reins to Mark. However, I will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board.

Michael Hyatt and Mark Schoenwald, the new CEO of Thomas Nelson

Michael Hyatt, Chairman, and Mark Schoenwald, the new CEO of Thomas Nelson

I hired Mark in 2005 to be our Chief Sales Officer. I promoted him to President and Chief Operating Officer in 2009. I have watched him grow and develop over the years. He is an outstanding executive in every way, yet humble and committed to our company’s Christian mission. He was my first choice as a successor, and I know he will do a terrific job.

The reason for this transition is that I want to spend more time externally focused: writing, speaking, and pursuing other business interests. This is not a big surprise to my family or closest friends—perhaps not even to you. I love the creative life, and I was finding it increasingly difficult to give expression to my gifts while running a company the size of Thomas Nelson.

I feel that this is the perfect time to make this transition. We finished our fiscal year on March 31st with very strong momentum. We currently have several books on the bestseller lists, including Heaven Is for Real, which has been #1 on the New York Times list for 10 straight weeks. The company is healthy, vibrant, and poised for growth. We have a talented and proven successor in Mark, who can lead the company forward.

It is hard for me to believe that I have been the company’s CEO for nearly six years. The time has flown by. One of my closest friends asked, “What do you think were your biggest accomplishments during this time?” I have been thinking about that now for a few weeks. I would point to five:

  1. Taking the company private and getting a great price for our shareholders.
  2. Creating a mission-focused, values-driven culture.
  3. Steering the company successfully through the Great Recession.
  4. Maintaining the company’s market share in a very turbulent industry.
  5. Launching the company into the world of e-books and social media.

I certainly didn’t do these things alone. It took my executive leadership team, including Mark; Stuart Bitting, my chief financial officer; Mary Graham, my chief live events officer; Lindsey Nobles, my director of corporate communications; and Vicki Parr, my executive assistant. In fact, it took every employee at Thomas Nelson.

In my new role, I will still be very connected to the company, remaining on the board and presiding at our meetings. I will also serve as an advisor to Mark and his team. I will represent the company at the various conferences I attend and will continue to scout for new authors and speakers. I will be involved in a handful of key author relationships, as Mark deems appropriate.

One change I am really excited about is officing out of my home. This has been a dream of mine for years. (Did I mention that I love hanging out with my wife, Gail?) I also think it is important that the former CEO get out of the new CEO’s way, so that there is no confusion about who is in charge.

If life is a story (and it is), then I have just finished an important chapter in my life. But the book is not over. There are more adventures in the pages ahead. I can’t wait to see where the story goes next!

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  • Jason Wert

    Congratulations on this new phase of life. It will be exciting to see where things go when it’s your main focus. From the outside looking in, I think God’s been moving you this way for a while.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Definitely. I took me a while to embrace it and make the leap. It now seems like exactly the right timing.

  • Ken Holsinger


  • Joe Sheehan

    Congrats and good luck Michael! Looking forward to seeing more of your creative products and gifts! Your wisdom has certainly guided me. Thank you.

  • Ronne

    Congratulations! You inspire!

  • Patricia Zell

    Congrats on the changes that you wanted–God keeps us moving, doesn’t He? I believe you are going to continue to find success in this next chapter of your life. I’m excited for you and Gail!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Definitely. He keeps prodding us along.

  • VancouverSam

    Wow — good for you. A bit shocked, but happy for you nonetheless. We creatives need that outlet, and the time to work on it and let it breathe, which I’m sure is hard when you’re the president of a company. Maybe there will be time for a few more cruises now? hehehe.

    • Michael Hyatt

      It was good to be with you on the cruise, Sam. I enjoyed getting acquainted.

  • Pam

    I cannot wait to see what God is going to do through you next!

    I’ve followed you on your blog and Twitter for some time now. My favorite posts have been those about life planning and life balance. It’s exciting to see you taking new steps out of the familiar into your deeper passions. I, too, would like to take some of those steps. Thanks for inspiring through your words and actions – even for those of us here in the virtual world.

    Saying a prayer for God’s blessings on your newest ventures together,

  • Brendan Cosgrove

    So excited for you Michael, and for us as consumers of your creative energies. :) I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you next.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations! If I am correct, Og Mandino stepped out of the corporate world to spend more time writing and speaking. A different scenario, but only by a little. I wish you all the continued success the world has to offer.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I didn’t know that. I will have to check out his story.

      • Anonymous

        Yes. After serving in WW2 as a bomber pilot, he became an alcoholic. His wife left him and took their child. Homeless, roaming the streets of Cleveland, he contemplated buying a pistol from a pawn shop to commit suicide. Instead, he went to the library to keep warm. He started reading self help books. One of his favorite authors became W. Clement Stone, who also owned a large insurance company. Og went to work for Stones’ local insurance office and worked up to being sales manager, then moved to the corporate office in Chicago. He became editor of Stone’s Success Magazine, and eventually left the corporate life to fulfill his mothers’ dream of him becoming a writer. As you know, his first book, The Greatest Salesman in The World, has sold over 25 million copies. He tells a good part of his story in one of his books, I can find the specific one if you like.
        I hope that is not over stepping any courtesy in commenting. I’m just an enthusiastic Og fan and love to share that with others. He did take a step of faith, as you have, to leave the corporate world to pursue writing, and it paid off for him and his fans. I wish you continued success in the new story you are creating for your life.

        • Michael Hyatt

          Thanks, Sutton. I appreciate you sharing that story.

          • MarkCanfora

            Great similarities; except you left out the small part about Napolean Hill ;)

  • Ellen

    Congratulations on your move! I can’t wait to see what you have to offer on your blog now that you’ll have more time to devote to your creativity.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks. I am ready to start getting serious about my blog. ;-)

      • Joseph Sanchez

        Is that even possible? The blog is so great already! lol.

        • Jeff Randleman

          My thoughts exactly!

  • Beth Beutler

    Congratulations on what appears to be a wisely thought out next step. This announcement surprised me a little, but I can see that with God’s help you’ve planned a great transition and a chance to go forward into a great new chapter! Thanks for all the great info you share with us creatives out here and I look forward to continuing to benefit from the ideas and resources that come across the bridges you have built to your audience.

  • Elke Speliopoulos

    May God richly bless you, Mark and all the good folks at Thomas Nelson. May God give Gail and Nelson patience. Okay, just kidding. Very happy for you!

    • GailHyatt

      Thanks. No kidding. ;-)

    • Michael Hyatt

      They are going to need the patience!

  • Beth Beutler

    I guess I was seeing how many times I could use the word great. :)

  • pursuingyahweh

    Congratulations Michael! May God bless your next chapter more richly than he blessed the prior.

    – Bryan Patrick

  • Susan Wilkinson

    Well, how incredibly wonderful. This brought me to tears for you–tears for the loss and the inevitable goodbyes, but also for the joys to come. May the Lord richly bless you on the next leg of your journey.

  • Hugh Hollowell

    Congratulations, Michael. I hope you and Gail have a future filled with every good thing.

    • GailHyatt

      Thank you, Hugh.

      • Hugh Hollowell

        I had a friend who retired, and after three weeks, his wife told him he
        needed to find another job. She said she married him for better or for
        worse, but not for lunch.

  • Dianne Guthmuller

    Congratulations! It sounds like a God thing to me!

  • Kim R

    Huge congrats and best wishes, Michael, in your next chapters!

  • Megan Strange

    Congratulations Mike! It sounds like this new role will really suit your calling and give you some new opportunities to develop your gifts. I will be praying for you as you make this transition!

  • Erica

    Wow Michael! Congrats. I am so happy for you and Gail! You two are incredible, godly examples that other couples should emulate!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Erica.

  • Joanne

    Congratulations, Michael, on what I am sure will be a smooth transition for you, the new CEO, and Thomas Nelson. I look forward to seeing what is next.

  • Spence Smith

    i’m so very very very proud of you… very proud. and very excited!!!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Spence. Now maybe we can spend more time together. One of us had to slow down!

      • Spence Smith

        Looks like you beat me to the slow down but am looking forward to the hang time. Working from home rocks! Have a great day my friend.

  • Michael Levitt

    May God continue to bless you, your family, everyone at Thomas Nelson, and the next chapter in your journey. We are all blessed by you, and your unselfish sharing of what you’ve learned along the way!

  • Peter P

    I am so excited for you, Michael.

  • Jeremy Santy

    Congratulations Mr. Hyatt! I would love to see a new version of your Ideal Week Plan given the change. God Bless you in this transition.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Actually, I am going to be working on that next week!

  • Daniel Sparks

    I’m so excited for you! I may have shed a tear or two, though. You probably don’t know it, but you’ve served as a key mentor in my life for two years now, and there are probably many who read your blog who can say the same.

    I hope you’ll continue sharing your life-journeys, advice and other stories that mean so much to me and the rest of this community/following you’ve built.

    God bless! I pray that you and Mrs. Gail will be greatly enriched by this transition!

    • GailHyatt

      Thank you, Daniel. We have absolutely loved our time with Thomas Nelson. We’re so grateful for all that God has done in and through Nelson. It’s a wonderful company.

      I’m glad this isn’t retirement and Michael still gets to be part of the team – just a different role.

      And we’re REALLY excited about all the new things we’ll be able to do. Michael is “itching” to get going. He’s full of ideas.

      Thanks so much for your kind words.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Daniel. That touched me. I hope to be blogging away as ever, sharing what I learn in this transition.

    • Jeff Randleman

      Even though I’ve never met you, Michael, I feel like I can say the same thing because of your blog. Thanks for sharing your leadership with us!

  • Diane O’Dell

    Congratulations on good story, great successes and changing chapters in fine manner. You’ll be wonderful in the next chapters and we’ll be happy to keep reading your story! See you around Franklin!

  • tommylane

    Congratulatiions, Mike. I am looking forward to seeing what your creativity will bring us, your readers, in the next chapter of your life.

  • Lorrie Harden

    That is very exciting news! Congratulations on the beginnings of a new chapter of your life!

  • Angela Gifford

    Blessings in your new venture!

  • Helen Lee

    You are setting a great example of someone who knows their areas of giftedness and calling, and who is not afraid to step into a new adventure to pursue the path that God has created for you. Blessings to you as you begin this new chapter! And how fun that you get to work at home, close to Gail. I think that was my favorite part of your announcement!

    • GailHyatt

      Mine too :-D

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Helen. I am really excited to hang with Gail!

  • digitalmom

    Mike! You always inspire me. Once again you do so by reinventing yourself and heading onwards, pursuing the life He has intended for you.

    That being said, your face will be missed – but am glad your voice will still be present in the organization. It’s been an honor working for you – and excited to see where God leads you on your journey.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Molly. See you tomorrow!

  • John Richardson

    Wow Michael, how exciting. I can’t wait to see what you do next. Your speaking has become superb, and your words have motivated and changed many lives. Being able to work from home will be a big plus. It will be interesting to hear from Gail on living with a creative full time! Good luck on your new adventure!

    • GailHyatt

      I have to be honest. It’s a little scary. Exciting, but … scary. ;-)

      • John Richardson

        My wife would probably feel the same way. My employer offered early retirement last year, but the numbers didn’t quite work out. Lots of things to think about. The nice thing for you guys will be the fact that Mike won’t have to commute anymore. That will make a big difference!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, John. Gail and I are really pumped about this next adventure. Great to be with you last week.

  • Dylan Dodson

    Congratulations, I know that you are excited to pursue your next chapter!

  • Ladyketo

    Sounds like a truly energising and ordained step forward. Am excited for your future contributions. Thanks for having the courage to make the change and release yourself!

  • Jeffrey Holton

    Congratulations, Michael!

    I hereby rescind the speculation I was making on Twitter as to what you’d be doing next.

  • Kim Bruce

    How wonderful for you, Gail, and your girls! What a blessing it must be to look back on the previous chapters in your story and see how they have built upon each other to bring you to this chapter! It’s gonna be a GREAT one…but surely not the last one!
    Blessings! Love you guys! Kim

    • GailHyatt

      Thanks, Kim. Maybe this will make it possible to see you guys more. :-)

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Kim. I wished we could have told you last week on the cruise. However, our own daughters didn’t know until last night. Love you and Rob, too.

  • Jill K

    Many congratulations to you! There is nothing so sure as change; it is wonderful that you are taking charge and looking to make your life what you need! Best wishes on your new chapter!

  • Andrew Acker

    Congrats Michael, I’m excited for your new adventures, and I guess you will have to update your about page a little bit.

    I came to know Thomas Nelson through you though and your social media presence. Your blogging and tweets are what made me a fan and feel like I really knew the company. Not to say Mark has to be just like you, because every leader is different, but does Mark plan to communicate the brand and the mission of Thomas Nelson, along with his own values, like you have via social media and the web? Obviously you will still be closely tied to the organization, but I wasn’t sure if you had any thoughts, or is appropriate to share on what impact you think it will have on the company.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Actually, with this arrangement, I will continue to represent the company externally. Mark will focus on the internal environment.

      • Andrew Acker

        Ah, good arrangement! Disregard the question then and congrats again!

      • Calin

        Michael, I wanted also to tell you that this blog is doing a LOT for Thomas Nelson, is worth tons of advertising for them, so keep rollin’ mate! :)

        • Michael Hyatt

          Thanks, Calin. I will definitely keep rolling!

  • Tom Martin

    Michael, best wishes on the next chapter of the story life is writing.

    Odds are we may never meet but you should know what you have shared thus far on Intentional Leadership and Twitter have been a huge resource to me professionally at our Subaru dealership and on my blog, Leveraging Life.

    Thanks for leading well and being a great steward of your gifts!


  • Dale Schultz

    Welcome to the next chapter! I’m pleased for you and Gail that you’ve been able to position yourself for this next season of life. My prayers are with you.

    • GailHyatt

      Thank you, Dale.

  • Mike Freestone

    Big news and an exciting new chapter for you. Working out of the home can be awesome and it especially works great when you have a great spouse you want to be with…I enjoy the same as my office is out of the house as well.

  • John Saddington


  • David Jones

    Congratulations Michael and I wish you success as you move into your new role. You will enjoy it. Gail now gets twice the man for half the pay!

    • Michael Hyatt

      That comment was really funny. I just read it out loud to Gail, and we both laughed.

  • iCHRCH (Rich Langton)

    All the best with the new season Michael, and thanks for all you have brought to us all in the season that is now coming to an end. It’s exciting to observe God’s leading in your life, I can wait to see what the next chapter brings!

  • Trey Darbonne

    Congratulations, Mike! Looking forward to seeing how God moves you forward. In fact, I hope to see you next month at the Dynamic Communicator’s Workshop!

    • GailHyatt

      We’ll both be there. (I’m scared.)

    • Michael Hyatt

      Great, Trey. I can’t wait!

  • idelette

    Talk about leaping off cliffs! Congratulations on entering into your new chapter. Wow! // Btw, I think it’s so great how you love to hang out with Gail. What a great example of love and marriage the two of you are. Thank you for that. And great blessings on your new adventure.

    • GailHyatt

      Thanks, Idelette. You and Scott are pretty darn cute together, too!!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Idelette. Meeting you and Scott was one of the highlights of the cruise. Hope to see you again.

  • planssucceed

    Congratulations Michael on a new Chapter in your life May you and your family grow together in the Lord

  • LesaKMelchor

    Wow Mike – that is awesome! I, too, can’t wait to see what God does in the next chapter of your story. I’ve learned so much from you already and look forward to your mentorship going forward. You and Gail are amazing people who have poured your lives into bettering others. I wish you both all the best while navigating through change. You are both in my prayers as I ask God to give you both a double blessing of favor because you give so much to others. God bless you!

    With love,


    • GailHyatt

      Thank you, Lesa.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Lesa. I loved being with you on the cruise. God has great things in store for you!

  • Karl Mealor

    Congratulations! My prayers are with you as you adjust to a different schedule and way of life. I hope the next years are bigger and more fulfilling than you can possibly imagine or dream.


    Wow! And congratulations, Michael! No doubt in my mind that you are following in God’s plan for your life.

    Now, some reassurance, please, that you will still be active here and on twitter?

    • Michael Hyatt

      Absolutely! I am about to get serious about this social media thing! ;-)

  • Bluegoose

    Congratulations! I pray God’s blessing on you and Gail during this transition time!

  • Justin Baker

    Congratulations! Excited for you. New beginnings and new seasons can be so refreshing. I know you’ll make the best of it. Looking forward to seeing what God has in store for you next.

  • Allison

    Congratulations to you, Mike! Due to the timing of this, I’m wondering if the Re:Create cruise had any sort of impact on this change…?

    • Michael Hyatt

      No, it really didn’t, other than to confirm the path we were already on. This has been months in the making.

  • Anonymous

    I’m so happy for you! I can’t say I’m surprised. Perhaps the writing has been on the wall. I continue to admire your leadership and pray that I’m as blessed in my walk.

  • Carla

    Congratulations. I am glad you will continue your blogging as I get motivation and encouragement and lots of education from you and all the comments. Enjoy the next chapter!

  • Cpadgett59

    Congratulations! I hope the excellent blog posts continue, as I find them inspiring and thought provoking. Blessings on your new season!

  • Jennifer Grant


    Looking forward to reading what grows out of the new time you are committing to creative process.

    One of my favorite quotes:

    ‘So you see, imagination needs moodling – long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.” – Brenda Ueland

    All best,

    Jennifer Grant
    (proud Thomas Nelson author)

    • GailHyatt

      Wow. Love that quote. Thanks, Jennifer.

  • Allison Hall

    Congratualations on your achievements. I look forward to more of your writings. I enjoy them so. The CEO office type didn’t fit you as much as writer and motivational speaker. LoL

  • Maurilio Amorim

    Congratulations. I hope this means more golf for us!

    • Michael Hyatt

      I hope so, too, Maurilio!

  • Anonymous

    congratulations, I look forward to hearing more about your new adventure and seeing all you can create when you have more dedicated time to do so

  • Amy K. Sorrells

    Congratulations on a well done and faithful job! Those of us who’ve gleaned such priceless wisdom from you will continue to follow your thoughts and journey. Abundant blessings to you!

  • Justin Lukasavige

    Congrats, Michael! I can’t wait to see what you have in the works. I’ll be following closely.

  • tam

    Congratulations! I love that you are living your dream.

  • Patlayton

    Congratulations Michael.
    I am doing the very same thing on a much smaller level as I turn the leadership of the sanctity of life ministry I founded 25 years ago, over to my son. I could not be prouder or more excited to step through the new doors God is opening!
    Blessings to you, Gail and Mark!
    Pat Layton

  • Donna Maria Coles Johnson

    I’m thrilled for you, for Thomas Nelson and for Mark Schoenwald. You read my mind a bit when you say in your post that some will not be surprised. I am certainly not. I laid the foundation for my own speaking and writing career while employed full-time and I know what a challenge it is. As I’ve read your posts over the past year and watched you speak, I have wondered if you were laying a foundation that would allow you to transition in short order. For me, it was a sweet relief to resign my position so I could pursue my own business and creative interests on a full-time basis. Brilliantly done, Michael. Working from a home office is priceless. Congratulations!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Donna. It was part of the plan.

  • GailHyatt

    Needless to say, I’m VERY excited about this!! Although, I will deeply miss my regular contact with the Thomas Nelson folks. They are THE best publishing/live events people on the planet. They have been like a family to me. Don’t be surprised if I just pop in for some of the All-Company meetings just to say “Hi.”

    Having Michael at home will, however, be an adjustment.

    Last night we told our family. One of the girls said, “Since Dad’s going to be working from home, does that mean that we won’t be able to come over with the kids during the day?”

    I said, “Nope. Dad can put on a pair of noise-canceling Bose headphones. You can come over whenever you want.”


  • Jstalnecker

    I have only been reading your blog for about 3 months but have been tremendously blessed by each post. Thank you for your insights faithfulness.

    -Jeremy Stalnecker

  • IrmBrown

    This is really great news. As a fan, I am not surprised at all and believe a bunch of us will just get more benefit from your leadership and wisdom.

  • Kary Oberbrunner

    Well done, thou good and faithful servant. But wait. This is just the beginning. Welcome to the next chapter. You’ve got a lot more to write. Excited to see your legacy unfold.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Kary. I feel like I am just getting started.

  • Colleen Coble

    One thing you missed mentioning, Mike, is that how you have changed the Thomas Nelson culture. It’s pure joy to make a visit to the house now and that filtered down from YOU. The way you empowered your team and impressed how every person is important. I’ve learned so much from you and I’m so thankful for your time at Nelson! I expect to continue to learn from you here on the blog.

    I love Mark and he has already guided me in important ways in my career. I know he’s going to do a fabulous job–he already does! And thankfully, we still have you as Chairman of the Board.

    Gail, praying for you! I have a husband at home now and it IS an adjustment. But a good one. :)

    • GailHyatt

      Thanks, Colleen. (I’ll be calling you for pointers.) Love you!

      • Colleen Colleen

        I have lots of advice for you. :) Love you, girl! Happy for you and this new journey with Mike. :)

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Colleen. I love how you have treated my team. You are one of the most low-maintenance, delightful authors we have!

  • Paula Boardman

    Congratulations! How exciting for you and Gail, and how exciting that you’ll now have more time to do what your heart is calling you to.

  • iGranny

    So excited for you and for Gail as well as for TNP

  • Alece

    congratulations, mike! excited for this next season of life for you and gail.

  • Shari

    Congratulations! I am surprised that I’m surprised, but I did not pick up on any clues if you were revealing them in your blog or tweets. But I’m thrilled for you! God bless you!

  • Sheila Walsh


    I am excited for you! So often we have to let go of what was perfect yesterday so that God can place what is perfect for today into our arms. I will be praying for you and cheering you on.
    thank you for the ways you have and will continue to impact my life,

    your friend,


    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Sheila. Beautifully said. My life is richer because of you.

  • PVT

    Congratulations on this new chapter, Michael — especially the home office part. Been doing it for twenty years and would never change by choice. (Hope Gail enjoys your doing it too, though — when my husband tried it as well we discovered quickly he liked having people around (translate that me), while I relished my solitude. We’ve been married 38 years for better or for worse but not for lunch every day!) Don’t forget to take a look at Oceania cruises with this new freedom of self scheduling– Vanderbilt Alums are doing a beautiful one next year and they would probably let you join them.

  • Anonymous

    Michael, congratulations! This sounds like a wonderful transition for you. I look forward to hearing more about your next phase of life/work. Good for you!

  • okjedi

    Congratulations on the new chapter. Can’t wait to “read” it ;)

  • Paul Steinbrueck

    Congrats Mike! Looks like you’ve put a lot of thought, planning and work into making the transition smooth for you and Thomas Nelson. I look forward to seeing what God does through you in this next phase of life. God bless!

  • Gary Chalfont

    Congratulations on your next chapter Mike! You were a great CEO, and accomplished a lot at Thomas Nelson. From my interactions with Mark Shoenwald while he was the Chief Sales Officer, I know Thomas Nelson is in good hands.

    Best of luck to you!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Gary. I appreciate that.

  • Forrest Long

    Congratulations Michael. You’ve done a great job in leading the company and keeping things on the cutting edge. Transitions can be exciting and it sounds like yours has been well thought through. God bless in your future endeavors. Look forward to the future of your blog as well to keep up to date on your progress.

  • Krissi Wyss

    That’s great! All the best! Thanks for the copy of Weird I’ll be getting in the mail. You’re book giveaways are great!

  • Brent Trickett

    Congratulations on moving on to another exciting stage of life. God bless.

  • Lindsey

    Wow! This is amazing, Mike! I am so happy that you and Gail will be able to spend more time together! You two are such a wonderful and inspiring couple!

  • Jeff Miles

    Congratulations to both you and Mark, I look forward to being a spectator of your new phase! As a business owner who works from home, I can vouch that working from home is fun and rewarding!

  • Alisahopewagner

    May God bless you and Gail in your new season!

  • Cheryl Harman

    Very exciting! Love new chapters. Looking forward to reading about your new adventures.

  • Jana Muntsinger

    Working from home is a delight! Congrats on the new adventure Mike. I’ve seen you do many professional changes with courage, skill and professionalism. I know this will be a great change for you.

  • Julie

    You’ll be missed, no doubt, but it’ll be great to watch what God has in store for you and those you’re going to influence and be influenced by in the months and years to follow. May He continue to bless the work of your heart and hands, Mr. Hyatt.

    Julie Barnhill

  • Brandon Kraft

    Congrats on this major step. I look forward to learning more and more from you as you continue to share what you have learned throughout the years and throughout each experience. You’ll be in my family’s prayers…the transition to being at home all the time isn’t always as easy as you’d expect!

  • Lantz Howard

    Congrats! In many ways as a faithful follower of your blog this is not surprising to see you pursue speaking, writing, and other engagements. I look forward to continuing to follow your next journey.

    One question, you have played a huge role with marketing and PR with your personal blog for Thomas Nelson, both directly and indirectly. How do you see Thomas Nelson and Mark using blogging as a tool for the future? Does Mark have a blog?

    • Michael Hyatt

      I will continue to use my blog on behalf of Thomas Nelson. Mark doesn’t blog. He will be internally-focused. I will be externally-focused. This is why our partnership will work. Thanks.

  • Pete

    So excited for your Mike. You’re the primary reason I chose Thomas Nelson as a publisher. I’ve learned so much from your leadership over the past couple years.

    I can’t wait to see how God uses you in this next chapter of life.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Pete. I loved being with you and Brandi last week. I am especially excited that I will have more time to interact with authors like you!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Pete. I loved being with you and Brandi last week. I am especially excited that I will have more time to interact with authors like you!

  • Michael Robison

    Congrats man. I know you’re excited. I can only imagine that the coming years will be full of adventure. Thanks for all you do as a leader.

  • Hans Schiefelbein

    Wow, Michael. Congrats and again, wow! I did not see this coming and now I have 101 questions to ask. That’s for another time. Blessings to you and Gail in this new season. You seem to have lead Thomas Nelson well and transitioned Mark like a pro. Well done.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Hans. I am pretty pumped (though exhausted after a very busy day). Note to self: next time I step down as CEO, clear my calendar!

  • Joe Abraham

    Congratulations on your new course of action!

    Though the news came as a surprise to me, I truly believe that God is leading you to greater heights and opening wider doors for you.

    New chapter, new opportunities, new challenges, new victories – all glory to the Lamb!

  • Crystal Renaud

    congrats!! excited to see what’s next for you…

  • Anonymous

    Congrats to saying no to some great things in order to pursue what the Lord has for you. Would love to hear your process on transition and when you knew it was time to go. As well as how to pave the way for a successor before you needed one. Looking forward to the next Chapter. Don’t know if you enjoy the beach at all, but St. Pete, Fl is a great place to get away and write

  • Brandon Clements

    Congratulations! Very exciting.

  • Brad Blackman

    I’ll be looking forward to see what plans God has for this new phase in your life. I enjoyed working with you in the past and I’m excited for your future!

  • Bwenman

    Congratulations! I am hoping this means more time for sharing your wisdom with the rest of us on this blog! It has been a pleasure to get to know you through this avenue and I would miss it if you didn’t continue to write here. I must say I especially appreciate your admiration for Gail. My husband and I have been married for 22 years and I believe it works because I admire him and I feel he admires me. Such respect among couples is rare and I hope you don’t kill each other while you are home! Best of luck to both of you!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks. I definitely plan to keep blogging. Nothing will change. In fact, I might just buckle down and get serious!

  • Anonymous

    Echoing everyone else’s comments, congratulations and excited for your transition!

  • DaveJaworski

    Wishing you the best Michael. Congrats on all the success achieved under your leadership.


  • Luci Swindoll

    Mike, what an honor to have worked with/for you during these last few years through Live Events in Women of Faith. Your presence will be missed but your spirit of joy and leadership will linger with us always. May the Lord give you many fruitful years as Chairman of the Board. I’ve lived long enough to know some of the best gifts in life are the result of change. Much love to you and Gail.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Luci. You are one of the great delights of our lives. We plan to keep coming to Women of Faith events and supporting Mary Graham in every way we can.

  • Melissa Frank

    Congrats! I’m excited for you! Windows, Timing, and Alignment are all in your favor! I love when God orders our steps into the next chapter of the life. May His increase, blessing, and presence continue to be upon you:)

  • William G. Jones

    With what little I’ve followed your blog and what little I see of the company from the internet, I’ve been very impressed with the way you’ve lead Thomas Nelson. And every time I read one of your blog posts, I learn a lot. I’m excited for you going into this new chapter, and I’m excited to see where the company goes from here. Most of all, I’m grateful that you’ve been so open with everyone through your blog and through Twitter. Honestly, most men in your position wouldn’t have taken so much valuable time.

    This whole post probably sounds like brown-nosing, but I assure you, it’s not. My faith in leaders has taken a beating over the years, but I can see God in you through the time you take to reach out to others and the ways in which you do that, the way you love your wife and share your faith. I hope the next chapter (or the one after that) involves you writing a book or three. The world needs more leaders like you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thank you, William. I am humbled by your comments. Wow. Thanks.

  • Ron Swanson

    Congrats to you , Gail, and Thomas Nelson!

  • Vony Ackley

    hooray for you! You have been a great person to follow, I sure hop that doesn’t end! Blessings to you on this new adventure :)
    Vony Ackley (@vonyruth)

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks. I still plan to be very active on my blog and Twitter.

  • Anonymous

    If I were you, I’d have listed Booksneeze as a major accomplishment ;)
    Seriously, this program has enabled me to be exposed to many more ideas and thoughts from greater minds than mine than I could have ever thought possible. I have taken the impact they have had on my life and seen God use them in very impressive ways. And in what is surely in line with the main purpose of the program, I have seen friends buy books based upon reading me say something about them.

    Blessings to you and your wife. I’ll continue reading your words and following your tweets.

  • Gail

    It’s it exciting when God so clearly provides the next leader at the right time to follow after you so you can step out of a role and into a new adventure! May God fill you and Gail with courage and wisdom as you started this new season.

  • Kristen Marble

    Congratulations to you, Gail and Thomas Nelson on this next phase of your lives! Thank you for being such a great example to those of us just starting out of following God’s ways and His plans, rather than the world’s.

  • Scott Arrieta

    Wow – big news! You’re probably feeling a lot of things at this moment, but I’m glad to hear that you’re going to be focusing more on writing, speaking, and other things. It was only a month ago that I stumbled upon your blog, but I’ve been checking in every day since, and I can tell you that you’ve had a huge impact on me, and by extension, the people I lead and interact with on a daily basis. I’m looking forward to seeing how God blesses you in your new ventures.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your kind words, Scott.

  • Paul Tedder

    Congratulations. It is amazing to me how technology has given me an opportunity to benefit from your leadership over the last several months. God bless you as you continue. to impact me and numerous others as you move into another stage of life.

  • Kellie

    This is so cool. I’m very envious, in a good way! (Is there a good way?) I’ve been wanting to step back from my company for a while now, so I can pursue things closer to my heart and ‘give back’. I had a wise Christian woman tell me last fall that, for the foreseeable future, my business WAS my mission. I’m trying hard to reign myself back in and focus on the health of the company until such a time as it doesn’t need me to survive. I’ll try and live vicariously through your new adventures. Have a great time for us!

  • Anonymous

    “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.” Is. 54:2

    I can see this new chapter as an enlargement of the calling on your life. I will be watching with interest as you share fresh insights into intentional leadership in the midst of an ever-changing era of social and digital communication. May the Lord be with your spirit and grace be with you.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I love that verse. Thanks for reminding me of it!

  • Uma Maheswaran S

    Although bit shocked and surprised to hear this news, I am happy that you will be spending more time on writing, speaking, and motivating younger generation like me. May God use you mightily and raise you to greater heights as you venture into a new role in life. And, my congratulations Mike!

  • Renee

    Congratulations! You’ll now have the best of both worlds. How fun to now have the freedom to spend more time with your bride… and the grandkids. Nelson may be confused at first as to why you’re home more, then he’ll “get it” and be soooo happy.

    I’ve learned so much from your posts and tweets. Mahalo for your generosity. Have sent many people to your website as an example of a corp exec who blogs, uses social media, and shares lots of great information. Eager to see what you create and to read about your new adventures.

    May you and your family be richly blessed.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Renee. I appreciate that!

  • Debbie

    Blessings on you and Gail as you begin this new stage of your life journey with God. How exciting. I know what this means because someday Frank & I will be making the same decisions (I’m just not sure were we will put the “office” — right now its all over the house :0) ). ENJOY each other, God and the new adventures. I will be praying for you both (as I already do).


  • Terri Patrick

    It sounds like you’re beginning a whole new book, not just a new chapter. Congratulations on any and all new ventures.

  • Leah Adams

    Congratulations, Mr. Hyatt! I know God has some awesome tasks for you in the next phase of your life. I so agree with you…it is important to give one’s successor plenty of space to make the job their own. I admire you for being able to move completely out of the TN space so that Mr. Schoenwald can make the job his very own and integrate his personality and management style freely.

  • Cyberquill

    I hear the host of the 5pm hour on Fox News has been axed. Maybe you could take over.

  • Philipp Knoll

    This is BIG news! You have already operated your own business before. So, you know what you are up to. I wish you and your family all the best for this journey! It will be amazing to watch and follow you.

    To be perfectly honest, this is just what I have been thinking about the last two or three days. All signs were pointing in that direction – especially when you published your goals to increase your mailing list to 50.000 by the end of the year. This instantly looked like preparations for a big change to me.

    And I guess that is great news for all your readers – me included. You’ll have even more time to maintain your website. Love that move, Michael! All the best!

  • Mark Tugwell

    Inspirational leadership and openness to God’s leading. Have been following your words and teaching for a while especially during this spell of long term unemployment, have found great encouragement from you. Will pray for you, your family and all at TN as you make this transition.

  • Gareth

    Does Mark have a blog and/or does he tweet?

    • Michael Hyatt

      Neither. But I will continue to represent the company in the social media space—on my blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

  • David Santistevan

    Excited for you Michael! You continue to be a great inspiration. I hope we get to see some more books in the future :)

  • Benjamin Lichtenwalner

    Congratulations to you, Mark and the entire executive team at Thomas Nelson on your incredible success and strong transition. If there is one item you missed it is this: creation of thousands of new, raving fans of Thomas Nelson – a unique scenario in the publishing industry. Your externally focused efforts through social media have captured the attention, ascination and appreciation of myself and thousands like me, who never gave a second thought to the name of the publisher before. Now, it’s a critical component of my buying decision. Nice work!

    I also love the outstanding example of servant leadership presented in this transition. I think it’s worth a blog post…

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Ben. I really appreciate your comments. Blessings.

  • Lola J. Lee Beno

    Wow . . . congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading your future books.

  • Calin

    Yes Sir, you should have emphasized more the role of the front line (regular) people. I know you mentioned them but I expected from you a more creative approach in this matter! :)

    In all the announcements of this kind usually the CEO mentions the Executive team and it is understandable as these people are closest to them, but the message here is that without the regular people any strategy is useless.

    • Michael Hyatt

      You are probably right. Thanks.

  • SoloBizCoach

    Congratulations Michael. It is always exciting to begin a new phase of life, and it is gratifying to know that you are leaving your old phase with a job well done.

  • Adam Pearson


    Congratulations on this huge step in your career and life. I am a new fan of your blog (having found you a few days ago). I look forward to great things to come!


  • Roger H

    I would add a sixth accomplishment, you established a new model of leadership. One who viewed leadership not as a point I have arrived at, but as an ongoing process that requires a constant honing of skills and abilities. Well done good and faithful servant.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Roger. I am humbled by that comment.

  • Kbgrant

    Congratulations, Mike! It’s been fun to see you succeed and your blog has been inspirational and focused. George and I have grown even closer as he’s gradually made similar decisions over the past few years.

    • Michael Hyatt

      That’s awesome, Karen. We are really in a great time of life, aren’t we? We are blessed.

  • Ary

    Congratulations Michael on your step forward. Best wishes for the future. I am sure we will benefit greatly from this move as you spend more time mentoring. God bless you.

  • Vonabell

    Congratulations Micheal, I think you will love to hear that our local Christian radio station was commenting positively about and on one of your columns the other day here in Tampa Bay Florida. Speaking of right timing I need to send you a private e mail about something very important! Many Blessings in the new endeavors and life changes.

    • Michael Hyatt

      That is encouraging to hear!

  • Jeff Kusner

    I remember wondering what it would feel like walking out of the door of my previous place…. Turned out it was both exhilarating and freeing! Just remember to stay out of Gail’s space! Blessings to you.

  • micahbgreen

    Rejoicing with you in this new season of your life! I’m so thankful to you for the insight that you have given to me and other developing leaders. Maybe there will even be time for you to come back to Lynchburg! Hmm…Catalyst Virginia?

    • Michael Hyatt

      Catalyst Virginia? That’s what I call Liberty University! ;-)

      • micahbgreen

        Nice! I like it!

  • RJ

    Congratulations! The handwriting was on the wall…err online. I saw your message at Liberty a few weeks ago and said to myself then, “this guy is on fire.” Translation, “He’s got big things ahead of him.”

  • Sharon

    Michael, I heard the news yesterday, and while I am in someway saddened to know that you are taking on somewhat of a different role, I know that this is a wise decision on many levels. You have brought so many of us to an entirely different levels in terms of our writing, speaking, and belief in social networking. I am delighted to know that you will remain with Thomas Nelson as Chairman of the Board, and that somehow in the midst of all your hard work, you will now be able to carve out more time for your creative work and your family. You have truly been an inspiration to me. A leader of leaders who has put a face to corporate America in a time when leaders of integrity are few and far between. I will continue to follow your work and wish you and Gail many blessings during this exciting time of transition. Sharon Spano

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Sharon. We loved getting to know you on the cruise. All the best.

  • John

    Best wishes for success in your new role. As my career focus is on helping board improve their performance, I’d be interested in some insight into the process you followed to facilitate what would appear to be a smooth succession.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Maybe I will blog on that at some point. The short answer is hire really great people, so the board can promote from within. This made a huge difference for us. Mark is loved and respected by everyone in our company and industry.

  • Karen Jordan

    I am “confident in this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion … (Phil. 1:6). Blessings!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Love that verse, Karen. Thank you!

  • Christin

    This was such a profound statement:
    “I also think it is important that the former CEO get out of the new CEO’s way, so that there is no confusion about who is in charge.”

    It shows much maturity (not that I expected anything less! ).

    Congratulations to Mark and to you! :)

  • Stacy Jensen

    Congratulations and best of luck on this new chapter.

  • Tracy Atcheson

    Congratulations on the new phase of professional life. I hope you and Mrs. Hyatt will also have more time for the people and things you enjoy as well. Selfishly, I hope you will continue to blog about your work and your writing. I really look forward to your work. Thank you for it all.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Yes, indeed. I plan to keep blogging about work, life, and leadership.

  • Dennis

    Congratulations. The work you have done for Thomas Nelson has honored God and I am sure there will be many opportunities in this new chapter to serve Him. I pray both you and your wife enjoy many blessings as you move forward.

  • Lissa

    Congratulations! May God continue to open new and exciting doors for you. You have blessed my life with your wisdom and humility. Thank you!

  • Christian D.

    Congratulations on this transition on your life. Hopefully those 55 hour work weeks will slowly diminish and you’ll be able to explore your other interests!

  • Alicha

    Well congratulations and good for you and Gail!! Talking from experience, it is a huge adjustment having your husband stay home for work…but it’s a lot of fun too! After a week, I was ready for my Rick to go back OUT to work…after a year had past, I couldn’t imagine our home life any other way! May you both enjoy the transition!

    I’m glad to see you’re not giving up your blog. I’ve grown to enjoy it. I loved your defination of a leader on your recent interview. Until then I’ve just thought I was a wild card in your bunch of blog followers! ~ Thank you, too, for Craig Groeschel’s “Weird: Because Normal Isn’t Working”. Can’t wait to read it!

    Blessing for you, your lovely family, at home and Thomas Nelson!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Alicha. That’s probably great advice for Gail, especially.

  • Theron Mathis

    Congratulations! It sounds like you have built an amazing team and exciting place to work with a great mission.

  • Stephanie L. Jones

    Michael, congratulations! Revelation 3:8 to you!

  • Anonymous

    Congrats on turning a new page. It sounds like a great plan that you have. I’m sure that we will all gain insight as you have more time for creating content for your blog.

    Best of luck to you and may God continue to bless everything you do.

  • Colin

    Congrats Michael! I admire your decisions to step down and follow your dreams. Will you be speaking at Catalyst East this year? I would love to hear you speak so that I can gain more wisdom and insight from you!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I will be speaking at Catalyst East next year. I am excited about that.

  • Ben Tune

    I’m happy for you.

  • Jim Whitaker

    Transition is never easy and often time leaders do not have enough humility to recognize when it is time to move own. I commend you for recognizing that it was time to turn a page and step into the next chapter of your life (I am sure your wife will enjoy you at home more too). You have every reason to be extremely proud of what you have done and I think that what I most appreciate is that you have done this with your faith in tact, a humility that is not often seen in the business world and a transparency that most people never have in their own lives. I hope that the next chapter in your life is as successful as the last one was. God bless you as you move into this new season of life.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for those kind words, Jim. Wow.

  • Anonymous

    Wishing you all the best, Michael, in the next phase of your journey.

    God bless!

  • Dennis Disney

    Congratulations, Mike! From the periphery, a few of us recognized this developing in you a couple of years ago. I’m excited about the new adventure that awaits you. I know you will have even more life changing and Kingdom building impact in this new chapter. Blessings!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Dennis. I have had a lot of people say that they weren’t surprised. That has felt like a confirmation to me. Best.

  • Joe Lalonde

    Sounds like exciting times at Thomas Nelson! Hopefully this will allow you to continue to grow and the promotion of a great man. It must be great to know that someone you believed in continues to grow.

    It also sounds like you have done some amazing things at Thomas Nelson. Just signs of things to come!

  • Phyllis Dolislager

    You are full of surprises. But you continue to show the world just how creative you are–in all aspects of your life. Remember that Scripture says, God is holding your right hand.

  • chris vonada

    Congrats to you and Mark… and enjoy the Quality Time with Gail !!

  • Susan

    I haven’t been a follower of your blog for long, but I’ve learned a lot in a short period of time. You have modeled great leadership by walking beside your successor, making yourself available to him, yet allowing him the space to make his own path. What a blessing to him and a great lesson for others.
    Life with Christ is like the children’s book Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride- one adventure after another. I wish you the best in your new adventure and look forward to the lessons you’ll share along the way.
    Susan Norris

  • Stuart Clark

    Congratulations on your next exciting stage of your journey. Sounds very exciting, just the time saved in your commute will be a blessing I’m sure.

  • Josh Byrd

    Congratulations Michael! I hope your next phase is every bit as successful and blessed as your last. I can’t wait to read more of your story and the things you create.

  • Jmscholen

    Wow! That is awesome…I think I have following your blog since 2003…and this makes total sense…No surprise from an avid reader of yours.

    Good luck on your next chapter…I know it will be great!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Since 2003? I don’t think my wife has been reading me for that long! Seriously, I appreciate it.

  • Glenn Lawless

    Congratulations and Good Luck. I’ve only been visiting your site now a couple months and it’s had a significant impact on how I think about the topics you write about, … especially Christianity through Leadership. (and I’m not even remotely religious). Looking forward to more great things come and insights

  • Steven Bradley

    Congratulations, Michael! Another step, and certainly a “step up,” even though you are “stepping down.” I know you will be successful.. I appreciate your blog, your posts, your candor, more than I can say. You have personally answered me several times, and I know your schedule demands much of you.
    May God bless you mightily in your new endeavor, and give you great joy in it.
    Steve Bradley

  • Anonymous

    I’m excited to see what this might mean for your writing side of life. It’s fun for me to think we could be working on books at the same time. May the Lord grant you creative space, joy, sabbath, and focused time with your significant relationships.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Mary. I can’t wait to start writing everyday—as part of my day job!

  • Jamie Chavez

    Congratulations, Mike. :) Welcome to MY world!

  • Rconner

    Mike, congratulations on the decision to move into the next chapter of your life. I’ve been constantly amazed at how much you manage to get done in addition to your responsibilities at the company. I know you’ll enjoy working from home and allowing the creative side to really blossom. Good luck and I look forward to reading about your journey in these blogs.

    Roger Conner

  • Jan Cox

    You will have to change your weekly plan – don’t be tempted to leave it behind. It is a wonderful tool and I have made my “proposed week” plan and we will see how it works once I get back to Canada. Many blessings on your new venture and may God always lead and guide you, walk beside you and watch over you. Blessings, Jan

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Jan. Yes, I do intend to change it. I am planning to do that next week.

  • Fred

    Wow, congrats Mike!

  • guy m williams

    Congrats! I look forward to benefiting from the fruit of your move into this new chapter and appreciate your sharing the succession story here with young leaders such as myself. Even in an announcement post, I find good stuff to think on as a leader.

  • Anonymous

    Good luck. I look forward to hearing more about what you accomplish in this new phase.

  • John Bergquist

    Michael, I am truly excited about your new adventure. Here is to the home office and all you will create!

  • Jack Lynady

    Wow, very cool. A good King knows “when” to become a Sage. Look forward to witnessing your Journey.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Yep, I guess we both learned that from John Eldredge.

  • Travis Wallace


    Congratulations on starting a new chapter in life. Even if we don’t see the timing as being right (at least at first), God does. I look forward to seeing what you do next. Thanks for producing a great blog.

  • YooMike

    Before I have u on my twitter, my pastor and my small group leader have a huge amount of influence over my life. Now the way ..I plan my life.. lead my business … plan on my schedule .. see my family are influenced by you.

    Thank you Mr Hyatt… The way you live your life is a gift for me…

    Pray for your next chapter of your life..

    Mike — Jakarta, Indonesia

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for sharing that, Mike.

  • Anonymous

    A very wonderful and wise decision. So many executives do not proactively plan for their own succession. Bobby Inman spoke of this in a recent WSJ article concerning Massey Energy Co., wherein the CEO had been in the position too long, Bobby believes in 10 years max for a CEO and the criticality for a robust succession plan. I am excited for you and Thomas Nelson Publishing, it is a win-win for everyone including the tens of thousands that will also benefit.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Even 10 years would be a long time. I’m not complaining, but it is a very demanding job. I can’t imagine how tough it must be for a U.S. President to last 8 years.

  • Bobby Francis

    WOW. No scandal, no controversy….just a prime example of the way business should run. Kudos to you Mr. Hyatt and the other men involved in this transition! I love how YOU hired him, helped him grow into this role, and then exhibited the humility to pass things on to your successor. As a daily reader of your blog (and Twitter feed) I wish you the best! Cannot wait to see what God will use you to do now!

    • Michael Hyatt

      It’s funny you would say that. Mark and I were talking with a reporter today. He kept prodding, as good reporters do, to find an angle. Finally, Mark said, “I’m sorry, but there really is no drama here.”

      The reporter said, “Darn. That’s not what I wanted to hear!”

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations, Michael. This is exciting!

  • Burl

    I am proud of you! You have done a lot as the leader of Thomas Nelson! I must admit that I have wondered many times how a man could be involved in so many things and still have time to be the CEO of a company the size of TN. You are a great speaker and inspirational writer. Can’t wait to see what God does with you in the next phase of your life!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Burl.

  • Dean Deguara

    Congratulations on navigating Thomas Nelson to a successful place. Looking forward to your new chapter!

  • TNeal

    I grieve a little at the news and I’m not even sure why. Maybe it’s the change from Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing, to simply Michael Hyatt. Titles certainly don’t change the essence of who you are or what the Lord has in store for you.

    I appreciate your leadership and the life skills you’ve passed on to so many of us readers. I know you’ve impacted my life more directly in the last three or four months–Life Plan, excellent book recommendations, transparency as a writer, Evernote, etc.

    This morning your recommendation ( directly affected how well I played basketball in our Sunshine Club. Less weight, more energy. We still lost the last game anyway. Perhaps you can post on how to make a layup. :-)

    God bless you and Gail in this next chapter.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Congratulations! Enjoy your new life!

  • Chris Ames

    I think you forgot #6 and #7, which I will steal from Andy Stanley…

    6. Making yourself replaceable.

    7. Actually replacing yourself.

    Congrats! Very cool news.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Chris. I really appreciate that.

  • Debbie Christian

    Mike, good for you! There’s not a doubt in my mind that this next chapter will be a great one for you and Gail.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Debbie. When I spoke with Rick yesterday, he was very encouraging. Love you both!

  • Jeff McManus

    Thanks for being so open and transparent in your decision process Michael. There is security in the past and at times it feels easier to stay in those past decisions. The unknown future puts us on the edge of new great adventures, thanks for going to the edge and sharing it with us. I appreciate your courage in taking that big step.

  • TomMoucka

    Mike, I wish you the very best as you make this transition. Your ability to blend the creative, analytical and managerial has always amazed me. I have no doubt this change will give your creative side wings and you will soar, and the rest of us will be the beneficiaries. Press on!

    • Michael Hyatt

      I really can’t wait to focus on that side of myself, Tom. Thanks for your encouragement.

  • Michael Ehret


    Since hearing you talk at the Story conferences some years ago in the Chicago area, I’ve been following and impressed at the way you allow God to use you. Can’t wait to see what He has in store in the future.

  • Jeanie

    Michael, I’ve a newcomer as far as knowing who you are and reading your blogs. Congratulations on the decision to enter a new chapter in your life! Your leadership has obviously led Thomas Nelson to a point of success that you feel comfortable in stepping aside yet staying very connected. What a great example to all of us who lead in various capacities–knowing when to do just that to allow others to “blossom,” too! May God richly bless you as you begin a new phase of life!

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations on welcoming the change. Too often people hang on to sameness even if they know it’s not the best. The old adage – “Good is the enemy of the best” is really true. So if the best for you is working from home with Gail close by, don’t let anyone convince you that’s “stepping down.” It’s stepping up to what is great.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Oh, the difference a preposition make. I like “up” much better than “down.”

  • Frank J. Kenny

    Good for you Michael. Excited to follow your new path.

  • Anonymous

    I am excited for your new chapter to begin. Looking forward to all the creativity God will do through you to continue to inspire others as you already do.

  • Roy Wallen

    Congratulations on a great run at the helm of Thomas Nelson. Although I have only been following your blog and the progress of your company for a short time, I have learned much from your lessons in leadership, social interaction, technology tools for communications, and — most important to me — the intersection of a Christian walk and business leadership. Thnak you for your contributions to publishing and leadership, as well as to my own development. I look forward to seeing more of your creative work and hope that hsi blog will continue to be the source of insight and challenge that I have come to enjoy. Best wishes to you and Gail as the next chapter unfolds.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Roy!

  • Dshaw

    Congrats on entering this new chapter! I look forward to seeing how it unfolds. Blessings to you and yours!

  • Pamela Mason

    Congratulations and much continued success to you with the new challenges you’re exploring. I sat with my 19 yr. old son last night and we read your ebook on a personal plan for life and took notes. Thanks for giving me a starting point for opening this conversation with him.
    Blessings on Mr. Schoenwald and the company.

  • Brenda Reynolds

    I can’t help but believe God will bless your creative works even more so while working out of your home with your helper, Gail. Congratulations to you both!

  • @kylereed

    Congrats on the chance to celebrate great leadership and being able to step down in a positive way and let others continue running forward successfully.

    I was talking to a friend about this last night and we were talking about how it was not a surprise but also that it was a surprise that you were able to do so much. That you lasted this long without moving on.

    The biggest thing we settled on was that Michael Hyatt ships things. He gets stuff done and is extremely diligent in his work. Not only that he is very relational.

    I am glad that you will continue to ship things.

    Welcome to a new stage of life.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Kyle. I love Seth Godin’s notion of shipping things and your application of “shipping yourself.” I didn’t wait until I was perfect. I was ready to launch. I’ll tweak myself along the way. ;-)

      • @kylereed

        wow, that is something to definitely live by. Never wait to get perfect, and I think we use that as an excuse…that we have to have everything perfect.

        Sidenote, I got to meet your wife tonight at Randy’s house and had a nice chat. We missed you there.

        • Michael Hyatt

          I so missed being there, Kyle. Those are our dearest friends.

  • Anonymous

    Your leadership is inspiring. Looking forward to reading your next chapter!

  • MarkCanfora

    This is proof you follow your own advice. With God first and foremost in leading our life’s decisions-all else falls into place as change inevitably occurs. Nothing remains the same in this ever changing life in Christ and His call for our obedience to His good and perfect will.
    I know Gail will be pleased too. (Priority #2) This is a win-win-win situation for all. We, as your readers, definitley win on down the line. Thanks for the wealth of knowledge you continue to share.

  • Cmnancymom

    Congratulations on this new chapter in your life :) Having a husband who officed at home was nice and I know you will enjoy spending that extra time with your wife. It will be exciting to see what is beyond this open window!

  • Val Buick

    Thank you for being transparent about your life. The choices you make. The challenges you face. The dreams you have. You are an inspiration.
    Val Buick

  • Cody A

    You are a mentor from afar to me and I look forward to seeing what comes out of this next chapter in your life. Thank you for your insight, commitment to creativity, and courage.

    Here’s to what’s right around the bend!

  • Tim Grahl

    Congrats Michael! So happy for you!

  • Steve

    Michael, Congrat’s on your decision and courage to move into the next chapter. So often, for us men, it’s difficult to see where our value and worth lies without our business cards and our titles, which can sometimes be barriers to what God is doing in our lives. You’re an inspiration!

  • K.C. Pro

    Congratulations! I’m sure the folks at Thomas Nelson will miss you, but I have no doubt you’ve set in place a great team to succeed you.

    Looking forward to seeing where God takes you on this adventure. I hope your speaking engagements take you to the northwest sometime soon.

  • Ben Forsberg

    Congratulations. I am excited to see what these new changes bring. I am praying that God will use you as an even greater inspiration to Christian leaders in the years to come.

  • tonychung

    I’m glad I signed up for your blog at the right time, otherwise I would have missed this exciting announcement! Congratulations, Michael. You’re leaving behind some big shoes to fill (as you recently posted that you inheriited.)

    Congratulations, Mark. God has positioned you perfectly to continue the growth and development of the company (especially with the advances in the field of mobile publishing), and leave behind a legacy to your own successor when the time comes!

  • Dale Jones

    Congratulations, Michael, on this new chapter in your life!

  • Anonymous

    Good luck Mike and Mark!!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, David. I appreciate you being on our board and for all your encouragement and support. See you at the next board meeting!

  • Julie

    How exciting! This is my first comment on your blog- I just felt led to share with you how much I enjoy what you have to share and how practical your advice is. I look forward to opening it every time it is in my inbox :) wondering what I will be learning that day.

    I am a type B leader that the Lord has given lots of responsibilities to oversee (oversee discipleship at my church and I am very relational at heart) so your blog has helped me grow in my organization and prioritization. I just wanted to say a big thank you for stewarding your influence well. It sounds like you are going to have any more opportunities for this now! (And I love to hear a man say how much he loves spending time with his wife- very honoring and encouraging :)

  • Lisa Reid

    Michael, I wish you and Gail every joy in this new stage of your life. I’ve valued your wisdom for the last few years as I’ve followed your blog and twitter feed, and I look forward to what you’ll share in the future as you put more energy into creative pursuits. May God bless you and Gail for your faithfulness, and may you see the fruits of some of the seeds you’ve planted!

  • Rmerpi

    God be with you.

  • Sara Rassler

    May your new chapter be even more blessed than the last! Also, where can we find Mark in social media?

    • Michael Hyatt

      Mark is not involved in social media personally. I will continue to maintain my presence in social media on behalf of the company. Mark will remain focused internally on driving operating results.

  • Anne Marie

    Congratulations! This is the leap I would like to make to. One day!

    God bless, Anne Marie :)

  • heather

    May your new chapter in life be filled with your richest blessings! I hope you will continue your blog. I have learned so much from your wisdom and insight.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Absolutely. I will have even more time to focus on my blog. Thanks.

  • Audra Krell

    Every blessing as you run the race God has marked out before you!

  • Carmen E. Richards

    Congratulations Michael, Mark and Thomas Nelson. As always, you articulated the details without all the drudge. May God continue to bless you-working from home is great-and thank you for being an online educator and a blessing to the world of writers.

  • Scott Eblin

    Congratulations to mark and to you Michael. You role modeled a gracious and effective transition in your post. I predict great things for both of you and for Thomas Nelson. Enjoy your next chapter! All the best – Scott Eblin

  • Roland

    I am going to miss reading your blog and trying to get a free book!! Good luck Mike

    • Michael Hyatt

      I will keep blogging right here, Roland. I will also still be giving away free books!

      • TNeal

        Yay!!! Free books.

        Oh, yeah, and still blogging. That’s good too.

  • Carlester T. Crumpler

    Congratulations Michael! Before I read your post, I read about your departure in the Nashville Business Journal. Exciting times ahead and I look forward to reading about and hearing more from you.

  • Therese Thull

    Wow, Michael! I can’t tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog.

    I’m sure closing the door on the CEO chapter of your life wasn’t easy, so congratulations on taking a bold step. I look forward to continuing to glean from you and appreciate all that you deposit in the lives of others. A heart felt “thank you” to you, Michael!

  • Steven Cribbs

    May God bless you tremendously in this next chapter! You have impacted, and I know you will continue to impact, the lives of many people.

    And, Gail, thanks for sharing your husband with the rest of us :-) The two of you make such a great team!

  • Sonya Reece

    Congrats! During my nearly 2years at Thomas Nelson Live Events, meeting you was indeed one of the highlights of being there. I was truly impressed and inspired by your leadership and remain a fan of the company and especially of your creative work. Thank you for the *contribution* that you are to the those around you ––– near and far. All the best to you! Sonya

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Sonya. It is kind of you to say that!

  • AymieJoi

    Congratulations, Michael! I pray that God will continue to bless you in your new(ish) endeavors! : )

  • Joni Hannigan

    Congratulations! You have provided excellent advice and encouragement through your blogs and twitters. I wish you well–and will anticipate being able to continue to say: “Michael Hyatt says … .”

  • Daniel Decker

    Excited for you and hopeful that as you have more time, we might be able to collaborate on some ideas. :)

    Side note… does Mark blog?

  • Jeff Goins

    Very cool. Excited for you!

  • kathyfannon

    Congratulations, Michael! I’m excited for you and the dream God is giving you for this next adventure in your life!

  • Joseph Sanchez

    Congrats on starting a new chapter in life. I’m sure it’s gonna be great! I’m also happy you get to work from home. That must be exciting.

    Thanks for being such a great servant leader!

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful! Congratulations. Your story continues to unfold. But I was just getting to know you through your blog and finding it encouraging and inspiring…will you continue?

    • Michael Hyatt


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  • Lynette Sowell

    Congratulations! It definitely is a step of faith, walking out of your corporate “comfort zone.” I have learned from your nuggets of wisdom. This March I stepped out, in my own way, by going part-time on my “day job” to three days per week instead of five. I was putting in the 60-hour work week between the 40-hour day job, fiction writing, and freelance newspaper reporting.

    Someone named Michael Hyatt posted on his blog about the dangers of working that type of schedule. I too learned that the more I worked like that, the less effective I was becoming in each area. And my husband likes to see me in the evening too, not my face buried in my laptop. We prayed about it, and I have been at this new part-time schedule for just over one month now. It’s amazing how mundane things can still gobble up those two precious days for writing.

    Thanks for leading us by example. I know I look forward to hearing more about your new ventures.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Lynette. I appreciate the support!

  • Gina Burgess

    I go away for just one day and look what happens!!! Congratulations, Mike. I love officing from home. The commute is great and I can work in my pajamas if I want to.

    Congratulation to Mark. Glory! To have Mike as a mentor. That’s just wonderful.

    • Michael Hyatt

      That made me laugh out loud. That’s what happens when you skip a day!

  • Jeff Randleman

    Sad to see the change, in a way. But very excited to see what God has in store for the next season of your life! I’m sure it will be amazing!

  • Jeffery Weita

    Great! Now you will be able to focus on more things Orthodox! You are a tireless advocate for the Kingdom and I know that we will be hearing great things from you in the future.
    Blessings and Many Years doing whatever!
    Jeffery Weita

  • Getahn Ward

    Best wishes on all of your pursuits, Mike.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Getahn. I appreciate your coverage in The Tennessean yesterday.

  • Gary Taylor

    Truly impressive as a man, a man of God, a leader, an executive, a motivator…and did I mention a fine husband to Gail, father and grandfather? You’re the stuff of “Generational Fathering” I’m pounding out on the keyboard. Always better to have the real deal to refer to.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Gary. That’s very kind of you to say.

  • TomGrey

    I would have loved to hear about your own, personal favorite book you published; but that might be too tough to be honest. Some books that helped you; books you supported despite misgivings that later sold well (like your own Millennium Bug, Y2k book, but by others).
    As I write, I think about how being honest about your own opinions might create problems — how you deal with that problem in general.
    Finally, here’s a good book review on how God wants us to Be Happy:

    Congrats on a new phase in life.

  • rick hubbell

    Fascinating, Mike. Blessings on the new direction. I hope in this major transition you’ll have time to celebrate, vacation with family and have special time with the Lord before full involvement in the ‘new’.

    If I may encourage you: steward your growing influence wisely as I’m sure you will. I have a feeling there is a significant major project – that will take all your talents – just ahead… and that there are two or three others to avoid that although look interesting, will drain the main thrust the Lord has for you, as you have been instructed to build a new foundation.

    Don’t be afraid to say no.


    • Michael Hyatt

      This is a good word, Rick, and I will take it to heart. Thanks so much.

  • Anonymous

    Michael, I have enjoyed your blog since the day I discovered it over 4 months ago. I am so excited for you to be able to move in a direction of creativity. The more I read your blog the more I wonder how you could have the time to produce such wonderful content and be a CEO at the same time. I guess when it’s your passion, you just make it happen. Cheers to starting a new chapter!

    • rick hubbell

      totally agree.

  • Deanna

    I feel like I learned a little of “Thomas Nelson” through you and enjoying reading what you have learned about leadership, writing and life. Congratulations on taking this step and following God’s lead in the next chapter of your life.

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  • Bethany Planton

    Thank you so much for sharing your life with us via your blog! Congrats to you on this new chapter in your life!

  • Mike Oates

    Hi Michael,
    I find your transition very interesting as I embark on a big transition myself going from working in the job world to full time ministry. Would you consider writing a blog post that talks about the how you handle the decision process or the process of make yout transition. What sort of thing signaled that a change should take place. What were you sensing over the last few months that led to a transition. I hope that makes sense. I guess I believe that God often stirs the up nest to get us to the next step in our journey. Can you comment on what that process was like for you?

    • rick hubbell

      yes. that would be great…

  • William H Spinks

    Congratulations to you, Mike, and to Mark and your (old) team at Thos Nelson. It must feel exhilarating to be moving into this new phase. I am hopeful for you that it is all you imagine it will be.
    -bill spinks

  • Blair

    Congratulations Michael! It is great to see you follow your dreams even when the first step seems to be the hardest. I applaud you for taking that step and am looking forward to hearing about the next part of your journey through life. And don’t worry, there will be many of us on the sidelines cheering you on. Blessings…

  • Jonathan Sigmon

    Congratulations! I hope this big move has big rewards for you and your family. I’m praying for your transition even as I type this…

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  • Tsh @ Simple Mom

    Congratulations! I’m excited for you, and can completely understand the need to transition out of management and into a role that really uses your gifts. And of course, working out of the home is the best thing we’ve done for our family, so I’m all about that.

  • Kirkweisler

    Thank you so very much for your thoughtful sharing of wisdom, counsel and encouragement. I am just one of many who have been blessed by and recieved impressions from considering your words. I was also fortunate to be gifted one of the 100 copies of Mr. Andrews book…which I would like to express my grattitude for. Thank you! Someday we will meet and I will shake your hand…but my appreciation for you then will not be more than it is now.

    With regard to your post today about leaders being great followers. A foavorite clip comes to mind… narrating the importance of “followers” in the making of a movement.

    Thank you again
    Kirk Weisler

  • BeverlyMChi

    Praise God and congratulations on your this next phase of your life. What is so wonderful about this story is how you were able to hand pick your successor. Mark came in with his own abilities and skills but it is apparent that the two of you learned from each other and have a great relationship which makes for a smooth transition because he has your heart for the business. I believe you will be instrumental in helping other leaders make this type of transition for the health of their companies.

    God bless and I look forward to reading more.
    Beverly Moore

  • Jeff Brown

    You’ve had an amazing run. I look forward to the day our paths cross face-to-face. All the best to you and your future endeavors.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Jeff. I hope so, too. I feel that I am just getting started. Like I just graduated from college.

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  • Robert Ewoldt

    Congratulations on the new direction of your life! I wish you happiness as you embark on this new era.

  • Jeaton111

    Congratulations Mike. Follow your dreams.
    And BTW, this was bound to happen eventually. After all, he has better executive hair than you. ‘-0

    • Michael Hyatt

      Now THAT is funny.

  • Bonnie Gray

    Hi Michael, Since I’ve started blogging, I’ve been following your blog — and just wanted to circle back and say congratulations. It takes guts to let go, especially in a position you’ve already found success in. That is a mark of a creative spirit. I’m sure you had a memorable Easter celebration, in your season of new. Faith is hanging onto The One who moves ahead of you and leads you forward!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Bonnie. I am pretty excited about this stage of my life.

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  • Jonathan

    Noticing that this is your last post under publishing, will there be more or are you just concentrating on the other 3 areas more now?

    • Michael Hyatt

      I don’t really have a game plan. I write on what interests me at the moment. It does in waves. I am still very much into publishing, so I am sure I will have more to say.

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  • Michael Mulligan

    Impressive.  In 2005, my business partners and I left our jobs at a company considered to have a monopoly in our field to compete.  We saw the inefficiencies of the established model, a brick and mortar company with over 4,000 sales people and thought we could do better.  Our database became “virtual,” meaning anyone could access it while interacting with customers.  When social media entered the picture, we moved one of our graphic artists into a “virtual” role and put her in charge of our car club blogs.  Cynthia finds relevant material for her posts and responds to messages while constantly searching for more people to add on our social media sites.  You can see her work going to and clicking the car club button. Because our company is “virtual,” she has the choice to work while on a school break, from her home, or at our small brick and mortar building, now a hub for other cities we serve.

    I’ve interacted with Tricia recently about a guest post and find her to be A+.  Her passion for her virtual job comes through in her emails.  The biggest benefit you are getting from this, Michael, is the time you get to be with your wife.  You can live your dreams while helping us as you pursue new adventures.  Congratulations finding your virtual match.  Looks like a match made in Heaven.

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