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Meet Mike Teichberg of InventivHR in North Bay Village

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mike Teichberg.

Mike is the Founder + Chief Consultant of InventivHR, Principal HR Consultant with The OIS Group, and Mentor at the Founder Institute. He has 12 years in Human Resources as Global HR Executive & Generalist supporting multi-state companies, operations in over 12 countries, and organizations at all stages. He was named 2016 South Florida HR Professional of the Year in Education by South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, a graduate certificate in Human Resources Studies from Cornell University, and is certified by Society of Human Resource Management. Mike is an adventure seeker, foodie, poet, philosopher, and music lover.

Mike was born and raised in Puerto Rico of American and Cuban roots. He grew up enjoying the island’s beautiful beaches at the Caribe Hilton, Hyatt Dorado Beach, Pinones, Westin Rio Mar, Playa Buye, and Playa Flamenco in Culebra. He went to college at Tufts University in Boston where he studied Philosophy/Comparative Religion and Pre-Law/Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. He lived on Boston’s North Shore for 12 years with a dream to move to Miami.

He fell into Human Resources right out of college and quickly rose through the ranks for various non-profits. At age 25, he landed his first global head of HR role with an environmental science-focused study abroad organization with research centers in Australia, Bhutan, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Kenya, Tanzania, and Turks & Caicos Islands.

Living in Baja California Sur, Mexico for 5 weeks on a project to close one of the failing centers, is when he fell in love with travel and immersion into new cultures and the trip also cemented his philosophy and unique approach to personal Human Resources. He and his boss helped transition out the staff into better opportunities and took time to spend with the community and their families to help with future viability of their community development.

Mike then transitioned into the education technology sector because he believed this was one of the most important mission-based sectors for the future where he could have a direct impact. He was the head of HR for a spin-off company of Sylvan Learning that focused on remedial tutoring online for reading and math. During his tenure he was able to employ hundreds of new teachers around the U.S. to work part time, from home helping kids.

Almost 4 years ago, his wife, Rachel attained a prestigious management role with a specialty animal hospital that relocated the couple to Miami, finally fulfilling their dream of living in the 305. Since moving, Mike has been the head of HR for two of Miami’s most successful education tech startups, Open English and Nearpod, helping double the size of both companies. This year he launched his own HR consulting and search firm, InventivHR to be able to work with more companies at once, specifically local small to medium sized businesses, non-profits and startups.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?

I have always had a sales and marketing approach to Human Resources, believing that being an employer of choice also means believing in the product and service offered and being a brand ambassador of the company. The new challenge with launching my own business is that I had never been in a formal sales/business development role. I have found early success because I love networking, meeting new people and can talk to anyone. Testing out various advertising and lead generation channels took a few months but the early challenge has really been in closing deals and figuring out the length of the sales cycle for some of the services.

The first major business lesson learned came when I had to drop my first client. The business owner’s ethics did not align with mine and I decided to immediately sever the relationship after starting a very lucrative project because it was the right thing to do. I now better vet potential clients by reading online reviews and conducting references. I realized that much like a hiring process for employees, a business also has to “interview” and vet partners and clients to ensure it’s the right fit.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the InventivHR story. Tell us more about the business.
I created InventivHR as an outsourced Human Resources, consulting and search firm supporting small to mid-size businesses, non-profits and startups. The goal is to support organizations that either can’t afford a full time HR executive or are at the stage where they don’t need an internal HR function yet. It’s been great to go back to my roots and work with non-profits again as well as work with early stage/pre-revenue startups to help set them up on a path for growth and success. It really feels good to contribute to the community in this way.

We offer a monthly service for part time HR and/or recruitment support, Executive & Professional Search (retained, contingency or hourly) for fees lower than any firm out there, and a free service to conduct a Payroll & Benefits analysis for proposing alternative, more cost-effective solutions for better coverage. Based on demand, we also started helping individuals with their job searches, as a new service.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I believe that the circumstances you are born into (the era, place, family, and early friends) is luck. The decisions you make every day shape who you are in life and in business.

I love this quote from Mark Epstein whose teachings are used in psychiatry doctorate programs, “We must simply drop this ridiculous concept of ‘who we are’, and start being what we are! Who we are is not a fixed image, but an ongoing story. It is not only new in this very moment, but will be new again, in the next moment.”

While we do change and evolve over time, I can proudly say that my personal values have been the same since childhood. I believe in openness, honesty, and transparency. I am driven by perpetual curiosity, ingenuity and a questioning of the status quo. I wake up every day with a zest for new experiences. I look at my purpose and drive in both life and business to grow, do better and help others improve themselves and achieve their goals.

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