Workshops & Speaking

All workshops and talks noted below, can be delivered virtually, due to COVID. I typically find myself on stages giving talks and running workshops 5-7 times per month. I regularly give talks on topics related to brand, culture, marketing and leadership. I’ve been a guest on more than 100 podcasts and have spoken to groups that range from 20 executives to 2,000 people at conferences, in-house events and leadership offsites.

I have spoken about The Beautiful Business at TEDx, on Cultivating Curiosity at Creative Mornings, and events that range from CES, HOW Design Live, AIGA events, Social Venture Network, along with more than 100 talks at corporate and in-house events.

Topics for Workshops

Brand Beliefs & Messaging Workshops

This is a series of workshops that build upon one another to mine and capture the core beliefs of your organization. These workshops include: Brand Purpose, Brand Promise, Brand Vision workshops. Each individual workshop has unique outcomes which build on the next. The culmination of these workshops create a messaging matrix frame work for your brand. This workshop is created to:

  • Explore the beliefs that matter most to your business.
  • Build belief-based bridges between your business goals and your brand.
  • Cultivate the beliefs that brings your branded business to life.
  • Activate the beliefs within your culture and brand so your business builds trust.

Cultivating Actionable Brand Values

Core values are the operating system to a culture and a team. They attract people who share those values and they put the spotlight on the behaviors that an organization what’s to champion. This workshop dives into mining and capturing the core values that bond your team’s behaviors that shape a culture, align teams and deliver integrity to customers. This workshop is created to:

  • Mine the values that matter most to your team.
  • Activate the values through stories and other methods so your values are lived, and not just hanging on a wall
  • Represent your values so your culture becomes a unified driving force for your business.

Brand-Culture Alignment

A great brand, once created, needs to be nurtured and lived consistently amongst your team, and elsewhere. Bringing your team on the same page about your brand is the best way for them to understand, embody and represent it consistently. When this is done your brand builds clarity and your people—inside and out—trust your brand. This workshop can be part of your brand launch sequence or can be employed for aligned amplification of your brand. This workshop is designed to:

  • Identify the brand and culture artifacts that matter most to your team.
  • Create a brand artifact and ritual system so the brand is understood by your culture.
  • Cultivate team alignment in expressing and representing your brand.
  • Achieve belief-based brand team alignment in your brand expression.

Brand Personality and Archetype

Based on the seminal works of Carl Jung who mapped core human archetypes from cultures around the world, this workshop creates the primal archetype for your brand to embody and represent. When your team is aligned in the stance it takes in the world, the world sees your organization as a unified experience. Through this interactive workshop, participants engage with a time-tested process to create and activate the core archetype for your organization. This workshop is designed to:

  • Mine, from Jungian archetypes, the ones that exist in your team.
  • Design a unique branded-business archetype that is ownable.
  • Activate the defined archetype so your whole team can embody it throughout your organization.

Business Strategy Retreats

Getting the team out of the office to reorient the future trajectory of the company and celebrate its achievements is essential for leadership team clarity, energy and focus. From custom workshops that address specific leadership team needs, to leveraging workshops previously orchestrated, these workshops can be design, customized and employed to:

  • Clarify the future trajectory of organizational goals so the leadership team is all on the same page.
  • Define and prioritize strategic initiatives so the leadership team is aligned in achieving them.
  • Identify company strategic strengths and weaknesses to ensure the right organizational priorities.
  • Celebrate team successes in order to infuse more wholeheartedness in your work and life.
  • Cultivate evolved leadership habits that gets the team out of operational ruts.
  • Infuse more aligned energy and purpose across the leadership team.

Improving High Stakes & Difficult Conversations

Some of the biggest obstacles for team disengagement is their inability to effectively communicate when stakes are high. It is precisely at those times when communication is most vital to achieving your goals that it breaks down most dramatically. This workshop is created to:

  • Explore and evaluate triggers for the conversations that leads to confrontation. 
  • Training and tools to help individuals effectively navigate high stakes conversations.
  • Hands-on practices that lead to healthier and more productive conversations.
  • Unify the team so your people have better tools to respectfully communicate when the pressure is on.

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The above workshops are just a sampling of some of the workshops and trainings Steve delivers. For a complete list, download the Workshop Kit

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Topics for Talks

Brand & Belonging

The intersection of humanizing the business culture with the driving force behind the human connectedness; how humans are wired to connect and belong, and how that feeds both the brand and the culture; building a culture of belonging, not just fitting in; the creation of customer experience that builds connection and loyalty.

What people learn:

  • Know how and why to tether you brand and your culture to clarify your teams unified direction.
  • Understand how a brand and culture are inextricably connected.
  • Understand why belonging is a core human trait and without we don’t thrive as teams or individuals.
  • Learn how, by building a culture of belonging, you can attract and keep more of the right people for your team.

Pairs well with:

Core Values Story Mining Workshop; Belonging Through Stories Workshop; Brand Beliefs and Messaging Workshops.

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Cultivating Curiosity

How to cultivate more curiosity in leadership and team innovation; the role curiosity plays in leadership, innovation and an integrated life; the value and power of cultivating more curiosity in your life.

What people learn:

  • Understand the value of curiosity in personal and organizational life
  • Understand how curiosity strengthens your leadership abilities
  • Establish and deepen the professional noticing within your teams
  • Increase your organizations’ innovation through curiosity.
  • Ensure others know how to lean into curiosity-driven conversations.

Pairs well with:

Curiosity Innovation Workshop; Cultural Curiosity Workshop; Personal Artistry through Curiosity Workshop; The Curious Leader Workshop.

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Building a Values-Based
Story Culture

How to activate your core values through stories; ways to create living core values through organizational stories; identifying, capturing and bringing core values to life; how cultivating stories from core values drives consistent behavior, exceptional customer experience, and organizational excellence.

What people learn:

  • Learn why stories are important to organizational life, culture and strategy.
  • Understand how to mine and capture organizational stories to amplify and reinforce the right actions within a culture.
  • Learn how to use stories as a driving attribute to brand communication and customer service.
  • Learn how to turn everyone in the organization into a storyteller.

Pairs well with:

Core Values Story Mining Workshop and Core Value Creation Workshop.

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The Beautiful Business

How and why to transition businesses from “transaction to transcendence”; the antidote to chaos in business management and leadership; using the Japanese principles of beauty to create order, symmetry, and harmony in businesses big and small.

What people learn:

  • Understand how beauty can be a driving attribute to any organization.
  • Learn why beauty matters to a business, a culture and a brand.
  • Learn how to discover and utilize your own unique version of beauty in your culture and brand.
  • Understand why beauty has its own gravity and it can be used to attract the right customers and employees.

Pairs well with:

Belonging Through Stories Workshop; Working with Harmony Workshop; Tools for Magnetism Workshop.

The Studio:

In addition, I team up with two partner-artists in a venture called The Studio. Where we lead workshops and retreats, like Self Portrait, where we lead artistry experiences for leaders, teams and groups.

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