Leadership expert and internationally recognized speaker and coach; Architect of Training Magazine's #1 training program in the world; Author of "Leadership Isn't For Cowards"
Mike Staver is the author of “Leadership Isn’t for Cowards” and an internationally respected speaker and coach. Mike takes noisy, often complex, leadership content and makes it immediately useful, digestible and entertaining.
Mike has degrees in Business Administration and Counseling Psychology and is a Certified Speaking Professional. Companies from Federal Express and Miracle Ear to Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and the Mayo Clinic have repeatedly invited him to contribute to the development of their leaders.
Most recently, some of Mike’s work was ranked #1 by Training Magazine on their 2018 Training Top 125 list, which recognizes organizations with the most successful learning and development programs in the world.
Leadership Isn’t for Cowards
We live in an age when it is more and more challenging to manage all of the information, demands and challenges that are coming at us. It takes real courage to stand firm in what you believe and then to get your followers to understand what really matters and how to execute effectively. Your ability to influence your followers is key to every step of creating significant results. Courage is the key element in that process.
Participants will learn:
- The real definition of courage
- The three most important steps you will ever take
- The power of commitment
- What your followers do, really do, when you are not around
- The primary motivator of all people
- The three things every leader can do to insure leadership failure
- The importance of high gain activity and how to do more of it
- Six steps that will insure effective execution
How to Build a High-Performance Culture
What do you stand for? What does your company stand for? Are your values clear? Are they obvious to customers, staff, and the community? Is your company optimally positioned and differentiated by the consistent application of your vision and core values?
Most leaders and organizations are moving at such a rapid pace that taking a step back to think about these things seems like a luxury when, in fact, it couldn’t be more crucial. It doesn’t matter where your company and your industry stands in the growth cycle. Focusing on who you are and what you stand for is the most critical thing you can do.
Participants will learn:
- How to identify and apply their core values to their leadership
- How to align their behavior with what they say they believe
- How to be powerfully influential regardless of level of authority
- How to build accountability and improve efficiency
Winning Is No Accident
Every day massive accomplishments are realized all over the world: diseases being cured; teams winning championships; innovative products going to market; and a host of other positive experiences. These things do not happen by accident. They happen as the direct results of certain fundamental principles. The good news is they aren’t a secret; they aren’t hidden in some far-off locale, waiting to be unearthed. They are ready and available for you right now. While these life and business-transforming principles are simple, they are not always simple to implement. Here is an opportunity to learn and apply EXACTLY what you need to do to accomplish outstanding results.
Participants will learn:
- The equation that creates the highest likelihood of success
- The four key principles to pacing yourself effectively
- How to deal with obstacles and opportunities
We hired Mike to both present at a meeting of 170 of our organization’s top leaders, and to coach three directors in particular in preparation for their presentations at this same meeting. Mike’s presentation to our group was phenomenal. Equally impressive was his coaching, which set our three directors up for success. The key to his success was in his coaching style. He was exceptional at listening to our presenter’s goals, drawing out their key themes by asking critical questions, and understanding the strengths of each presenter so that he could offer recommendations to enhance each one’s presentation style. The result was three engaging, emotional, powerful segments that drove home our presenter’s key messages. Those segments, along with Mike’s keynote, was part of what made our meeting not only successful, but also memorable.
– Manager, Internal Stratetic and Executive Communications, US Cellular
If you’re serious about growth and significant development, hire Mike Staver. If you aren’t ready to do the work, I mean really do the work, then don’t hire Mike Staver.
– President/CEO, United Teletech Financial, a Federal Credit Union
We own several franchise businesses and hired Mike Staver to enhance our leadership skills, so we could use our operational expertise to be seen as industry pacesetters. We wanted to grow our business but needed to groom our replacements in order to focus more on strategic direction and business development. With Mike having a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in counseling psychology, he offers a unique skill set that pairs the needs of the business with the behavioral performance of its employees. In the two years we’ve been clients of The Staver Group, we adopted a set of Corporate Core Values so that every employee understands the vision and heartbeat of our business culture. This established a unified focus that guides our company’s collaborative efforts towards a common goal.
– President, A Novel Idea, LLC dba Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
If you want your audience to leave the room inspired, with a smile on their face, a tear in their eye, and actionable insight to their life, job, and relationships, Mike Staver is your guy.
– CEO, Long Companies
Mike has been my coach for over four years, and I couldn’t be happier with the experience. Of course he gives great advice, but he will also hold my feet to the fire (can I say “kick my butt”?) even when I wish he wouldn’t! He’s funny, smart and compassionate. I truly couldn’t ask for a better coach.
– CEO/President, Mental Health Systems
Mike Staver is the kind of coach/advisor that you can count on to tell it like it is, encourage you to take action, then hold you accountable for results. He has been exactly what I’ve needed in this stage of the growth of dotloop. I strongly recommend him to those who are serious about results.
– President/CEO, dotloop
“The best speaker we’ve ever had!” That was the comment I heard repeatedly after Mike Staver spoke at our Leadership Development Institute (LDI). Mike was humorous, engaging, and more importantly, inspiring. His message on courageous leadership has sparked hallway discussions, creative ideas, and new interest in attending the LDIs. That’s quite an accomplishment, given that the audience consisted of seasoned, senior leaders who can be tough to impress. “Awesome presentation! Thank you for investing in Mike for us!” Their words, not mine – recognizing and appreciating the value Mike brought to us, and recognizing our investment in our employees. I couldn’t have envisioned a better response. Thanks to Mike and his team, my team looked great!
– Training and Development Manager, UF Health, University of Florida Health
On behalf of the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), we would like to thank you for presenting at our 2014 NCAL Day.
The NCAL Day attendees are fortunate to encounter a speaker of your professionalism, training and expertise. We appreciate the effort that you have put in to preparing for your presentation. Our members greatly enjoyed your presentation and the team at NCAL heard nothing but incredibly positive comments regarding your presentation.
NCAL is proud to provide our members, and the assisted living profession, the very best educational experience and your participation helps us achieve that goal.
– Director, Membership and Business Development, National Center for Assisted Living
Thank you for participating as our opening keynote at our Annual Education Conference and Tradeshow at the Nottawasaga Resort in Alliston, Ontario on October 9th.
Not only was your presentation extremely well received, some of the comments I received included to bring Mike back! What a great presentation to kick off the 2 day conference.
Based on the feedback from our conference evaluation, your presentation was ranked the best by the audience. Evaluations were in the areas of: overall rating, content, engaging, and did you gain valuable and practical information.
On behalf of OACEP Conference Committee and Board of Directors thank you once again for delivering an exception presentation.
– Executive Director, Ontario Association of Cemetery and Funeral Professionals
When I received the email offering the “Staver on Demand” series I was immediately interested as I’ve been a fan of Mike’s for some time. I find his presentations informative, interesting and they always make a difference in my business and personal life. So I clicked on to see what was being offered not knowing the impact it would make and how much I would enjoy and gain from the experience. With the busy schedules we keep, “busy” being the operative word, the opportunity to receive the techniques, tools and advice from Mike in “bites” that are so impactful has been unique and are such that I can put into practice at the end of each session. I am eagerly looking forward to completing each of the sessions.
Well done, Mr. Staver, well done.
– Broker-in-Charge, Allen Tate Rock Hill
The energetic short sessions that makeup Staver OnDemand provide so many wonderful techniques that I will always refer to it for guidance. I’m new into leadership. It has been a long struggle of night classes to work my way up from house-keeping to management. I constantly remind myself I took on the challenge of being a leader; I need to work on developing my leadership techniques if I truly want to make a difference. One of the training sessions suggested to pick that one activity that if you did it all the time would have the most profitable and productive impact on your business. After a few attempts the winning activity was taking the time to interact with the various team members. In these meetings I’m working on listening, ask good clarifying questions, and being sure I validate their perceptions to ensure I understand the situation. I am now blocking off time to do the interactions with the teams and it has helped to bubble up issues that are being bounced around from team to team. Through Staver OnDeamd I believe I am closing the gap between my skills as a producer and my ability to lead effectively.
Thank you for putting together a program that is really helping me to put in place the personal practices that will help me to execute results for our business,
– Business Continuity Architech, Orlando Health
Mike was more than fantastic. He helped my leadership deal with a difficult issue and find their resolve. Please thank him for me.
– Executive Director, The REALTORS?? Association of the Palm Beaches
Mike’s evaluations were the highest I have ever seen in a presenter we have used!
– Executive Director, Federal Executive Board of Greater Los Angeles
His witty style and his fast-moving, informative presentations have made him the highest rated speaker in all of our training programs.
– Manager of Employee Relations and Training, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University
Our attendees have found Michael to be an inspirational and dynamic speaker. His commitment to personal and professional development is unparallel and he adds immense value to our conference programming. His keynote address has consistently been the highlight at all of our conferences.
– Director of Business Development, Equipment Leasing & Finance Association
When a company – any company – wants to set itself apart by raising the bar, leadership is critical. Mike’s dynamic presentation plus his sense of humor equaled a standing ovation from our management team at our recent retreat.
– President & Founder, Michael Saunders & Company
Mike kept them engaged, thinking and laughing the entire time. In fact, he left them wanting more
– Vice President, Computer Services Inc.
We first invited Mike to speak with our franchisees at our annual convention. The feedback from this group was so tremendous that we asked Mike to return to speak to a group of 150 managers. Since that event the buzz in our restaurants on “creating an exceptional experience” has been deafening!
– Senior Vice President ¿¿¿ Franchise Development, Skyline Chili
Mike was engaging, humorous, and his segment was a nice break from industry related content.
– Associate Account Director, TSYS North American Consumer
I believe that Michael’s greatest attribute is his ability to be both humorous and hard hitting. His message is straightforward and powerful.
– Vice President North American Operations, Remax Integra
Mike Staver is a marvelous speaker–he is incredibly knowledgeable and totally engaging. Organizational Communication provides the attendee with specific and detailed methods to use whether speaking to a group, an administrator, or an employee. Very worthwhile.
– Manager, Mayo Clinic
Our agents and managers came away from Mike’s program with concrete solutions that could be implemented immediately. Most importantly, they WANT to implement them because they had so much fun learning them! Mike is someone who can identify with and connect with any audience.
– V.P. Training and Education, Long & Foster Cos.
Mike, I know this is very late in coming, but I wanted to make sure I sent you a note to let you know what a great response I received from your presentation at our event in Las Vegas last month. Please know the content as well as the entertainment/laughter factor achieved the mark and all were very happy with the outcome of the event. Everyone I talked to said you were spot on and many felt they learned a great deal from your talk. All felt like your presentation was the perfect thing at the perfect time. I only wish I could have seen it myself.. We would like to use you again in the future if that is any indication of how well received you were. I just wanted to personally thank you.
– Talent Manager, Smith’s Food and Drug (A Division of Kroger)
I have worked with Mike on multiple projects with both of my companies over the last 10+ years and have recommended his services to countless peers. He has been a tremendous asset and has been able to provide extraordinary insight about my team, as well as provide valuable coaching to both my employees and myself. I would strongly recommend Mike’s services to anyone who is interested in taking their company or business to the next level.
– CEO, Shields Pharmacy Services
Loved the 90 Days to Courageous Leadership. More leaders need to listen to it and take your advice.
– Managing Broker, Executive Vice President, McEnearney Associates, Inc. Realtors
Everything about our time with Mike Staver was perfect. The message was appropriate for our needs, well presented, and well received. The agents have asked when he is coming back! For me personally having Mike present to the company has been at the top and of my list of goals since I first heard him speak at the LeadingRE conference a number of years ago. Always special for me!
– Executive Vice President, Laffey Fine Homes
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