"Tim's methods, presentation, and personal style make for a rich and exciting adventure down a clearly laid-out path, leading to accelerated professional and personal growth." ─ Megan Conoley, M.D., Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, USMD Health System
Tim speaks on a number of topics regarding leadership and professional and personal growth. Whether you are looking for a keynote speaker or someone to lead an interactive workshop, Tim is an acknowledged expert on the topics of leadership, communication, and team effectiveness. Besides his honored status as a Master Sherpa Executive Coach, he is also a Certified Sherpa Leadership Institute Instructor.
Able to speak with authority on a number of subjects, Tim always carefully tailors his topics to meet the needs and goals of each individual client.
Communication and Team Effectiveness (CTE)
A half-day workshop that enables a senior leader and his or her team leap into a new level of effectiveness. Team members learn what is most important to their leader, and how to work with him or her successfully.
New Leader Assimilation (NLA)
A half-day workshop similar to the CTE above, which jump-starts the working relationships between a new executive and his or her team. Why spend months feeling each other out and learning how to work together through trial and error when you can leap ahead to effective teamwork in a morning or afternoon?
Coaching Skills for High Performance (CSHP)
From 1 to 2 1/2 days of training to help executives and managers learn how to adopt a coaching mindset and model in their managing. This lays the foundation for a "coaching culture" for any organization with vision.
Managing Self Training (MST)
People at all levels of organizations struggle with time management. The real challenge, however, is actually not managing time, but managing oneself. In this full-day workshop, Tim shares an approach to managing your role and shaping time to accomplish your most important purposes.
Expert Facilitated Coaching (XFC)
As much as we may hate to admit it, conflict between an executive and an important employees can occur. In this half-day coaching session, Tim can help them break through past disagreements and build the foundation for working well together. It is worth the investment.
Tim Stevenson brings his years of experience to the table to design a workshop clearly aimed at the needs and goals of your team or organization. Known to be "an exceptional listener," Tim can zero in on what problems and needs really exist and what can be done to improve them.
Examples of Talks on Leadership
The Currency of Leadership is Credibility
With interesting stories and vignettes from history and personal experience, Tim explores what gives a leader credibility, how you can increase your credibility and win followers, how effective leaders create positive environments in their presence, how strengths become weaknesses when they are unconscious or automatically applied, and what controls the balance in your Credibility Bank Account.
The Goal of Leadership is a Better Future
There are some things that are universal, across all the usual barriers that divide human beings. We are all stirred and moved when HOPE is aroused in us. In every human heart are certain desires that wise leaders recognize and tap into in order to inspire people to follow and achieve. To motivate, wise leaders tap into universal desires of the human heart: a hunger for encouragement, a desire to be better than you are and do better than you've done before, and a need to be part of something greater than yourself.
The Attitude of Leadership is Optimism
Optimism is the belief and determination that the future can and will be better despite the obstacles or difficulties we must endure. Effective leaders can stimulate people to bring willing commitment to the task through the substance of their credibility and message. All leadership involves risk. The central challenge is to squarely face the risks while maintaining an optimistic attitude. Attitudes are contagious, for good or ill, and proceed downward faster than any other direction. A head cold in the captain becomes an epidemic in the crew.
The Backbone of Leadership is Conviction
Convictions form the bones of character. These are not merely opinions, moods, or verbal assents to beliefs, but genuine commitments. It is their unchanging nature that allows for flexibility, strength, and personal growth. They also provide the basis for setting boundaries in several directions. By knowing what you believe and being able to articulate it clearly, you will stand out is a world where genuine convictions are few and far between. Any values you want to promote through the ranks must apply to you and all other leaders as well.
The Power of Leadership is the Ability to Define Reality
All leaders of organizations and teams are interested in unity, that essential quality that marks a group coordinating and cooperating with each other to attain success. Everybody wants it. Few understand where unity comes from or how to achieve it. Effective leaders define and relentlessly promote a sharp definition of purpose. Clearly knowing your purpose, philosophy, and values enables you to build by design a healthy performance-based culture.
The Heart of Leadership is Serving
This concept was introduced to the modern business world in 1970 with the publication of “The Servant as Leader,” by Robert K. Greenleaf. By the 1980s, the term “servant-leader” was commonplace in the business vocabulary, eventually attaining buzzword status. How many truly understand or practice it is another matter. Ultimately, the proof that you are successful as a leader is not what you do, but what your team or organization accomplishes as a result of what you do. Servant leaders serve something greater than themselves. Servant leaders view themselves as being in the people-development business. Servant leaders are intentionally available to their people.
The Burden of Leadership is Responsibility
Leadership is not all about being in the spotlight and issuing directives. There is heavy weight on your shoulders, weight that you feel every day. To succeed in leadership over the long haul, you must choose to embrace the additional burdens of responsibility, and learn how to bear up under them while maintaining yourself to function at your best. The higher you rise in organizational leadership, the more you embody the organization to others. People no longer look at you as an individual. In some ways, you become a symbol, and in that sense, less of an individual person. The role is always with you, and the weight can be heavy. Tim teaches leaders how to bear the burden of this responsibility through stories and real-life examples.