Stephen Lynch is the author of the award-winning book; “Business Execution for RESULTS – a practical guide for leaders of small to mid-sized firms”. The book was judged Winner in the “Management” category of the 2014 Small Business Book Awards in the USA. He’s also written articles on strategy and management for The Economist magazine.
Over the past two decades, Stephen has facilitated more than a thousand strategic planning sessions. He previously managed a global team of more than fifty strategy consultants and has personally coached hundreds of companies in the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to implement their plans effectively.
Stephen is an expert facilitator and meeting chairperson for boards of directors and senior leadership teams. He guides leaders to make clear decisions, get aligned and focused, and holds leaders firmly accountable to ensure plans are implemented.
As a speaker, Stephen has delivered keynote presentations, webinars, and training workshops to tens of thousands of business leaders around the world.
Stephen was ‘Mr. New Zealand’ bodybuilding champion in 1993, and competed in New Zealand’s Strongest Man competition, a multi-disciplined event that included him being harnessed to a Kenworth truck and pulling it along the road, rolling cars onto their sides, and lifting 410 Kg (903 lb) barbells. The event was described on TV at the time as being like “A screen test for a Schwarzenegger movie”.
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Speaking Highlights & Interviews
“I engaged Stephen to speak at our conference in New Zealand as a keynote speaker. He is deliberate and purposeful with his engagement and lives the adage of truly understanding the customer’s world before he puts forward a suggestion. He made the time to connect on a regular basis prior to the conference to learn more about our industry and how to deliver a relevant message to the audience. His keynote delivery was impactful and had the audience consider the importance of their strategy in an ever-changing world. I highly recommend Stephen for any of your conference or strategy needs.” – Anna Schubert, National Sales Manager – Sovereign Insurance. New Zealand
“We engaged Stephen to speak at our conference to deliver a keynote presentation and 3 workshops. In the months leading up to the conference, Stephen regularly made himself available for us to work with him in order to ensure the examples he wove in with his material were relevant for our audience. Stephen is a world-class speaker and delivered his key messages crisply and clearly, and our delegates were buzzing with anticipation about putting Stephen’s tools into action. I would highly recommend Stephen to anyone who is looking to improve their business outcomes or drive results within their organization.” – David Hadley, Sales Support Manager – Sovereign Insurance. New Zealand
“We conduct a survey at the end of each Learning Day. One of the survey questions is “Please rate your guest speaker 1-10 (with 10 being excellent).” The average rating for your talk was 8.95. Great stuff! Thanks again for sharing your expertise.” – Noah Kinner, Learning Chair – Entrepreneurs’ Organization. San Francisco, USA
“Here are the reviews for your workshop session at the EO Alchemy conference, Utah. I agree with all of them; it was a fantastic session: Quality of content presented = 9.04, Structure and execution held my interest = 9.04, Provided take-home value = 9.41, Credibility and expertise of speaker = 9.41, Overall rating = 9.25.” – Erik Witzel, Partnerships Manager, Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Alexandria VA, USA
“Once again, a HUGE thank you from YPO Alberta for your incredible insights. The feedback from your session was stellar (in fact, our overall Net Promoter Score for the retreat is at 90). You took time out of your busy calendar to help our chapter members learn from your experiences, and for that, we thank you so much. Thank you again, you’ve helped our members tremendously and we are forever grateful.” – Ashif Mawji (YPO Chapter Chair) and Desiree Bombenon (YPO Regional Chair) – Young Presidents’ Organization. Alberta, Canada
“Thank you for your presentation on Saturday morning. I found it very insightful and helped me to tie together a number of my thoughts regarding ongoing strategy development, ongoing operations improvement, and ongoing operational excellence.” – Robert Pockar, Young Presidents’ Organization. Alberta, Canada
Keynote Presentations and Workshops (sample)
What is Strategy?
Learn how to test whether or not your company really does have a winning strategy
Most companies want to grow. They want quality improvement. They want lean, efficient operations. They want to be better than their competitors. All of these things are important, but they are not strategy. Many business leaders are confused about what strategy really is. They confuse goal-setting with strategy, and often haven’t made any strategic choices at all. I’ll show you how to build a winning strategy for your organization. Topics covered include:
- What is strategy? (and what is NOT strategy)
- Strategy traps to avoid
- The ‘sniff test’ to tell whether or not you really do have a strategy
- The most important strategic decision you need to make
- Strategic planning best practices
- The cadence of successful strategy execution
Managing people for better performance. What works in the real world (and what doesn’t)
Even if you do have a winning strategy, many leaders struggle to hold their people accountable for achieving goals. Projects and tasks frequently fall overdue, or Metrics/KPIs are not reaching the desired performance standard. What should you do when this happens? How do you have those tough conversations with your team? What is the best way to motivate your people to perform to their potential? Topics covered include:
- Metrics that matter. How to set KPIs that will really motivate your people
- No excuses culture! How to hold people accountable for performance
- How to praise your people the right way
- How to coach and manage a team member who is struggling
- Why most incentive schemes don’t work
Note: Stephen can tailor keynote and workshop content to meet the needs of your organization
Stephen was ‘Mr. New Zealand’ bodybuilding champion in 1993, and also competed in New Zealand’s Strongest Man competition, a multi-disciplined event that included him being harnessed to a Kenworth truck and pulling it along the road, rolling cars onto their sides, and lifting 410 Kg (903 lb) barbells. The event was described on TV at the time as being like “A screen test for a Schwarzenegger movie”. These days Stephen just strives to live a fit and healthy life. He eats organic food wherever possible, and keeps in good shape by training with weights 5 times per week, and practicing yoga.
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