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.
Stephen previously managed a global team of more than 50 strategy consultants and has personally coached hundreds of companies in the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, assisting them with strategic planning, business execution, and management best practices.
Stephen has seen what really works (and what doesn’t) in terms of strategic planning, staff alignment, goal setting, tracking performance, running effective meetings, managing business operations, building sales and customer success processes, training frontline managers, holding employees accountable, and coaching employee performance.
To save you from spending several lifetimes trying to figure it all out for yourself, you can access powerful (and often counterintuitive) insights in his keynote presentations and client workshops.
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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TV and Video 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)
Business lessons from a champion bodybuilder and global business leader
Former Mr. New Zealand Bodybuilding Champion, Stephen Lynch shows how the lessons he learned as a bodybuilder can be applied to helping you and your team build a more successful business. Topics covered include:
- Create a compelling vision and a winning strategy
- The proven way to set goals that will really motivate your people
- Do less, then obsess. Work smarter by focusing on what is truly important
- How to choose and track the right key performance indicators
- How to build muscle (capability), whilst reducing fat (waste)
- Simple daily disciplines that add up to massive results over time
Managing people for better performance. What works in the real world (and what doesn’t)
Many leaders struggle to hold their people accountable. 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:
- Get your strategy right first
- The proven way to set goals that will really motivate your people
- 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
Podcast and Radio Interviews
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.
Contact Stephen Lynch to discuss your needs.