I Believe…

That everyone was put here for a reason. That everyone has something that they do better than anyone else in the world. And that everyone has their own truth.  A truth that they cannot deny.  A truth that needs discovering.  And a truth that often needs a tug from the outside to bring it into the light.

I also believe that people bring their truth with them into the workplace. To our organizations. To our teams. And I believe it is our responsibility as leaders to wake up to the notion that people want to discover who they are and why they’re here in the work they do.

And I believe that this is what great leaders, authentic leaders, do for their people. And I believe the world is waiting for more leaders like this.

Hi. My Name is Steve.

I’m a CEO, an entrepreneur, an author and a student of real, authentic leadership.

Sixteen years ago, I set out to build a company that I always wanted to work for. A company that would be a positive force for change in the world by making a difference for the people who worked in it. I wanted to create a company where no matter who you were or how you became part of our ecosystem—as an employee, a customer, a partner or a vendor—you would be treated with dignity, respect and a whole lot of “Wow!”

Building this company was based on a simple and personal philosophy that I call Above the Line: that everything we think, say and do is designed to give our employees, customers and partners a “WOW!” experience with us.

To lift them up. Help them achieve their goals. And, hopefully, leave them a little better than we found them.

That’s the company I set out to build. But it turned out that this was a lot harder to execute than I thought. And, for the better part of a decade, I struggled to get it right. You can read about my story in my book.

Still, this dream has consumed my waking thoughts for the better part of the last sixteen years.

Who Are You?

You’re a newly minted leader who believes that there’s a new way to lead. You’re an entrepreneur who heeded the call and is out to change the world through the world of work. You’re a seasoned CEO, an old dog like me, and you’re still hungry to learn some new tricks.

You are a leader. And you’re curious about how to create a space for people to march to the beat of their own drums. The people in your organizations who do things differently.  People who think differently.  People who are willing to look within and find the talents and skills that dwell deep inside.

You know that in these days and times, we need people who get who they really are.  And get why they’re here.  And get out of their own way to be the person the universe made them to be.

You believe that we need people on our teams and in our organizations to find this connection to their true selves, their authentic selves. In their work. Under our watch.

You believe that’s your job. Perhaps your calling. And you know that’s the real work of leadership.

Because you believe that when we do this, we not only make the world a better place in which to live.  But it also becomes easier to grow great companies with inspired people that are doing good work and making sustainable profits.

The world is waiting for you to make a move. There’s no better time than right now.