Steffan is a passionate storyteller who fills his keynote speeches and podcasts with real-life stories and plain talk. He has successfully delivered hundreds of hours of talks and training courses and is the coauthor of two books. Not afraid to tell it like he sees it, Steffan connects with his audiences and leaves them feeling motivated, challenged and inspired to think about their leadership in a new light.
Four reasons why people hire Steffan to speak at their event
1. He engages his audiences.
His presentation style is interactive and feels more like a conversation with the audience, rather than having just another speaker on stage presenting his material.
2. He entertains with real-life stories.
Steffan makes his topics relatable and truly gets the message across by using true stories and examples that are pulled from his years of consulting and training work with clients.
3. He customizes his presentations.
Before the event, you benefit from a session with Steffan to customize the content of the talk based on your organization’s needs.
4. He shifts people’s mindsets.
Steffan delivers thought-provoking talks that expand the participants’ perspectives by speaking facts with his own unique brand of authenticity and enthusiasm.
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Thought-provoking conferences and talks
Co-creative leadership: Unleash the leaders around you!
Co-creative leadership proposes the type of leadership required to create a working environment that results in increased collaboration, better communication, collective ownership and a focus on high quality results.
This talk focuses on teaching the audience the five key skills of a co-creative leader. The key to co-creative leadership is not just to learn these skills but to embody them every day. It is about transforming how participants see their leadership and it is about transforming how the people around them experience their leadership.
The unspoken cost of conversational debt
Many companies today have a lot of debt they need to pay off: not financial, but rather conversational debt. Conversational debt is a lot like any other form of debt. The longer you wait to pay it off, the more frustration there is and the harder it is to make things right.
This talk is meant to inspire people to start noticing and paying more attention to the conversational debt in their lives and to start doing something about it. Once you know the true cost and impact of this debt on your organization, it becomes difficult not to feel compelled to do something about it...
The Silent Leadership Crisis
Many leaders in organizations around the world are currently suffering from a silent leadership crisis. On one side, we find directors and managers who are questioning the efficiency of their personal leadership style, which has served them well in their careers but is no longer working. On the other side, we find all the dormant leaders inside organizations: people with an enormous leadership potential but who are holding back because of their company's culture.
This talk explores how can we redefine the leadership style required in a professional world that demands ever increasing collaboration and where so many leaders are suffering in silence.
Tribal Leadership for Teams
The book Tribal Leadership introduces five stages that represent a range of behaviours that tribes (i.e.: groups of 20 or more people) exhibit. These stages range from stage 1 where “Life sucks!” to stage 5 where “Life is great!” Effective leaders need to understand the different stages at work in their teams in order to help them move forward and foster high-performing teams.
“Steffan’s work really brings together the worlds of Tribal Leadership and software development in an interesting way. I think highly of him and how he brings these worlds together in a clear and simple way.”
- Dave Logan, co-author of the NY Times best-selling book Tribal Leadership
About Steffan Surdek: A passion for leadership
One of my life passions is talking and writing about co-creative and intentional leadership, which led me to coauthor two books. I started focusing on these terms in my leadership coaching approach after noticing the challenges faced by clients’ management teams. My own personal leadership origin story also fuels my drive to reflect on and observe the different styles of managers and leaders that surround me.Coaching Services