“Sometimes, the things that hurt you the most, teach you the greatest lessons of life.”
“Despite the fact that the tough and disappointing times in our lives are unpleasant, unwanted and painful, they have the potential to birth new strengths, resilience and innovation within us.
When you push aside the negative and painful aspects of any experience, and challenge yourself, push yourself to rise up beyond the events and look at them as moments of growth and opportunity to become better – then you are in a position to explore, learn, find answers, grow and share something that has the potential to make a positive meaningful impact around you.”
The EXP Factor – Power of Expectations
My journey has brought me to a point in time where the EXP Factor is something I want to share with you.
It has been more than ten years of observing, studying and applying the principles associated with expectations that have revealed something very powerful. Something that when you are aware of it and understand its span of influence, has the power to influence the direction of your life, your professional or business domain and even throughout an organisation as a whole.
The power of expectations is something that will change how you look at the things around you, how you engage with your world, and it will profoundly change the way you approach life, relationships, work or business. It will change the results you expect to achieve, and will shape how you go about getting there.
What I have developed and written about is not merely a theoretical discourse. I have lived it. I have applied the philosophy, developed and used the methodologies and tools, and used them to move through the fatigue, the emotions, the perceptions and reactions of each event.
I sincerely want to share these with you so that you too can move from where you are, to where you want to be. And if you believe that your future can be better than the present – I want to help you embrace it, and equip you with the power to make it so.
A LEADERSHIP EVOLUTION
As a management consultant, I get to interact with many organisations and thousands of individuals.
This is where I witness the lack of leadership, the presence of poor management masquerading as leadership, and the damage it causes to individuals and whole enterprises.
My passion for leadership and the drive to evolve the current shortfall stems from these experiences. The time spent working on the EXP Factor and the power of expectations has revealed how expectations are intertwined throughout good leadership and how it is absent in traditional management.
The current digital age and impact that Industry 4 is beginning to have, along with the change in generations within the workplace fascinates me. It also concerns me that individual and organisations are not ready for the changes this will have on the workforce and how solid leadership is essential to lead people into this new age.
This is the reason why I have the drive is to equip people at all levels to lead themselves and others. Where my energy is focused on awakening a new age of leadership where it permeates organisations . and becomes part of its DNA and culture.
Leadership & Business Coach | Author | Speaker | and other crazy stuff
There is always more to a person than what is viewed as their primary vocation. What I do, the experiences and knowledge that I want to share goes far beyond my “daily job.” It is all the other interwoven aspects of our lives that add to the total person and who we are. That is why I feel I need to share the other aspects of my life with you.
I have a very low threshold for boredom, constantly seek out new things and become involved and immersed in what interests me.
I believe that this has afforded me a very colourful life and some wild opportunities to pursue. Some have had successes while others have failed miserably, but each has added to my experience base. This has shaped my life and in particular my passion for making a positive meaningful impact in the lives of those around me.
I have had a career in engineering and technology development. Managed major projects, consulted to multi-national organisations, resided on the board of numerous companies, and established and managed businesses.
But that is the “job”. Away from the pursuits of what I do professionaly I have indulged my passion for motorsport, been an extreme sport competitor, motorsport champion, television commentator and even featured in television voice overs and narrations.
My public speaking engagements over the years have been experiences that I will never exchange. The people whose lives I have sown into have equally sown back into my life. This has energised me to continue striving for a purpose by far greater than myself.
Steve’s Impact as a leader and coach
A personal mission to drive an evolution in leadership
Leaders inspire others, attract and align different or conflicting expectations, then synchronise thinking, behaviour and efforts on a common focused end-objective or goal. Leaders galvanise people.
But here is the problem with leadership. Much of what we want to classify as leadership is not leadership. In most cases, it is management masquerading as leadership. It has some semblance of direction, order and movement, but it is not leadership.
“My quest, my mission is to change the landscape where everyone can lead in any situation. I am driven to remove the damaging management approach and fill the space with leaders. I believe that when we have capable, competent, confident and empowered leaders at all levels, not only senior positions, then we will begin to see the positive changes we are not yet seeing in workplaces, organisations, within individuals and societies.”
Steve has already changed the lives of many people by empowering them through a self-leadership approach. Organisations and teams have seen positive changes in how they now approach everything once they embrace and instil a leadership culture and DNA.
Finding answers to leadership challenges in the new AI age
The Berkley Institute was founded by Steve to focus on leadership that is centred around the philosophy of the power of expectations. The institute embraces the mandate to constantly research the latest trends, adapt the leadership realm, and to create a shift towards excellence in leadership. With strategic alliances, Berkley is researching the changes, challenges and opportunities presented by the Industry 4. Special focus is on the face of leadership in the age of Industry 4 and in particular the effects of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things and Data Analytics.
The question that needs to be answered is “what does the new future look like, what will leadership look like, and how must it respond to the new disruption and opportunities?”