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Leadership Consultant – Stephen McGhee

You’re already successful.
You don’t need a coach.
You need Stephen McGhee.
Stephen is at the forefront of mind-opening new directions in leadership. For the past 25 years, he has guided business executives and influential leaders across the globe, to go beyond self-imposed limitations to new levels of leadership.

His clients are already considered leaders and high achievers. Within this select group, there are those who realize that there is a greater inner potential waiting to be actualized. Connecting these people to this potential is the focus of Stephen McGhee.

Stephen’s own remarkable journey begins to explain what is distinctive about his approach. With a graduate degree in Spiritual Psychology and a background of working in both investment banking and as an ecumenical minister, he brings an engaging, diverse perspective to life and leadership.

An international keynote speaker and author of three books on leadership, Stephen has transformed accomplished individuals around the country and initiated cultural change with major corporations such as Microsoft, Merck, Georgia Pacific and Firestone. He recently completed his first film, Climb For Freedom, a documentary about the transformation of seven men summiting one of the world’s highest peaks and the profound impact of that journey on their lives and relationships.

Working with Stephen has been referred to as the adventure of a lifetime. His courageous honesty, personal integrity and energetic spirituality guide his practice. With Stephen you will be pushed. You will be uncomfortable. You will be revealed. Both your weakness and your greatness will be exposed and advanced.

And your world will open.

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Let Stephen take you beyond
what you can imagine…
…through one-on-one consulting, experiential programs like The 2014-2015 Life Summit Project, speaking engagements and culture change initiatives.

You are already considered a high achiever, yet you know there is greater inner potential for you. The difference comes from understanding and owning the power of leadership within. Stephen McGhee is the acknowledged master of helping you discover precisely this.

When you engage Stephen as your leadership guide, set your expectations high.

Stephen McGhee coaches the whole man/woman – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. He pushes his clients to expand their awareness of possibility from the restrictions of what’s “reasonable” to limitless vistas of the unreasonable, beyond self imposed limitations to a place where anything is possible.

Embrace the desire, prepare for the challenge, and be ready to meet the extraordinary person and leader you are.

Testimonials

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“Today, more than ever, we need leaders to break through the excuse-minded fog that is settling on our society. Stephen makes a compelling case that velocity trumps precision while critically reminding us that the journey is the thing.”
— Don Bailey, Financial Services Executive, New York City, NY

“Working with Stephen allowed me to move from general management to true leadership.”
— Rick Holzli, General Manager, Microsoft

“If you have a chance to learn from Stephen and want your business to explode like mine did, work with him as soon as you can.”
— Steve Chandler, Author

“Stephen’s insight is remarkable.”
— Stephen Wells, Executive Director, ALDF

“Leadership learning never ends and I recommend Stephen for any entrepreneur, leader or individual who wants to achieve extraordinary life-changing results.”
— Katherine Ott, Chief Executive Officer, SlimGenics Corporation

“I have hired Stephen on four separate occasions as a leadership guide, strategic planning facilitator, and to help my business create a culture of aligned leadership. I can’t say enough about Stephen and the incredible results I have experienced in my life as a direct result of working with him.”
— Mark Musselman, CEO, Porch Light Realty

“Stephen McGhee’s coaching is like riding a bolt of lightning. You better hold on. Not only is it a fun ride, but you will create results at a level you previously thought impossible. Stephen thinks bigger than anyone I know and has the rare ability to coach you to convert inspiration and ideas into results. The past two years, I have created miracles in both my life and business and that would never have occurred without Stephen’s incredible coaching and support. He’s also one of the most caring and committed people I have ever met.”
— Jeff Patterson, President

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Get Real A Vital Breakthrough on Your Life and Leadership by Stephen McGhee

Get Real

A Vital Breakthrough
on Your Life and Leadership

by Stephen McGhee

Climb to Freedom 7 Men Journey From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary by Stephen McGhee

Climb to Freedom

7 Men Journey From the Ordinary
to the Extraordinary

by Stephen McGhee

Learning to Believe The Unbelievable Living Life as a Miracle Leader by Stephen McGhee

Learning to Believe
The Unbelievable

Living Life as a Miracle Leader
by Stephen McGhee

Documentary Film: Climb to Freedom

Documentary Film: Climb to Freedom

by Stephen McGhee

What happens when seven ordinary men, looking for a bigger life, decide to hit the reset button? Training hard, stronger than they’ve ever been, they go mano a mano with “her”, Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina, one of the infamous Seven Summits — 22,834 feet high and spoiling for a fight.

For many, this will be an adventure story about pushing your edge—and that’s reason enough to watch. But how often have you said, “I can’t”, to your dream?

For all those who see only roadblocks on the road to a bigger life, this is a film about breaking through. Is it time to hit your reset button?

Resources

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Here are my favorite resources
for anyone on a quest for integrity,
inner commitment, and unveiling
the truth of who they really are.

The Life Excellence Plan

by Stephen McGhee

The Life Excellence Plan by Stephen McGheeThe Life Excellence Plan is a workbook that replicates the process I use with most of my clients. This plan, when adhered to with vigilance and commitment, will take your vision from possibility to reality through steady application of the action steps you create.
Click here to download

Integrity: Without It Nothing Works

by Michael C. Jensen

Integrity: Without It Nothing Works by Michael C. JensenAn introduction to living by your word and honoring your word as yourself.
Click here to download

Self-Reliance

by Adam Khan

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay, Self-Reliance, translated into modern English.
The following is Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay, Self-Reliance, translated into modern English. I have been studying this essay for years. I consider it one of the most significant pieces of writing ever written. I once typed the whole essay word for word and printed it out on my computer as a booklet. I looked up all the words I didn’t know, and made footnotes of definitions for each word on the page (and there were a lot of them). I put the essay on tape and listened to it over and over while driving. And I tried to apply it to my life. Read more.

Commitment

by Stephen McGhee

A selection of my favorite quotes on commitment from Dusan Djukich.
A commitment is a particular type of declaration by which you move yourself forth in the world. It is a move that announces to the world what it is you intend to accomplish. What a commitment looks like is that you alter yourself and your actions to match what is required to get the intended result that you are after. Read more

Blog

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  • The Art of Transition

    Today, rather than posting my own thoughts of Life and Leadership, I am posting a fantastic article on the art of transition.

    In my keynote speech in October 2016 in Aspen, at the “Lead with Love” conference at the Aspen Institute, I spoke to this very same idea. As leaders we must find ways to stay in the transition, and even moreover, learn to love the feeling of transition.

    Enjoy the writings from Danaan Parry:

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    Sometimes I feel that my life is a series of trapeze swings. I’m either hanging on to a trapeze bar swinging along or, for a few moments in my life, I’m hurtling across space in between trapeze bars.

    Most of the time, I spend my life hanging on for dear life to my trapeze-bar-of-the-moment. It carries me along at a certain steady rate of swing and I have the feeling that I’m in control of my life.

    I know most of the right questions and even some of the answers.

    But every once in a while as I’m merrily (or even not-so-merrily) swinging along, I look out ahead of me into the distance and what do I see? I see another trapeze bar swinging toward me. It’s empty and I know, in that place in me that knows, that this new trapeze bar has my name on it. It is my next step, my growth, my aliveness coming to get me. In my heart of hearts I know that, for me to grow, I must release my grip on this present, well-known bar and move to the new one.

    Each time it happens to me I hope (no, I pray) that I won’t have to let go of my old bar completely before I grab the new one. But in my knowing place, I know that I must totally release my grasp on my old bar and, for some moment in time, I must hurtle across space before I can grab onto the new bar.

    Each time, I am filled with terror. It doesn’t matter that in all my previous hurtles across the void of unknowing I have always made it. I am each time afraid that I will miss, that I will be crushed on unseen rocks in the bottomless chasm between bars. I do it anyway. Perhaps this is the essence of what the mystics call the faith experience. No guarantees, no net, no insurance policy, but you do it anyway because somehow to keep hanging on to that old bar is no longer on the list of alternatives. So, for an eternity that can last a microsecond or a thousand lifetimes, I soar across the dark void of “the past is gone, the future is not yet here.”

    It’s called “transition.” I have come to believe that this transition is the only place that real change occurs. I mean real change, not the pseudo-change that only lasts until the next time my old buttons get punched.

    I have noticed that, in our culture, this transition zone is looked upon as a “no-thing,” a noplace between places. Sure, the old trapeze bar was real, and that new one coming towards me, I hope that’s real, too. But the void in between? Is that just a scary, confusing, disorienting nowhere that must be gotten through as fast and as unconsciously as possible?

    NO! What a wasted opportunity that would be. I have a sneaking suspicion that the transition zone is the only real thing and the bars are illusions we dream up to avoid the void where the real change, the real growth, occurs for us. Whether or not my hunch is true, it remains that the transition zones in our lives are incredibly rich places. They should be honored, even savored. Yes, with all the pain and fear and feelings of being out of control that can (but not necessarily) accompany transitions, they are still the most alive, most growth-filled, passionate, expansive moments in our lives.

    So, transformation of fear may have nothing to do with making fear go away, but rather with giving ourselves permission to “hang out” in the transition between trapezes. Transforming our need to grab that new bar, any bar, is allowing ourselves to dwell in the only place where change really happens. It can be terrifying. It can also be enlightening in the true sense of the word. Hurtling through the void, we just may learn how to fly.

  • How to create momentum and freedom in life and business?

    Sometimes telling the truth is just the beginning.  Sometimes when we know the truth about what needs to be done, we are also the ones who have to get off our butts and do something about it.

    One day I was driving home and singing along to one of my favorite songs on the radio, feeling peaceful as I contemplated a relaxing evening. Then, as the garage door opened, I stopped singing. Something dreadful loomed in front of me. It had been sitting there for months gloating at me. I’d seen it maybe a hundred times before, and I knew what needed to be done. Yet I’d done nothing. As if it would somehow fix itself, over time; like the problem would just go away by ignoring it.

    It was a lawnmower with a broken wheel. The day I’d first discovered that broken wheel, I’d told myself, “I need to fix that wheel.” Then I thought, “I’ll fix it later.” That was more than six months earlier, and now my nemesis had become so powerful it had silenced my song and darkened my mood. I had turned my lawnmower into an incomplete in my life, and incompletesprocrastination_stop rob me of creative energy.

    How many of us can relate to this scenario? In a way, it seems silly doesn’t it?

    I’m talking about things you know you need to handle, yet resist handling. Sometimes we’ll deal with the gnawing discomfort of procrastination for months, rather than deal with 10 minutes of “have to.”

    But make no mistake, when you put things off that you believe must be done, it steals the joy and creativity from other parts of your life. Why? Because your better Self keeps track of your internal promises. I knew I hadn’t fixed that broken wheel, and every time I saw it became a subtle reminder of a broken promise to myself.

    Here’s the terrible truth about things we don’t want to do that have to be done: if we’re waiting until we feel like it, we’ll never do it. I most likely will never wake up and say, “Today, I feel like fixing the wheel on that old lawnmower.” Meanwhile, when you’re waiting to feel like taking care of that one irritating item, a slew of others will follow on its heels, until the weight of all you’ve left undone threatens to make you feel so overwhelmed you don’t want to do anything at all.

    When we resist completion long enough it leads to numbness, inertia, freezing up.

    Let’s get real about the simplest yet hardest thing that leaders do. Leaders complete things. Leaders do what they say they’re going to do.

    I finally told myself that lawnmower would not fix itself, so I had one of five choices: 1) Decide I don’t give a hoot about the broken wheel, 2) Buy a new lawnmower, 3) Pay someone to fix it, 4) Figure out how to fix it myself, or 5) Do nothing and continue to feel frustrated every time I walk into the garage.

    I chose option four and fixed it myself. Take a guess how good that felt!

    I am not suggesting you should fix all the broken wheels in your life, unless you want to.

    When taking action, that’s an important thing to consider: Do you want to? Once you know that, it’s easier to complete the task. When you ask yourself that question, remember to consider the consequences if your option is not number four: How will you feel if you do nothing? Are you willing to live with that?

    Whatever you do, do yourself a favor, don’t wait until you feel like it to deal with the stuff that you believe needs doing. And let’s get real about the time element. How long does it really take to fix a broken wheel, or to handle most of the incompletes in your life? In most cases, not long!

    I spent many more frustrating moments not fixing that stupid wheel in my head than it took to fix it in reality—all of 10 minutes.

    task-completedWhat incompletes are you avoiding?

    Here’s some motivation to help you pick one and move on it: Incompleteness creates chaos, but completion releases energy and creates freedom and builds velocity in life and business. And it just feels good.

     

    Blessings,

    Stephen Paul

  • The Grateful Leader has More JU JU

    “Ju Ju” is vital energy. Its velocity. It’s spiritual enthusiasm. It’s inspiration in motion. So, how does one create more Ju Ju?

    In my view, it comes from Gratitude.

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    Notice that you work hard to reach your goals. You reach some, but not all of them. Because this world is so conditioned to look at what we don’t have, you therefore focus on what’s not working. And when you focus long enough on that negative viewpoint, your work life begins to feel meaningless.

    Like you, I am susceptible to the same temptations as other people—including the temptation to obsess about all the things in my life that are not working.

    So how do I get unstuck?

    I’ve trained my heart and mind to treat cynical thoughts the way a Teflon pan treats sticky proteins: it lets them slide in and out without sticking.

    You may be thinking: Sure that sounds great, but those negative thoughts just come up on their own, so how can I control them?

    Maybe you can’t control which thoughts appear. But you can do something about how long they stick around.

    Just notice when they do appear, and gently but deliberately follow them up with another thought.

    Try this: Every time you’re hit with a thought about how you’ve failed, what’s missing, or why your dreams aren’t possible, follow that thought with one of gratitude.

    You’ll begin to notice a shift in your mindset. Your heart will open more fully.

    By shifting your mind, you make room for the ideas, goals, and plans that can lead you toward success.

    What can you be grateful for?

    Everything.

    Not just successes, but failures, too. Not just everything you have, but everything that’s missing.

    The moment you find yourself mourning your past failures and losses, or fearing future failures and losses—you can acknowledge those thoughts, but then immediately follow them up with a thought of gratitude for anything in your life that you can think of at that moment.

    I mean anything.

    Anything you’ve experienced, learned, produced, seen, not seen, been, not been, done, not done. Be grateful for the gifts in your life and the achievements you’ve made. But also challenge yourself to honestly consider what kind of strength your losses and failures have given you. What have I learned from the tough times? How can I use those times for my advancement, learning and growth?backpackbricks

    You won’t ever be able to get rid of all negative thoughts. Knowing that is one of the benefits of getting real! But what you can do is gain gratitude. Without gratitude, it’s tough to rise above the obstacles in your life. Even if you run up a mountain halfway around the world, you’ll just bring all your issues with you, and carry them around like a backpack full of rocks. I know; I’ve been there. It can get heavy.

    Don’t try to force this process. Just gently turn your mind and heart toward the things you love and let the energy flow naturally. When I feel grateful and appreciative for my life, the feeling isn’t like pushing against the current of negativity. Instead, it’s like jumping into a river and letting myself float with the current, flowing with the stream.

    Gratitude is your key to freedom. Is that a spiritual idea? That’s up to you. You can be grateful to God, to everyone, to yourself…or you can simply feel gratitude for its own sake.

    Practicing gratitude works. Here’s to good Ju Ju.

    Blessings,

    Stephen Paul


    Get Real

    The next time you findI am grateful for image any area of your life in a slump, try this experiment in gratitude: take note of how your day’s activities have been going so far? Now, stop, close your eyes and look for the things you are appreciative of? Feel those things deeply. It can be little things, like a good night’s sleep, a great conversation with a friend…and funny story. Use this opportunity to build the good Ju Ju in your life. Make note of how your day goes after that. Notice your mental acuity. Take note of your heart space or emotional state. Consider how productive you are.

    If you find that your day improves, then the next day, whether you’re having a bad day or not, list 10 things you’re grateful for. Add these to the previous list, or start a new one. The third time, I challenge you to make a list of 15 things you appreciate. I encourage you to do this for twenty days until you’ve made a list of at least 100 things that are working in your life. If you do this exercise in earnest, I assure you that you’ll shift from stuck to mobile, from negative to positive. Eventually, you may find this is a constant state of being in your body, heart and mind.

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