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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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  • How to use an early life lesson for your greater good.

    A Lesson That Changed My Life

    When the teacher called my name, I just sat there, stunned. I couldn’t believe it: I was the winner of a national writing contest! It was all the more unexpected because I didn’t even know my work had been entered in the contest.

    Back then, I found writing easy and natural. When I’d written my essay, I was completely detached from thoughts of competition or winning, because I didn’t remember the teacher even mentioning a contest. I just did what I was asked to do, which was to write about the future of the world. To me the assignment was purely fun and creative. I was in the third grade.

    Winning that contest felt like an amazing accomplishment for me—until it was taken away.

    That moment came when the school principal called me into his office. I had no idea why he wanted to see me. When he asked if I had cheated on the contest, I was dumbfounded. I’d written the story on my own, without outside help or copying. But he kept questioning me, making it clear that he didn’t believe me. I asked him why he thought I was a “liar.” He replied that the words I used in my story were beyond a third grade vocabulary level, words like “decade,” for example.

    Instead of congratulating a student who had excelled beyond expectations, the principal seemed more inclined to prove that such excellence wasn’t possible.
    I was too young to know how to defend myself. I was guilty until proven innocent, and he acted so certain that I gave up.

    What could an eight-year-old boy do in the face of adult authority?

    As I walked out of his office carrying my Big Chief notepad, I felt sick inside. I felt tainted. From that moment on, I equated writing with pain. I didn’t think it was worth the effort to do well at something, if it would only lead to unfair accusations. I did as little writing as possible for more than 30 years.

    Has there been a “writing contest” story in your life, a moment along the way when you got the message to shut down an expression of yourself?

    It’s hard to blame that eight-year-old boy for shutting down. It also seems pointless to blame the principal, just another human prone to mistakes.

    But what about the grown man, who, based on a mistake someone else made when he was eight, decided to give up on his gift and hide it from the world?
    As a leader, I find it wastes time to place blame or play victim.

    I’d rather ask these questions: 1) How can I share my gifts? And, 2) What steps can I take to let go of the past and begin expressing myself again?
    Like you, I have something unique to offer…something that only I can offer. We all have something unique to offer. But are we courageous enough to let go of the villains and victims of our past and see ourselves as we truly are, and see our gifts for what they can be?

    Children are always learning, and when we grow up, we don’t have to stop. The lesson here is one of awareness. My choice of what to do with that moment in the principal’s office was available then, and it still remains. I can use that moment as an excuse to shrink from obstacles: injustice, fear of authority, and a belief that effort is rarely rewarded. Or, I can use it as an opportunity to grow into my strengths: a sense of justice, an instinct to stand up for myself, and a gift so exceptional that someone had trouble believing it.

    It’s not all that important for us to understand why we chose to shut down along the way. Only that we have.

    In my leadership work, I often say, “Understanding is the booby prize.” It no longer matters what choice you made then. What matters is the choice you make now.

    Now is all any of us has. Leadership is presence in action. Good leaders don’t waste time blaming themselves or others for their lot in life. They assess what they have to offer now, and create from there.
    If you can see your way to that, your next question will be, “What should I create?”

    How about whatever is in front of you?
    If you were being exactly the person you always wanted to be, what would be the next powerful thing to do?
    Why not do that?

    I’ve long since reframed my picture of that moment in the principal’s office, so that now I see it as a gift. Every day, that long-ago principal tests my resolve to write and the little boy I once was gives meaning to my words. When I write, I think of him.

    The people and moments that challenge us can be our best teachers, if we let them be. These experiences can give us the tools to shape our purpose and to develop our Leadership.  Further, each of these events are simply learning steps in the direction of mastery. When I look back on the path of my life, I see only progress; not perfection but progression. IMG_2830

    Blessings,

    Stephen Paul

  • The Evolution of Soul Centered Leadership

    Simplification-Equates-to-PowerWhat is Soul Centered Leadership?

    In essence, a Soul Centered Leader is a person that is living in alignment with his or her truest expression of their Soul and applying that awareness into the world. Soul Leadership is not about perfection, rather it is about progression.

    To understand the journey of leadership we must first consider the back ground of the old model of leadership. In my view. that way of Leadership is bankrupt and thrives on a right and wrong agenda that never really solves local or global issues. In fact, autocratic leaders can often make an existing problem worse.

    We have seen it many times before and there is a long history around the world of forceful, authoritarian leaders rising to power. There have been instances where such a leader made positive impact however history also shows those impacts are typically short lived. Whether we are talking about business, government or personal life, the long term affect of fear based management can be crippling and potentially devastating. As the world continues to advance, old paradigms and thoughts of leadership are becoming increasingly useless. We need to move away from the idea that the captain of the ship is the only one with power or knowledge to an inclusive model that encourages growth of everyone in order to grow the organization, a model that is built out of the heart and soul rather than fear.

    How we are going to change the world is with leaders that bring out the richness and the wisdom of other people. A person who has the skillset to ask those around them what they believe, think and see and uses that insight to lead. The type of leader who is going to make a difference is a collaborator who has the ability to inspire with an energy that isn’t forceful.

    A leader that sees that the power, the richness and the wisdom is in the people and works to empower those around them to be an active part of the solution. We are seeing such leaders rise up humbly, they are changing their own worlds and companies quietly and with purpose. CEO of Whole Foods, John Mackey has embodied these ideals as he has built a conscious and successful business by encouraging all stakeholders from customers to employees to vendors to be a part of the long term success and bring their ideas, values, concerns and improvements whenever possible.

    Such leaders take these ideas deeper, believing everyone has something bigger to tap into. In Conscious Capitalism, John Mackey writes that a calling “offers us value and satisfaction beyond the paycheck. It relates to something we are passionate about, something the world really needs. We feel most alive, most ourselves, when we are doing that work. Ultimately this is what we need to strive for, as team members and employers: that as many people as possible are engaged in work that feels like a calling.”

    Like Mackey, leaders in this realm believe that every person has the ability to act as a leader if they take the time to find their purpose or calling, or as I refer to it, your Soul Blueprint. These are the types of ideas we need to embrace to see true change. We are seeing a new model of leadership emerge in the world today and it is imperative we look to what is working in those arenas and recognize that a forceful leader should be a considered an outdated idea of the past that will not work as we continue to progress.

    This past weekend, I spoke on The Evolution of Soul Centered Leadership at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival. I will be sharing a few clips from the talk as we go down the road together.

    Be blessed,

    Stephen Paul McGhee

  • Breakthrough Your Life’s Challenges and Upgrade Your Leadership

    It’s been awhile, since I have posted and I miss you guys. I am back with more information and tips on Leadership and Life than ever before. This first post is an audio interview I did with the great Andrew Ferebee from Knowledge for Men. Oh and btw, this interview is good for any man, woman, student, athlete, business person that wants to up their game. Enjoy! http://www.knowledgeformen.com/podcast-stephen-mcghee-2/

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