Steve Farber

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About Steve Farber: Speaker on Extreme Leadership

Steve Farber is the president of Extreme Leadership Incorporated - devoted to the cultivation and development of Extreme Leaders in the business community. An expert in business management and leadership and a frequent guest on news-talk shows around the country, Steve is a senior-level leadership coach, consultant and speaker who presents 90 to 100 times a year to a wide variety of public and private organizations in virtually every arena. His presentations have impacted industries from the tech sector to financial services, manufacturing, health care, hospitality, entertainment, retail, and even the US government.

His book, The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership is a recipient of Fast Company magazine's Readers' Choice Award and was named one of the ten best business books of 2004 by the on-line resource CEO Refresher. His second book, The Radical Edge: Stoke Your Business, Amp Your Life, and Change the World, was hailed as a playbook for harnessing the power of the human spirit. He is a contributor to the anthology Leading Authorities on Business: Winning Strategies From the Greatest Minds in Business Today, and is the author of the audio series, Extreme Leadership: In Pursuit of the O.S.M.

In 1989, after having run his own financial services company, Steve devoted his professional life to the field of leadership development and has been at it ever since. He was director of service programs at TMI, an international training consultancy, and then worked for 6 years as Vice President and Official Mouthpiece (that's what it said on his business card) of The Tom Peters Company where he met several of his mentors including author/gurus Tom Peters, Jim Kouzes and Terry Pearce. In 2000, Steve established his own company, Extreme Leadership, Inc, where he is president and CEO. Steve is also the co-founding director of The Center for Social Profit Leadership, a non-profit organization formed to serve the leadership development needs of social entrepreneurs, and he sits on the Board of Directors of the world-renown program, Up With People, a global leadership program for students from 18 to 29 years old.

Coaching and inspiring Extreme Leadership at all organizational levels is Steve's passion, and he does so with a style that is part strategist, part social commentator, part comedian, and all energy.

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What Steve Farber Talks About:

An expert in business leadership and a frequent guest on news-talk shows around the country, Steve is a senior-level leadership coach and consultant who has conducted hundreds of engagements with thousands of business people in a wide variety of organizations.

Steve Farber's Speech Topics Include:

The Radical LEAP: Extreme Leadership at Work and Beyond
Audience: Primarily for Officer, Senior Executive and Manager level
In this chaotic and extreme age, business leaders must demonstrate an unprecedented level of passion, determination, foresight, dedication and fearlessness. People won't follow empty rhetoric, but they will respond to significant, meaningful and dramatic action. As an Extreme Leader, you need the ability to influence, the power to transform and the courage to change the world of your company, your customers and your industry. In The Radical Leap, Steve shows you how to use the LEAP framework - Love, Energy, Audacity and Proof - to do just that and radically improve your organization and your life.

Radical Accountability: Making the LEAP From Individual Contributor to Extreme Leader
Audience: For Individual Contributors or Organization-Wide participation
Whatever the challenge at your company - improving customer service, coping with change, inspiring transformation, improving corporate culture, recruiting and retaining great talent, building teamwork, fostering innovation - it all comes down to this: someone has to do something significant and enlist others to help. Someone, in other words, has to take accountability. Someone has to lead. And it doesn't have to be the boss. Leadership, ultimately, has nothing to do with the title on your business card or your position on the organizational chart. It's about who you are and what you do to change things for the better -- regardless of your place in the company. In Radical Accountability, Steve will show you personal strategies for being the architect of transformation from any position or level in the company.

Leading Radical Service: The Extreme Leader's Guide to Blowing Your Customer's Minds
Audience: For Officer, Senior Executive, Manager and/or Individual Contributor level.
We all know that customer satisfaction is no longer enough. But creating a consistently mind-blowing WOW! Experience for your customers demands imagination, empathy and creativity from every employee in your company. What are you doing about it? Steve offers four qualities that you, as an Extreme Leader, must demonstrate to create customer-obsessed business people at every level of your organization: Passion, Obsession, Creation and Exhilaration. Drawing on provocative business cases, research and personal experience, Steve will take you beyond the conventional customer service wisdom and into the realm of customer love.

The Vision Paradox: The Extreme Leader's Guide to Seeing in the Dark Audience: Primarily for Officer, Senior Executive and Manager level.
Psychiatrist and author Dr. Carl Hammerschlag, said, A visionary is the one who learns to see in the dark, not the one who describes it. Just when a business vision is the hardest to create, that's when people need it most. How do you build and communicate a picture of tomorrow when you're trying to make it through the chaos and commitments of today? Drawing on several cases and proven practices, Steve will help you to create and articulate a vision of your piece of the organization. You'll learn practical strategies to build commitment and inspire action in yourself and in others.

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The Extreme Leadership Session: Working Without a Net
Here's the idea: Steve's been in the trenches. He has 15 years of experience working with thousands of business leaders in all kinds of industries. And most of that experience has revolved around having open, honest and powerful conversations about the nature of leadership with his clients and then helping them to apply new ideas to their specific challenges. To put it simply: there is no script when you're dealing with your clients' current business realities.

Now, the fact is that Steve delivers one helluva keynote speech. And he loves to do it. But the Extreme Leadership Session is a departure from the keynote-speaker norm, because there is no script. With the exception of a couple of principles to set the stage, there is no specific list of points to be covered. The audience will determine the course of the program. Right there. Right on the spot. And the program will develop according to the group's most pressing leadership needs and questions.

Steve Farber's clients include Sun Microsystems, The Discovery Channel, Clorox, Abbott Laboratories, Eddie Bauer, Intel, Kraft Foods, Verizon, The American Medical Association, The General Services Administration, The Council for Excellence in Government, Wells Fargo, Walt Disney Imagineering, and many others.

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Steve Farber did a wonderful job. He made the crowd laugh and really think about leadership in a refreshing way.

- Bank of America

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