Mike Staver is an expert on leadership. You, like most people, hear a lot about leadership. You get to see examples of it (or the lack of it) every day from the news to politics to your community, family and work. What is leadership? What is a leader’s primary job? How do leaders lead in a way that gets results while creating a great place to work? Sifting through the theory, information and experience of leadership is what coach and leadership expert Mike Staver has dedicated the last 20+ years to.
Unlike many coaches and speakers Mike takes noisy, often complex, leadership content and makes it immediately useful, digestible and entertaining. That combination has influenced over 200,000 people in ways that not only transforms thinking and action but improves results. His counterintuitive perspective and his story telling style combined with an entertaining delivery makes the often challenging realities of work and life easier to absorb, hear and adjust to.
Mike encourages people to carefully and fully examine how their leadership is deeply personal and completely attainable if they are focused and aware of who they are, what they believe and how they influence (or should influence) others. His message is grounded in the belief that leadership is about influence regardless of position, title or power. Understanding and applying that increases performance quickly and thoroughly.
Companies like Federal Express, Miracle Ear, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Mayo Clinic, Allstate and many more have repeatedly invited him to contribute to the development of their leaders.
Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Masters in Counseling Psychology and is a Certified Speaking Professional. Some of his work has been recognized by Training magazine as top 10 in the world and he has been recognized by Meetings and Conventions Magazine as one of the 40 hottest (no, not that kind of hot) speakers in America. He has conducted industry-specific research on the traits that make leaders thrive and has had those findings built into a one of a kind national leadership certification.
There’s more, but frankly….while all of that took a lot of work the real work was done in the years of day to day experience leading people and finding out what works and what doesn’t (honestly, probably more was learned from what didn’t work). Those lessons were learned as a leader in organizations ranging from health care to high-end security and surveillance to representing employers in a variety of employee dispute issues. He took those experiences and built a successful coaching practice that specialized in helping people build lives and careers that worked better for them.
We hired Mike to both present at a meeting of 170 of our organization’s top leaders, and to coach three directors in particular in preparation for their presentations at the same meeting. Mike’s presentation to our group was phenomenal. Equally impressive was his coaching, which set our three directors up for success. The key to his success was in his coaching style. He was exceptional at listening to our presenters’ goals, drawing out their key themes by asking the critical questions, and understanding the strengths of each presenter so that he could offer recommendations to enhance each one’s presentation style. The result was three engaging, emotional, powerful segments that drove home our presenters’ key messages. Those segments, along with Mike’s keynote, was part of what made our meeting not only successful, but also memorable.
We own several franchise businesses and hired Mike Staver to enhance our leadership skills, so we could use our operational expertise to be seen as industry pacesetters. We wanted to grow our business but needed to groom our replacements in order to focus more on strategic direction and business development. With Mike having a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in counseling psychology, he offers a unique skill set that pairs the needs of the business with the behavioral performance of its employees. In the two years we’ve been clients of The Staver Group, we adopted a set of Corporate Core Values so that every employee understands the vision and heartbeat of our business culture. This established a unified focus that guides our company’s collaborative efforts towards a common goal.
I have worked with Mike on multiple projects with both of my companies over the last 10+ years and have recommended his services to countless peers. He has been a tremendous asset and has been able to provide extraordinary insight about my team, as well as provide valuable coaching to both my employees and myself. I would strongly recommend Mike’s services to anyone who is interested in taking their company or business to the next level.
Mike Staver is the kind of coach/advisor that you can count on to tell it like it is, encourage you to take action, then hold you accountable for results. He has been exactly what I’ve needed in this stage of the growth of dotloop. I strongly recommend him to those who are serious about results.
Mike has been my coach for over four years, and I couldn’t be happier with the experience. Of course he gives great advice, but he will also hold my feet to the fire (can I say “kick my butt”?) even when I wish he wouldn’t! He’s funny, smart and compassionate. I truly couldn’t ask for a better coach.
I wanted to make sure I sent a note to let you know what a great response I received from your presentation at our event. Please know the content as well as the entertainment/laughter factor achieved the mark, and all were very happy with the outcome of the event. Everyone I talked to said you were spot on, and many felt they learned a great deal from your talk. All felt like your presentation was the perfect thing at the perfect time. We would like to use you again in the future, if that is any indication of how well received you were.