Stedman Graham

  • Executive, Educator, Trainer
  • Personal & Professional Branding Expert
  • Chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates

Stedman Graham has built a strong reputation for helping corporations, organizations, and individuals succeed.  He is the Chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a management and marketing consulting firm based in Chicago.  As an educator and speaker, Graham lectures and conducts seminars for businesses and educational organizations worldwide on the topics of identity development and leadership.  Graham considers it his mission to transform followers into leaders and has a passion for helping young people have a larger vision for their lives. He is the author of eleven books including two New York Times bestsellers.  His most recent book, “Identity: Your Passport to Success” was a Wall Street Journal bestseller.At the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, he taught a management strategy course entitled “The Dynamics of Leadership.” 

Graham is currently a distinguished visiting professor at colleges and universities throughout the country.  Active in philanthropy and community work, he is on several boards including the Board of Junior Achievement and the business school at San Diego State University.  Graham served in the U.S. Army and played basketball professionally in the European League.  Graham holds a Bachelor’s Degree in social work from Hardin Simmons University, a Master’s Degree in Education from Ball State University, and an honorary doctorate in Humanities from Coker College.  

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Branding, Business Communications, Business Culture, Celebrity, Diversity, Employee Retention, Innovation, Leadership, Personal Growth, Philanthropy & Volunteerism, Teambuilding, Time Management, Youth

  • Travels From:

    Illinois

  • Price:

    $10,000 - $15,000

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Stedman Graham Speech | Ashford University Fall 2013 Commencement

Stedman Graham has built a strong reputation for helping corporations, organizations, and individuals succeed.  He is the Chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a management and marketing consulting firm based in Chicago.  As an educator and speaker, Graham lectures and conducts seminars for businesses and educational organizations worldwide on the topics of identity development and leadership.  Graham considers it his mission to transform followers into leaders and has a passion for helping young people have a larger vision for their lives. He is the author of eleven books including two New York Times bestsellers.  His most recent book, “Identity: Your Passport to Success” was a Wall Street Journal bestseller.At the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, he taught a management strategy course entitled “The Dynamics of Leadership.” 

Graham is currently a distinguished visiting professor at colleges and universities throughout the country.  Active in philanthropy and community work, he is on several boards including the Board of Junior Achievement and the business school at San Diego State University.  Graham served in the U.S. Army and played basketball professionally in the European League.  Graham holds a Bachelor’s Degree in social work from Hardin Simmons University, a Master’s Degree in Education from Ball State University, and an honorary doctorate in Humanities from Coker College.  

To book Stedman Graham call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

LEADERSHIP 

Stedman Graham’s Leadership Programs are recognized for aligning strategies, building leaders’ capabilities, and establishing and maintaining strong brands. He, uniquely, works with leaders from the inside out — on the premise that once leaders know who they are, they can utilize that controlled platform as a springboard for acting on where they want

to be, and how to create, share and achieve personal, professional and business objectives. Whether the leader is an executive, teacher, mentor, parent or student, and regardless of gender, race, class or age, Stedman Graham helps to create leaders who have the courage and maturity to accept responsibility, who are able to forge deep reciprocal relationships in career, business and communities, and who by empowering themselves, become committed to developing leadership ability in others.

The Dynamics of Leadership

Great leaders share an ability to inspire, guide and motivate their followers. In “Dynamics of Leadership,” Stedman Graham, bestselling author, businessman and community leader, shares his insight into how participants can master the “hard skills” necessary to succeed in the business world, cultivate their potential, expand their opportunities, and empower themselves to participate at all levels of leadership and

Organizational development. He stresses the importance of advocacy and mentoring to help others aspiring for greater achievement.  

The Competitive Advantage in Business Leadership

Stedman Graham works with business leadership and executives to help them align business strategies. Moreover, he offers them a process for developing and performing in business that is congruent to their own Life Brand. Once leaders have a personal vision and know who they are, they can act on where they want to be personally and professionally.  With this knowledge, they are better equipped to work authentically

and ethically toward business objectives. Leaders who participate in the Competitive Advantage in Business Leadership program will be able to consciously articulate not only what needs to be done, but why it needs to be done. This collective knowledge is then the catalyst for serving up and rallying around the action plan regarding “how” to create, share and achieve business objectives. This source of personal and business transformation is intended to create an environment that works better for the leader, the company and those impacted in the surroundings.

DIVERSITY

There is no brass ring for addressing or resolving the pervasive issues in 21st century business, however, areas on which leadership can enhance abilities and focus, which will ensure progress — one of which, is capitalizing on diversity. Stedman Graham focuses on the root of the problem, the “missing piece,” calling it the New Diversity. Many programs offer good information about specific cultures and customs, or on society’s shortcomings with respect to discrimination, reverse discrimination and stereotypes, though many focus on the symptoms of the problem. Graham focuses on self-awareness and personal performance as the best way — in fact the only way — to lead, work or live with people of all backgrounds and traits with optimum results.

Diversity: Leaders Not Labels

When we focus on performance and strive toward excellence in our professional lives, we shed the relevance of external labels based on race, gender, age, ethnicity, lifestyle, or physical ability. We are personally responsible for how we view and respond to diversity. In Leaders Not Labels, Stedman Graham helps people to recognize that it is about recognizing your own strengths, being proud of your own culture, and never having to apologize for who you are. Acceptance, tolerance and excellence start from within, based on self-knowledge and self-reliance. With those abilities, you can lead by example and perform at the highest level. Without them, you can’t even lead your own life effectively. 

BUSINESS 

With nearly 30 years of business experience and ownership, Stedman Graham brings to bear his knowledge to help leaders differentiate themselves and their businesses in a time of fewer guarantees. He builds from the premise that maximizing potential is a two-step process: Internal + External = Maximum Potential. To compete in today’s market, businesses need an integrated approach to grow and develop. They must have a clear understanding of their vision (internal), and well-articulated plan of action to achieve it in order to brand themselves into the marketplace (external). Graham provides clarity and insight regarding the possibilities, and makes the information relevant to action.

Build Your Own Life Brand

You can start to maximize your potential once you know exactly who you are, and what is important to you. Once you know who you are and what drives you, only then can you begin the process of branding yourself into the market. Stedman Graham champions messages on how to polish your brand — “your promise.” His messages are tailored to

the individual and/or the overall organization (including how to garner recognition, appreciation and response for your corporate brand and value).

HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE

Business people today realize that a healthy lifestyle promotes not only physical well-being but emotional and mental well-being. Stedman Graham explains that for businesses and their people to achieve top-notch performance, technical skills are not the only areas to focus on. A blended approach to total wellness is critical. Businesses that

desire to gain or even sustain an edge in today’s highly competitive marketplace must differentiate themselves in more than just products and revenue streams. They must do so by acknowledging and serving the needs of the total employee.

You Can Make It Happen: A Health and Lifestyle Program

You Can Make It Happen: A Health and Lifestyle Program focuses on self-awareness and personal performance as the best way to achieve optimal results. Once a person changes his thinking, he is better able to change his patterns and “re-program” to create new habits. With the approaches and tools gained, participants are equipped to recognize

core issues, remove obstacles to success, and create opportunities. They are given a process to move beyond their problems and work toward who they want to become. The information Graham conveys to audiences will begin to equip them with grassroots principles of health and well-being that can be applied for a lifetime.  

MARKETING AND SALES

Businesses today must differentiate beyond cost, quality and timed. Professionals must go beyond technical proficiency and recognize the psychographics of relationship building and find creative, grassroots approaches to reach a client or prospect — especially those of high net worth. Stedman Graham provides insight and perspective on how to improve profitability and positioning in an increasingly competitive and complex business environment. 

Business Development:  Strategic Positioning and Marketing

One way to improve profitability in an increasingly competitive and complex business environment is to align business strategies and develop leaders and leadership capacity from within the organization. This positions business in the marketplace and gives leaders access to the industry. Both personal and professional leadership, require having

the right information and alignment based on values and vision. The intent of the Business Development: Strategic Positioning and Marketing keynote or seminar is to provide business people with the process and tools to position themselves to develop and capitalize on new relationships and business opportunities. Participants learn how to apply their skills, leadership ability toward building an overall Life Brand that  transcends any situation.

Strategic Marketing

Stedman Graham targets the opportunities for business growth through organizing the industry for discovery and innovation and developing strategies for integrated business, marketing, and sales. Graham also relates the power of building brand awareness, client service and building individual leadership skills as powerful contributors to business growth.  

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

You Can Make It Happen™:  The Nine-Step Success Process

You Can Make It Happen: The Nine-Step Success Process puts resources and strategies into people’s hands to take control of their lives. Graham shares his insights regarding this systematic approach to organizing and advancing life goals and ambitions. It’s the ‘how.’ Implemented consistently, the process helps build personal and professional effectiveness, increases focus, enhances time management and helps improve relationships.

The Nine-Step Success Process™: Business Strategy and Vision

The Success Process can be applied as a unique approach to establishing a company’s position in the marketplace by integrating business growth, people, and community relationships. Stedman Graham shares his insights regarding this systematic approach to organizing and advancing business goals and aspirations. Graham demonstrates that when the Process is consistently implemented, it helps build organizational effectiveness, increases focus, promotes shared vision and helps improve relationships.

The Nine-Step Success Process™, introduced in Graham’s New York Times bestseller You Can Make It Happen is a systematic method that can be used in all areas of life, for the rest of your life. 

JP Morgan

I attended SGA's Executive Leadership Forum in Chicago. Best -of-class materials, in-depth insights, provocative dialogue; sure that was all there. What resonates most with me is that Stedman skillfully challenged a very accomplished gathering to deal with their history and habits. It was a cathartic experience that suggested that a deeper understanding of who you are provides a roadmap for the next steps in your journey.?

Merrill Lynch

Stedman Graham is one of today’s leading authorities on emotional intelligence. His training seminars are highly effective because they make you focus on maximizing the true leader within yourself.

Manpower

“The entire Manpower organization, GlaxoSmithKline, and the Greater Research Triangle community thoroughly enjoyed your visit to North Carolina. I am still receiving phone calls and e-mail's complimenting your message with regards to enhancing the quality of life for other people."
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