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Stephen Harvill  

Founder & President of Creative Ventures; FORTUNE 500 Consultant

Steve Harvill, President of Creative Ventures, has been sharing his concepts and strategies with companies for 30 years. From the Fortune 500 to small startups, Steve and his Creative Ventures team have developed programs that cross industry lines and challenge the status quo. \

A scientist by education and the past president of two companies, Steve uses his leadership experience and empirical data to reinforce his assertions. Whether he is presenting, teaching, or consulting his programs on Leadership, Sales, Marketing, Innovation, and The Client Experience are guaranteed to leave you with actionable steps to take your business to the next level.

With a client list that includes Apple, Zappos, IBM, Frito Lay, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo, Steve’s resume is a testament to the value he brings to each project.

His ability to customize his presentations to meet clients' requirements is one of his trademarks, creating a sense that he is speaking directly to their needs. For 20 years, Stephen has remained one of the most requested speakers in the country.

Speech Topics


Repeatable Successful Acts

Most organizations know the metrics used to judge the success of their sales force. What they don’t know is the missing piece—it’s what their sales force DOES. What actions or behaviors generated sales and which, if any, can be repeated to generate the same success? Steve Harvill and his company, Creative Ventures, conducted a study of 7 different industries and their top producers to discover the patterns of behaviors that led to their success. This speech offers 28 specific sales activities shared between industries, which can be repeated by anyone. This multimedia, interactive program introduces two years of research, creating a simple and dynamic sales process you can apply today!

The DNA of Success

What makes good leaders great? In one of the latest strategic platforms from Steve Harvill, he shares the results of an independent study of the leadership teams of Fortune 500 companies. The study resulted in a simple discovery: 11 shared behaviors that are directly connected to both individual and corporate success. These 11 behaviors cross industry barriers, providing a menu-driven model that creates a mechanism for success. Delivered in a multimedia and interactive format, this cutting-edge data will challenge your perception of impactful leadership and create a foundation for the development of your leadership model.

The Idea Factory

Companies don’t suffer from a lack of ideas; they suffer from a lack of knowing what to do to make an idea impactful. They lack any sort of process around the development, implementation and measurement of ideas. In fact, according to the Maurer Group, 78% of companies have no idea system at all, which leads to an average failure rate of 70% for new ideas launched. 70%! Ideas vanish from a lack of understanding, a lack of agreement, and an utter lack of engagement. For 30 years, Steve Harvill and his company have been in the business of creating and developing ideas. We find our success in The Idea Factory, a simple, efficient and repeatable process for providing a systemic approach to the development of ideas. The Idea Factory provides a forum for ideas to gain form, to discover function, and through a committed process, find value.

The Once Upon a Time Project

There are stories being crafted. There are stories being told. There are stories of authenticity and richness that engage our minds and imaginations. There are stories tired in their design and missing the mark of impact. What’s your story and how well do you tell it? The Once Upon a Time Project is a strategic platform based on two elements: crafting, the art of writing a true and meaningful story; and telling, the skill of telling your story and weaving its content towards impact. Your stories are already there, most of the time in plain sight. You need to capture them, to help us know and understand what you do, what value you bring, and how you’re different. This is story-based marketing.

Elegant Simplicity

The death of effective planning lies in our desire for “more.” We believe that more allows us to gain ground, to move forward, but the reality is that more leads to complexity. The more complex a model, the less likely that model is to become a reality. In this dynamic presentation, Steve Harvill shares why we move towards complexity, the key difference between simple and easy, the advantage of teams, the space between cause and effect, being an architect of time, and a discipline of thinking that brings the model together.

Dazzling Blue

Why do we continually settle for ordinary when the step to extraordinary is so simple? Why do we ignore the power of a simple story? Why do we miss the return we are given when we focus on the client experience? Why don’t we create opportunity instead of waiting for it, and when we see the chance, why don’t we make the opportunity scream WOW? These questions form the core of the Dazzling Blue movement, a journey to your ability to become extraordinary, to develop a sustained performance that will separate and differentiate you in a world continually marginalized by common experience. Dazzling Blue, a strategic platform from Steve Harvill, will immerse you in a multimedia experience specifically designed to provide you with a simple three-part plan to start you on the journey to extraordinary.

The Beyond Series

A fundamental aspect of success is focus. Successful companies develop such intense emphasis on their business and their market’s playing field that, to their benefit, creates a supreme level of knowledge. This knowledge however, tends to develop a myopic sense of vision. Just outside their laser-like focus lies a world of ideas and strategic tactics that, when discovered and leveraged, can create new opportunities. Welcome to The Beyond Series, a customized connected cycle of new ideas that the global business community has put into successful application. When applied to your company, this model can lift your business to new levels that separate and differentiate you in a commoditized world.

Why We Love the Movies

As entertaining as it is educational, this unique presentation takes you through the elements of our movie experience, discussing story, the narrative arc, music, emotions, psychology, and the aftereffects of going to the movies. This program is filled with movie clips, music, interactive participation and “Oscars” for those who know their stuff. Why We Love the Movies is the #1 value-added program booked by clients for their customer appreciation programs and is now part of the leadership training program for multiple clients. This multimedia experience will take you to the land of hope and dreams, the land of journeys and destinations, the land of life and death, the land of laughter and tears, and the land of imagination.

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