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Our keynote speaker Steve Arneson has been a leadership coach for 20 years, where he has coached executives from a wide variety of leading companies. Steve Arneson has been named one of Amercia’s Top Leadership consultants and in 2007 founded Arneson Leadership Consulting.

Steve Arneson is the founder of Arneson Leadership Consulting. This was created to provide executive coaching, talent management, and leadership development solutions to corporations and non-profit organizations. His idea to start the Arneson Leadership Consulting in 2007 stemmed from his passion for helping leaders reach their full potential. He has also been named one of America’s Top leadership consultants, as well as one of the country’s Top 10 executive coaches from 2008 till 2012 by the Leadership Excellence magazine.

Dr. Arneson frequently speaks about leadership to corporate and conference audiences. He coaches senior executives at leading companies such as GE, Lockheed Martin, Siemens, Marriott, MetLife, Time Warner, E-Bay, NBC Universal, Rosetta Stone, AOL, Freddie Mac, and many others. and writes a blog every month for the Conference Board. He has also written Bootstrap Leadership: 50 Ways to Break Out, Take Charge, and Move Up, a book about leadership self-development.

During his corporate career, Steve has been Regional Vice President for Aon Consulting, VP of People Development at a division of PepsiCo and YumBrands, and the head of Learning, Leadership Development, and Executive Talent Management at America Online, and Time Warner.

Steve has also worked at Capital One, where he developed the talent management processes resulting in the company twice being named to Fortune’s Top 20 Companies for Leaders list (ranking 2nd in 2007, behind only GE). Steve additionally created Capital One University with his team, it ranked in the top 25 of Training Magazine’s corporate university rankings, and the Leadership Development Program (rated one of the top corporate leadership programs in the U.S. in 2005, 2006 and 2007).

At the other companies, AOL, Time Warner, and Pepsi-Co, Steve also created leadership programs and talent management systems. He partnered with senior executive teams to identify and develop extraordinary leaders.

Steve is a graduate of the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program. He lives in Leesburg, Virginia.

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    Speaker Steve Arneson Keynote Topics

    Steve discusses Leadership topics based on his book ’Bootstrap Leadership’.

    He does keynotes (60 minutes), but also offers “workshop” style, interactive sessions.  Typically, these range from 90 minutes to 3 hours, and can be done with audiences of any size – the sessions are highly engaging and interactive.


Interview with Steve Arneson

How do you prepare for a keynote speech?

I try to do as much research on the company as possible.  I always do a phone conference with leaders ahead of time, to get a sense for the current issues facing the company, to learn more about the culture, etc… then I tailor my remarks accordingly.

Can you provide 3 aspects that are crucial for successful leadership?

I think leaders have to “point the way” – that’s their first task.  So # 1 is setting the vision and strategy.  # 2 is listening – great leaders listen well, and this is not an easy skill to master.  # 3 is setting a high standard for performance.  Being really focused on outcomes and results, not just process.  Holding people accountable, and establishing a tradition of winning and excellence.

What kind of leadership/talent management have you created and why is it important for companies to have these?

My belief is that you have to have good people management systems – and two are critically important; performance management, and Talent Review.   You have to be able to evaluate the what and the how for each employee, and you have to know where your stars are in the organization, so you can accelerate their development.

Do you have some examples of what leaders must never do?

Well, there are a lot of things that leaders should never do… first and foremost, of course, is they should never lie or hide the truth.  Integrity and honesty are a must.   Leaders must also never ask people to do things they themselves are unwilling to do.  Finally, leaders should never forget where they came from.  No one is born as the CEO – keep your humility, and try to see the best in people.

What type of audience benefits most from your keynotes?

My keynotes and workshops work best with groups of managers or leaders.  My expertise is helping leaders to self-develop… so an audience of leaders who want to improve their leadership and take their teams to the next level is my perfect audience!

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