by William Yeager, CPT

ABC News said, “Steve Wiley is the best speaker you’ve never heard of”. USA Today said, “The most powerful performance training available.” With true rags-to-riches stories, Steve intertwines the challenges he has overcome with the adversities learned on the battlefields of Gettysburg. Promoting the value of performance technology can be summed up through the words of Confucius: “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” Steve Wiley’s methods underscore and highlight Confucius’ teachings in bringing a performance-based approach to leadership development.

I first met Steve at the Antrim 1844 Country House, a sleepy bed-and-breakfast nestled in the colonial-era hamlet of Taneytown, Maryland. He was kicking off a week of leadership instruction by introducing the class to President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln spoke of leading during a difficult time in US history, writing the Gettysburg Address, and answering questions from the 30 participants beginning their week-long Transformational Journey from Gettysburg. From this introduction to the completion of the week, Steve’s dynamic and robust motivational presence accents a curriculum that fully benchmark ISPI’s systematic approach to improving productivity and competence.

As performance leaders, we recognize leadership fundamentals are a difficult concept to convey, influence, and accomplish. As ISPI stakeholders, we recognize the fundamentals of focusing on results, taking a systems view, adding value to the organization, and establishing partnerships. Steve understands the ISPI focus and conveys these principles using a performance-based approach to influence leadership behaviors and accomplishments. He employs Civil War experts to transfer leadership objectives by uniquely representing the battle of Gettysburg as a metaphor for addressing the business and leadership issues we face every day. Steve’s presentation is not a history lesson or a lesson in military strategy but rather an opportunity to reflect upon your leadership, followership, and organizational effectiveness to improve leadership effectiveness.

I have personally sat through many keynotes at many conferences including ISPI’s THE Performance Improvement Conferences in San Francisco 2010, Orlando 2009 and 2011, and Toronto 2012, and understand the value of the keynote’s impact. Steve is a lively, forceful, and energetic speaker who will leave the ISPI audience with a five-star “WOW” factor and a positive learning administrator’s view of effective performance-based instruction. You won’t want to miss THE Performance Improvement Conference, April 14-17, 2013 in Reno, NV!