Steve Little is a much sought after expert on the subject of business growth and the future of opportunity. As a former President of three fast-growth companies, he now advises thousands of leaders of growing organizations and communities each year. For over ten years, Steve was also a Senior Consultant for Inc. magazine. He is the author of the best-selling books “The 7 Irrefutable Rules of Small Business Growth” (Wiley, 2005) and “The Milkshake Moment: Overcoming Stupid Systems, Pointless Policies and Muddled Management to Realize Real Growth” (Wiley, 2008). And his newest book “Duck and (re)Cover: The Embattled Business Owner’s Guide to Survival and Growth” (June 2009), is already receiving praise as the “Must-Read Business Book” for 2009!
He also regularly speaks for some of the world’s leading organizations, including UPS, Microsoft, FedEx, Bank of America, SunTrust Bank, Echostar, National Association of Home Builders, Consumer Electronics Associations, National Sporting Goods Association, Million Dollar RoundTable, American Banking Association, Associated General Contractors, Retail Industries Leaders Association and over 80 chambers of commerce. His style has been described as “real-world” “highly credible” and “uniquely engaging.”
From 1988 thru 1999, Steve was President of three fast growth companies. Both FAME, Inc. and Erb Industries, Inc. achieved profitable growth rates of over 500% during his tenure.
Steve is a graduate of Miami University and has studied at The Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland and The University of Houston’s Future Studies Program. Steve and family live in sunny Wilmington, NC and historic Merida, Mexico.
Duck and (re)Cover: The Embattled Business Owner’s Guide
to Survival and Growth
Little’s timely new keynote clearly identifies the ways in which today’s business
growth leaders can both prevail and prosper in the midst of economic
uncertainty. As the former President of three fast growth companies, Little
imparts lessons learned in the trenches and couples that personal perspective
with his decade-long experience working with resilient business growth leaders.
Having already weathered three economic downturns, he brings a unique
perspective on what works (and what doesn’t) in challenging times like these.
Focusing first on the most immediate challenges facing any organization’s
leadership, he challenges much of the conventional wisdom regarding how
business leaders “should” react to a recession. Little then highlights the
inevitable opportunities created by economic downturns. This
presentation provides specific answers regarding those areas in which leaders
need to concentrate their time, money and effort in today’s volatile world. Short
on theory and long on actionable advice, he helps growth-oriented leaders best
position themselves for both survival and growth in the 21st century.
Your audience will learn:
-Stark New Realities
-Creative Cash Controls
-Proactive Planning Techniques
-Efficient Marketing Strategies
-Proven Growth Initiatives
The Milkshake Moment: Overcoming Stupid Systems, Pointless
Policies and Muddled Management to Realize Real Growth
Growth. It’s the central focus for nearly every organization and leader. So
why then do so many organizations, both big and small, continually find ways
to shoot themselves in the proverbial foot? In this humorous, yet insightful
keynote presentation, Steve shows you how to identify and overcome the
growth-stifling behaviors inherent in any organization and how you can lead
the way toward substantive change and real growth.
The 7 Irrefutable Rules of Business Growth: 21st Century Strategies
for Building Your Company
More than any other objective, businesses want to grow. In this, his most
popular keynote, Steve investigates what it takes to grow your business both
effectively and profitably. Through his personal experience as a growth
expert (both as a growth consultant and as President of three fast growth
companies) and studies of the Inc. 500 (America’s fastest growing privatelyheld
companies) Steve identifies those best practices of organizations that
achieve sustained and profitable growth.
The Future of Opportunity: A 20/20 Vision of Your Success
In this exciting and thought-providing keynote, Steve helps audiences focus
on their near-term future. By identifying the most impactful macro-changes
taking place in our world today, and dovetailing them with the specific
developments within your industry or organization, Steve illuminates the
future of opportunity and success for your group over the next 3 to 15 years.
No crystal ball or tea leaves here…just factual, down-to-earth information
your group will find interesting, entertaining and actionable.
The Ten T’s of Customer Acquisition & Retention: Proven Initiatives
For Building Relationships and Profits
Today, business interested in growth are looking to improve their customer
relationships to increase sales, lower costs and maximize profits. Short on
theory, long on practical advice, Steve examines how today’s most successful
organizations are transforming the way in which they acquire and retain
customers. Through concepts such as “touches”, “telepathy” and
“timebombs”, this no-nonsense discussion will help your group build
customer-centric processes that lead to sustainable growth
Founding Director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation (CSLi) at the University of Texas
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