Keynote presentations

Steven R. Reissig | National Speakers Association Professional Speaker on Leadership

Steve Reissig | Leadership Initiatives, Cleveland. Ohio

Steve is a professional speaker with 30 years of presenting experience. His topics include Leadership, Motivation, Change Management and many others.  His speaking style is not only entertaining, but has audiences engaged in learning useful skills and processes, giving leaders and managers insight that will help them lead others with influence. Steve customizes each speech for the particular audience with stories and anecdotes that help people achieve a better understanding of strong leadership. Please review the attached topics and contact the office for further details.

Lead to succeed – and still be the person everyone wants to work for!

Whether you like it or not, you are leading someone. But are you being the type of leader others want to follow, or one that people want to run from. Great leaders have more than just a technical knowledge of their field, but an ability to influence and motivate people to move toward great causes or goals. This engaging and humorous speech will give people tips and steps to become someone with great influence that others will want to follow.

Value to the participants:

  1. Shed some light on what the definition of a good leader really is
  2. Learn what and why they need to have the attitude of a leader
  3. See how interpersonal work skills and processes are important
  4. Learn the three levels of leadership and how it affects their efforts
  5. Understand why carrot and the stick really don’t work anymore
  6. Learn the 4 categories of followers and how to move them up the motivation ladder

45min – 1.5 hr. PPT


4 generation communication – How to connect the dots.

Companies that have leaders who are highly effective communicators had 47% higher total returns to shareholders over the last five years compared with firms that have leaders who are the least effective communicators, according to David Grossman, CEO of the David Grossman Group. Traditionalist, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Gen Y and soon Millennials, cause a quandary that makes business and personal forms of communication a tangled mess.

In this session you will discover some the problematic symptoms of cross-gen communications and learn tips that can help prevent “missed dot connections”.

Value to the participants:

  1. Define what communication really is and how easily mistakes happen
  2. Mistakes of texting, e-mail, and other forms of communications
  3. How to confirm the message is delivered
  4. How to communicate so everyone receives the message
  5. Steps that bridge the gaps

45 – 1hr PPT


Manage your culture – or it will manage you!

Chief financial officers (CFOs) recently surveyed by Robert Half said that, on average, supervisors spend 17 percent of their time — nearly one day per week — overseeing poorly performing employees. A culture of accountability is built by the HR department. So how can you build a culture of top performing workers?

In this session we will discuss why culture becomes a fear factor and workers become silent. It shares what the mental environment looks like and how do we can build a safe culture that allows workers to speak up or do task that is free from fear.

Value to the participant:

  1. Define what a true leaders is and why we need these “Go-To” people
  2. Look at the culture people work in and see how best intentions can be disruptive
  3. Define the experiences, beliefs, actions and the results of a system
  4. What is the consequence bundle and how it influences performance
  5. Steps HR can take to make sure the work environment is a safe place to communicate

1 Hour – PPT


Wow meetings – steps that differentiate you and get you noticed by the execs.

Wolf Management Consultants asserts that 73 percent of professionals admit to doing unrelated work in meetings and 39 percent even dozed off in meetings. According to Get a Klu, professionals lose 31 hours per month to unproductive meetings. That’s four work days each month. Klu also suggests that of the 11 million meetings that occur in the U.S. every day, half the meeting time is actually wasted. Meetings are something we all have to attend and sometimes our responsibility to manage. No big deal, right? But did you also consider that meetings are the number one way executives and managers know your ability to organize and execute work? Done well, and management knows you have strong leadership abilities. But if you lead one of those meetings that become the talk of the company, your name gets tagged to that disaster.

This session builds not only the planning, executing and post meeting skills needed to be an expert at meetings, but keeps you out of the meeting land mines that most people fall into. What makes this session most valuable is not just a discussion of meeting management, but a discussion of the Vroom-Yetton Involvement model, and how to decide who should be involved in a meeting and why.

Value to the participants:

  1. Planning, executing and after meeting management the professionals use
  2. How to avoid pitfalls and other meeting catastrophes
  3. How to handle conflict during a meeting – keeping control when you hit an iceberg
  4. Meeting leadership skills you can use even if you are on the sidelines
  5. Vroom and Yettons situational leadership tree – how to involve others
  6. Know when a task or issue should be done alone, with another person or in full meeting style

45 min – 1 hr. PowerPoint


Build an engaging sustainable motivation system that can survive when the stuff hits the fan!

Ever notice how a new employee’s enthusiasm eventually wears off? In 85% of companies, employees’ morale significantly drops off after their first six months on the job, according to a survey from Harvard Management Update. For the most part, enthusiasm is determined by work environment, and it can be fostered or hindered by the boss.

In this informative and engaging session, we will look at the performance environment that workers are in and, by asking specific questions, we can determine if a consequence of an action is encouraging or discouraging. Using the motivational wheel, we can then determine if we are actually punishing workers for doing a job well done.

Value to the participants:

  1. Understand what actions actually cause demotivation
  2. Learn the 5 step motivational performance cycle – Expectations, Skill, Observed action, Consequences and Feedback
  3. Look for flaws in the system that cause worker demotivation
  4. How to pre-build a system before you launch it to the masses
  5. Things you can do to coach bosses to become masters of motivation

45min – 1hr PowerPoint


How to avoid the 6 Immutable mistakes that will kill a great suggestion/work team improvement system!

According to a March 2001 article reported in USA Today, a survey developed by OfficeTeam found, “Only 38% of working men and women feel their managers are very willing to listen to new ideas and suggestions for improvement.” As a leader in your HR department, there are many crucial basics that are often missed when trying to start a suggestion/reward system thus making the system just another suggestion box on the wall. But done correctly, it can lead your company into MILLIONS in cost savings. Take it from one of the people was was tasked with starting the system at Honda of America Manufacturing.

Value to the Participant:

  1. Building the understanding behind the system
  2. Build trust and do it, or let it die (It’s not a side line activity)
  3. Don’t pay money – There are better forms of compensation
  4. Help the employee OWN the idea (It’s My Baby)
  5. Employees should be growing at the same time
  6. Everyone is involved – everyone wins

45min – 1 Hour PPT


Construction 2.0 – Tips and ideas for the leaders in construction

After gaining a strong interest in house building after I helped a Mennonite friend at his house raising event I decided I would like to build some houses. During a slow period with a company I was contracting with, I went to Home Inspection School and was hired the next day at a high speed home manufacturer. I really took to supervising different contractors and getting tasks accomplished. Using processes like Project Management, lean, communications and other skills I was already teaching in the manufacturing sector, I found that excelled at production home building. At one point, I had 56 houses under construction at one time. In this speech I share some of my findings and tips for better production.

Value to the participants:

  1. Understand how to lead workers and contractors
  2. Inspector feedback is a very positive thing
  3. Why you really want to follow a written project plan
  4. How to find variances in the plan and use them to gain time in the next build
  5. How to work with suppliers so they want to work with you
  6. Why work packages are the workhorse of good management practices
  7. Doing a potential problem analysis is worth its weight in gold
  8. How a project commences is the tell tail sign of the planning that went into it
  9. Make sure you did your part before slamming a subcontractor

45min – 1.5hr PPT