Stephen's focus is strategic facilitation - the art of helping senior leadership teams become clear, agreed and confident about their organisation's direction, priorities and strategy.
Stephen is often engaged to traverse complex and delicate board or partnership dynamics. His cut-through ability to identify and address core underlying issues and opportunities enables his clients to achieve profound shifts in perspective and attitude.
Typical projects include:
- Facilitating "vision and strategy" retreats
- Partnership / senior management alignment
- Membership of advisory boards
- CEO coaching
- Succession planning
- Leadership development
- Aligning federated organisations (including not for profit).
Originally trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, Stephen worked in the corporate recovery and reconstruction area in Australia and the UK, exposing him to a broad range of businesses in varying degrees of distress.
Subsequently he moved into banking and held various senior credit and regional management positions with NAB. Immediately prior to joining AltusQ in 2001 he was Chief Operating Officer for a fast growing firm servicing self-managed superannuation funds.
He has held several board positions including Chair of an international business coaching organisation and Chair of HeartKids Australia, a national charity devoted to helping kids suffering from Congenital Heart Disease.
Stephen is also doting father to Sophie (18) and Samuel (14), married to Jackie (age withheld to help maintain current status), and poopscooper to Buddy.
- Certified AltusQ coach and coach trainer
- EMCC Accredited Coach at Master Practitioner level
- The Leadership Circle (TLC) practitioner
- Chartered Accountant.
PAST & CURRENT CLIENTS INCLUDE:
Creating and growing a successful business is an impressive achievement but it can all be wasted if you can't eventually exit the business with an appropriate reward for your efforts. Luckily this is a "solved problem" that a good coach can guide you through.
VISION & STRATEGY
ESV Accounting and Business Advisors
Facilitating the development of business vision and strategy was the first step, followed by executive coaching to develop and support leaders and emerging leaders.
THE COACH AS LONG-TERM, TRUSTED ADVISER
AltusQ coach Stephen Shepherd has worked with Woven Image over many years - in fact they're in the middle of the relationship's third long-term planning cycle. Growth, for both the business overall and for the CEO personally, has been the consistent, sustainable result.
ARTICLES + EVENTS
How Champions Can Help You Build a Successful Quality and Safety Program
Working with champions is a different approach to top-down change management. According to AltusQ Business Coach Stephen Shepherd, there are many reasons it can actually be more effective.