Steve Lishansky

About Steve Lishansky

Steve Lishansky is CEO of Optimize International, a Hall-of-Fame executive coach, and a speaker, facilitator, and educator known for elevating and accelerating the performance and results of top leaders and executive teams. Author of the #1 business leadership and influence book The Ultimate Sales Revolution. Sell Differently. Change the World, he has worked with talented professionals from more than 45 countries around the world. Contact Steve at, or call 978-369-4525.
19th Jul, 2017

Why Strategic Planning Fails, Part II

By | July 19th, 2017|0 Comments

In our most recent blog, you learned that the most critical aspect of successful strategic planning is aligning your vision, mission, goals and strategies. This is essential in order to have the kind of insights and outcomes that generates dynamic results.

Typically, the weakest and most frequently missing elements of strategic planning are the vision and mission. That leaves a team […]

12th Jul, 2017

Don’t Sell Yourself, It’s Never About You

By | July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

The greatest differentiator you can make is to be a high-value facilitator of what’s most important to your client. To that end, there is nothing more powerful, more compelling, more likely to get you selected, and more likely to get you paid than your ability to help facilitate clarity with your client. There is nothing that matches that. So do NOT focus […]

5th Jul, 2017

Becoming a Partner in Your Client’s Success

By | July 5th, 2017|0 Comments

If you aspire to the level of becoming an Indispensable Partner in your client’s success, there is nothing more important to you than understanding what is most important to them. Having even extraordinary technical capabilities that your employer, client or organization needs is insufficient for being recognized, respected and rewarded to delivering the value that you […]

29th Jun, 2017

Line Of Sight

By | June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

As a high-level strategy leader, have you ever considered what your ‘line of sight’ is likely to produce? What I mean by line of sight is the level or focal point that has your attention on a regular basis. Having worked with thousands of top leaders, managers, and technical experts from more than forty countries around the world, it became clear […]

27th Jun, 2017

Clarity is Power

By | June 27th, 2017|0 Comments

We often hear that knowledge is power, but the truth is, that’s long gone. You can get all the knowledge you’d ever want from Google, literally in a split second.

Make no mistake, in our lightning-fast digital age, where everything is old news only ten minutes after it’s born, clarity is power.

Why does that matter in client relationships? Well, here’s the […]

22nd Jun, 2017

Questions Every Leader Needs To Ask

By | June 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Every leader knows that the quality of his or her questions is a reflection of the quality of their thinking and produces the quality they experience with their people.

For many years, clients have heard me say that leadership is far more about the questions than the answers.  There are critical questions that:

  • Define your focus
  • Evaluate your progress
  • Expand your […]
15th Jun, 2017

Why Strategic Planning Fails

By | June 15th, 2017|0 Comments

How many times have you been subject to what I call “the death march of strategic planning” – the long, drawn out struggle to come up with something you can at least live with, and which you know is not as good as it should be?

Most top professionals agree that the typical strategic planning process is neither strategic, nor good […]

13th Jun, 2017

Do More With Less Makes No Sense

By | June 13th, 2017|0 Comments

When you consider what it takes to be successful in today’s ever-changing world, too many leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals respond: “Get more done faster.” This translates to the business mantra too many companies parrot: “Do more with less.”

The real problem with this thinking is its near total failure to advance the most important, highest value, game-changing choices that drive success. […]

8th Jun, 2017

How to Increase Your Communications Impact

By | June 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Within your organization, you need to regularly consider this critical question: How do I have greater communication impact with my clients, staff, and organization?

One simple and powerful way to increase your communication impact is with the use of questions. Please test this premise with your responses to the following two scenarios:

How would you respond if you heard: “In order to be more […]

6th Jun, 2017

Why Common Sense Isn’t Commonplace

By | June 6th, 2017|0 Comments

My revision of the old 80 – 20 rule I have been sharing all over the world for years goes like this: 80% of success is common sense; less than 20% of the people are using it! When you are committed to be truly successful, in addition fully deploying your skills, talents, expertise and experience, one of your best additions […]

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