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Steve Donahue

Narrative Intelligence Guru, Bestselling Author, Sahara Adventurer

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Steve Donahue: Narrative Intelligence Guru, Bestselling Author, Sahara Adventurer

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Steven Donahue is a pioneer in the emerging field of Narrative Intelligence and its application for individual and organizational renaissance. He has worked with over 500 organizations to accelerate change, transform culture and energize teams from the inside out. Steven believes that if you change your deep narrative you can change almost anything. That’s why he’s in global demand as a speaker, consultant and thought leader.

He is the author of Shifting Sands, the international bestseller that uses his journey across the Sahara Desert as a metaphor for personal growth and corporate change. Steven co-produced the highly acclaimed documentary film, Take My Advice – I Can’t, which chronicles his 3 year-72,000 mile search for a new story and a reason to tell it.

Donahue is known for insightful presentations that are heart touching and hilarious. He is a spellbinding storyteller and has a special gift for inspiring international audiences with messages that transcend cultural differences. All of Steven’s presentations are deeply researched to be industry specific, immediately relevant and packed with cutting edge content.

Get a New Story - change, leadership
Deep in the heart of every person, team and company is a story. It describes who you are, what you do and why you do it. This narrative identity determines nearly all of your results – but it often flies under the radar. Develop your Narrative Intelligence to identify and transform your defining stories so that you can accelerate change, revitalize your culture and leverage your uniqueness.

The Narrative Imperative  - leadership, engagement, corporate culture
The Deep Narrative defines you. The Brand Narrative conveys that identity. The Social Narrative is what others say about the first two stories. If any one of these goes awry your business goes with it. Leaders must be servants to their individual and organizational narratives. It’s not enough to focus on results. You must narrate, create and curate the story lines for success.

Follow your Compass - change, risk-taking, peak performance
Our maps no longer work in the warp speed of digitally driven change – they’re outdated before the ink is dry. But your compass can guide your career and your company to the destination beyond imagination. Drawing upon Steven’s numerous adventures in the Sahara Desert this presentation will show you how to plot the course of your story in a world of constant change.

Take my Advice - humour, change
Based on Steven’s highly acclaimed documentary film, Take My Advice – I Can’t, this speech chronicles his hilarious and heart touching journey to find a new story and a reason to tell it. Steve’s 3 year and 72,000 mile adventure takes him back to the Sahara for the first time in 33 years and South Korea where he’s become a runaway success as a self-help guru.
"Best speaker we ever had."

"Preparation and execution were flawless."
Thrifty Car Rental

"Overwhelming response."

"Truly assisted us in achieving both our personal and business goals."
Ge Capital“We all found the session incredibly moving and inspiring."
Rogers Communications

 “He excels at taking business information which is relevant and important for the company, and weaving it seamlessly with his own experience to create a dynamic, powerful presentation."
Vishay Siliconix

 “Steve quickly gained a thorough understanding of our business needs and customized his presentation to meet our requirements. His storytelling, high energy and sense of humor kept the audience engaged throughout the entire day and made a lasting impact on all of us.“

Steve Donahue: Shifting Sands

Shifting Sands: A Guidebook for Crossing the Deserts of Change, was published by Berrett-Koehler in May of 2004.
The gripping story of Steve Donahue's odyssey across the Sahara Desert is a metaphor for transitional times in our lives. Unlike the mountains that populate our cultural metaphors -- with clear routes and identifiable peaks – change more closely resembles a desert.

Donahue intersperses the true tale of his harrowing adventure with ‘Six Rules of Desert Travel' that will help you to successfully navigate the shifting terrain of individual and organizational change. Rules such as ‘Follow a Compass, Not a Map,' ‘Stop at Every Oasis' and ‘Step Away from Your Campfire' -- will help you discover your true direction, travel with the right tribe and find opportunity in any transition.

Steve Donahue: Follow your compass, not a map

Follow Your Compass, Not a Map:
The true destiny of every person's life is directed by an inner guidance system that bestselling author Steve Donahue calls your compass. Employing the fascinating metaphor of a sea turtle's epic life journey

Donahue shows readers how to trust their career and personal navigation to compass headings like passion, purpose, authenticity and talent. Follow Your Compass is in part a sequel to his first book, Shifting Sands, a runaway bestseller with over 100,000 copies sold and does not disappoint with practical and applicable advice delivered entertainingly by a master storyteller. 

Bank of Montreal
Campbell Soup Co.
Canada Life
London Drugs
Manulife Financial
Rogers Communications
Thrifty Car Rental