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Steve Harvill, President and CEO of Creative Ventures, has been sharing his concepts and strategies with companies for 30 years. From the Fortune 500 to small startups Steve and his Creative Ventures team have developed programs that cross industry lines and challenge the status quo.

A scientist by education and the past president of two companies, Steve uses his leadership experience and empirical data to reinforce his assertions. Whether he is presenting, teaching, or consulting his programs on Leadership, Sales, Marketing, Innovation, and The Client Experience are guaranteed to leave you with actionable steps to take your business to the next level.

With a client list that includes Apple, Zappos, IBM, Frito Lay, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo, Steve’s resume is a testament to the value he brings to each project.


Stephen Harvill Speaker Videos Back to top

Darwin Strikes - Sawdust


“In that shift of value, something of no value became of staggeringly high value.” Stephen Harvill relates how sawdust went from being a problematic waste product to the indemand staple ingredient of plywood thanks to the open mindedness and inventiveness of a lumber industry employee, James Patterson.

Keynote Speech


“The distance between ordinary and extraordinary is very small. It wasn’t big. It was just the discipline of risk associated with doing something.” Scientist Stephen Harvill examines what it means to be “extraordinary” examining several cases of projects that have shined brightly in the masses of existing products.

He demonstrates that the x-factor in the products is usually something simple that anyone could accomplish as long as they have vision and the courage to face the fear of failure.

Paying Attention


Building Blocks of Success



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Stephen has created a foundation of original ideas that have been reshaping the landscape of business for 30 years. His techniques and strategies are based on his decades of data, research, and simple but proven methodology that have stood the test of time, helping grow multiple midsize companies and Fortune 500s.

Founder and president of the small specialist firm Creative Ventures, Stephen and his team are constantly in research mode updating their ideas and presentation material, setting their sights on a direction where no one else is looking.

Repeatable Successful Acts

Power behaviors of top producers. Most organizations know the metrics used to judge the success of their sales force. What they don't know is a missing piece, it's what their sales force actually DOES. What actions or behaviors generated those sales and which, if any, can be repeated to generate the same success.

7 Different Industries
150 Top Sales Producers Interviewed
1,500 Answers

A simple pattern of success was discovered. RSA presents 28 specific sales activities shared between industries that can be applied by anyone. This multimedia and interactive program introduces two years of research creating a simple and dynamic process you can apply TODAY!

The DNA of Success

Effective leadership... That sticks! Continuing to follow the success of RSA Steve Harvill shifted the focus of his research to leadership to bring The DNA of Success to his clients. The DNA of Success is the result of a study into the leadership teams of seven industries. Presented in multimedia format this platform will challenge your perception of impactful leadership!

The study resulted in a simple discovery - 11 shared behaviors that are directly connected to both individual and corporate success. These 11 behaviors cross industry boundaries, providing a menu driven model that creates a mechanism for success.

The Once Upon a Time Project

What's your story and how well do you tell it? There are stories being crafted. There are stories being told. There are stories of authenticity and richness that engage our minds and imaginations. There are stories tired in their design and missing the mark of impact. What is your story and how well do you tell it? The Once Upon a Time Project is a strategic platform based on two elements of a great story:

CRAFTING: The art of writing a true and meaningful story.
TELLING: The skill of telling your story and weaving its content towards impact.

Your stories are already there, most of the time in plain sight. You need to capture them, to help us know and understand what you do, what value you bring, and how you're different. This is the nature of CRAFTING a true story.

Dazzling Blue The journey from ordinary to extraordinary. Why do we continually settle for ordinary when the step to extraordinary is so simple?

Why do we ignore the power of a simple story? Why do we miss the return we are given when we focus on the client experience? Why don't we create opportunity instead of waiting for it and when we see the chance why don't we make the opportunity scream WOW?

These questions form the core of the the Dazzling Blue Movement, a journey into your ability to become extraordinary, to develop a sustained performance that will separate and differentiate you in a world continually marginalized by common experiences.

Dazzling Blue will immerse you in an experience that is specifically designed to provide you with a simple three part plan to start you on the journey to extraordinary.



Stephen Harvill Speaker Testimonials Back to top

"The feedback and comments received by our staff on the various programs and workshops you have provided over the years to our members rank among the best I've seen in twenty years of association management."
Barbara Byrd, Executive Vice President, Community Association Institute

"Unlike so many of the step-by-step theories of delivering great customer service, your 'real world' emphasis challenged our employees to take responsibility for solving problems and exceeding customer expectations."
Brent J. Darden, Vice President, Cooper Aerobics Enterprises, Inc.

"You were exactly what we needed; someone to make us look differently at behaviors and assumptions. I didn't know what to expect when we challenged you to present for 3 hours. You did a stellar job, no one left! You made us re-examine everything!"
Candice Grow, American Heart Association

"Immediately after your first session I noticed an improvement in the attitude and effectiveness of the staff in their dealings with clients. The custom-designed Stress Management program has already helped in our difficult service challenge."
James Cranford, President, Quadrant Management, Inc.




* Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.

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"The feedback and comments received by our staff on the various programs and workshops you have provided over the years to our members rank among the best I've seen in twenty years of association management."
Barbara Byrd, Executive Vice President, Community Association Institute

"Unlike so many of the step-by-step theories of delivering great customer service, your 'real world' emphasis challenged our employees to take responsibility for solving problems and exceeding customer expectations."
Brent J. Darden, Vice President, Cooper Aerobics Enterprises, Inc.

"You were exactly what we needed; someone to make us look differently at behaviors and assumptions. I didn't know what to expect when we challenged you to present for 3 hours. You did a stellar job, no one left! You made us re-examine everything!"
Candice Grow, American Heart Association

"Immediately after your first session I noticed an improvement in the attitude and effectiveness of the staff in their dealings with clients. The custom-designed Stress Management program has already helped in our difficult service challenge."
James Cranford, President, Quadrant Management, Inc.


Repeatable Successful Acts

Power behaviors of top producers. Most organizations know the metrics used to judge the success of their sales force. What they don't know is a missing piece, it's what their sales force actually DOES. What actions or behaviors generated those sales and which, if any, can be repeated to generate the same success.

7 Different Industries
150 Top Sales Producers Interviewed
1,500 Answers

A simple pattern of success was discovered. RSA presents 28 specific sales activities shared between industries that can be applied by anyone. This multimedia and interactive program introduces two years of research creating a simple and dynamic process you can apply TODAY!

The DNA of Success

Effective leadership... That sticks! Continuing to follow the success of RSA Steve Harvill shifted the focus of his research to leadership to bring The DNA of Success to his clients. The DNA of Success is the result of a study into the leadership teams of seven industries. Presented in multimedia format this platform will challenge your perception of impactful leadership!

The study resulted in a simple discovery - 11 shared behaviors that are directly connected to both individual and corporate success. These 11 behaviors cross industry boundaries, providing a menu driven model that creates a mechanism for success.

The Once Upon a Time Project

What's your story and how well do you tell it? There are stories being crafted. There are stories being told. There are stories of authenticity and richness that engage our minds and imaginations. There are stories tired in their design and missing the mark of impact. What is your story and how well do you tell it? The Once Upon a Time Project is a strategic platform based on two elements of a great story:

CRAFTING: The art of writing a true and meaningful story.
TELLING: The skill of telling your story and weaving its content towards impact.

Your stories are already there, most of the time in plain sight. You need to capture them, to help us know and understand what you do, what value you bring, and how you're different. This is the nature of CRAFTING a true story.

Dazzling Blue The journey from ordinary to extraordinary. Why do we continually settle for ordinary when the step to extraordinary is so simple?

Why do we ignore the power of a simple story? Why do we miss the return we are given when we focus on the client experience? Why don't we create opportunity instead of waiting for it and when we see the chance why don't we make the opportunity scream WOW?

These questions form the core of the the Dazzling Blue Movement, a journey into your ability to become extraordinary, to develop a sustained performance that will separate and differentiate you in a world continually marginalized by common experiences.

Dazzling Blue will immerse you in an experience that is specifically designed to provide you with a simple three part plan to start you on the journey to extraordinary.


Darwin Strikes - Sawdust


“In that shift of value, something of no value became of staggeringly high value.” Stephen Harvill relates how sawdust went from being a problematic waste product to the indemand staple ingredient of plywood thanks to the open mindedness and inventiveness of a lumber industry employee, James Patterson.

Keynote Speech


“The distance between ordinary and extraordinary is very small. It wasn’t big. It was just the discipline of risk associated with doing something.” Scientist Stephen Harvill examines what it means to be “extraordinary” examining several cases of projects that have shined brightly in the masses of existing products.

He demonstrates that the x-factor in the products is usually something simple that anyone could accomplish as long as they have vision and the courage to face the fear of failure.

Paying Attention


Building Blocks of Success