Your Microphone is Always On! – smg

Posted on: January 1st, 2015 by Stephen M. Gower, CSP

 “Everyday you are given a stellar gift — a remarkable opportunity to make a difference in the life of another person. I do not speak, train, write, or consult to be enjoyed. I seek to make differences and to help others make differences.” smg

A Speaker and so Much More!
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 Stephen began speaking in public at age six, his mother insisted on as much, as she was a public speech teacher. Considered one of the strongest speakers in the industry, Stephen has given more than 5,000 presentations. His 50 years of experience pays huge dividends for his audiences. In 50 states and 10 countries, Stephen is known for his riveting content and mesmerizing delivery. The word “experience” surfaces again and Stephen is respected as one who creates relationships with his audiences. Participants do not merely listen to him, they experience his excitement, his authenticy, and vulnerability. Universities, organizations, and individuals benefit from Stephen’s educational material.

“Stephen is one of the most powerful speakers on the planet. He is a brilliant man. I am honored to call Stephen Gower a friend and I am proud to say that I have learned a lot from Stephen about perseverance and courage. I am going to ask you to do something that sounds strange in regards to his books. Do Not Read His Books! That’s right, Don’t Read His Books! Rather, I recommend you Study the Books! Mark them up, highlight them, and make notes in the margins. Again, study his books and you will see that it will make you think bigger and bigger! His books will help you find power that you might not have known was in you, and you will be empowered at a new level.” Dr. Willie Jolley, CSP, CPAE   Washington, DC

What’s Hot Now?

One-On-One Leadership Mentoring – Building Your Agenda for Growth is a unique, stellar approach to professional development. It is crafted and presented by Stephen M. Gower, CSP. Law enforcement professionals, both inside and outside of the United States, respect Mr. Gower for his stunning ability to connect to those who work in the public safety sector. One police chief worded it this way:

What others are saying…

“Stephen brings a unique communication style and content-base to the leadership development challenge. The ‘outside perspective’ benefit of Stephen’s one-on-one leadership-mentoring is priceless to our organization. Over the next several months, I intend to provide every member of our team with Stephen’s one-on-one insight and inspiration.”

Police Chief Danny Lantross

Dixon, IL

Your presentation is one of the most useful seminars I have attended in years. I could have listened to your stories and how you work them into the topic all day, and your interaction with the audience was positive.”
Chief Deputy Marty L. Buechner
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
Columbus, OH


Over my 20 years in law enforcement I have attended numerous leadership courses, classes, and seminars. I have earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Public Administration. I have attended the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy. I have never learned as much and felt as prepared to pass along what I learned as I do now after attending your training. You have provided me with guidance and affirmation in my abilities.”

Captain Steve Patterson

Suffolk,VA Police Department


Thank you for your presentation given at the 2011 IACP. One of our Lieutenants and I were extremely impressed with your presentation and your message. We discussed your presentation over the duration of the rest of the conference and have continued to do so upon our return to Idaho. Your ability to use stories to get your point across was truly enjoyable for both of us. I would just like to thank you for inspiring us to sharpen our leadership skills and continue to improve ourselves both professionally and personally.”

Tracy Basterrechea

Deputy Chief of Police

Meridian, ID Police Department


There is an answer to the vacuum with which you have been wrestling – leadership development. The remarkable one-on-one format that is described here is vintage Gower. This approach to Career Development is grounded in isolating opportunities and accelerating growth from a leadership perspective. As the author of What Do They See When They See You Coming? Lessons Learned from the Nation’s Top Cops and Fire Rescue Leaders, the Stretchability Handbook – How to Build Your Agenda for Growth, and Leadership Re-think – How to Claim and Polish the Leader within You, Stephen M. Gower, CSP is uniquely qualified to lead this Career Development Training.

The emphasis is grounded in whom you want to involve and what they have targeted as their specific results. Leadership Re-Think stands alone as a powerful model for isolating opportunities and accelerating growth.

This approach is grounded in the following:

  • “You cannot give what you do not have.”

  • “You do not have to stay the way you are.”

  • “There is a leader to claim and polish within every member of your team.”

  • “The leadership pool is an ocean, not a pond.”

  • “Leadership development must be a priority for your organization.”

  • “Leadership development within law enforcement is burdened unless an individual has input as to what strengths should be sculpted and what weaknesses should be chiseled.”

  • “Action-plans, driven by result-based learning, are a critical factor within this program.”

  • Leaders should be reluctant to push the 'shift-the-blame button.'”
  • You are a choice-person. Choices create circumstances, change circumstances, and confirm circumstances.”

Leadership training is most effective when:

  • the focus is placed on the individual

  • the format is structured by the individual

  • measurable results are achieved through specific action-plans

“There is a remarkable relationship between individual team member choices and stellar team performance patterns. The crucible that grows such a relationship is itself a relationship – a one-on-one.” SMG