FBI Special Agent turned Leadership Coach
For someone who ‘did not know what to do for a living’, the enigmatic Steven Nathenson has certainly come a long way. As an Award- winning FBI Special Agent turned Top Leadership and Executive Coach, his impact across the globe is hard to miss.
Born as one of triplets to a teacher mother, Steven learned early on how to accept others, do right by them, and value equality. When he lost her to cancer as a teen, these values became his guiding principles. “While they told me how to live, they did not tell me what to do for a living. Something I struggled with at college, as an engineer, and even as an FBI Special Agent. Not until founding my own business did I embody these principles while also living what I was truly meant to do,” he shares.
Growing up, Steven often thought there had to be something more to life than just ‘going through the motions’. Over the years, he realized this was a deep-seated need to have an impact on this world, which led him to become an FBI Special Agent. After an accomplished and decorated career, he realized becoming a coach would allow him to continue to create this impact on a wider scale, which is how the concept of ‘Strive For More’ came to be.
As the Founder and CEO of Strive For More, Steven helps leaders master their mindset to increase their focus, confidence, and performance, while motivating others to do the same. His proven training and coaching programs help leaders and their teams thrive through challenges while achieving ambitious results.
“Disengaged employees cost their organization an estimated 34% of their annual salary while the cost of losing an employee is an estimated 33% of that employee’s annual salary. As a Coach, my work directly increases employee engagement and reduces employee turnover within organizations. Both of these metrics make organizations stronger which, in turn, makes the economy stronger,” says Steven.
He goes on to add, “To do this, I leverage my cognitive behavioral coaching approach of G.R.I.T. – Give, Recognize, Implement, Time; my communication style of The Art of Subtle Suggestion; and a proprietary 360-degree assessment instrument which measures G.R.I.T., the impact harnessing G.R.I.T. has – increasing empathy, self-awareness, leadership, and much more – and key skills such as emotional intelligence, trust, what unites teams, etc.”
At the heart of Steven’s passion is one word – impact. Impact for him, others, and the world around us. A close second to this is creating the clear, easy, and powerful means which bring about this impact: “Everything I do is aimed at fostering a world in which we treat each other respectfully, inspire each other to be great, and follow our hearts. I often imagine what our world would look like if we focused on what makes us the same – sharing in the human experience – instead of focusing on what makes us different.”
When the pandemic hit, Steven utilized the time to create tools and offerings which addressed the very core of what people across the world needed – the ability to master their mindset to survive and achieve the balance and success they sought. This led to key differentiators that drive the success of his business today.
This precision and effect explain Steven’s long list of laurels. In addition to two United States patents for his work as an engineer and five awards for investigative work as an FBI Special Agent, he has been a bestselling co-author, a nationally ranked triathlete in the United States, an Ironman All World Athlete, and recognized for his academic achievements on multiple occasions.
Speaking about the strengths that have been most beneficial to his success (and reduction of stress), he states: “1. Planning ahead 2. Being detail oriented and 3. Being able to boil down large amounts of information into clear concise points. On the flip side, I had to learn over the years how to respond instead of react. An important lesson that has restrained impulses and lessened undesirable results through better self-regulation and self-management.”
A sought-after leader in the field of Coaching, we can’t let Steven leave without a message for our readers. Quick to oblige, he reveals, “Our mentality holds the key to our success. If we never unlock and overcome our mental hurdles, we’ll never take the actions that lead us to where we want to go as we’ve already defeated ourselves.”