Acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of Conscious Governance, risk and strategy in the USA, Asia and Australia, Steven Bowman has transformed the prevailing understanding of the meaning of governance and strategy. He began to envision a conscious governance philosophy, which has quickly spread throughout the world, based upon the premise that governance is about the choices that people make and not just about compliance, policy and procedures. The Australian government has provided a large Federal export grant to facilitate taking his work to international markets.

He is a director of Conscious Governance, based in Melbourne, Australia. He is sought after by businesses around the world as an expert adviser on conscious leadership, strategic innovation, and awakening the power of consciousness within organizations.

Steven is a contributing author to the forward-looking book, YOU and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field's Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs, edited by Terrie Temkin, PhD.

He has held numerous senior executive and CEO positions with some of the USA and Australia’s most prestigious organizations. He has authored and coauthored over fourteen books on nonprofit governance, strategy, risk and executive leadership. Among his clients are: Craigs List Foundation, CPA Australia, CEO Institute, Aged and Community Services, Mental Health Association, Australian Sports Commission and Make a Wish Australia.

Steven currently consults with over one thousand nonprofit and corporate organizations each year in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Corporate Law and Accountability Research Group, Monash University.

Steve is a warm and engaging conference keynote speaker and dynamic workshop/seminar facilitator. He brings over thirty years of hands-on experience and delivers it in a down-to-earth style that speaks to everyone throughout an organization. He leaves his audiences inspired, with practical tools and tips that they can apply at work, at home, and in their communities.

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Choice, Future, and Communities: The True Role of the Board and Governance

In my thirty years of working with boards and senior leadership teams as chairman, director, and CEO, I have seen governance described as many things, and implemented in all manner of ways. Fiduciary oversight (yawwwn), risk management and strategy development (slightly less yawning), control of staff and resources (shudder), legal compliance, and on it goes. These points of view have been developed over the years and have been perpetuated by the plethora of training programs, journals, academic discussions, and professional bodies that focus on particular aspects and tools in the pursuit of “good governance.” What if governance was none of these?

RISK MANAGEMENT ROCKS!! Part 2: Creating Strategic Advantage out of Risk

In Part 1 of this article, we looked at changing our view on risk from one of compliance to one of opportunity. This part of the article provides practical steps to create a risk management plan that actually works. The key steps in creating such a risk management plan are: Identify all the potential risks,…

RISK MANAGEMENT ROCKS!! Part 1: Risk Seen Through the Lens of Strategic Advantage

When asked to define risk, most nonprofit senior leaders (corporate as well!), describe their view of risk as: Something negative that happens to the organization The potential for loss Fraud Negative publicity Things that go bump in the night that we hope will never happen to us When asked how their staff views risk, the…

You’re Strategically Aware and Ready for the Strategic Plan

You’ve taken the concept of strategic awareness to heart and you are making better decisions. You still want – or are perhaps required to have – a “plan,” but you’ve held back because the idea of creating a strategic plan seems a bit intimidating. What if strategic planning was the opposite of everything that most…

Hold Off on Your Strategic Plan (and Build Strategic Awareness Instead)

Strategic planning has such a bad reputation out there. Why do so many nonprofits shudder when the strategic plan cycle comes around again? Why do so many never complete or follow their strategic plan? Why do so many not have a strategic plan? In our experience of over 35 years in the nonprofit sector at…