Steve Harris: How He Co-Founded EdgeEcution In 2011 and the 90 day High Performance Art

I heard about Steve Harris some years ago while attending events organised by Fela Durotoye in Abuja and reading his books. Something stood out about Steve, apart from his great looks and his lovely accent, it was his loyalty to his former boss and now mentor. Here is one young man who guarantees that you can be trained to be a high performer in 90 days!
Guaran'damn'teed! Like I heard him say in one of his podcasts! Enjoy our Interview session...

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS ABOUT?
I'm Steve Harris. I am a Life & Business Strategist. Or simply put, I coach individuals and organizations and give them a wake up call needed to achieve high performance in 90 days or less.

I'm a husband, dad, sibling and a son.
I'm also the Co - Founder of EdgeEcution, a management consulting firm that develop & execute corporate interventions that cause transformation in 90 days or less. We're privileged to partner with many blue chip organizations, such as GTBank, Diamond bank, NLNG, Oracle, Union Bank, StanbicIBTC, Heritage Bank just to name a few.

WHAT INSPIRED YOUR BUSINESS IDEA?
When I turned 19, I started reading books by Tom Peters and Michael Porter and I was enamoured by amazing self help books by Brian Tracy and John Maxwell, that I decided to be a Management Consultant and Coach. At 26, I was very fortunate to work with, and be mentored by one of Nigeria's foremost Management Consultants, Fela Durotoye. I worked with him for 5 years (till October 2010) and started EdgeEcution in March 2011. At EdgeEcution, we get a kick out of seeing measurable and sustainable
transformation in our clients business and bottom-line.

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
I just hosted my annual masterclass; "Mastering The Business Of Your
Talent". It's designed to help entrepreneurs profit from their passion and build a sustainable enterprise.
We have had amazing faculty like Tara Fela Durotoye, Uche Nnaji, AliBaba, Charles O'Tudor, Tonye Cole and just recently, Leke Alder.
So while I'm recuperating from that amazing session, EdgeEcution's doing great, adding value to its clients.
But I'm also working on my 3rd book, 'Honey, Why Are We Poor?' due to be out before Christmas.

WHAT'S YOUR ORGANISATIONAL CULTURE AND STYLE LIKE?

It's very deliberate, strategic, impact driven and execution focused.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT AS A BUSINESS BRAND? 

I don't know about the biggest, but as my team say, 'we may be a few, but we do great things'. Just standing toe to toe with bigger name brands and not only competing, but winning against them is pretty amazing.

 

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR RECURRENT CHALLENGES?

Constantly being on the cutting edge! I get bored pretty quickly, I also recognize that I'm a Creative; an innovator.
In the personal development space / public speaking industry, I was one of the first to start doing Podcasts, Webinars and now Teleseminars. So getting the market to adopt best practice can be a challenge, but hey, nothing beats getting it done.

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH TIMES OF LOW PATRONAGE OR UNCERTAINTY?

That sucks. But as every good business knows, you've gotta be able to understand the signs of the times, forecast and get ahead of the curve. So when things get a little slow, that's when we 'mend our nets', re-evaluate our strategy, go back and try again.

WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER INTERESTS?
I'm assuming you're asking about business interests, so I'd say Agriculture.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR BRAND IN 5 YEARS?
That's a hard question. But i'd love to be an internationally sought after Life & Business Strategist. I'd have been a Speaker at amazing conferences such as MegaFest, The Experience, The Platform, The Global Leadership Summit and devised and executed strategy for global corporations. Now, wouldn't that be something?

(Nodding and smiling) IT SURE WOULD! SO WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT DOING BUSINESS IN NIGERIA?

It's such an untapped market, so if you can succeed here, you'll succeed anywhere.

AND WHAT DON'T YOU LIKE ABOUT IT?
Generating your own power!  That really sucks.

WHAT'S YOUR ADVICE FOR BUDDING CEOs or Founders?
If your business ain't making money, you're running a charity. So understand your business. Separate personal needs from business money, always reinvest into your business and pay your taxes.

WHO ARE YOUR BUSINESS ROLE MODELS OR INSPIRATIONS?

Fela Durotoye, Tonye Cole of Sahara Energy and Leke Alder.

OH NICE! HOW DO YOU RELAX AND VACATION?

I watch movies with my wife, read or play my PlayStation.

ANY OTHER THING CEOs SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU?
That's pretty much it. It's an honour being interviewed by you!

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME STEVE! 

Check him out on www.iamsteveharris.com

Any Questions for him or thoughts? Hit the Comment box now!

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