Lessons from Life: FOUR KEYS to Living with More Meaning, Purpose, and Success

In his deeply personal memoir, Steve Darter asks himself the question: What is the purpose of my life? Using entertaining storytelling, Steve takes you on a journey of emotion, reflection, and insight that encourages you to think about how to live with more meaning, purpose, and success at any age—young, old, or in between. More

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About Steven Darter

Steve has been writing and speaking about motivated strengths and the impact it has on individual, team, and organizational productivity, effectiveness, and work satisfaction for over forty years. He is the author of several articles, the book "Managing Yourself, Managing Others: Learn How to Improve Effectiveness, Productivity, and Work Satisfaction", which has three editions (2001, 2011, and 2015), and "Lessons from Life: Four Keys to Living with More Meaning, Purpose, and Success".

Steve has extensive experience evaluating and advising people, ranging from troubled teenagers to CEOs of Fortune 500 corporations, on work, career, and life issues. His corporate consulting has focused on executive and management development, team development, selection, succession, and consultation on issues related to job fit, performance, and the effective utilization and management of strengths.

Since 1976, Steve has interviewed close to 5,000 people. In each interview he focused on understanding the person's unique motivational design {Motivated Abilities Pattern® (MAP®)} and best paths for success; and in some cases, what had gotten in their way. This vantage point gave Steve an unusually close-up view of how peoples' lives unfolded, including their successes and failures, and the impact of decisions they made, actions they took, beliefs they adopted, course corrections they made, regrets, feelings of disappointment and failure, and satisfaction.

Steve is a recognized expert in helping people understand the implications of MAPs; and is known for his dynamic and engaging presentations, workshops, seminars, and team building sessions.

Steve started his consulting career in 1976 with People Management Inc. (now SIMA International). In 1984, he was appointed Senior Vice President and Head of Executive Search and Selection; from 1990 to 2005, he was president of People Management Northeast Inc.; and from 1996 to 1999, he simultaneously served as chairman of the People Management partnership organization. In 2005, he formed People Management SMD, LLC.

Steve has taught a career counseling course to graduate counseling students at Saint Joseph College and an advanced practicum on "Managing to Strengths" to MBA students at the University of Hartford. His honors include being profiled as one of North America's top executive recruiters in the book, "The New Career Makers", based on survey results of CEOs, senior HR executives, and other business leaders.

Steve has an MS degree in education and an EdS degree in counseling from the State University of New York at Albany. His B.S. is in Sociology from SUNY at Oswego

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