We work with carefully-selected clients who share our fierce determination to solve problems. Here are some of their comments about working with Applied Strategies.
"Lawyers are a special breed and in many cases they need to be managed and coached differently from other service providers. Stephen's value as a consultant extends beyond knowing how to motivate, organize and promote HR efficiencies at the top level of a law firm, he also brings to the table a career's worth of experience as a CA/CFO who understands the finances of the business side of the practice of law.
Stephen clearly understands the intricacies of how lawyers tend to fall into the same 'traps' in managing their practices, and how this conflicts with achieving the best in client deliverables and profitability. He never fails to impress me in his ability to cut to the core of an issue and propose a range of solutions."
"Steve possesses that rare ability to bluntly deliver tough and practical business advice, while maintaining his personal warmth and good humour. He provides excellent input, creative ideas and strong value. He is also a delight to work with. He has my highest regard."
"Steve is just great. He has a wonderful, infectious personality that accompanies his substantive expertise. He knows the ins and outs of law firm management, administration and marketing but he's also a very practical and patient person. His longevity at Stewart McKelvey is a true testament to both his value and his pragmatism.”
“Stephen is one of the most organized, goal-oriented marketers I have met. He instantly recognizes a good idea and proceeds to capitalize on it. He's an excellent public speaker and have heard him talk at marketing conferences I attend. We worked together successfully on revamping the website of his firm, Stewart McKelvey, and he is a pleasure to work with.”
“Steve is a forward thinker who is always creating and implementing new ideas in his endeavours. As a result, he is considered one of the thought leaders in the legal management profession. I have worked with Steve on international initiatives for the Association of Legal Administrators and have always found him a pleasure to work with.”
Colin Cameron, Chief Operating Officer, Clark Wilson LLP
“Steve is hands down one of the best businessman I have had the pleasure of working with. I consider myself very fortunate to have been mentored by Steve over the past 10 years. It has always been obvious to me that Steve is highly regarded by his staff and business partners. He is viewed as a kind, generous, and genuine human being who above all else can be trusted and relied upon. Steve rarely seeks the limelight and much prefers to have his team take credit for any success - yet it is evident to all that he is frequently the mastermind behind strategic initiatives. In the midst of major corporate events, Steve is often the person that people count on to maintain a level head and he ensures that people do not take their 'eye off of the ball'. He is tremendously skilled at analyzing complex situations, devising strategies, implementing them, and convincing others to join him. I would not hesitate to unequivocally recommend Steve. Anyone could benefit from his down-to-earth practical advice.”
Christopher McNamara, Founder and Director, Medusa Medical Technologies
“Steve is a man of vision who works tirelessly for the betterment of his organization. In the five years that I have worked with Steve I have always been engaged and challenged in all the projects that I have undertaken. Steve brings enormous enthusiasm to everything he does. Any organization that employs him will be well served.”
Susanna Duke, Knowledge Coordinator, Stewart McKelvey