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Michelle Kinder’s Compassionate Commitment to Sanity

My entire life I have had a front-row seat to a leadership style that is grounded in purpose and relationships. My parents, Herb and Judy Billings, were missionaries in Guatemala, and both were natural leaders who were more preoccupied with contribution than personal achievement. Their clarity of purpose, combined with a humility and curiosity, gave […]

Communication Intent vs. Impact

The meaning of communication is the response it gets—regardless of your good intentions.   Organizational life is rife with misunderstandings, missed opportunities, mistakes, and conflict. Many of these issues result from confusing intent and impact. Understanding the dynamic process that occurs from intent (which happens before the communication) through impact (which happens after the communication) […]

Christopher Crow: Redefining Patient Care One Doctor At A Time

It was never the outsides of things that interested Christopher Crow, a man who has always had a way of seeing things as they were while daring to dream of how they could be. It’s not surprising that his office in Plano, Texas, is a nice but unremarkable structure, the sort of professional services building […]

Mike McGuire: A Great Forehand

When Barry Andrews started Dallas-based Andrews Distributing Company, a beer and beverage distributor, in 1976, the company was founded on the idea of business as a family with strong core values; one that viewed all customers, vendors, and employees as stakeholders in that family. In the ’90s, there was already strong vision, growth, and culture […]

John Tobin: In Search of a Challenger

The revelation blew him away. But there it was, over and over again on the pages of his journal, in his own handwriting. He was showing up as a victim in his business. When he thought of corporate evolution, he most often considered the changes that needed to be made around him. Seldom did he […]

Greg Massey: Bankers Who Care About Divorce Rates… What’s the Punchline?

“If we’re doing our job, the community will have lower divorce rates and higher credit scores,” says Greg Massey, CEO of First United Bank. To Massey, a bank is not just a place to safeguard deposits and make loans; banks can elevate the finances, zeitgeist, and emotional health of the communities they serve. It’s a […]

Scott Flowers’ Bucket Full of Purpose: The Unconventional Journey to Impact

When banking executive Scott Flowers found himself laid off with a year’s severance package, some big questions emerged. A foreign company had purchased his previous employer in North Texas and consolidated the businesses, leaving Scott in a flurry of interviews and LinkedIn networking, and traveling the country chasing opportunities. But one thought kept recurring: part […]

Andy Eby: Practice. Play. Grind It Out.

Andy Eby’s cleats dug into the soil of Lambeau Field, as he grasped the football and took a deep breath, right there at the center of the offensive line. Andy wasn’t playing for the NFL because he was the best and most talented football player. He was playing amongst the elite because he’d spent his […]

What’s Your Purpose? 38 Epic Purpose Statements of Stagen Member Companies

At Stagen, we believe that an organization’s purpose is something that already exists and it is the responsibility of leaders to find an elegant way to articulate it. Said differently, you don’t create purpose, you uncover it. A great purpose statement should exemplify elegance and simplicity on the other side of complexity.  It should inspire […]

10 Insights for Meditation

Want better focus, memory, emotional intelligence, and decision making ability?  But wait, there’s more!  What if we said you can have better focus, memory, emotional intelligence and decision making ability with just 5 minutes of daily practice?  We imagine you would take us up on the offer.  That offer, by the way, has a name: […]