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2018 Stagen Member Reunion Recap: The Fierce Urgency of NOW

Last week we wrapped our Annual Member Reunion at the historic Statler Hotel in the heart of Downtown Dallas. Over 300 Stagen members gathered to reflect, inspire, and challenge one another to lead with the fierce urgency of now. We had an incredible lineup of speakers who shared their stories and gave inspiring examples of […]

Countdown to Stagen’s 20th Anniversary Member Reunion!

We are excited to announce Stagen’s annual Member Reunion and our 20th anniversary celebration. December 5th – 6th, 2018 The Statler Hotel, Dallas, Texas   About Stagen’s Member Reunion Every December, our members have the opportunity to reconnect with classmates from their Integral Leadership Program (ILP) cohorts, expand their perspectives on leadership, and engage with […]

Vulnerability Makes You a Stronger Leader

When I first found the Stagen Leadership Academy, I had been putting all of my energy into changing. In fact, I had always thought that changing my leadership style or personality was the best way to take our company to the next level. The truth was, my leadership style worked just fine. That is, it […]

Prioritizing Your Initiatives (Webinar Recording)

When it comes to achieving your organization’s goals, it falls on you as a leader to make a conscious decision to make deliberate sacrifices in certain areas to excel at others. Your ability to accurately assess your organization’s capacity becomes a key element in achieving your vision. In this webinar, Wes Blair and Jay Swindle […]

A Call for Long-Term Capitalism

Investors, board members, CEOs, and business leaders have been conditioned to deliver short-term results. Often at the expense of their organization’s long-term health. They’ve been taught to believe: Winning in business means delivering results, right now. Yet research indicates that making decisions in the context of a long-term focus actually generates better financial outcomes. In fact, […]

The Mechanism of Vertical Development

Leaders are “subject to” many assumptions, beliefs, motivations, and behaviors in the same way that a fish is subject to water. When a leader expands their consciousness, their previous “self” arises as an object in the consciousness of their new sense of self.     In some increasingly rare, mercifully-simple business situations, a knowledgeable manager […]

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) […]

You’re Doing it Wrong…How Not to Give Feedback

When you withhold feedback, you are sabotaging the other person’s ability to succeed.   How’s that for some straightforward feedback?   So, how would you evaluate your feedback skills if you did an honest self-assessment? Do you give frequent feedback to your colleagues? Are you comfortable giving positive feedback?  What about negative (constructive) feedback? Do […]

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 […]