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I Believe that Entrepreneurship Saved My Life

“When I was 11 years old, my father came home from work and told our entire family that a routine medical exam revealed that cancer was ravaging his body, and that he was given only six weeks to live.” These were the first words from Rick Sapio as he held the attention of everyone in […]

Flood and Redemption: The Making of Healing Springs Ranch

As the water gathered around her feet as she stood in her living room, Rachel Graham wondered how she ended up in this place, in this moment. There was the quiet after the front door had closed behind her. There was the odd silence that remained once the nanny and her kids had left the […]

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, […]

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 […]