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Revisiting the E-Myth

Decades later, Michael Gerber's advice still holds true: small businesses owners tend to depend far too much on their own ability to produce results.

January 11, 2024 | By Stephen Caldwell

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Happiness Begets Engagement

Conversations about employee engagement often focus on many factors, but what roles does happiness play? Happipness can - and often does - beget happiness.

November 9, 2023 | By Stacey Mason

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EQ is the Game Changer

If you only study one more thing in your life, please spend your energy developing greater EQ. EQ is a true game changer for those who foster it.

August 24, 2023 | By Stacey Mason

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There's No Monopoly on Wisdom

Business books are bound to offer some profound insights, but what about more unlikely sources? Discover what children's books can teach us about leadership.

July 21, 2022 | By Stacey Mason

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Coaching for Perspective

What does coaching look like in a business setting? Find out how coaching can shape your perspective and why it should be a cornerstone of your office culture.

June 16, 2022 | By Stacey Mason



Words have meaning and we should choose them carefully. These phrases will help you develop richer connectivity, truer exploration, and a shifting mindset.

May 24, 2022 | By Stacey Mason

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Repacking Your Bags

If life is the proverbial road trip, then it might serve us well to stop every now and then to check what we have packed in our bags.

January 31, 2022 | By Stacey Mason

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Put Your Whole Self In

When did we stop becoming fearless? Or stop believing in our own creativity? Or afraid to take center stage? Let's figure out how we can come back to ourselves!

December 13, 2021 | By Stacey Mason

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Maps and Globes

Seth Godin's analogy of maps & globes reminds us to think broadly, with context rather than deeply/narrowly, to consider general relevance plus specialization.

November 22, 2021 | By Stacey Mason

A Conversation on Perspective

A Conversation on Perspective

One of my favorite improv exercises is Fortunately/Unfortunately, which helps us focus on our own unique perspective, belief systems, and examine our intentions.

October 27, 2021 | By Stacey Mason

Future-Proof Skill Building

Future-Proof Skill Building

Want to become future-proof? Take Stacey's advice to stay curious, encounter new ideas often, and develop a higher level of intellectual adaptability.

August 18, 2021 | By Stacey Mason

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More Improv Advice in Translation

I have found that most advice is worthy of thorough examination. Often advice pertaining to one discipline – with just a bit of translation – has meaning in other disciplines.

June 3, 2021 | By Stacey Mason

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The Power of Reframing

Getting unstuck – moving forward – involves reconsidering it from a different perspective, and usually with far more kindness than we afforded ourselves initially.

January 7, 2021 | By Stacey Mason

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15 People You Need on Speed Dial

I thought I would share the 15 people that I keep on speed dial. Not so much individuals but rather perspectives that I rely on as I navigate the journey that is called life.

November 18, 2020 | By Stacey Mason

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The Art of Effective Communication

In a world that contains this many word choices, coupled with nuances in delivery method and tone (how I say what I say), perhaps it is no wonder that effective communication can be tricky. But to triumph over the tricky simply requires a few techniques.

September 10, 2020 | By Stacey Mason

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How To Better Prepare Young Professionals for Careers

Big data and analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain influence how industries do business. With technology changing rapidly, students, faculty and industry professionals must collaborate to embrace the future.

September 4, 2020 | By Ryan Decker


Improv Advice in Translation

I have found that most advice is worthy of thorough examination. Often advice pertaining to one discipline – with just a bit of translation – has meaning in other disciplines.

August 27, 2020 | By Stacey Mason

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The Path to Customer Centric Leadership

Procter & Gamble’s decision to open an office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 1987 was a seminal moment in the history of corporate retail, but it also became a catalyst for changes that, among many other things, have helped shape and transform the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

August 20, 2020 | By Stephen Caldwell

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Replace Judgment with Curiosity

Replace judgment with curiosity. I don’t know if these words found me or if I found them, but they have transformed my life, my work, and my understanding of human-ness.

August 6, 2020 | By Stacey Mason

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Boundary Spanning in Search of Something Useful

It turns out that I spend a fair amount of time each day doing something that I’d never heard of just a few years ago: boundary spanning. At least I think that’s what I’m doing. I was pretty sure until I looked this phrase up and came away unexpectedly confused.

July 23, 2020 | By Stephen Caldwell

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Building the Right Culture

Building culture; that’s the tougher part of the equation because it feels like a paradox – contradicting pieces and parts merging to create an environment that ebbs and flows over the life of the organization. It’s a beautiful thing to watch when it’s done well.

May 28, 2020 | By Stacey Mason

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Two-Word Lessons to My 20-Something Self

I never put myself in a state of anguish wondering what might have been … could have been … should have been. Rather, I think about the lessons I’ve learned that have shaped me and placed me exactly where I’m supposed to be.

May 28, 2020 | By Stacey Mason

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Where the Magic Happens

I am a big fan of the sciences. I’m an even bigger fan of the arts. And I’m fanatic about the intersection of the two because that’s where the magic happens.

April 23, 2020 | By Stacey Mason

Matt Waller

Six Ways Hosting a Podcast Strengthens Your Leadership

I have plenty of demands on my time, and I am careful not to intentionally add anything to my plate that doesn’t clearly add value to the people I serve, so launching the Be EPIC podcast about a year ago was a strategic decision. I’m happy to report that the results have exceeded my expectations – not just because of the benefits to the Walton College but also because of how it has helped my growth as a leader.

October 24, 2019 | By Matt Waller