"I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving - we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor."— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
By way of introduction...
In my professional life, I am a member of the faculty of the department of
management in the M.J. Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian
University in Fort Worth, Texas. In that capacity, I teach various classes,
mostly related to leadership, communication, conflict resolution, and
negotiation. Currently, my research mostly centers around leadership development. I am the founder and president of
GK Stephens & Associates (formerly The Banyan Group), through which I offer training in dialogue and
conflict resolution skills, mediation, performance coaching, negotiation, and
other interpersonal and team leadership competencies. I have also worked with clients to design
conflict resolution systems, and I offer mediation services for private parties in dispute. I am an
experienced mediator, with nearly twenty years of practice in workplace,
family, and other types of disputes, and I am qualified in the State
of Texas to mediate court-annexed disputes. I am also certified to deliver the
Crucial Conversations™ and Crucial Confrontations™ training
in dialogue skills developed by VitalSmarts
and the Speed of Trust™
workshop developed by CoveyLink, and I am
qualified to administer and use the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory and the
Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI).
My highest priorities are my family and my faith.
I also enjoy travel, and occasionally camping and hiking. I also read widely and eclectically, and enjoy the booklover's community at Goodreads (really the only social media platform I use).
For personal financial management and budgeting, I use many of these tools. Mostly, though, I like to
spend my limited discretionary time with my family in various
activities. After more than a
third of a century of marriage, I count my wife, Mary Ann, as one of
the greatest blessings in my life...there is no doubt that she has been the
better half of our relationship. I'll be forever grateful that, in what must
have been a moment of temporary insanity, she took a chance and married me.
My commitment to Christianity is manifested in my
active involvement in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, where I currently serve as the first counselor in the Fort Worth
stake presidency and (it goes without saying) home teach
several families. If you don't know what these things are, or why I would spend
15-20 hours weekly on them, ask someone who is
LDS...they'll be happy to explain it to you.
My enduring desire is to live an "abundant life," and to balance
my investments in spirit
(faith), mind (intellect), heart (emotion) and body (health).
ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL
CURRENT EVENTS AND COMMENTARY
I can be reached by e-mail, snail-mail, telephone, or fax at:
DR. GREGORY K. STEPHENS
Texas Christian University
Department of Management
Fort Worth, Texas 76129 USA
Tel: (817) 257-7548
Fax: (817) 257-7227
At Work: email@example.com
At Home: firstname.lastname@example.org