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ATX Leader Vlog Mark Westerfield

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Mark Westerfield

They say it takes several weeks to form a new habit.  How will the “new habits” we form as we journey through this unprecedented time shape the future of the Church? Mark Westerfield, Pastor of Round Rock Central Baptist Church, shares his commitment to care for his own congregation while also issuing a challenge to…

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Conversations with ATX Leaders Josh Hares

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Josh Hares

Misinformation causes fear. That is why people are looking for clarification from trusting voices. “Fear can cause great things and bad things so we have to be vigilant.” Josh Hares, Chief Revenue Officer for Austin Better Business Bureau. Josh shares about what posture we as leaders should take during difficult times as the Austin BBB…

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Conversations with Pete Hayes

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Pete Hayes

As as markets shift, people reposition, and companies pivot during this time the challenge is not just clarity, but keeping information relevant.  Speaking to what is happening in the crisis as it is happening will be how many organizations survive what feels like a total shut down. Pete Hayes, Principal & CMO of Chief Outsiders,…

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How to Thrive in Pandemic

How to Thrive During a Pandemic: Take the Next Step Forward

  How to thrive during a pandemic: take the next step forward   It’s true what they say, you remember where you were when a national or world catastrophe occurs is so true.  I was at work, actually in a meeting when my wife who never calls me at work called: “get to a TV,…

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Conversations with ATX Leaders Mark McClain

Conversations with ATX Leaders: Mark McClain

In a few short weeks, the world has certainly changed; yet, our Lord is timeless and changeless.  He sets the times and seasons.  In a time when fear, frustration and stress are rampant, even the simple act of extending a smile to others or reaching out to your neighbor, friends and/or family can make all…

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Spiritually Supporting our Workplace Teams

Spiritually Supporting our Teams

“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV)   There is a growing trend of believers who are seeking to…

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Personality Impacts Performance

  The Enneagram, Myers-Briggs, Strength’s Finders, Four Temperaments, Which Harry Potter House are You, What Character from Friends Best Reflects You…there is no shortage to personality profile testing. Ranging from deeply researched scientific methods, to fun Buzzfeed quizzes about how you like your pizza, we have constructed all sorts of ways to help us understand…

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Bridging the Divide between Secular and Sacred Work

  When entering the conversation of Secular vs Sacred work, we generally mean work that is “done for God” and work that is “done for money.” This is the separation that Jesus set up for us, saying that man can only serve one master. He did not, however, say that those who serve God cannot…

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5 Must Have Leadership Resources

Five Must-Have Leadership Resources

Elon Musk, when he was asked how he learned to build rockets, replied, “I read books.” Reading is one of the first skills we learn as children entering school, and for good reason– it’s how we record our history, how we share life experiences, and how we further our capacity to learn.  Reading is an…

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Hugging at the CEO Pastor Dinner

CEO & Pastor Dinner 2020

When we first gathered for our now annual CEO & Pastor Dinner, it was with the hope that these two important leadership groups in our community, those of congregations and those of companies, would engage in conversations that uncovered similarities in their experience; bridging two worlds that might seem very separate at first glance. We…

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