From Dropout to C-Suite

Kyle Kesterson

Kyle Kesterson went from high school dropout to a C-suite executive. Here’s how—and what his experiences taught him about resilience.

Transform Your Business from Scrambling to Scaling

“I was always doing things that were very entrepreneurial,” says Rand Stagen, the managing director of Stagen, a Dallas-based management consulting firm with a client list focused on mid-market corporations such as Which Wich and Studio Movie Grill. In high school, he says, “I was doing things like printing out T-shirts with our school mascot […]

Tales From a Top Management Consultant

Leadership coach Rand Stagen says you don’t have to go through formal leadership training or hire a personal executive coach to understand the power of reflection. ”Everyone has time for reflection,” Stagen says. “You can take as little as 15 to 30 minutes a week to ask yourself some key questions. If leaders don’t take a […]

George Wallace: His Laugh-at-All-Costs Philosophy

"What happened was a guy named Redd Foxx,” says George Wallace, explaining the pivotal moment when he realized at the age of 6 that he wanted to be a comedian. “Red Skelton, Richard Pryor, Rodney Dangerfield, Moms Mabley—all those comedians I listened to. I would go back to school and I would tell their jokes. […]

Hiring a Personal Financial Adviser

If you had a toothache, you’d go to the dentist, right? And if you were building a house, wouldn’t you hire a contractor to oversee the project? So when it comes to something as important as your finances, it makes sense to hire a financial planner—someone who can provide you with not only the expertise […]

Fly Like a Rock Star

Commercial air travel can be a grind. But who can afford to charter his own plane? Thanks to a company called Set Jet, there’s a happy middle ground.

George Wallace’s Funny Pages

Veteran comedian George Wallace promises that if you read his new book, Laff It Off!, “you’ll live longer, you’ll live happier, you’ll walk taller. Oh, and you’ll be much less likely to hit people with blunt objects.” That’s because Laff It Off!—which is equal parts wisdom and rib-tickling observations—is Wallace’s attempt to remind us that, […]