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Gregory Stebbins
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Dr. Stebbins is a colleague at Insight Institute and the co-designer of its flagship Letting Wisdom Lead program. Over the last 25 years he has created or co-created five companies. His senior business leadership experience is combined with his in-depth understanding of interpersonal dynamics. Dr. Stebbins is a member of the Consulting Psychologist division of the American Psychological Association.

Greg has over three decades of experience coaching emerging and senior executives in the development of wisdom, which is an integration of an individual’s head (intellect), heart (courage) and hunch (intuition). The wisdom development process helps leaders examine their inner dynamics, which drive how they act in an organizational environment. Leadership effectiveness means being accountable which requires awareness of and taking ownership of moment-to-moment beliefs, fears, hopes, desires, defenses and impulses.

Leaders then integrate their knowledge and experience and transform 
it into wisdom that can be applied to guide an organization’s success. Team effectiveness with senior leaders requires a high level of collaborative dialogue to ensure that they are mutually accountable to the purpose and outcomes of the organization.

His former clients include many Fortune 1000 and Mid Cap companies, including: Abbott Laboratories, Amgen, CBRE, Dole Food Company, Fluor Corporation, IBM, RCA, 3M, and Sodexho.

Dr. Stebbins has an MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and an Ed.D. from Pepperdine University’s school of education and psychology. He has lectured at University of Southern California, and the MBA program at University of California at Los Angeles. Greg has been listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the World for more than two decades. Greg has an active and ongoing meditation practice stretching over more than four decades.

Entries by Gregory Stebbins

Self-Compassion -- The Doorway to Wise Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 11:25 AM

Co-authored by Marcos Cajina

In Western corporations, there is a deeply ingrained cultural belief that high-performance requires "suffering". In other words, many people believe that distress, discomfort, and pressure ignites performance. This belief and associated behaviors are toxic in nature, ineffective, unsustainable and lead to burnout and career derailment (Gallup,...

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How to Work for a Narcissist: A Question of Balance

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 11:19 AM

The dictionary definition of a narcissist is a person who is self-centered, exhibiting extreme selfishness, has a grandiose view of his or her own talents, and craves recognition.

All leaders need some narcissism just to survive the trip to the top. Self-confidence, tenacity, and assertiveness seldom exist without it. A...

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Currently Not Promotable

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 12:19 PM

Jimmie was angry and hurt after his meeting with the EVP of the division he worked for. This was the third time he was passed over for a promotion and this time it went to a person much younger and less qualified (at least according to Jimmie). What the EVP...

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Missing the Warning Signs of Career Derailment?

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 10:40 AM

John was the acknowledged technical star of the executive team. The CEO considered him a qualified successor and his operational skills were impeccable. However, it seemed that John was operating with damaged interpersonal radar, and this worried the CEO the most. Essentially John was unable to read how his behaviors...

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Is Your Imagination Undermining Your Success?

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 2:42 PM

As leaders, imagination is a vital tool. Often the organizational visions we paint originate right from of our imagination. As Albert Einstein said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever...

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The Myth of the "No Ego" Leader

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 12:23 PM

Recently, there has been much discussion and even a TED talk around leadership with no ego. This has led some to believe that a leader should dissolve his or her ego. Perhaps there is some misunderstanding of what the ego is and why it is useful as a leadership tool.

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Loving Leadership: Does Our Definition Do Us a Disservice?

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 5:46 PM


My last blog considered how it's likely that a leader who has inspired us did so because of their loving, but that our beliefs and conditioning may get in the way of our being more loving in our leadership. In this blog I...

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Loving, the Key for Wise Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 5:00 PM


Loving, the Key for Wise Leaders

For a moment consider leaders that may have inspired you. Perhaps they inspired you because they touched your deepest essence and you loved it. They brought forward the very best of who you are encouraging you to...

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Emerging Leaders - Making a Good First Impression Is in Your Hands

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 10:54 AM

As a leader we're told to make a "good first impression." The most significant first impression we'll make is shaking another person's hand. Think about it; have you ever recoiled from a limp, dead fish handshake or winced in pain from a bone crusher? How about your end: do you...

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Letting Wisdom Lead - Southern Africa Style

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 2:33 PM

Recently Insight University was blessed with an opportunity to share its Letting Wisdom Lead workshop with 150 graduates of the Kellogg Southern Africa Leadership (KSAL) Capstone Forum. We were touched by the combination of intelligence, humanity and warmth that the Fellows and Alumni of the KSAL program possessed.


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Are Your Young Leaders Ready for the Wisdom Economy?

(2) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 1:07 PM

In the last 30 years, humanity has been transforming at an ever-increasing rate. We have witnessed the focus of the world shifting from the Information Age and on to the Knowledge Age. Humanity is in the midst of another shift that is just beginning to emerge, the Wisdom Age.

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Being Leadership: The Power of Co-Creating Heaven on Earth

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 2:45 PM

Enough already!

The significant problems we're facing aren't being solved: wars drag on, millions suffer severe drought and famine, ice caps melt, global financial markets collapse, terrorism continues. People have lost faith in many of our institutions -- schools that don't teach, governments that can't govern, marriages that...

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Letting Wisdom Lead: Are You Leading With Your Heart and Your Gut?

(2) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 5:19 PM

Psychologists, philosophers, educators, neuroscientists and clergy have all weighed in on what "wisdom" is. Each sees wisdom from her or his unique viewpoint of the world. Much of the past history of leadership has focused on IQ. Over the last 20+ years the additional evidence of EQ (Emotional Quotient) has...

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Emerging Leader: Do You Really Want to Be a Leader?

(4) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 7:40 PM

Nearly 80 percent of all global companies are facing leadership talent shortages that will impact their performance. After several years of business contraction and less internal investment focused on leadership development, some companies are facing a crisis in filling future leader roles.

Seems like a perfect time to step forward...

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Connection: The Heart of Our Humanity

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 4:41 PM

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

Albert Einstein made that statement in the 1950's, in a world of black & white TV and telephone party lines. So how much more true is it today when people text instead of talk and instant messaging...

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