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You can’t dance with people who won’t move.
You can’t lead partners who won’t be led.

“What I enjoyed most was how Dr. Paine simply and clearly made me - a seasoned leader - not only reflect on what my team was capable of, but more importantly, how I can use my leadership as a partnership to grow as a college president.”

Dr. Marcheta P. Evans
President, Bloomfield College

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You can’t dance with people who won’t move.
You can’t lead partners who won’t be led.

“What I enjoyed most was how Dr. Paine simply and clearly made me - a seasoned leader - not only reflect on what my team was capable of, but more importantly, how I can use my leadership as a partnership to grow as a college president.”

Dr. Marcheta P. Evans
President, Bloomfield College

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You can’t dance with people who won’t move.
You can’t lead partners who won’t be led.

“What I enjoyed most was how Dr. Paine simply and clearly made me - a seasoned leader - not only reflect on what my team was capable of, but more importantly, how I can use my leadership as a partnership to grow as a college president.”

Dr. Marcheta P. Evans
President, Bloomfield College

Leadership matters.

I believe that everyone has the potential to lead. I also know we all have skills to learn or improve upon that will help us be more effective as leaders no matter what our title is. I’m committed to the idea that healthy organizations have leaders in every chair.

Everything I know about leadership, I learned on the dance floor.

Okay that’s not literally true, but I have certainly learned a lot about leading and following as a ballroom dancer. Both dance and my thirty-five years of experience in complex organizations have taught me that leadership is a complex, dynamic partnership. Our organizations and communities need creative, courageous people who will take on the challenges of leadership.

Let’s explore ways I can help you and your team learn, grow, and become authentic, effective leaders who make a difference.

Leadership Development, Professional Development

Everyone leads. The workshops and team development work I facilitate are based in this belief.
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Speaking Engagements

Everyone can make a difference. My keynote speeches are designed to encourage and support everyone in finding their own way to make a difference in their organizations and communities.
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Leadership Development, Strategy & Support

Everyone is creative. Leading is creative work. It is problem-solving, designing new ways of working, and imagining possibilities.
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I'm proud to have served many distinguished institutions including:

Johns Hopkins University
Office of the Dean of Student Life

NASPA
Student Affairs Administrators in
Higher Education

Northern Kentucky University
University Advancement

Texas Association Colleges and
University Student Personnel
Administrators (TACUSPA)

San Antonio Area Foundation

Stephen F. Austin State University
Division of Student Affairs

Texas A&M University
Division of Student Affairs

Texas A&M University San Antonio
Division of Student Affairs

University of Kentucky
College of Engineering, Office of
Alumni and Philanthropy

University of Miami
Division of Student Affairs

University of North Carolina
Charlotte - Title IX Office

University of North Texas
Division of Student Affairs

University of Texas at Austin
Division of Student Affairs

University of Texas Permian Basin
Division of Student Affairs and
Leadership

University of Texas at Tyler
Division of Student Success

Recent Blog Posts

Answers and Questions

Many of you know that one of my leadership lessons over the years has been learning to ask the right questions. Or should I say working to learn to ask the right questions since it is an on-going practice. And learning to ask good questions, let alone the ‘right’ ones is challenging. Years ago, when the ADA was first becoming part of our lives, student reporters would call me. They would introduce themselves, say, “I’d like to talk with you about the ADA.” and then ...

Touchstones and Wayfinding

Photo by Марьян Блан | @marjanblan on Unsplash There's a scene in the movie "Terms of Endearment" when Patsy says to her best friend who is dying of cancer, "You're my touchstone, Emma." It's an interesting moment because to the outward world, Patsy is the one who looks like she has it all and has it all together. Emma on the other hand is a bit of a mess. Three kids, husband she loves who's having an affair, and a complicated relationship with her Mom, her ...

Choice vs. Control

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash At various points in my life, I've had a, well-deserved, reputation for being a bit klutzy. In my first three months in a new job at McMurry University, I slid down a short flight of cement stairs on my shins in front of my new boss. Then I came back from a waterskiing trip with the campus minister's family sporting a black eye. (Lovely way to greet my first class of incoming students.) I joke about being banned from UT ...

“Hope is the thing with feathers,” says Emily.
As Maya intones, “Still I rise.”

Pablo calls us to “count to twelve” rather than ten
And Mary asks us to think about our “one wild and precious life.”

Poets teach me
To listen for the questions that go unsaid,
To ask the questions that are needed,
To find the path to wisdom and the way to make the bread.

G. Paine

Population of San Marcos, Texas in 2018 - 63,509 Deaths due to COVID-19 at midday 5/2/2020 - 66,640. More people than live in my entire town is gone. #NumbersHaveMeaning ()

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