Our backgrounds are in nonprofit, business, and higher education—fields which have helped mature our skills in listening, thinking, relating, and discerning. After discovering this approach to conversations, we embraced it, putting it to use every day in our business and personal lives. We’ve seen how it can help turn corners and move forward, and now we’re eager to share these insights with you.

J. Devereaux Butler, Ph.D. Ruth Stegeman, M.A.
J. Devereaux Butler, Ph.D. Ruth Stegeman, M.A.
  • Ph.D. from Emory University in Learning, Memory, and Performance
  • Organizational Development/Trainer at Motorola (5 years)
  • Manager of Learning Systems at Spectrum Health (6 years)
  • Lead Facilitator at The Delta Strategy (4 years)
  • Mediator for Dispute Resolutions Center of West Michigan (present)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Grand Valley State University (present) 
  • Mentor, Cook Leadership Academy at the Hauenstein Center at GVSU (present)

Personal Statement
Having spent over 20 years in training and development for such notable institutions as Motorola, Spectrum Health, and Emory University, I’ve learned one thing—most performance issues will not be solved by training.

Training is great for obtaining new knowledge, yet most performance problems are not “knowledge problems.” People generally know what to do. Most often, they are blocked from doing it—blocked by fear, blocked by the system, or blocked by lack of confidence.

At THINC Consulting, we release individuals and teams by creating conversations with a center, not sides. Using our decades of experience in facilitation and coaching, we help group members to jettison their entrenched “positions” and seek to identify shared “interests.”

We provide a solid process for rich dialogue enabling group members to understand others, find their voice, and be the capable employees we hired them to be. When employees work from a place of passion, confidence, and focus they authentically engage and contribute in unimagined, and often beautiful, ways.

I’m excited to be on this new path where we can truly help our clients achieve their dreams. If your group wants more effective decision-making, greater employee engagement, and better relationships, give us a call.

Let’s thinctogether.com
  • Masters of Arts in English from Western Michigan University, undergraduate teaching degree from Calvin College
  • Nonprofit management at Disability Network/ Lakeshore (18 years)
  • Faculty at Calvin College (6 years)
  • Passion for enhancing performance through skilled conversations and innovation by exploring business models, mental models, and models of change

Personal Statement
Yes, I’m an English major. Who loves to read. And who has 18 years of experience leading community and organizational change, along with an entire lifetime of observing other leaders. (Did you notice how I intentionally broke the rules about sentence structure?)

To use a term from English grammar, leadership is conjunctive. It’s about joining things and connecting elements of meaning.

Leadership is conjunctive in the sense of linking and balancing opposites. As leaders, we:
  • work top-down and bottom-up;
  • disclose our thinking and inquire about the thinking of others;
  • promote change and create stability;
  • focus on strategy and execution;
  • commit to a compelling vision and stay open to a new destination.

Leadership is also conjunctive in the sense of discovering the synchronicity of things. Leaders wonder about how diverse and seemingly unrelated things connect, which leads to fresh insights and possibilities.

When we at THINC coach leaders, we know conjunctive leadership isn’t easy. So we ask powerful questions that help you interrogate reality in ways that unleash your knowledge and competencies and passion. As a result, you see new connections. You see the whole more clearly. You learn to live in the tension of paradox.

I’m passionate about deep conversations that cultivate conjunctive leadership. I look forward to the opportunity to think together with you.