Stephen Douglas Black

The Laws of Harvest

Take 5: The Laws of Harvest Through the changing of seasons, my thoughts turn to the Laws of Harvest. Throughout my career, I’ve encountered well-intentioned

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Family Trip

Find Your Mountains

Find Your Mountains! July Leadership Blog “The Mountains are calling and I must go,” The infamous line by John Muir rings true for any mountain

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Stephen Douglas Black

With 45 years of expertise in the retail grocery arena, Steve Black has had a remarkable career. He’s been an integral part of companies that are true innovators and trailblazers, such as Rouses Markets, Lucky’s Farmers Markets, Sprouts Farmers Markets, and Sunflower Farmers Markets, to name a few.
His leadership-focused mindset and hands-on experience have enabled him to contribute valuable insights at every turn-impacting businesses through coaching & training teams dedicated towards personal growth on both individual & organizational levels.
Steve Black and his wife, Melanie, along with their daughter Taylor live in Colorado and enjoy spending time outdoors on their four – wheelers, trout fishing, photography, and traveling to see their two sons, daughters-in-law, and six grandchildren.

Lessons by Stephen Douglas Black

46 Years – 4.6 Decades – 16,790 Days

July 31, 1977 was the beginning of my lifelong journey with Melanie Janell Roll. Today – July 31, 2022 is 45 years, 4 and 1/2 decades and 16,425 days into that journey. As we stood in front of a packed church in Clinton, Oklahoma in 1977 – on that day so many years ago holding hands

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why she was the best teacher I ever had….

I believe that everyone has that ONE teacher that changed them. Believed in them. Encouraged them. Helped them to believe in themselves, maybe for the first time. That ONE teacher for me was my Jr. High & Sr. High English teacher, Mrs. Sarah C. Turney. Melanie and I have remained in contact with Mrs. Turney’s

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lessons from cutting firewood ….

About eighteen years ago – I had an awesome idea. My boys were teenagers and we’d always bought firewood. It made sense to me that we could cut our own and actually make money. I did some research on chainsaws, bought one, an extra chain, gas can, 2-cycle and chain oil and gloves.

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Standin on “G”, Waitin on “O”

One of my key components of success is a serious sense of urgency. Just like in the Olympics, those that win the medals have a serious sense of urgency. They are always looking for something that can give them that .001 percent advantage over their competition.

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If you’re gonna be a bear, be a grizzly!

This saying is one of my earliest learnings on how to be successful. It was during my early years at United Supermarkets of Oklahoma where I spent the first 27 years of my career. I went from being a produce manager, assistant manager, store manager, director of I.T. systems to head buyer and got to

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about your name….

What you come into this world with….your name. What you leave this world with…..your name. What you do between entry and exit will determine your legacy. You have a legacy now. Most people think you have to be a certain age before you can have a legacy or even have passed away.

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Legacy’s Biggest Influence – Work Ethic

In the days of old when every child worked along side their mom or dad, taking care of the house chores or all around the farm, there were multiple moments in every single day that a good work ethic was learned, taught and lived. Those days are over.

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5 Keys to a successful marriage…

With Melanie, her sister (Melissa) and our two daughter-in-laws (Beth & Sarah) being in Hawaii this week for a time of relaxation and fun, it’s made me reflect on our trip to Hawaii in 1997 for our 20th anniversary. This is Beth & Sarah’s first time to see Hawaii, Melissa’s second, with no family responsibilities

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