The mindset of a steward

Pat MacMillan
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The attributes of a steward

Stewardship in practice

Pat MacMillan

Pat, Triaxia partners CEO, has seasoned expertise in strategy, leadership development, and team building practices and has made a difference in client performance for over 30 years

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