​​​​Allen Owen

Allen Owen

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Missouri City, Texas

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Mayor of Missouri City, Texas

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Consultant

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"Depend on those that have been there."


Why they're a Crisis Leader:


I met Allen through a mutual friend. ‘If I want to interview a real crisis leader, you have to talk with Allen Owen,’ I was told.

Now, after having the pleasure of interviewing him, I completely understand.

Allen Owen served as Mayor of Missouri City, Texas when two catastrophic hurricanes came through. Not one, but two.

Unlike elected officials that left their citizens leaderless during a crisis, Mayor Owen stayed and led his citizens through to the sunny side of two disasters.

His leadership during a crisis is self-evident, and his stories about his innovative solutions are harrowing and inspiring.


#1 "What is a Crisis Leader?"

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#2 "What's an example when you relied on your own Crisis Leadership?"

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#3 "What do you know now that you wish you knew then?"

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#4 "What advice would you give someone who wants to improve their own Crisis Leadership?"

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#5 "Who is a Crisis Leader that influenced your career?"

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Key Takeaways:

  • Accept the responsibility to make the tough decisions
  • Depend on those that have been there
  • Build relationships and rely on your alliances
  •  Know the boundaries of your legal rights
  •  Relentlessly serve the people you are responsible for
  • Every disaster is a learning event
  • One person does not know all of the answers … ask for help
  • Don’t make decisions by yourself unless you know you’re right
  • Surround yourself with good and capable people

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