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WILLOUGHBY: Passing the baton to Abb Payne

In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, both the men’s and women’s United States relay teams dropped the baton between the third and anchor leg of the relay races. These incredible athletes failed to make a critical transfer and it cost them victory on a very public stage. I think of this analogy when I consider succession planning in family-owned businesses. The ...

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WILLOUGHBY: Michael Harris is inspiring leadership

Leaders help us not only better understand our present reality; they also share a vision of what could be. Former presidential advisor David Gergen observed, “A leader’s role is to raise people’s aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there.” Visionary leaders point us toward a better future. They inspire ...

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WILLOUGHBY: David Reynolds counts listening as key

People often think of effective leaders as “talkers.” While the ability to communicate is certainly important and leaders need to be able to share their vision with others, I believe it is equally important for leaders to be great “listeners.” I have heard it said, “We have two ears and only one mouth for a reason.” Great listeners are fully ...

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Bill Latham finds formula to grow restaurant concepts

In my work with growth-oriented companies, it is always a huge milestone when a business can go from successfully operating in one location to two. When the owner is “hands on” in the business, this can be particularly challenging. I see this frequently in retail and restaurant businesses. Many just don’t have the foundations in place to scale. I find ...

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Bednarzyk uses positive reinforcement in leading Nissan Canton

One of the things I enjoy is working with companies to help them better show appreciation to their employees. Studies show that most workers do not feel “valued” in their job. High-performance organizations know that people are their greatest asset and are very intentional about growing and developing their teams. Dan Bednarzyk, a vice president of manufacturing for Nissan North ...

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Keeping money at home

One of the things I enjoy about travel is I am reminded about just how much commerce is taking place around the globe. For Mississippi-based companies, the opportunities are incredible. There are new markets to develop all the time. One of my clients that started right here in Jackson a few years ago is now doing business all over Asia ...

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Drake Bassett’s style is simple

One of leadership guru John Maxwell’s key principles is that real leadership begins with “self-leadership.” Before we can influence others, we have to be able to influence ourselves. He encourages leaders to continually strive to improve themselves through intentional learning and growth. Drake Bassett, president and CEO of the Palmer Home for Children (Palmer Home), certainly lives out this idea. ...

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Regions's Garraway on being a good leader

Leadership is certainly important all the time, but it is particularly important during turbulent times. I remember a speaker once saying, “If you are not in challenging times now, then brace yourself, they are on the way.” The point is not to have “stinking thinking,” but to recognize the reality that there are challenging times in life and business. I ...

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