MISSISSIPPI LEADERS: Judy Jones Lindsay, PT

by Martin Willoughby

Published: March 23,2012

It’s tough to say no. Perhaps we might miss opportunities if we say no. Maybe there is a concern about offending someone with a “no” to a request. However, great leaders know that the ability to say no is critical. As Gandhi said, “A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” Leadership expert Tony Schwartz similarly emphasized, “Saying no, thoughtfully, may be the most undervalued capacity of our times.” We have more options than ever and countless opportunities vying for our attention. It is more important than ever to be purposeful about what we say yes to. However, this is no easy task. We often have to say no too many good things. However, unless we say no to the “good” then we will never be able to focus our time, talent, and energy on the “great.”

Lindsay

Judy Jones Lindsay, founder and of CEO Beyond Therapy Pediatric Group, PLLC, is a passionate entrepreneur that has the discipline on focusing on the “great” for her business. A physical therapist with over 19 years of experience, Lindsay has built a very successful company focusing on providing pediatric therapy. A native of Belzoni, she earned a degree in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She has extensive professional experience including work at Methodist Rehabilitation Center-Stroke/Traumatic Brain Service and Sta-Home Health Services. In 2005, she opened her own physical therapy company out of her home. With no outside investment or loans, she has grown her business to the point where she has over 15 employees and a state of the art 4,100-square-foot facility, which houses equipment not found elsewhere in the state. Their services are for children ages birth to 13 years and include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and behavior therapy.

Lindsay shared that her late father, John Allen Jones, who was the longest serving sheriff in Humphreys County, played a significant role in her life to encourage her to be a leader. She encourages others to find their passion and pursue it! She also believes that “it is important to listen to others and admit when you are wrong.” Lindsay also shared, “Knowing when to say ‘no’ whether it is keeping the company from growing too fast or knowing when to turn down requests to serve on a committee is one of the major obstacles she has faced in her career.” Lindsay has been intentional about where she puts her focus and invests her time. She believes in giving back to the community and being actively involved in her profession. Lindsay serves as chair of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Pediatric Payment, Policy & Advocacy committee, and she is serves on the board of directors for Mississippi Perinatal Association.

Lindsay’s hard work and focus have paid off. She has a successful business which is positively impacting the lives of hundreds of children including those with special needs. The Mississippi Business Journal has recognized her as one of Mississippi’s “Leading 50 Business Women.” Learning to say no is a journey, not a destination. We all have the opportunity to start saying no to more things so that we can have more impact when we say yes!

Martin Willoughby, a business lawyer in Jackson, is a regular contributing columnist for the Mississippi Business Journal. Willoughby, also a soccer dad, can be reached at martin.willoughby@butlersnow.com.

t’s tough to say no. Perhaps we might miss opportunities if we say no. Maybe there is a concern about offending someone with a “no” to a request. However, great leaders know that the ability to say no is critical. As Gandhi said, “A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” Leadership expert Tony Schwartz similarly emphasized, “Saying no, thoughtfully, may be the most undervalued capacity of our times.” We have more options than ever and countless opportunities vying for our attention. It is more important than ever to be purposeful about what we say yes to. However, this is no easy task. We often have to say no too many good things. However, unless we say no to the “good” then we will never be able to focus our time, talent, and energy on the “great.” Judy Jones Lindsay, founder and of CEO Beyond Therapy Pediatric Group, PLLC, is a passionate entrepreneur that has the discipline on focusing on the “great” for her business. A physical therapist with over 19 years of experience, Lindsay has built a very successful company focusing on providing pediatric therapy. A native of Belzoni, she earned a degree in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She has extensive professional experience including work at Methodist Rehabilitation Center-Stroke/Traumatic Brain Service and Sta-Home Health Services. In 2005, she opened her own physical therapy company out of her home. With no outside investment or loans, she has grown her business to the point where she has over 15 employees and a state of the art 4,100-square-foot facility, which houses equipment not found elsewhere in the state. Their services are for children ages birth to 13 years and include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and behavior therapy.Lindsay shared that her late father, John Allen Jones, who was the longest serving sheriff in Humphreys County, played a significant role in her life to encourage her to be a leader. She encourages others to find their passion and pursue it! She also believes that “it is important to listen to others and admit when you are wrong.” Lindsay also shared, “Knowing when to say ‘no’ whether it is keeping the company from growing too fast or knowing when to turn down requests to serve on a committee is one of the major obstacles she has faced in her career.” Lindsay has been intentional about where she puts her focus and invests her time. She believes in giving back to the community and being actively involved in her profession. Lindsay serves as chair of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Pediatric Payment, Policy & Advocacy committee, and she is serves on the board of directors for Mississippi Perinatal Association. Lindsay’s hard work and focus have paid off. She has a successful business which is positively impacting the lives of hundreds of children including those with special needs. The Mississippi Business Journal has recognized her as one of Mississippi’s “Leading 50 Business Women.” Learning to say no is a journey, not a destination. We all have the opportunity to start saying no to more things so that we can have more impact when we say yes!

Martin Willoughby, a business lawyer in Jackson, is a regular contributing columnist for the Mississippi Business Journal. Willoughby, also a soccer dad, can be reached at martin.willoughby@butlersnow.com.

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