Posts Tagged ‘LEADERS OF MISSISSIPPI’

Focused on new experience

by Martin Willoughby Published: July 3,2011

Tags: banking, Curt Gabardi, LEADERS OF MISSISSIPPI, Metropolitan Bank

In a competitive marketplace, one of the key opportunities for differentiation is to create a purposeful “experience” for the customer. Your customers are going to have some kind of experience, so the question is whether your organization is being proactive and purposeful to define and create that experience. Some companies who have created world-class “experiences” […] [...]

A renewal of innovation

by Martin Willoughby Published: June 26,2011

Tags: Doug Hederman, Hederman Brothers, LEADERS OF MISSISSIPPI, Martin Willoughby

In Microsoft’s early years, the company had a rigorous performance evaluation methodology. The highest score was a 5.0 rating, which was very difficult to achieve. While there were a number of rewards that came along with this rating, the most popular was that it meant you received a one-on-one meeting with Bill Gates. What Gates […] [...]

Bowdon finds niche for business

by Martin Willoughby Published: June 19,2011

Tags: Dobson Bowdon, LEADERS OF MISSISSIPPI, Martin Willoughby, TREK Travel Programs

One of the attributes of great leaders is vision. They are able to clearly see and execute toward a vision of the future. We all face uncertainty and change. As a kid, I had one of those toy magic eight balls that you could shake and find your answer to any question. Unfortunately, no such […] [...]

Priorities give Smith a life path

by Martin Willoughby Published: June 12,2011

Tags: LEADERS OF MISSISSIPPI, Regions Bank, Ronald G. “Ronnie” Smith

We live in a complex world. Organizations face a barrage of information and choices about how to proceed. The job of the leader is to make sense of all this and give direction. This involves the critical skill of clarification. I have found that great leaders know how to step back and sort through the […] [...]

Bringing in measurable returns

by Martin Willoughby Published: June 5,2011

Tags: BKD, LEADERS OF MISSISSIPPI, MBJ Columns, Peder Johnson

I am pleased that we are seeing more organizations that are identifying and clarifying their core values. In other words, they are purposeful in thinking through what they stand for. Research has shown that values-based organization actually have measurable returns on the investment in being a values based organization. This return on values (ROV) can […] [...]

Having ‘Drive’

by Martin Willoughby Published: May 22,2011

Tags: Daryl Cornell, LEADERS OF MISSISSIPPI, Triton

Cornell leads successful Triton organization One of the challenges of leadership is to build an organization where people enjoy what they do and actually want to show up for work and give it their best. This is no easy task and many organizations struggle with a “punch the clock” culture that ultimately results in mediocre […] [...]

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