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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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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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The value of people

Effective leaders understand that the employees in the organization are a tremendous asset. These leaders invest in their teams and help them grow. They realize that employees are not fungible cogs in a machine, but are human beings with dignity and worth. They create positive workplaces and invest in training and development. I am also starting to see more companies ...

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Defining the gift of leadership

William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli were two of Great Britain’s most influential statesman of the 19th century. While both achieved great things, their approach to dealing with people was very different. This is illustrated by a story that has been told of a young woman who dined with these famous men on consecutive nights. When she was asked about her ...

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Lucas to return to USM as search for Saunders' replacement begins

HATTIESBURG — Former president Aubrey Lucas will be interim president at the University of Southern Mississippi while the board of trustees looks for a permanent successor to Martha Saunders. Lucas will officially become interim president July 1 but will begin the transition immediately, a news release from the board said. Saunders, who became USM’s ninth president in 2007, said last ...

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Assessing is the first step in leadership

A new leader’s first task is to assess the organization and determine what needs to be done. It is often referred to as surveying the environment. Some organizations need the new leader to take the organization to the next level; some organizations need to be shut down. Although these ideas presented here are primarily directed toward those who will be ...

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Challenging juncture

Hold on tightly. As we enter 2012, the pace of change in our economy is unlikely to slow down anytime soon. As Vince Poscente stated in his bestseller, “The Age of Speed,” “Speed is a fact of modern life.” This speed is driven by the pace of technological change in our society. Futurist and author Ray Kurzweil calls this the ...

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Medicare and working folks: The myths and misgivings

LEADERSHIP ANYTOWN, MISSISSIPPI: YOUR TIME HAS COME … The staff of the Stennis Institute has been fortunate to have had a number of opportunities to speak to community Leadership classes around Mississippi. Such events afford us the chance to meet civic-minded citizens from Mississippi’s wonderful small towns and rural counties. It was at one such speaking engagement in one of ...

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Loving business and industry

It is certainly a worthy effort to actively recruit new businesses to the state. Companies that choose to relocate or open a plant in Mississippi obviously can have a huge impact (e.g., Nissan). However, it is equally important to foster the growth and success of our existing businesses and budding entrepreneurs. It reminds me of the old Stephen Stills song ...

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Agostinelli makes the most of life and business

In order to remain competitive, companies have to look for ways to differentiate themselves from the competition. Many companies try to create distance from their competitors through major “bet the company” type initiatives. While there are sometimes a time and place for such bold endeavors, there is also a lot to be gained from maximizing your own business processes. The ...

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