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MISSISSIPPI LEADERS — Firm foundation as Smith-Howard leads MNF

S ometimes when you first meet someone you can tell they are a natural born leader. They have a passion and enthusiasm for life that is contagious. John Quincy Adams said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Real leaders understand that leadership is about lifting others up ...

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WILLOUGHBY: Kirk Jeffreys keeps eye on the future

My father was a pitcher in the New York Yankees minor league system, so I grew up a passionate Yankees fan. I learned all about the lives of famous Yankees ballplayers including the iconic Babe Ruth. I remember that when he retired he not only held the record for single season home runs (60), career home runs (714), but also ...

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WILLOUGHBY: Great by choice

I ask each of my interviewees their favorite business/leadership book. By far, the most frequent book referenced is Jim Collins’ Good to Great. Collins has a follow-up book out, which is also very impactful titled “Great By Choice.” In the book he states, “Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious ...

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WILLOUGHBY: Mark Sorgenfrei leading MISSCO by example

After his blockbuster book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the late Stephen Covey wrote another very insightful book for leaders titled Principle Centered Leadership. In the book, Covey makes the case for the importance of having a core set of values by which you lead your life and organization. He states, “In the last analysis, what we are ...

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WILLOUGHBY: Jim Koerber sees success through hard work

One of my mentors regularly comments regarding growing a service business — “It is about expertise and relationships!” That is sage advice for anyone trying to grow and expand a business in this competitive marketplace. Having personally been involved in growing a few startup service related businesses, I appreciate the opportunity to interview leaders who have defied the odds and ...

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Taylor Group CEO understands importance of employees

Even though it has been quite a few years now, I remember distinctly in college reading and discussing Tom Peters’ international bestseller “In Search of Excellence”. Peters and his co-author Robert Waterman were McKinsey consultants, and they based the book on their study of 43 of the best run companies in America. Ever since the book was published in 1982, ...

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