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Bringing in measurable returns

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 often be overlooked as a ...

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Knowing what is most important

Great organizations have both effective leaders and managers. It is important then to understand the distinction between leading and managing. Leadership guru John P. Kotter stated, “Leadership and management are two distinctive and complementary systems of action. Both are necessary for success in an increasingly complex and volatile business environment.” In a chaotic marketplace, it is crucial to have leaders ...

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Inspired by a vision

Parrott has view of education to lead Mississippi ahead What have you done for me lately?” Unfortunately, the attitude behind this question reflects our current cultural expectations. Technology advances and an insatiable desire for real time change have created a pressure cooker environment for today’s leaders. In the corporate world, a segment of noisy analysts and financial traders narrowly focus ...

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Courage, ethics beyond the gator skinners

I can’t sufficiently express the degree of my respect for reporters who toil in places like Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and — closer to home —  Mexico. They are laying it down, folks, so we will have a better idea of what is occurring and why in their strife-torn parts of the globe. I laid it down once as a ...

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It’s time to figure out your retirement?

Do you know how much is in your 401(k)? What about your spouse’s balance? What is your contribution rate? How much is your spouse contributing? Clueless on all counts? You’re not alone. Fidelity surveyed 401(k) participants and found that half didn’t know what was in their very own retirement account. Only 37percent of husbands know what’s in their wives’ accounts, ...

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Bringing your politics to church makes for trouble on horizon

The last few weeks have witnessed a new outbreak of partisan politics and church entanglement. After a welcomed respite of sorts from the more vicious election year political wrangling, from inside the confines of the church yard it seems that the forces are gathering in an effort to make religion an effective wedge issue in the coming political season. This, ...

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What gives with the price at the pump?

My husband is obsessed with the price of gasoline. I get random calls during the day from him announcing the latest price. No “Hello.” No “How is your day?” Just a disembodied voice saying, “Do you know how much I paid for gas this morning!?!” Who ISN’T talking about the price of gasoline? But I’m puzzled by something. In the ...

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The congressional recess: A stroll down memory lane

The two-week Easter recess could not have come at a better time for members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Now, albeit briefly, they can relax their grips on each other’s throats, and we can use the time to take a deep breath and assess where we are. Perhaps most of us have wondered in the last ...

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Next generation entrepreneurs set out to finish in the money

It’s spring, so what better time for a young man and a young woman’s fancy to turn to — creating a business plan? Sorry, Alfred Lord Tennyson. These Mississippi youngsters can turn their fancies to love later on. For now, they’ve got business to tend to. State finals in the Southern Entrepreneurship Program’s business plan competition are coming up. And ...

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Coaching for success

As I have visited with leaders across the state, I have noted how many of them reference the influence of their experiences in sports; and in particular, the impact their coaches had on their character and success. I personally believe that the best leadership model is to be a great coach. Great coaches know how to get the most out ...

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