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Power of being positive

Each year about 65 high school students from around the state come to Jackson to participate in a Youth Leadership Workshop sponsored by the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi (EPAMS). These future leaders learn about state government, hear from elected officials, and sharpen their leadership skills. During the annual event, Michael Callahan, CEO of the EPAMS, gets an opportunity to ...

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Ray kept train on tracks

Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart in the case Jacobellis v. Ohio was opining on a pornography censorship case and famously wrote, “I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description [pornography]; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see ...

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Friedman leads from front

In 1755, during the French and Indian War, 23-year-old George Washington was a young officer in the British military. In a famous battle, Indian soldiers ambushed his militia and they came under heavy fire. General Braddock, the commanding officer, ordered his men not to flee and to engage the enemy. Young Washington crisscrossed the front of the battlefield encouraging his ...

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Miscommunication costly

One of the often overlooked critical success factors in a business is good communication. Management guru Peter Drucker noted, “Management is about human beings. Every enterprise is composed of people with different skills and knowledge doing many kinds of different work. It must be built on communication and on individual responsibility.” Given the growing complexity of work environments, it is ...

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A passion to succeed

One of the great opportunities in life is to find your “sweet spot” in your work. I believe we’re all blessed with gifts and talents to be used to serve others in the marketplace. When we are passionate about what we do, the labor of work seems lighter and our daily tasks are filled with joy. It’s easy to drift ...

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Real world experience

Peter Thiel, co-founder of Paypal and early investor in Facebook, has recently argued that there is a bubble in higher education. He argues that higher education is overpriced and that students are not getting the value for their investment. In a radical move, he has sponsored a Thiel Fellowship to provide grants of up to $100,000 for 20 students under ...

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Organizational insight

The speed and scope of change in business continues to increase, and with this comes added complexity and uncertainty. The challenges for today’s leaders include this accelerating change, increasing competition, greater demand for quality and output, and overwhelming amounts of information. The traditional model of top down leadership simply does not work well in this environment. Innovative leaders know that ...

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Jones striving for goal

It has often been said, “Success comes when preparation meets opportunity.” The real truth in this statement is that there are things within our control, but also circumstances that are out of our control. One very successful person I interviewed shared a verse from Ecclesiastes that, “The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor ...

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