Feb 16, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Is Busyness a Form of Laziness?

I hate raking leaves. I mean I really hate raking leaves. It just so happens that I have five large oak trees in my yard that drop copious amounts of leaves, including a live oak that drops leaves all year long. My wife loves a clean, leaf-free yard. So you might say, “No problem, hire someone to rake the yard for you—make your wife happy and prosper.” Well, I am also cheap, so while I hate to rake leaves, I hate to pay someone to rake them even more.

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Topics: Leadership, Focus

Feb 9, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Belonging Is Not Just About Me

Not many people know this, but HORNE was the first firm to take a chance on me. I wasn’t the smartest student in the class. I wasn’t the most social. But I believe God gave me favor to connect with HORNE and convince them to give me a shot.

I remember the internship interview on that fall morning at Ole Miss. I interviewed with two partners, back-to-back. After the first interview, I just knew I wasn’t getting the job. The second interview was much lighter, probably because it was with our Executive Partner Joey Havens. He told me I had a bright future and many opportunities ahead. I was glad one of those opportunities would lead to a career with HORNE.

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Topics: Sense of Belonging

Feb 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Would You Put Your Name on It?

Since hearing John O’Leary speak at last year’s HORNE Leadership Summit, I’ve been devoted to reading his blog. In a recent post, John talks about Brian Buffini, who emigrated from Ireland at 19-years-old with less than $100. He worked hard, taking odd jobs until he was able to become a real estate agent. Although he had no business network and no real estate experience, Brian met great success and later became a consultant to real estate agents all over.

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Topics: Servant Leadership, Culture, Client Service

Jan 26, 2017 11:30:00 AM

“What Would You Order?”

Picture this. A nice restaurant, low lighting and candles lit. You ask the lovely waitress for an entrée suggestion. Her reply, “Try our prime rib po-boy. It’s wonderful. I get it all the time.”

She was direct, polite and believable as she shared her personal favorite on the menu. What could possibly be wrong with that?

At a restaurant serving $40 prime steaks with lobster tails, she had just suggested an $8 sandwich.  Not only that, but she repeatedly sold the most sandwiches of anyone in the house! More than half of her tables ordered at least one sandwich every night.

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Topics: Client Service, Proactively Guiding

Jan 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM

People FIRST: A Call to Love

I grew up in a diverse family—four sisters, one brother, three races, and a 75 year age span between the family members that still lived in my parent’s house in Tennessee. I’m so blessed to be part of a family with so many perspectives, learning to empathize with others’ positions rather than automatically becoming judgmental. As you might expect, getting along with everybody all the time wasn’t always easy. I remember one particular instance when my 5-year-old brother and 13-year-old sister were having a particularly difficult time refraining from killing each other. My mom, the wisest person in the world, pulled my sister aside and told her “I know your brother is hard to deal with and sometimes really hard to like. You know how the greatest commandment is to love God, and the second is to love others? Well, your brother was made in the image of God. You have to love him.” Mic drop.

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Topics: Culture, Empowered People, People Development

Jan 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Creating Value Within Our Wise Firm Culture

Every day, I have the same question lingering in the back of my brain. How am I adding value and making a difference at HORNE—both internally and externally? This is a question I wrestle with regardless of self-evaluations and alignment conversations. Those just prompt us to quickly put pen to paper and formalize the question. But that constant lingering is why I’ve challenged myself to write this very blog. And, when I did, came to some very basic conclusions that I want to share with you.

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Topics: Building a Wise Firm, Culture

Jan 5, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Closing the Gap in Leadership Diversity

Three years ago, an internal survey of our team members shined a spotlight on an area we realized we had to be intentional to overcome: Leadership Diversity. Without intent, the unconscious bias of our current leaders would most likely result in the growth and promotion of other team members who reminded them of themselves. We know our future relevancy depends on diversity of thought which comes from diversity of experiences. So, with the introduction of our Belonging at HORNE Sponsorship and Advocacy program, we set out to increase transparency around leadership development, create access and drive diversity in leadership across the firm.

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Topics: Leadership, Culture, Diversity

Dec 21, 2016 11:30:00 AM

How Culture Mattered in 2016

The most read blogs from 2016 paint a clear picture that culture matters. Some are funny, some are heartwarming, but the most impactful were clearly the blogs where our team members didn't shy away from hard topics and felt empowered to share their personal stories. Here’s a look back on the best blogs from 2016. Enjoy!

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Topics: Culture

Dec 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Innovation Starts Today With Your Leadership

Last week, we took a look at how a strong culture leads to innovation with HORNE’s Principles for a Culture of Innovation in Executive Partner Joey Havens’ beBetter blog. This week, it’s time to ask yourself if your firm is future ready? CPA.com published its “Insights into the CPA of the Future Study” concluding that 92% of CPAs reported that they were not “future ready.” Read more about Joey’s challenge to leaders of the profession to set the tone at the top and do what it takes to become a future ready firm in his beBetter blog below.

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Topics: Leadership, Innovation, Culture Matters