Mar 23, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Taking a Leap of Faith

Recently, I participated in a couple trail races at Bogue Chitto State Park in Franklinton, LA. We were warned that there would be a stream crossing on the 10 mile course, and two crossings on the 13 mile course. Photos of said crossings, a log placed from bank to bank, had been posted in advance. The photos didn’t do justice to the way it looked in my mind's eye. We were alerted far enough in advance for me to obsess about how much I dislike narrow bridges and about how little trust I have in my balance. I also thought about how much time I would waste trying to talk myself across and about everything that could possibly go wrong.

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Topics: Leadership, Culture

Mar 16, 2017 11:00:00 AM

4 Steps to Achieve Your Goals in 2017

2017 came on strong. You set new goals, discussed them with your team for input and maybe even captured them somewhere to help keep you accountable. So there you are, full of energy and ready to shoot for the stars.

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Topics: Goal Setting

Mar 9, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Flexibility Does Exist With the Right Equation

HORNE was recently certified as a Great Place to Work®, with a 91 percent approval rating. One of the open-ended questions asked team members to describe one unique thing that makes HORNE such a great place to work. As I reviewed those comments, culture was the repeated theme throughout the list. More specifically, our flexibility philosophy was at the top of the list.  

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Topics: Flexibility, Culture

Mar 2, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Regardless of Language, Belonging is Belonging

There are so many ‘first times’ in life that we will never forget. I certainly have experienced my fair share at HORNE and they have positively guided me to beBetter. I can remember my first complicated project and how it made me doubt myself; the first time I received good feedback from the team for hard work and good performance; the first challenge that I had to face as a foreigner and English being my second language; and the first time I was exposed to the client.

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Topics: Building a Wise Firm, Belonging, Sense of Belonging

Feb 23, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Memories From an Old File Cabinet

I love that the term we call our culture, the Wise Firm, is based on the Biblical parable and a song I grew up singing in Sunday school. “The wise man built his house upon the rock, the wise man built his house upon the rock…and the rains came tumbling down.” This little song got me thinking about how we build our team members? Do we really build them up with a rock like foundation? Do we encourage them to reach their full potential?

I recently found an old file cabinet in our Grenada office with some old evaluations of team members, one of them being mine. The year was 1990 (And yes, we even did evaluations and goal setting back then too!). The comments made by my partner in charge at that time showed me how much I have grown over the years. Here are a few of the comments from way back then:

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Topics: Building a Wise Firm, People Development

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