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

Aug 12, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Don’t Aim for the Wrong Bull’s-Eye

With the world’s biggest sporting event among us, I would like to take you back to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

American air rifle shooter, Matt Emmons, was competing in the three-position event in which participants shoot multiple shots from 50 meters away in varying positions­­—stomach, knees and feet. Emmons stood on his feet for his last shot of the competition. Leading by three points, his last shot only needed to come close to the bull’s-eye to guarantee him the gold medal. He took a deep breath and fired. Bull’s-eye! 

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Topics: Leadership, Focus, Culture

Feb 18, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Is Email Running Your Life?

Our Executive Partner Joey Havens shared a very challenging blog with the firm and the readers of his beBetter blog last week.  His challenge? Stop treating email as urgent.  The blog created much conversation within the walls of HORNE and on our social platforms, we realized that email really is running people’s lives.  In case you haven’t read it, we wanted to share.  Then, you decide--is email running your life?

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Topics: Leadership, Focus

Sep 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

How Do You Focus When The Stakes Are High?

Following a successful coaching week, I found myself once again aboard an aircraft patiently awaiting the "all clear" for takeoff. This day my departure site was Houston Hobby. The business week had passed quickly as we engaged in spirited, career-minded discussions, and we shared a great opportunity to be better at giving and receiving feedback. Most importantly, we experienced life together, forging new relationships and strengthening existing ones – all for the purpose of building a culture where everyone can achieve their full potential. 

While on the tarmac, I settled in for a quick perusal of the USA Today sports section. The headline read: "Spieth Pushes Pressure Aside."  

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Topics: Focus