June 19, 2019

Technology Saved My Feet

In last week’s blog, Are We Serving up an Eggcellent Experience, I shared about my trip to Seattle with CeCe and our daughter, Haley. We were very excited about hiking and experiencing the beautiful Seattle area. On the first day, we headed out to hike Tiger Mountain Trailhead. Based on the map and writeup, we could do a circular hike of about six miles and come right back down to the trailhead.

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Topics: Anticipatory, Forward Thinking, Technology

June 12, 2019

Are We Serving up an Eggcellent Experience?

Recently, CeCe and our daughter Haley traveled to Seattle with me for the AICPA Women’s Initiative Executive Committee meeting. We went a couple of days early so we could hike and enjoy some of the beautiful surrounding mountains and lakes.

Our first morning, we were headed out to Tiger Mountain Trailhead for a hike. We got a little later start than I had planned (I think we were closer to CeCe’s plan), so Haley began to Google some spots for a quick brunch. We came across a place right on our way called Eggs & Us where we stopped and had an amazing meal with great service. We loved it. But we did not realize how special it was until the next morning.

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Topics: Client Service

June 05, 2019

Oversharing Is Caring

In a recent collaboration meeting with several leaders from numerous organizations and firms, one of them commented, “I think I may have overshared.”  Actually, her thoughts, insights and feelings were exactly what we needed to hear. She had been very vulnerable with us and her comments were both relevant and insightful. After her comment, the word "overshared" kept ringing in my ears. Why did I love this term so much?

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Topics: Communication, Compassion, People Development, Leadership

May 29, 2019

Why Our Best Kernels Don’t Pop

Popcorn is a favorite snack at our house. Pro tip: drop in a few M&Ms right after popping—delicious! CeCe, who hates to cook, has grown to love this snack, too, and one day a few weeks ago, she ambitiously decided to pop herself a nice fluffy bag of popcorn. She stuck the package in the microwave, hit the popcorn button and left the room as she usually does when "cooking."

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Topics: Growth, Full Potential

May 22, 2019

Read My Book

CeCe and I were recently visiting Oxford, MS, to enjoy some Ole Miss baseball and some family time with my parents, Mom and Pop Joe, as well as three of our grandchildren. For me, it doesn’t get much better than watching the Rebels play combined with family time, so I certainly enjoyed the weekend.

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Topics: Life-Long Learning, Leadership

May 15, 2019

What’s in Your Cup?

My feet hit the floor in a rush. With the daylight peeking under our bedroom curtains I knew I had overslept. Yikes! It’s 6:30 and I have a video conference call at 7:00 a.m.! Although I might set the alarm, I always wake up before it goes off. I never oversleep, but obviously, I had today and the timing couldn’t have been worse. I do a quick change and turn on CeCe’s Keurig to warm up while I fire up my computer.

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Topics: Anticipatory, Client Service

May 08, 2019

Dead Leg Leads to Disruption

Growing up, I was a big fan of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. I loved their comedy and thought the chemistry between them was pretty special. I watched their shows as often as I could.  Now, I realize I probably just dated myself and some of you are thinking, “Who?”

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Topics: Anticipatory, Future Ready

May 01, 2019

Slippery Moss

This past summer, CeCe and I took a trip to Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado with my brother, Mike, and his wife, Joy. As part of the trip, we planned a fly fishing excursion. CeCe loves to fly fish. When we arrived, the weather abruptly changed for part of the week so we adjusted our fishing days. We also discovered that it was low water due to drought and we could only fish half a day due to the stress on the fish. Later, we experienced that when the water is low, lots and lots of slippery moss forms on the rocks.  So when you combine moving water with slippery rocks, you get a tough time fishing. 

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Topics: Future Ready

April 24, 2019

Don't Forget to Take Out the Garbage

Bang, clang and a loud hum...the garbage truck is here! Panic set in as I realized that I had not put out our overflowing garbage cans. I jumped up from my office in the front of the house, ran to the back and opened the carport doors. I could hear the garbage truck was close, so I grabbed both cans and began quickly racing down the driveway with our garbage. There went the truck, right past our house.

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Topics: Habits

April 17, 2019

5 Tips to Relax

How important is it for us to relax? How often do we really prioritize time that allows us to fully relax? I know that being able to relax is key to our health, happiness and prosperity because it provides a level of contentment and peace that we do not find in our busy schedules. 

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Topics: Positive Energy, Attitude

April 10, 2019

Golf Again? Please No!

In golf, your ability to play the “short game” is the quickest way to lower your score. You cannot shoot low scores in golf if you can’t chip and putt. Obviously, the pros spend hours refining this aspect of the game. And guess what skills go the quickest if you don’t play regularly? For me at least, it’s chipping and putting. This has never been more evident to me than last month ─ my once a year golf outing at Sage Valley. This year, I shot the worst score of my golfing career (108). That fantastic little score included triple bogeys on four holes. It was ugly, really ugly.

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Topics: People Development, Life-Long Learning, Anticipatory, Client Service, Leadership

April 03, 2019

Passion Fuels Our Pace

“Slow down, Joey! I have already asked you to slow down. Please slow down.” I am constantly hearing CeCe from behind me as we are walking to an Ole Miss football game or through the grove on a beautiful Saturday. Each time, I wait for her to catch up, adjust my pace and then walk off and leave her behind, again. I think she has to be doing this on purpose just to be mean. Why would I come to such a conclusion? Facts!

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Topics: Passion

March 27, 2019

Icing on the Cake

Mom baked me a large three-layer German Chocolate cake every year for my birthday from when I was a toddler until I was out of college. I’ve tried a lot of German Chocolate cakes, but never had one come close to touching Mom’s. The extra icing dripping between the layers of moist chocolate cake makes my taste buds water just thinking about it. 

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Topics: Servant Leadership