Feb 21, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Are You Missing Opportunities Right in Front of You?

I frantically looked for the hair dryer as I was already 15 minutes late to meet our team to prepare for an important presentation that morning. As I turned the place upside down, I thought—I know this nice resort provides a hair dryer in every room. Now it only takes me about 60 seconds to “style” my hair, but it does better when blow-dried.

After looking in all of the usual places in the bathroom, I continued my search in the closet and then to the rest of the room. Having exhausted all known possibilities, I picked up the phone and hit the button for housekeeping.

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Topics: Focus, Anticipatory, Leadership

Feb 15, 2018 11:00:00 AM

What I Learned at Google

Google has a very large grocery bill. That’s just one thing I learned on my recent visit to the Google campus. I was lucky enough to be invited by CPA.com to join 15 other CEO’s of major accounting firms to visit and learn from Google’s director of accounting, their staff and the director of cloud services. It was a tremendous networking and learning experience that opened my eyes to more insights for being future ready. But besides the large grocery bill (I ate twice while I was there) as the result of providing three meals a day on campus for team members, I learned not only why they buy lots of groceries but also several other valuable tidbits. 

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Topics: Anticipatory, Forward Thinking

Feb 7, 2018 11:30:00 AM

Reframing Our Beliefs

I simply can’t get away from this Mark Twain quote about life, “It’s not what we don’t know that gets us in trouble, it’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so!” This has proven true so many times in my life and I always seem to be in the ditch before I even realize my treasured beliefs might not be right.

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Topics: Anticipatory, Leadership

Jan 31, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Listening is Caring

Do you ever have those moments when something strikes you as profound, but as you reflect on it you realize—well that’s just common sense? Why am I just realizing this? “Listening is caring” is profound for me simply because I had never intentionally connected the dots.

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Topics: Compassion, Listening, Leadership

Jan 24, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Now means NOW

Lynne Doughtie, Chairman and CEO, KPMG, made a very profound statement at the AICPA Major Firms Group Meeting 2018 in Naples, Florida. She stated, “Now is the time to be getting future ready.” She went on to share how KPMG is taking action now to evolve their business model, services and advisory work. They are investing, designing and building a new training facility to provide a means to rapidly train team members with new skills to be future ready. They are not waiting on Now.

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Topics: Anticipatory, Windshield View

Jan 17, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Some Parts Simply Stop Working

As the summer progressed, I felt myself losing some steam—my energy was too low. As I reflect on it now, I was having a few stomach aches along the way. Oddly enough, when I felt some abdominal pain, I would eat more. Sounds backward but I have always tried to eat my way through feeling bad. CeCe laughs at this every time and has been known to call me an idiot for doing so. (Please, no comments. I realize it might not be the best strategy.) So I am rocking along, eating my way through the pain, until my abdominal pain increased to the point that one Sunday evening I found myself curled up on our floor trying to ease the pain. That night I became violently ill. Thinking it was just food poisoning, I worked from home a day and then returned to work. But I knew something was wrong when I still felt weak and experienced the same abdominal pains.

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Topics: Focus, Energy, Goals

Jan 10, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Using Old Lines

Recently, I got a chance to run over to my camp near Eagle Lake, MS. My “Red Roof” cabin is one of my favorite getaways to recharge. It had been an unusually brutal and busy few weeks so this opportunity had me very excited. The weather was still warm so I knew as soon as I got the cabin swept out and stocked, I was headed straight to Paw Paw Bridge where the water flows out of the chute and back into the primary river system. This bridge can offer some of the best crappie fishing, which you might know is my favorite hobby.

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Topics: Forward Thinking

Dec 28, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Useful Idioms and Brilliant Insights From Pop Joe – Cross That Bridge

For the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about some of my favorite Pop Joe idioms. So far I’ve shared "You can get happy in those same britches that you got sad in," "Don’t make me pull this car over," and “Too much sugar for a dime.” For the final blog in this series, we have another Pop Joe classic, “We will cross that bridge when we get to it.”

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Topics: Anticipatory

Dec 20, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Useful Idioms and Brilliant Insights From Pop Joe – Too Much Sugar

So far, I've shared two of our favorite Pop Joe idioms, "You can get happy in those same britches that you got sad in," and "Don’t make me pull this car over." The third in this four-part series is one that many of us frequently hear or use but I wonder how often we stop and think about how powerful it could be in our business. Any time that Pop Joe thought something might be more trouble than it was worth he would say, “Too much sugar for a dime.” Now I have no idea where this saying started but I know Pop Joe picked it up and used it frequently around the house. Heck, I find myself saying it frequently when I am confronted with something that is frustrating me or appears to be overly cumbersome.

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Topics: Anticipatory

Dec 14, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Useful Idioms and Brilliant Insights From Pop Joe – Fighting for Space

In the first blog of this four-part series on Pop Joe’s idioms, I shared one of our favorites which was “You can get happy in those same britches that you got sad in.” Sometimes, when we did not pay heed to this warning and encouragement, we would hear this next one, which I would guess is not as well known and might even be a Havens original.

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Topics: Status Quo

Dec 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Useful Idioms and Brilliant Insights from Pop Joe – Owning Your Attitude

We are celebrating my father’s (Pop Joe) 80th birthday this month. As we were planning the celebration, my brother, Mike, sister, Mitzi, and I were laughing about old times and stories when we were growing up in Batesville, MS. While reminiscing, we started remembering some of our favorite sayings that Pop Joe frequently shared with us as kids. There were a few that really resonated and I want to share each one of these in a four-part series to see how they might still apply today. 

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Topics: Attitude

Nov 29, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Looking Into the Mirror

A few weeks ago, I presented at the 2017 Southeastern Accounting Show hosted by the Georgia Society of CPA’s. Leaving, I found myself stunned by the lack of preparedness of our profession from a grassroots perspective. And I wondered—as we look into the mirror, are we spiraling towards irrelevancy because we are fooling ourselves?

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Topics: Self-Awareness, Anticipatory, Self-Discipline, Perception

Nov 21, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Be Thankful and Enjoy Each Day

This is Corinne Johnson who just celebrated her 98th birthday (a day early by the way)—just as smart as she's always been! Corinne and her late husband “Shorty” Johnson have been friends with my parents my entire life and played a support role for me as I tried to find my way as a teenager. Whether it was hanging out to talk Ole Miss football or borrowing a gun to hunt, I was known to spend time at the Johnson’s house. 

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Topics: Perspective, Gratitude