Q: How did the foundation laid for you in the Mississippi Delta influence decisions you made when dealing with employees, peers and those to whom you reported?

A: The work ethic that I developed carried over all of my life. I expected that kind of commitment from those that I worked with. I also saw the value of candor and honesty for any situation. Probably equally important was that I learned that everyone should be treated with respect, no matter where that person and I were in the “pecking order.” The thing that I didn’t realize until decades later is that I enjoy work of almost any kind, from hard physical work to being challenged by people who are smarter than me. There are very, very few people that I worked with that did not teach me something useful.


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