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Northwest Arkansas – Great for Business.Great for Life.

It’s how we start every Elevate Speaker Series, watching this two minute video, reminding each of us how fortunate we are to be in Northwest Arkansas.  Great for business.  Great for Life.

Thank you Northwest Arkansas Council for all you do to help Northwest Arkansas be a better place to work, live, raise family and play.  Thank you Sam Walton, Don Tyson, JB Hunt, John Lewis for starting the Northwest Arkansas Council.   Thank you Alice Walton, Uvalde Lindsey and John Paul Hammerschmidt for your awesome leadership in the first 15 years of the council’s great work, helping bring XNA and I540 to fruition.

Thank you Mark Simmons, Archie Shaffer and Scott Van Laningham for your ongoing and consistent leadership for the council.

Thank you Mike Malone and the rolling chairpersons of the council that include David Gearhart, Mike Duke, Jim Walton, John Roberts and John Tyson.  Thank you Buddy Philpot for your past and ongoing steady leadership always being there for the council.  Thank you past and current members of the Northwest Arkansas Council.  Thank you current and highly talented staff serving Mike Malone’s and the membership’s administration!  And thank you Walton Family Foundation….where would we be without this wonderful institution?!!!

Thank you for this inspiring video:

Northwest Arkansas – Great for Business. Great for Life.




On Becoming a High Performing CEO

“Understanding ourselves is such an important part of being a good leader; having self awareness.”

“Leadership is meeting the needs of our people; ask them what they think.”

Jim Myers, Founder of the CEO Forum

“We have to make a decision to be more positive!”

“You can’t get angry; when you do, you give your power away.”

“When we believe we have arrived, we begin to fall back.”

Marsha Petrie Sue. Author of Toxic People and the reactor factor

“Humility is not low self esteem; it is lack of self preoccupation,” David Brooks, columnist at the New York Times

“Emotional intelligence is catalytic for whatever other abilities we might have,”  Daniel Goleman speaking atGoogleTalks

“How can you tell which ones have enough fire in their belly?” Sheridan Garrison, founder of American Freightways (now FedEx Freight)

“Stay in the game, it will all come to you,”  Jim Myers, Founder of the CEO Forum

As taken from Page Four of the best of what we have learned while leading CEO Forums, Elevate 2012 piece.

We hope you might find some of this information helpful.

What are your thoughts on how to become a high performing CEO?

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