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My Mentors - Setting the Example

K. Patrick Douglas, attorney and partner with Douglas, Haun & Heidemann PC, says his father and a former law partner have played a big role in his development. Douglas is one of Springfield Business …

Steve Kelly, senior vice president with Arvest Bank, says a friend told him not to let preconceived notions limit his accomplishments. Dream bigger than what you think is possible. Kelly is one of …

K. Patrick Douglas, attorney and partner with Douglas, Haun & Heidemann PC, says he’s learned a lot about leadership from mentors. He says you must value your team and work for the best interests …

Austin Fax, attorney at Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC says a former coach told him to focus on his strengths and talents. He says law school taught him to understand the difference …

Abe McGull, assistant U.S. Attorney, says employees like to see how much enthusiasm their leaders show for the organization and will mirror what leaders demonstrate. You get what you give. McGull is …

Cristian Rath, consultant with Abacus CPAs, LLC, says leaders need to demonstrate qualities like compassion and humility to their coworkers. He says surrounding yourself with smart, experienced …

Stephen Kleinsmith, co-deputy superintendent, Nixa Public Schools, says overcoming adversity is a key component of leadership. Kleinsmith says you must remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint. …

Kirk Baumann, team member experience manager with O’Reilly Hospitality Management, says mentors have been instrumental in his life. He says O’Reilly’s mentoring program helps employees develop …

Cynthia Black, attorney with Cynthia R. Black, Attorney at Law, LLC, says everyone has their own specific talent. She talks about how one client’s bravery helped bring down a sex trafficking ring. …

Margo Spilde, founder and CEO of GRASP, says her mentor advised that if you focus on your passion, the rest will fall into place. She says focusing outward to help others will change your life. …

Rita Baron, principal with Baron Design & Associates, LLC, talks about her experience in architecture, opening a restaurant and finding a mentor. She says failure is a great experience because it …

Cristian Rath, consultant with Abacus CPAs, LLC, says if you feel your goal is unattainable, work backwards to find the smaller steps to achieve it. He says you need to celebrate small victories on …

Toby Teeter, president of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, says the biggest challenges are memories of the 2011 tornado. He says rebranding has helped Joplin attract and retain talent and …

Tim Potthoff, project manager with Nabholz, says it’s important to be active in groups and charities. He says you should give back to the community that has given to you. Potthoff is a 2020 …

Mark McNay, senior vice president and general manager of SMC Packaging Group, remembers lessons he and friends learned on a bicycle trip to Alaska more than 40 years ago. He says learning to listen and …

Boys & Girls Clubs CEO Brandy Harris says learning to slow down and listen helped her craft a well-informed strategic plan for the organization. She also stresses the important of being adaptable and …

Gary Gibson, general manager of City Utilities, says he’s been very fortunate to have good mentors in his life. Gibson says he tries to give back by mentoring through work and volunteering with Big …

Motivational speaker Zach Troutman says his grandmother and a coach helped him discover his passion. He founded Follow the Leader to normalize conversations about mental health after dealing with …

Speaker, coach and writer Erika Gerdes says there is a deep seated belief that you must choose between fulfillment and success. Gerdes says she had to change her mindset to see it’s possible to …

Brett Curry, CEO of OMG Commerce says leaders should create scenarios where they help each other grow, embrace problems and enjoy growth and development. Learn to see your challenges as opportunities. …

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