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Founder of MMR Group Inc., the largest privately-owned merit shop and electrical and instrumentation contractor in the United States.

In Case You Missed It

In Case You Missed It

Over the course of the past year or so, I’ve been given the opportunity to explore a lot of topics within my field and write about them. And over the course of the past year or so, I imagine that some of these blogs may not have garnered the attention I feel they truly deserve. Content is shared so frequently on the internet and ...

Pepper Rutland explores 5 ways to promote employee engagement in the office.

5 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement in the Workplace

There’s a busy world outside of the office walls. That world is full of distractions that can deter employees from the work in front of them. If you’re not working to keep your employees interested in what’s going on inside the office, can you really blame them for drifting off into a daydream?   The answer is ...

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What Leadership Looks Like

In writing about leadership on this blog, I’ve discussed leadership styles and common qualities possessed by those considered to be pioneers. Yet, there’s another component to be considered for those who aspire to lead. That is, what leadership looks like: what those who are chosen to head a company or organization present to ...

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3 Things Kids Can Teach You About Entrepreneurship

Though sometimes a source of great stress (and even greater joy), children have a way of preparing business owners for effective entrepreneurship in ways that often go unnoticed, or perhaps not fully explored. In an article published on Inc., Founder & CEO of The Avenue West, Nina Ojeda shares how and why this is the case, ...

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Which of These Leadership Styles Best Describes You?

I shared this post on Slideshare to accompany my latest blog. Check it out and feel free to share and Tweet me your preferred style of leadership/management. Understanding the Six Different Styles of Leadership from James B. ...

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5 Books I Recommend to My Executive Staff

Last month’s Baton Rouge Business Report featured comments from CEOs of the area’s Top 100 companies. I was honored to be among those included, representing my company, MMR Group. The publication was released on July 19, and addressed topics such as methods for recruitment and sustaining success among other things. I was of ...

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How To Deal With Competing Business Strategies

The truth about managing a business is that it’s subject to change on a dime. Whether it’s hardening competition, changing industry practices or unforeseen growth, the day to day of running an enterprise is as fickle as life itself. So why is it that most leaders continue doing the same thing throughout their careers: focusing ...

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What Makes A Great Leader?

Some leaders are born, as the saying goes. For the rest of us, thankfully, there are qualities we can learn to assist us in becoming a person that others will follow. It’s important to realize, first, that just because you are chosen to lead, that doesn’t make you a great leader. However, it is in your best interest to ...

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How to be a Productive CEO

There are 24 hours in a day--8 of those, many people around the world spend sleeping, and the remaining 16 can sometimes seem like less than enough. This is also true for CEOs, which are constantly conducting meetings, drafting proposals, handling negotiations and more meetings, all the while figuring out ways to sustain and grow ...

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Encouraging Entrepreneurship Early

I did not start MMR Group until nearly 20 years after graduating college. Yet, once I made the decision to go into business for myself, it was something I did with confidence, passion and experience from years prior. A story like mine is not uncommon, actually. Studies show that the average age of entrepreneurs which launch some of ...