Leadership – Wrong Decisions


A young lady was promoted to Senior Vice President of External Affairs for a large corporation at the young age of thirty-two.   This great honor was far beyond her wildest dreams and the opportunity of a lifetime.  This was the job that men twice her age had worked a lifetime to achieve.  Frightened by the responsibility she was undertaking she sought the advice of a respected and seasoned state senator on how to be a good leader.  “What is the most important thing for me to do as vice president?” she asked. “Make right decisions,” said the senator. “How do I make right decisions?” asked the young vice president. “Experience” replied the senator. Exasperated, the young vice president said, “But how do I get experience?” “Wrong decisions,” said the senator.

We all fail throughout life. It’s a disappointing feeling to fail; but as illustrated above, sometimes the best way to be successful is to allow ourselves to make mistakes, learning from them and moving forward through the disappointment.

If we are stuck focusing on the disappointment of our failures, we need to ask God to help us look for what we can learn from them and how we can become better. Otherwise, we will miss out on so much that God has in store for our lives.

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
Sir Winston Churchill

But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead…
Philippians 3:13

Leadership Moment: Goals

Leaders automatically set goals for themselves. They know what they want to  accomplish and they strive to reach their goals.

Leaders come in many forms: mothers, fathers, bankers, lawyers, politicians. Yet, it is important not to overlook those leaders closest to us.  In many homes the matriarch is the leader of the household and the extended family. In some homes the leader is the grandfather or uncle.  Each of these leaders have their own set of goals: some personal and some professional.

So how is success determined?  This is a very important question.  Many people judge success by the amount of money and “toys’  that are accumulated while others judge success by status is the community.  But, if this is not your goal then this is not success.

Set your own goals based on what is important to you.  I know a lady who is a very successful business woman and she loves to bake.  She makes everything from scratch and spends countless hours perfecting pastries or hand painting cookies.  Each are truly beautiful pieces of food art.  Her personal goals follow the hobbies that she has learned to perfect.  Although she is very good at her day job her goal is to be known as a professional pastry chef, nothing like her day job.

If you are a stay home mother your goals may revolve around your children or your home.  If you are an athlete your goals would involve perfecting your skills and your game. However, if you are in politics your goals will be more in line with winning elections.

Remember: Success is based on your goals not someone else goals.  Be successful at your goals!!

Leadership Moment

Below was taken from the Harvard Business Review article: In Praise of the Incomplete Leader by Deborah Ancona, Thomas W. Malone, Wanda J. Orlikowski, and Peter M. Senge.

No leader is perfect. The best ones don’t try to be – they concentrate on honing their strengths and find others who can make up for their limitations.

To lead you must relate. You do this by inquiring, advocating, and connecting.

Inquiring: listening with the intent of genuinely understanding

Advocating: explaining one’s own point of view. Leaders do this by explaining how they reached their interpretations and conclusions.

Connecting: cultivating a network of confidants who can help a leader accomplish a wide range of goals.



“Show class, take pride, and displace character. If you do so winning takes care of itself.”

Paul “Bear” Bryant






Heather Davis Provides Research for her Clients

Heather Davis goes the extra mile to provide the professional services needed by her clients.  Alabama Contractors Association (ACA)continues fight to protect the competitive bid law in Alabama.  Davis represents ACA and all of its members as their political strategist, representative and lobbyist and also manages their day to day activities.

Alabama Contractors Association (ACA) recognizes the State’s need to address Alabama’s prison problems and understands that the modern, efficiently designed facilities envisioned will generate operating savings.  However,  ACA strongly believes §14.2.28(b), providing for alternative delivery methods for design and construction,  must be removed from the bill.

History shows that the traditional Design-Bid- Build method provides the owner (The State) the best product at the best price while meeting deadline requirements.  The current competitive bid law requires all public works projects to be built using the Design-Bid-Build method.  There is no reason to circumvent this proven, transparent and efficient method for public works projects.

Alternative Delivery Methods often increase costs.  And allowing the awarding authority to pick winners and losers, has no place in public works financed by tax payers.

Davis recently published a full report on True Prison Reform in Alabama.  That document can be found here:

True PrisonReform report frm ACA 2 pdf

Be Your Best

Many people feel like they are a jack of all trades and a master of none.  But the truth is that there are some things that you are really good at.  Focus on your strengths and develop those attributes.  In doing this you will discover your talents and that is the area of your life that you should develop.
You will find that when you focus your time developing your strengths you will have to give up something that you may not be as good at.  But, part of being successful is knowing what to development and what to set aside.  Don’t burn your time trying to be someone are aren’t meant to be. Take a personal assessment to determine your strengths and talents. Look closely at those things that you are not really good at and determine if those are things that you can eliminate from your daily activities.
This does not mean that you have to give up something that you really enjoy just because it isn’t your strongest attribute.  Instead, use these areas to make you more rounded and put your energies into you talent area.
Focus on your strengths and strive for success. This will make you happier and more content.

Winston’s Law – One Step Closer to Passage

Winston’s Law, sponsored by Senate Clyde Chambliss in the Senate and by Rep. Paul Beckman in the House, received unanimous favorable consent today in the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee.  SB23 increases the penalties for Aggravated Child Abuse for a child under six years of age from a Class B felony punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison to a Class A felony punishable by 10-99 years, or life, in prison.

This bill is expected to be on the Senate Special Order Calendar next Tuesday.