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Joey Havens Author

Joey Havens, CPA is the author of Leading with Significance. He is currently a partner with HORNE LLP a top 25 CPA firm. He previously served as managing partner of the firm from 2012 to 2021, leading more than 1,800 team members to build the Wise Firm© while passionately living out his life’s calling to help others see and reach their full potential. Prior to being named managing partner in 2012, Joey served as the managing partner of healthcare services and the managing partner of government services, respectively.

He actively challenges the mainstays of business culture and strategic planning. Joey advocates growing leaders faster using holistic approaches and intentional sponsorship. In addition to his weekly beBetter blog, he is the author of numerous whitepapers and articles, including Becoming the Firm of the Future published by the AICPA. He has co authored four books during his career at HORNE. Joey is an active member of CPA Practice Advisor’s Top 30 Thought Leaders, where he works with other accounting professionals to help lead and shape the industry.

Joey is a frequent presenter/ teacher/ facilitator on creating a culture of belonging, strategic planning, leadership development and loves to teach young professionals the ABCs to Outstanding. Joey joined HORNE in 1984 and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi.

Joey currently serves on the board of The Mustard Seed, a Christian community for adults with developmental disabilities and Empower Mississippi. He is past board member with HORNE LLP, Friends of Children’s Hospital, JDRF, Make A Wish Foundation, AICPA Women’s Initiative Executive Committee and attends St Francis Catholic Church with his wife Cathy.

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Hard to Believe – Davis is College Bound

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It’s the little moments spent with family that create the most cherished memories. Are you taking the time and focus to prioritize family time? 

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It is so important t…

It is so important to protect what we have. Just like I wouldn't let a stranger take my boat out for a spin without knowing their experience and intentions, we shouldn't rush into hiring someone just because they say they want to be a part of our organization.

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In today's fast-paced world, we would be well advised to keep this sign in sight as a daily reminder. 

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In today's fast-paced world, we would be well advised to keep this sign in sight as a daily reminder. 

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Communicate for Clarity

It’s so very easy to miss the message or to do a poor job of delivering it. Things will smell much better if we each take 100% responsibility for communicating with clarity. Source

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It’s so very easy to miss the message or to do a poor job of delivering it. Things will smell much better if we each take 100% responsibility for communicating with clarity. Source

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If we don't understand the challenge of ROT and address it aggressively, especially in periods of growth, the decay will eliminate the ability to become a high-performance team. Source

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If we don't understand the challenge of ROT and address it aggressively, especially in periods of growth, the decay will eliminate the ability to become a high-performance team. Source

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Laughing at Ourselves

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Never underestimate …

Never underestimate the importance of laughter. It feels great and helps ground us in ways that make us better.  Source

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The first step on the journey to becoming a leader is to recognize our purpose as individual team members. Source

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How often do we miss the opportunity to release this motivation on our teams, our organizations, our families, and even our friends? Source

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While it was a moment of unexpected luck, it’s not entirely a wild fluke. Here's why. Source

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Let’s walk out of the closet today and use a positive attitude and confidence to help us reach our full potential. Source

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If we don't know where we're going, we might end up nowhere. Source

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Just as one wrong car door opens, an inadvertent step into a misaligned company culture can halt a career journey and diminish morale. Source

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What’s Stopping You?

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All of us have door …

All of us have door stops in our lives — some we have had for a long time, and some we have developed in the last year or two. Here's the key to achieve our full potential. Source

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If You Could Fly, Would You?

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It’s a daily choic…

It’s a daily choice if we want to truly fly. Are we flying as high as our potential will allow? Source

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Their story isn't one of grand milestones or headline-grabbing achievements, yet, it's a story of choosing significance and one where we can all learn a thing or two. Source

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Slow Down To Go Faster

In a world addicted to speed, those willing to embrace the paradoxical power of slowing down to go faster may win the actual race. Source

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In a world addicted to speed, those willing to embrace the paradoxical power of slowing down to go faster may win the actual race. Source

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