Dr. Ben Carson for President 

Ben Carson

Born into poverty in Detroit Michigan

we were introduced to the beloved, Ben Carson

it was because of his mother who believed in his success

that through school and college at Yale, he achieved academic excellence

To go onto medical school at the University of Michigan

where he excelled and became an outstanding physician

Due to Ben Carson’s insight, aptitude, and abilities

These skills are what sets him apart as a pioneer of neurosurgery

During his time at John Hopkins Medical center

He served as the  leading, pediatric, neurosurgery director

Johns Hopkins Dome

As his practice became more advanced

he became the first surgeon to separate conjoined twins

A recognition that he received

was a scientific acknowledgement from Time magazine.

Having been honored by CNN

Dr Carson was noted as a foremost physician and scientist

to add to his incredible record

the Library of congress named him a living legend

For all of his perfomance and accomplishments

Dr. Carson received medals from George Bush, the former president


in addition to his achievements and record

Carson is known by many for his  virtuous character

through his prayers and his speeches

this doctor displays a gentle meekness

With him portraying a loving demeanor

It is these qualities that make him a great leader

New York City

Now, we know of his disposition

let’s take a look at some of his political positions

to begin, he is pro-life

because he believes all people are uniquely designed

To be clear, he supports education

that is not controlled by the government

Point in fact, He is no fan of debt

that is why he proposes plans for a balanced budget

another concept that he supports

is the idea of a wholesale tax reform

By doing, this reform will eliminate

all of the tax burdens the IRS creates.


Because of these things I am a fan

of the beloved, Dr. Ben Carson!

Due to his character, acumen, and intelligence

I will be voting Ben Carson for America’s president.

Vote for Ben Carson

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The Great State of Mississippi


During the harsh winter of 1817

Was the beginning of the great state of Mississippi.

A state that overtime has been misunderstood greatly.

Today, stands for freedom and social equality.

Birthplace of Elvis Presley -  Tupelo Mississippi.

When reflecting on a place like Mississippi

We are reminded of all the good times and simplicities

The sounds of the blues and BB King

to Elvis Presley strumming on his guitar strings.

From the stories of William Faulkner and Eudora Welty

Are reasons this state is well read and proficient in literacy


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When looking back on the state’s long, history

we remember 1865, when the Union won the victory.

That day, the civil war ended as did the confederacy

which produced the 13th amendment that abolished slavery

Remembered for their civil endeavors

Are John Perkins, Emmit Till, and Medgar Evers

Who ushered in the movements of the civil rights era


When thinking about the great state of Mississippi

From the fables of witches and ghost stories

That supposedly haunt the historic Yazoo city

From rolling hills that belong to Vicksburg’s National Park

Are remembered all the battles and the civil war landmarks

On a tour, through the Natchez trace’s scenery

You will be amazed by the native land’s beauty.

homes of Natchez, MS

From the town squares, antebellum, and antiquity

Are some of the unique things that belong to Mississippi

Famous for the Hail state and Hotty toddy

This land is full of competition and in-state rivalries

Founded in the state of the Magnolia

Was developed the crisps taste of thirst quenching, Coca Cola

Due to President Roosevelt’s hunting sprees

The teddy bear was first stuffed right here in Mississippi

Teddy Bear

“To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.” -William Faulkner

written by sps, October 2015

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Leadership Philosophies Empowering Leaders

Leadership Philosophies Empowering Leaders
Leadership in a managerial setting is very critical to the performance of the overall well-being of an organization. Companies depend on leaders who can have an influential impact on their employees. For a good leader, it takes and individual who focuses on the company’s objectives, ethical responsibilities, and standards that not only impacts the business but also takes into consideration of the welfare of the staff.

Main Idea and Interesting Points

According to Maccoby and Scudder (2011), a leader should encompass a well-rounded leadership philosophy which consists of four main elements. First, a leader should have an objective where they describe the purpose of their intentions of leading a particular organization. Furthermore, they should have a statement of purpose to the stakeholders describing their intent for the company. Second, the leader should have ethical and moral reasoning focused on the regulations and principles of the organization, such as having an interest in the common goods concerning who may be affected by the company’s actions, such as employees, customers, the environment, and the communities it provides services too.

In addition, a successful leader should have a practical value system especially in dealing with employee conflict. In essence, leaders need to take into consideration that different individuals have different values or morals and need to focus on helping employees connect to the organization’s goals. Also, a manager needs to have a good understanding of the results that will impact the company, such as hiring potential employees, retaining and developing employee’s skills sets, financial results, and coming up with innovative ideas to meet customer needs (Maccoby & Scudder, 2011, p. 49).

In conclusion, without a productive leadership team, it is almost impossible for a company to execute peak performance. That is why it is necessary for an organization to have leaders to who have a positive impact on the employees and customers. Clearly, a great leader is an individual who focuses on the organization’s goals, has values, and considers the employees as being the fortitude of the company.

Maccoby, M., & Scudder, T. (2011). Leading in the Heat of Conflict. T+D , 65 (12), 46-51.

Innovation & Leadership

Innovation & Leadership
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In August 2011, According to Smith & Hall (2012), The New York Times described innovation as “the critical ingredient to all economic progress, higher growth for nations, more competitive products for companies, and more prosperous careers for individuals” (p.36) Several businesses and consulting firms consider innovation as one of the most important priorities for an organization. Creativity is the process of developing good ideas that can be put into action, whereas innovation utilizes the part of creativity to come up with new ideas and products (Dubrin, 2011, p. 98). Also, innovation in an organization can provide revenue and create an advantage over its competitors. Therefore, Innovation productivity is essential for organization to thrive in today’s economy because it allows companies see new opportunities and then capitalize on them. Hence, Leaders in an organization have an important role in promoting innovation among others because they are the ones that influence employees’ creativity, facilitate new ideas, and help put into action the new ideas.

Main Points

When a leader takes the necessary actions to allow their employees to come up with new ideas, think differently, experiment with creativity, and complete inventive tasks, it allows an organization to be more innovative. Several ways in which a leader can promote innovation consists of an individual leader’s value for diversity in proposals, identifying new opportunities for the accepted risk that are involved, and providing the necessary resources for their staff. In addition, leaders have a vital role in organizing the clarity and the focus aspect needed for prioritization. Also, successful innovative leaders are effective in facilitating the structure and accountability that ensures innovative tasks are met (Smith & Hall, 2012, p. 39). In essence, the leaders are the ones who ensure that the innovation process is a success. For instance, a solution or idea that has not moved beyond the idea stage is a lost opportunity because it does not benefit the company at all (Smith & Hall, 2012, p. 39).

In conclusion, innovation is a top priority for a business to succeed in today’s market. Innovation not only comes up with new ideas, but it allows companies to capitalize on new opportunities and have an advantage over their competitors. In essence, for a company to maintain its completive edge; it takes a leader who has encompasses a creative influence with their staff, is good at facilitating the innovation process, and one who can recognize and utilize the new ideas created by the staff, and then make those ideas into a reality.

Dubrin, A. J. (2011). Fundamentals of Organizational Behavoir. Mason: Cengage Learning.
Smith, A., & Hall, E. (2012). Innovation-Driven Leadership. T+D , 66 (3), 34-39.

Developing Leaders

Developing Leaders
Dev Leaders

There is evidence that great leaders improve a business’s performance. Therefore, it is important for an organization to invest in their managers and staff to ensure success for their company. Today, Corporations are looking for ways in which they can build leaders and even improve leadership. According to Cohen (2011), “key leader development can be categorized into four broad areas, such as strategic issues, alignment challenges, talent areas, and the performance aspect” (p.55)

Main Idea & Interesting Points
First, a strategic plan is to create an integrated and systematic process for identifying, developing, and retaining talent for critical roles (Cohen, 2011, p. 55). A leader is the characteristic role that is inherits to an individual. What good companies should do is potentially spot out employees with the leader characteristic, and then starts training them into leadership. Also, organizations need to align their managerial staff by ensuring that the staff is in line with the organization’s strategies and goals. The leader who is involved is concerned about meeting the organization’s promises to its customers with its processes and procedures, while portraying the company’s brand.

In addition, companies need to focus on the essential aspects for building leaders from the ground up. The reason being is that they will have a leader to fill the role if any gaps should arise. The business needs to make sure their leaders are effectively and efficiently producing the goods and services that meet and exceed their customer needs (Cohen, 2011, p. 57).

Since great leaders have a positive impact on the company’s performance, it is sensible to have a leadership development program. Optimizing a leader development program requires an organization to provide the guidance, resources, expertise, and tools to build effective leaders. Clearly, with great leaders being trained, a company can increase performance, satisfy customer needs, and be ready for any problems that may affect the company.

Cohen, S. (2011). The Leader Devlopment Value Chain. T+D , 65, 54-57.