Busting the Myths of Leadership

The great statesman Benjamin Franklin once said, “When you are finished changing, you’re finished.” And even though it’s been 200-plus years since he uttered those famous words, they still hold true — especially in today’s business world.

Long standing ideas about how to lead a team are no longer viable. Workers won’t stick around for a bad boss these days, no matter how much they’re paid. They want to be motivated and inspired. So, how can you ensure that you’re functioning as an awesome leader? Start by avoiding these common, but mistaken, leadership beliefs.

The Myth: They’re inspired by their paycheck. As the owner of your company, you have the power to change lives. After all, you’re the person signing the paychecks. Everyone should be happy, and even grateful, to do their jobs with no questions asked.

The Truth: Great leaders know that power comes from persuasion, not position. Simply offering a paycheck, or intimidating workers by holding their jobs over their heads will not make them more productive or creative. Leaders who take the time to communicate, support and encourage earn loyalty and respect from their teams.

The Myth: No news is good news. Your team doesn’t need to know when something bad happens. If sales are down, they’re going to become scared and maybe even leave. As a matter of fact, they can’t be trusted with any sensitive news — good or bad.

The Truth: Winning organizations have a culture of communication. Your team wants to know what’s happening and why. Sure, there’s some information you can’t share. But when you have the right team members on board, you can trust them with almost anything. Make a habit of over-communicating. Your team will respect you for it even more.

The Myth: You can’t find good workers anymore. Today’s generation doesn’t listen. They lack initiative, and they never show up on time. They want the world handed to them.

The Truth: You’re probably not good at finding and recognizing talented, responsible workers. Think there are no young people who are willing to do an awesome job? Look at Chick-fil-A. The company has thousands of them. Part of being a good leader is knowing how to hire. You have to be willing to wait for the perfect person — one who shares your values and work ethic. At Dave Ramsey’s company, team members are interviewed four to six times, and the process can take three or four months.

Becoming a great leader is not easy. It’s a skill that needs to be developed, and it’s one that takes time, patience and a willingness to learn and improve one’s self. But if you’re willing to put in the hard work, you’ll find yourself with a team full of talented, passionate people — a team willing and able to slay dragons right alongside you, and do whatever it takes to win.

It’s definitely worth the wait!

*Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on business and money. He has authored five New York Times best-selling books, including EntreLeadership. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 8 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations. Follow Dave on the web at



Nashville Symphony Unveils Blockbuster 2015/16 Season

Nashville Symphony Unveils Blockbuster 2015/16 Season
Subscription Packages for Classical, Pops, Jazz and More Now Available

The Nashville Symphony has released the full schedule for its 2015/16 season, which features one of the most ambitious slates of classical, pops, jazz, family and special events in the organization’s history and builds on a recent stretch of success that has seen record crowds at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Subscription packages are now available for all 2015/16 Nashville Symphony concerts and may be purchased online or by phone at 615.687.6400 or in person at the Schermerhorn Symphony Box Office. Subscribers enjoy a long list of benefits, including flexible ticket exchanges, big savings, bonus tickets, priority seating, pre-sale access to newly added concerts, discounted parking and more. Single tickets for all 2015/16 concerts go on sale June 27, 2015.

“Next season really encapsulates what the Nashville Symphony is all about — new, ground-breaking American orchestral music, moving classical works by legendary composers, and one of our most exciting pops and jazz lineups ever,” said Alan Valentine, Nashville Symphony president and CEO. “With a GRAMMY® Award-winning orchestra at the top of its game performing an incredible lineup of concerts in one of the world’s finest music venues, we’re confident that the Schermerhorn will continue to be home to some of Middle Tennessee’s best art and entertainment.”

2015/16 Aegis Sciences Classical Series

Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, the 2015/16 Aegis Sciences Classical Series is comprised of 14 performances and features everything classical fans have come to love about Music City’s orchestra. The season kicks off with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and will also include such well-loved works as Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and Mozart’s Requiem. As part of its mission to promote contemporary American music, the Nashville Symphony will also perform one co-commission, Jonathan Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto (October 2-3, 2015), and six new works to be recorded for future release, including three pieces written by Knoxville native Jennifer Higdon.

Other American composers to be featured throughout the season include Leonard Bernstein, Richard Danielpour, Michael Daugherty and one Latin American composer, Silvestre Revueltas. Of special note is John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls, a stunning tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that will be performed as part of the opening weekend performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on the anniversary of the attacks.

The 2015/16 season will also spotlight a number of Symphony musicians as soloists, including James Button, Principal Oboe, on Higdon’s Oboe Concerto; James Zimmerman, Principal Clarinet, on Lowell Liebermann’s Clarinet Concerto; and a number of other orchestra members on the Bach Brandenburg Concertos. “In Nashville, we are fortunate to have some of the finest musicians anywhere in the world right here in our hometown orchestra,” Guerrero said. “I’m thrilled to showcase their amazing musicianship, and I intend to continue giving them opportunities to shine in future seasons.”

The 2015/16 season will close with Mahler’s Third Symphony, featuring the Women of the Nashville Symphony Chorus and Boys of the Blair Children’s Chorus. This epic work completes Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony’s cycle all nine of Mahler’s symphonies, which the orchestra began in 2007. “Mahler truly sought to contain the whole of human experience in his symphonies, and his Third one of the most monumental and breathtaking pieces he ever wrote,” Guerrero said.

The full Classical Series lineup is as follows:
  • Beethoven’s Ninth & John Adams’ Homage to 9/11: September 10-12, 2015
  • Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto & Guitar Legend Manuel Barrueco: October 2-3, 2015
  • Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos: October 22-24, 2015
  • Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony & Daugherty’s Organ Concerto: November 6-7, 2015
  • Saint- Saëns’ “Egyptian” Piano Concerto & Sibelius’ Second Symphony: November 20-21, 2015
  • Mozart’s Requiem & Symphony Soloists Perform New American Masterpieces: January 7-9, 2016
  • Bernstein’s On the Waterfront & Famous Movie Music by Prokofiev, Korngold and Revueltas: January 29-30, 2016
  • Pictures at an Exhibition & Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto: February 18-20, 2016
  • Strauss’ Don Quixote & Brahms Third Symphony: March 4-5, 2016
  • Guerrero Conducts Ravel’s La Valse & works by Mozart and Higdon: March 25-26, 2016
  • Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Haydn’s First Symphony & Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 15: April 7-9, 2016
  • Beethoven’s Emperor with Ohlsson & Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11: April 29-30, 2016
  • Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Shaham & Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony: May 5-7, 2016
  • Mahler’s Third Symphony with Chorus: May 26-28, 2016

FirstBank Pops Series
Bookended by Franki Valli & the Four Seasons and country legends Alabama, the 2015/16 FirstBank Pops Series runs the gamut of genres and styles, giving audiences the unique opportunity to hear the Nashville Symphony play alongside some incredible artists, performing everything from rock to country to Broadway show tunes:

  • Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons with the Nashville Symphony: September 24-26, 2015
  • The Best of Broadway with the Nashville Symphony: October 15-17, 2015
  • Pink Martini with the Nashville Symphony: November 12-14, 2015
  • Cirque De La Symphonie with the Nashville Symphony: January 14-16, 2016
  • The Music of the Eagles with the Nashville Symphony: February 25-27, 2016
  • The Irish Tenors with the Nashville Symphony: March 17-19, 2016
  • Chris Botti with the Nashville Symphony: April 14-16, 2016
  • Alabama with the Nashville Symphony: May 12-14, 2016

Jazz Series
The Schermerhorn is one of Tennessee’s premier venues for jazz, and 2015/16 includes a number of top-flight jazz concerts:
  • Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project with the Nashville Symphony: October 30, 2015
  • David Benoit: Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown: December 6, 2015
  • Madeleine Peyroux: March 11, 2016
  • Additional Concert to Be Announced: April 1, 2016

Special Events, Coffee & Classics and Pied Piper
Special events featuring the Nashville Symphony include Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (September 27, 2015), which will be performed for the first time ever at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Legendary pianist Andre Watts will perform Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto (January 23, 2016), five years after his last scheduled appearance with the Symphony had to be relocated to a different venue because of the May 2010 flood.

Other special events include Don McLean with the Nashville Symphony (October 28, 2015) and four holiday performances of Handel’s Messiah (December 17-20, 2015), including a newly added Sunday matinee concert. More special events will be added to the Nashville Symphony concert calendar throughout the year.

The Symphony’s popular Friday-morning Coffee & Classics Series, which includes free coffee and pastries, returns with four concerts in 2015/16 – Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, Sibelius’ Second Symphony, Pictures at an Exhibition and Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony.

Finally, the Nashville Symphony will continue giving parents and children the chance to experience the thrill of live classical music on select Saturday mornings through The Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Series. The 2015/16 Pied Piper Series includes a pair of holiday-themed shows (“Trick or Treat with the Nashville Symphony,” October 31, 2015, & “Holiday Sing-Along with the Nashville Symphony,” December 19, 2015) and multimedia collaborations with local partners, including the Nashville Zoo (“Get Wild with the Nashville Symphony,” February 27, 2016) and Adventure Science Center (“Blast Off with the Nashville Symphony,” April 16, 2016). All Pied Piper concerts are preceded by family-friendly activities including arts and crafts, photos and the Symphony’s popular Instrument Petting Zoo.

For a full listing of 2015/16 concerts, along with subscription benefits and prices 



Haslam Reflects On First Term

Haslam Reflects On First Term, Lays Out Work Ahead
Improving educational opportunities and outcomes for Tennesseans critical

Earlier this week, Gov. Bill Haslam was sworn in for his second four-year term as the 49th governor of Tennessee, addressing thousands of Inaugural attendees from across the state on War Memorial Plaza with the State Capitol serving as the backdrop.

“One thing I can guarantee you that we are not going to do in the next four years is coast to the finish line,” Haslam said. “The decisions that we make in the building behind me are too important; too important to the 6.5 million Tennesseans who are alive today and even more important for the generations that will follow us.”

The governor called on Tennesseans to work together to build on the state’s successes and momentum.

“It’s about all of us. The governor, legislators, state employees, teachers, parents, community leaders, business executives, health care professionals, faith leaders, and citizens of all kinds saying: ‘We are on the right path, but we can do better, and we must do better,’” he added.

“We can be a state government that treats its citizens like customers and gives full value for every tax dollar that is paid. Tennessee can be the very best location in the southeast for high quality jobs. Most importantly, we can make sure that we get education right. There is nothing more important for us to do.”

Haslam charted progress that has been made in Tennessee during his first four years in office, especially in his priority areas of a well-managed, efficient and effective state government; better educational opportunities and outcomes for more Tennesseans; and high-quality, good paying Tennessee jobs. Highlights include:

Efficient and Effective State Government

• Tennessee has the lowest debt per person of any of the 50 states.
• Tennessee tax rates are among the lowest in the country.
• Overhaul of the state’s outdated employment system allows the state to now recruit, reward and retain the best and brightest to serve in state government.


• Tennessee is the fastest improving state in the country in academic achievement.
• There are now 100,000 more kids proficient at grade-level in math, and more than 57,000 additional students are proficient at grade-level in science since 2011.
• Tennessee is the first state in the country to promise high school graduates two years of community or technical college free of tuition and fees.


• 210,000 net new private sector jobs have been created in Tennessee since January 2011.
• Tennessee named “State of the Year” in economic development for an unprecedented two years in a row.
• Implemented tort reform and overhauled the state’s worker’s compensation system to further strengthen the state’s business climate.

The governor highlighted Tennessee’s leading status in the automotive manufacturing sector as well as other advanced manufacturing and technological industries where the state is at the center of innovation. He also addressed challenges facing the state, including concerns about whether Tennessee’s workforce has and will have the technical skills and ability to meet the demands of a rapidly changing global economy.

“I see the job of governor as being part of a historically significant relay race. I was handed the baton four years ago, and it is my job to be intentional about advancing that baton during my eight years in office and handing it off to the next governor in a better position than it was handed to me.

“As we embark on the second leg of this race, it is going to take all of us running together. The time is right for us to take longer strides, to run harder, to reach further, and to gain more ground. We can do this together, and to reach our full potential, we have to do it together.”



TDOC To Hold Ex-offender Resource Fair

TDOC And Community Partners To Hold Resource Fair

The Tennessee Department of Correction is partnering with the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of Rutherford County and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to hold a resource and information fair for ex-offenders.

Job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with potential employers, and more than 30 organizations will be on hand to provide information and assistance with job training and placement, education, legal issues, health care and faith-based community support.

Ex-offenders and their family members are encouraged to attend the fair, which is a first of its kind event for the Murfreesboro area.

Reducing recidivism through evidence-based programs and continued support after an offender’s release from prison is a part of the Tennessee Department of Correction’s ongoing mission to ensure and increase the safety of the public.

2nd Chance Resource Fair Expo

Thursday, January 15th, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Fleming Training Center, 220 Blanton Drive, Murfreesboro, TN 37129



Tennessee Department of Health urges increased vigilance to prevent flu and flu complications

Tennessee Department of Health urges increased vigilance to prevent flu and flu complications

The Tennessee Department of Health is urging all Tennesseans to increase their efforts to prevent flu and flu-related health threats by getting immunized and talking with their healthcare providers about flu-like symptoms.

Since 2007 there have been 29 pediatric flu-related deaths recorded in Tennessee, including three in December of this year.

That is the highest number of pediatric flu deaths in the month of December since current reporting began in 2007. Prior to 2007 pediatric influenza deaths were not specifically required to be reported.

“Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences go out to the families and friends affected by these tragic deaths and we are deeply sorry for the loss of each of these children,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. Regrettably there is no perfect protection against influenza, and some people are more vulnerable than others so we continue to urge everyone more than six months of age to be vaccinated, to provide the best available protection to the people we love, our communities and ourselves. We also urge individuals with flu-like symptoms to rapidly consult their healthcare providers about the advisability of beginning antiviral medications.”

Those with flu-like symptoms should ask about the use of anti-viral medications such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) or zanamivir (Relenza®). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, clinical benefits are greatest when antiviral treatment is administered early, ideally within 48 hours of symptoms starting. These antivirals may decrease the severity of flu but are not always advisable for every patient. The CDC also advises treatment with antivirals is recommended as soon as possible without waiting for confirmatory testing for those patients with confirmed or suspected influenza who have severe, complicated or progressive illness.

“It’s important to contact your healthcare provider so appropriate treatment can begin quickly,” said State Epidemiologist Tim Jones, MD. “While common colds and the flu may have similar symptoms, including muscle pain, fever, sore throat, coughing and overall weakness, the onset of flu usually happens more quickly and the symptoms are often more severe. Your healthcare provider can evaluate you and advise if anti-viral medications are appropriate.

In some cases, he or she may provide antivirals before flu confirmation tests are complete, as a precautionary measure.”

Currently in Tennessee influenza-like illness activity is above CDC epidemic thresholds and by using the Tennessee sentinel provider network the TDH has detected confirmed cases of influenza in 44 of 95 counties. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February, but seasonal flu can continue to occur as late as May. Flu will still be a threat for many months and for that reason, those who have not received flu vaccine by injection or nasal spray should do so quickly to have increased protection for the remainder of the 2014-2015 flu season.

Even in years, like this one, when other strains not present in vaccine are circulating, flu vaccine is still the best protection available. Other key protective measures include hand washing, avoidance of touching your face, covering a cough or sneeze and staying home if you are sick to avoid exposing others.

For additional information about the 2014-2015 flu season, visit the CDC website at:
Learn more about Tennessee Department of Health services and programs at


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