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"The successful launch of the ...
"The successful launch of the TCS developed UI multi-tenant application in Mississippi demonstrates that the MRM Consortium continues to move forward," said Mark Henry, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
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• Mark Henry, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, until January 2020.
- Mark Henry, executive ...
- Mark Henry, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, until January 2020.
"Although it may seem strange that ...
"Although it may seem strange that the number of jobs and the unemployment rate can both move upward, the fact is that those two figures are calculated using two separate surveys by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics," comments Mark Henry, MDES Executive Director.
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shows others by reaching back and giving
Mark Henry, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, shared with me that his real training as a leader came from "watching other leaders as they interacted and taking mental notes.
has enjoyed a very distinguished career and worked with some very impactful leaders.
A native of Louisville, he
graduated with honors from Mississippi State University
was named to the hall of fame.
e went on to earn his
law degree from the University of Mississippi
and clerked for the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
and former Gov.
J. P. Coleman.
After practicing law in Hattiesburg, he
joined the Reagan
Administration where he
served first in the Office of the General Counsel at the Department of Agriculture
and later as the special assistant to the deputy general counsel at the Department of Energy
After coming back home to Mississippi, Henry
returned to private law practice for a season before entering a life of public service.
He served in several roles for the Fordice Administration including as chief legal counsel and chief of staff.
Henry also went on to serve for eight years as a Judge at the Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission before serving as Lt.
Gov. Phil Bryant's chief of Staff in 2008.
In 2012, Gov.
Bryant appointed Henry
current post with MDES
leads an organization focused on helping Mississippi residents get jobs.
I learned that in 2012, MDES
assisted 40,000 Mississippians get jobs through 55 job centers and computer database programs.
noted that he
learned a lot from Fordice's
leadership style about how to be straight forward and decisive as a leader.
also shared, "Gov.
stood up for and supported his
staff, which I try my hardest to do today.
Gov. Fordice was known for his
occasional emotional outburst, and Henry
said, "although Gov.
never raised his
voice to me, showing anger with employees is typically counterproductive.
has observed that, "the more emotional I become, the more emotional the other employees become.
added, "Although a leader can be dissatisfied, civility in the workplace will get you a lot further than running a dictatorship.
While leaders don't have to be zombies, I strongly agree with Henry's point and have found that great leaders are calming forces and encouragers to those around them.
advises leaders to be on the lookout for new ideas throughout the organization.
wisely noted, "Not all ideas must come from top management.
Any employee may sometimes have the million-dollar answer, so it is important to listen.
also reminds leaders that they set the tone and vision for the organization.
believes Ronald Reagan was a great example of this leadership quality.
said, "President Reagan
would present a clear vision, identify the goal to be reached, and lastly ask the team 'how do we reach that goal.'"
and other dedicated public servant leaders like him make a difference day in and day out in our state.
story is a great reminder of how we can learn and develop as a leader throughout our careers and extend leadership and positive influence in multiple venues.
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