SALT LAKE CITY — FranklinCovey presented Mississippi Power Co. with the Leadership Greatness Award during its 12th annual International Symposium and Executive Conference recently in Washington, D.C.

FranklinCovey’s Greatness Awards, instituted in 1995, recognize clients who have affected measurable change in their organizations through the passionate, committed use of FranklinCovey tools and principles.

Mississippi Power has incorporated Dr. Stephen Covey’s Principle-Centered Leadership and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People principles in its corporate culture and employee training since the early 1990s.

Bob Whitman, chief executive officer of FranklinCovey, said: “In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi Power Co. showed tremendous dedication and service to their community. With the high level of commitment and innovation they demonstrated, we feel it is important to recognize and honor them for their excellent efforts and leadership.”

The FranklinCovey Award for Leadership Greatness recognizes individuals or companies “whose formal or informal leadership embodies FranklinCovey leadership principles with positive, measurable results.”

The following criteria were used in selection:

n The recipient or company is recognized within its broader organization as a leader.

n The company has initiated strategy to integrate principle-centered leadership and FranklinCovey solutions into its culture to positively influence its ability to sustain superior results and accomplish the job to be done.

n The success of that strategy is measurable.

“It is an honor for Mississippi Power and its employees to win this award,” said Anthony Topazi, the company’s president and CEO. “I’ve never been more proud of our people than in the days and weeks following Katrina.

“Before, during, and after the hurricane, our people maintained a sense of direction and focus in spite of personal loss. They demonstrated organizational greatness, follow-through, teamwork and individual effectiveness — qualities that reflect the basis of Dr. Covey’s principles. Their performance was a measurable result of the investment we make in our human resources.”

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