Gulfport, Miss. – Mississippi Power’s corporate culture, rooted in the lessons of Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, is being heralded as a shining example of the book’s principles in action in the 30th anniversary edition of the classic leadership book that was released last week.
“We are honored that our friends at FranklinCovey have chosen to recognize our culture in this very special edition of 7 Habits,” said Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony Wilson. “Our story is now being shared around the world. That should make every one of our employees and every retiree very proud for their role in building and maintaining our company’s culture.”
Sean Covey, son of the book’s late author, uses the preface of the book to tell the company’s story of recovery and restoration amid the devastation after Hurricane Katrina. In December, FranklinCovey released a case study video reviewing what has often been called “the company’s finest hour,” and how employees navigated the crisis.
“The timing of this announcement couldn’t be more appropriate as we enter what is predicted to be an active hurricane season,” Wilson said. “Whether it’s another Katrina, or a tornado that threatens our service area, Mississippi Power employees are ready to respond. Additionally, we’ve invested in our electric infrastructure to reduce the impact of these events on our customers and restore their quality of life sooner.”
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has sold more than 40 million copies – an average of more than 1 million a year since it was first published – and has been distributed in 50 languages.
Covey concludes his preface with Mississippi Power’s story. He recalls the following email he received from Wilson:
“In the nineties, when the threat of deregulation presented unprecedented challenges to our industry, our company turned to the 7 Habits to move us forward. We trained every employee from top to bottom in Covey’s 7 Habits and instilled these habits into our culture. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged our 23-county service territory, knocking out power to all our customers. We had to bring in 12,000 line personnel from around North America, but we didn’t have enough supervisors to lead them.
“We entrusted our employees to take leadership roles in this emergency response. Because they knew how to Begin with the End in Mind and Seek First to Understand, and so forth, they performed brilliantly. We were able to get the power back on in 12 days, a feat described by USA Today at the time as a ‘case study in crisis management.’ We had an empowered culture that was able to step up and lead, make quick decisions, and innovate amid total devastation. The 7 Habits remain woven into the fabric of our high-performing culture. I just wanted to thank you!”
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Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy for more than 188,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. With nearly 160 megawatts of approved solar energy capacity, Mississippi Power is the largest partner in providing renewable energy in the state of Mississippi. Visit our websites at mississippipower.com and mississippipowernews.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.