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Derek Dyson, CEO
Who or what has been a source of inspiration for you?
My mother. She was valedictorian of her class and got married to her high school sweetheart. They had 10 kids together and got divorced shortly before I was born, but the standards she set for me and my siblings were high, grounded in ensuring we respected each other and gave back to the community both through church and volunteerism. We were rich in love and fellowship, but not in much else; yet she made sure that if we had extra resources, we shared it with those less fortunate than ourselves. Giving until it hurts only happens if you don’t like giving and helping others, and in my mother’s house, you learned the importance of doing for others as well as yourself.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“The strong men keep coming on; the strong men get stronger,” which are a combination of lines from the Sterling Brown poem, entitled Strong Men written in 1931.
During which part of the day are you most productive?
It depends on the day and tasks. I have found reviewing, drafting or editing documents can be most productively completed in the early morning, while brainstorming and project planning with team members and/or others is best during the mid-morning to early afternoon. Decision-making and implementation may be better in the afternoon and early evening. I am a strong proponent of making the full day as productive possible by using time management.
What’s your “go-to” first thing in the morning?
As I am a new transplant to Little Rock — my children and siblings are on the east coast — so each morning, I check in with my family, typically via text message or by phone, to inquire what their day looks like and to share some words of inspiration and love. It provides a great start to my mornings!
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