Walton County Leadership Summit Q&A

Candid Q&A with Walton area executives turn up some surprising answers

What Execs Admit Out of the Office Interviewed by Zandra Wolfgram Originally published in the Dec 2010/Jan 2011 issue of 850 Business Magazine


We asked and they answered. Nearly 20 executives attending the 2010 Walton County Leadership Summit at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort were quizzed on what they read, whether they tip and how they’d vote in the next presidential race. Here’s what they told us:

What are you reading? Sales Books; “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne; Time Magazine; “The Road Less Traveled” by Scott Peck; Bible; “Failing Forward” by Dr. John Marshall; “The Road to Serfdom” by Friedrich von Hayak; “On Becoming a Leader” by Warren Bennis; “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon; “Your Word is Your Wand” by Florence Scovel Shinn; Professional Manuals; “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by John Maxwell; “The Millennium Trilogy” by Stieg Larsson; “Good to Great” by Jim Collins; “The Speed of Trust: One Thing That Changes Everything” by Stephen Covey; “Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert; 850 Magwalton-2nd-setazine (no joke!); “Miracle on the 17th Green” by James Patterson

Do you tip the maid when you stay at a hotel?
55% Yes
45% No

Where are you most likely to close a big deal?
At a power lunch 36%
On the golf course 18%
At a formal meeting 46%

Who do you think is the greatest American businessperson alive? “Warren Buffet” “Steve Jobs” “Bill Gates” “Gary Kelly with Southwest Airlines” “Keith Howard” “Michael Dell” “Steve Wynn” “Dave Ramsey” “Oprah Winfrey”

Are you satisfied with BP’s response to the Northwest Florida Coast regarding the Deep Water Horizon incident?
61% Yes
39% walton-3rd-set No

Of these leadership qualities, which is most important?
Intellect 12%
Influence 47%
Intuition 41%


Who would be the best candidate for president in 2012?
Mitt Romney 44%
Sarah Palin 22%
Hilary Clinton 16%
Barack Obama 7walton-4th-set%