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The CLOE Leadership Lessons series captures the thoughts and insights from the great minds in business. Featured are leaders with national recognition such as Jim Parker, former CEO of Southwest Airlines, and local leaders such as Michael Cropp, President and CEO of Independent Health.

Jim Parker served as chief executive officer and vice chairman of the board of Southwest Airlines from June 2001 through July 2004 - three of the airline industry's most challenging years. A lawyer by trade, he spent 16 years as a general counsel of Southwest Airlines before being selected to lead the company. Parker is the author of Do the Right Thing: How Dedicated Employees Create Loyal Customers and Large Profits, which uses the example of Southwest's practices before 9/11 (no layoffs, no pay cuts, and no-penalty, no-questions-asked refunds) to discuss the essential principles of respect and trust that can make any company strong. He is a member of the advisory council for the MIT Leadership Center at MIT's Sloan Business School, and served on the board of directors of Texas Roadhouse Restaurants Inc.

Paul Green Jr. is co-founder of the Self-Management Institute and a colleague at the Morning Star Company, which was built on a foundational philosophy of self-management and has been described as "the world's most creatively managed company." An entrepreneur at heart, Green has set his sights on building an enterprise around organizational systems as a core competitive advantage. He has partnered with research faculty at numerous U.S. business schools on research aimed at expanding our understanding of human organizations, and has spoken to academic and professional audiences around the world. Green was awarded the Harvard Business Review/McKinsey M-Prize for Management Innovation in 2012 for his work advancing self-management at Morning Star.