The Jackson file Featured

7:00pm EDT November 24, 2006

Born: Detroit

Education: Bachelor of science degree, accounting, Morris Brown College; MBA, Clark Atlanta University Graduate School of Business First job: Controller for Stroh Brewing Co.

What is the best business lesson you’ve learned?

Make decisions based on information and not emotion. That’s not to exclude some level of gut feeling in making decisions, but if you make decisions based solely on emotion, you are doomed to fail.

What are some universal truths you’ve learned about leading a business?

Be honest, be direct, and always be consistent with your decision-making.

Jackson on delegating authority: You have to be willing to delegate. That’s extra important. Any good CEO is probably going to put more on himself than he should. It’s just the reality of the seat you sit in.

Jackson on time management: It’s a phenomenal skill because there are just not enough hours in the day to really get it all done. That’s why it’s important to have people around you, people who can assist you. You try, to some extent, to incorporate the ‘WIN’ principle, or ‘What’s Important Now,’ into time management. And to do that, you have to be focused on the ultimate game plan. You’re constantly balancing that, and there’s no secret to it. It’s a struggle.