Better Than Before Episode 119: 4 Biggest Mistakes In Talent Development


Our podcast is designed to provide you with top business insights, fresh perspectives from world class guests, and the tools you need to lead better than before. In this episode, Tony Richards interviews Mike Parks, Director for the Columbia Regional Airport and outlines the four biggest mistakes you can make talent development.

Segment 1: Tony Richards talks news and stocks with producer Bill Foster.

01:00 – Welcome to Better than Before

02:30 – Self-Esteem Workshop

05:00 – News in Business

13:00 – Monthly Stock Review

Segment 2: Mike Parks, Director for the Columbia Regional Airport, joins us as this week’s guest.

20:00 – Guest Background

24:30 – 2018 Goals For COU

27:00 – Employee Recruitment and Retention

29:00 – Current and Future Destinations

37:30 – Tony’s Lighting Leadership Questions

Segment 3: Tony Richards discusses the biggest mistakes in talent development in this week’s leadership lesson.

43:30 – Creating A Lot of Complexity

44:30 – Adding No New Value

46:00 – Neglecting the Science

48:30 – No Transparency and No Accountability

Disclaimer: We are not giving financial or stock market advice and we do not advocate any of this for anybody other than ourselves.

Don’t call yourself someone who is a good talent developer if you don’t have data -@tonyrichards4

About the Guest

Mike Parks has worked at the Columbia Regional Airport for over 16 years and with the City of Columbia for 18 years. During this time, he has been in the positions of public safety supervisor and operations supervisor before becoming the airport manager. Parks is also an adjunct instructor for the MU Fire Rescue Training Institute and has traveled and instructed students at airports nationwide.

Resources Mentioned

The Self-Esteem Workshop
Columbia Regional Airport 


Better than Before is hosted by Tony Richards and produced by Clear Vision Development Group. Our staff includes William Foster and Whitney Coker. You can subscribe or leave a review for Better than Before on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and iHeartRadio. If you have a leadership question you would like answered on the show, email us at

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