Embracing Excellence: The 7 Habits of Effective People

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Embracing Excellence: The 7 Habits of Effective People

Lane & Associates has mission statement defining what we do. In addition, we have a vision statement that reminds us of where we want to be and values that define who we are. 

We recently added “Effective” as a value based on the ideas presented in the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.   

About once a year, we pick a book to read and discuss it weekly.  Stephen Covey’s bestselling book ,”The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, was the first book selected.  It was named the No. 1 most influential business book of the 20th century and sold over 15 million copies. As its name reveals, it’s a book about increasing your effectiveness across different areas of your life.

The first three habits “Be Proactive”, “Begin with the End in Mind”,  and “Put First Things First” help us to move from dependence to independence in what Dr. Covey calls a “private victory”.  Habits three through six include the following: “Think Win/Win”, ”Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood”,  and “Synergize”, which gives us the keys to “public victory”.  The last habit “Sharpen the Saw” is about continuous improvement.

Overall, its been an extremely useful way to spend time and discuss beneficial actions amongst the team.

Karen Bivona is a Lane & Associates underwriter! She underwrites, quotes and services general liability accounts for contractor risks, including our online Artisan Contractor General Liability Program. She has worked with the company for more than 35 years.

Jonathan Whitaker is a Lane & Associates underwriter. One of his favorite parts about his job is the relationships and friendships he's able to extend beyond work. He enjoys golf, traveling, Saints football and spending time with his family.

Marie Hohensee is Lane & Associates Vice President of Commercial Underwriting and assists the commercial underwriters in making sound and profitable decisions in placing business for our customers, as well as underwriting her own book of business. She’s originally from California but has called Louisiana her home for more than 25 years and has been working in insurance for more than 30 years!

Brandy Lane is an Underwriting Assistant at Lane & Associates. Brandy's favorite part of her job is helping the underwriters so we can promptly get things to our agents! Brandy's hobbies include spending time with her friends, trying new restaurants and seeing live music.

Scott Landry is the president of Lane & Associates, an advocate of continuing education and has his CPCU, ASLI, AIS, AU, and AIDA. Scott is active in the insurance community, serving on Commissioner Donelon's Surplus Lines Insurance Advisory Council, The Louisiana Property and Casualty Insurance Commission and the Louisiana Surplus Lines Association. Some of Scott's hobbies include gardening and exercising.

Casey Lane is a Lane & Associates underwriter. His favorite part of his job is building relationships with the agents he serves. When he's not at Lane, Casey enjoys Saint's football, music and watching his four children's sporting events.

Chris Weego is a Lane & Associates underwriter. His favorite thing about working at Lane are his coworkers and the amazing agents he gets to work with. When he's not working, Chris enjoys playing golf, watching his kids play sports and cheering on the Chicago Cubs!

Don Lundy is a Lane & Associates Texas underwriter. Recently, he completed his CPCU designation after 15 years of off-and-on classes. When he's not working, Don enjoys photography, Star Wars, the Atlanta Braves and watching his son bowl.