In the wake of the catastrophic flooding and human tragedy inTexas and Louisiana that resulted from Hurricane Harvey, the wordsand actions of Jim McIngvale have struck a chord with a sympatheticnation. That is according to Mark Rose, chair and CEO of AvisonYoung. McIngvale, the Houston-area entrepreneur known as “MattressMack,” provided his furniture and mattress stores as places ofrefuge for those who were displaced by the storm, Rose says.Hundreds of area residents took him up on his very generousoffer.

“McIngvale's compassion is a classic example of a businessleader doing the right thing –even when everything seems to pointto the fact that it will hurt the bottom line,” he explains. “Thereality is that the exact opposite is true. Culture drives revenuesand profits rather than the other way around.” In the exclusivecommentary below, Rose explains that the truth is that not caringabout what your company can do is a missed opportunity. “You willultimately be far more productive – and profitable – if you focuson who you are before you worry about what you do.

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