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PHIL HARDWICK — The ABCs of economic development for small towns

  Mayors of just about all small towns are part-time individuals interested and willing to serve their communities. They do not get paid very much and most are not holders of college degrees in economic or community development. They learn quickly that there is a lot to learn about being the CEO of a small town. One of the many ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — A Q&A with Knox Ross

It’s been a while since I had a chance to visit with former Pelahatchie Mayor Knox Ross so I reached out to him online. Here’s my interview with the personable and accomplished Ross. What are you doing these days? I am completing an 11-month assignment as the CEO of the Coordinating and Development Corporation in Shreveport. The CDC is an ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Mississippi is a paradox in so many ways

August 10, 2017. It is the final morning of a wonderful vacation in Ireland. Up early, I reflect on the kind and welcoming people of Ireland we have met. I marvel at Ireland’s ability to attract businesses to the Emerald Isle. Google, Accenture, Facebook, Paypal. The list goes on and on. I compare and contrast Ireland’s business attraction efforts with ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: Escape rooms are sweeping the nation

  Kimberly wasn’t so sure she wanted to participate in the so-called Collaborate Problem Solving Activity that was on the agenda at the conference she was attending. “I hear they lock you in a room with other people and the group has to solve some kind of puzzle to get out.” “Oh, don’t worry,” someone said. “It’s a lot of ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: Business success is about what the market wants

You’ve heard it before. Find what you are passionate about and open your own business. Don’t just work at a job. The problem with that message is twofold: (1) what you’re passionate about might not be what you’re good at and (2) what you want might not be what the market wants. Television commercials toss these messages at us regularly, ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — What makes a good mayor?

Now that municipal elections in Mississippi are over it’s time for the winning candidates to consider their new roles. Those who are assuming office for the first time will discover that being a mayor or board/council member is quite different from being a candidate. Being a mayor in particular is one of the toughest jobs going.  A mayor does not ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — On being a Mississippi tourist at the Grammy Museum

My wife and I became Mississippi tourists on a recent Monday holiday and motored to the Delta town of Cleveland to check out the Mississippi Grammy Museum. We had been meaning to go since its opening in March of 2016. It is, after all, a national attraction in our own backyard. We were not disappointed, but what happened on the ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Do your employees believe in your values and purpose

Do your employees believe in your company or organization’s values? Do they hate to attend staff meetings? These two questions illustrate two issues that are getting a lot of attention these days in human resource circles. And it’s no wonder. According to the Gallup organization, only 23% of U.S. employees strongly agree that they can apply their organization’s values to their ...

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