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MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Doug Dale’s self-awareness helps lift him to top of his game

Anthony Tjan, co-author of Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck, noted in a Harvard Business Review article that, “There is one quality that trumps all, evident in virtually every great entrepreneur, manager, and leader. That quality is self-awareness. The best thing leaders can to improve their effectiveness is to become more aware of what motivates them […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: TheBiz founder Boyce Adams has learned how to face his fears

When I starting writing this column in 2008, my goal was to share positive stories about leaders making a difference in the state of Mississippi.  I have had the good fortune to interview inspirational leaders from around the state.  Great leaders “pay it forward,” and I have always tried to help them do that by […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Dr. A Terrel Williams is always learning

by Published: January 29,2015

Tags: column, Dr. A. Terrel Williams, Martin Willoughby

According to an American Medical Association study in 2012, 53 perccent of physicians were full or part owners of a practice; 42 percent were employees; and 5 percent were independent contractors. Of particular note is that in 1983, 75.8 percent of physicians were self-employed. This trend has continued as approximately 75 percent of physician hiring […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Colby Lane proves that being ready is a great trait

by Published: January 16,2015

Tags: Business, Butler Snow, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi, NEWS

A common trait I have found in successful leaders is a commitment to preparation.  Benjamin Franklin noted, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  On game day, well prepared athletes make it look easy.  However, we know that hours of hard work went into getting ready.  Legendary football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant explained, […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Leadership resolutions — Among other things, following up is critical

by Published: January 9,2015

Tags: Business, Butler Snow, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi, NEWS

The New Year brings a sense of renewal and change.  Studies show that almost half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately only about 10 percent of those will actually achieve their goals. As you might imagine, resolutions to improve health and finances rank at the top of the wish list.  One of the key ways […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Entrepreneur Cary Crawley has courage to drive business forward

Leadership takes courage.  Your decisions will not always be popular.  Sometimes, you will need to persevere in the face of strong opposition.  However, true leaders have a moral courage that allows them to press onward.  Nelson Mandela once said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — David Reeves treats people how they want to be treated

by Published: December 24,2014

Tags: Business, Butler Snow, column, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi, NEWS

Most of us are familiar with the Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” However, this rule implies the basic assumption that other people would like to be treated the way that you would like to be treated. Most people are not as familiar with the Platinum Rule.  […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Gary Herring building tomorrow by educating today

There is no magic formula for being a great leader.  Each day brings new opportunities and unforeseen challenges.  To excel as a leader takes wisdom.  President Calvin Coolidge once said, “Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Ashley Pittman has built successful career by helping others

Raising a daughter, I think a lot about the workplace that she will likely enter in a few short years.  She will find a significantly different marketplace than the one her mother, and particularly her grandmother, entered.  There will be considerably more opportunities for her; however, I find that the world still sends very confusing […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Freddie Bagley has harnessed the power to motivate

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: banking, Business, Butler Snow, law, Mississippi, NEWS

Most leaders know the importance of creating high-performance teams within an organization. However, the challenge is actually moving from theory to execution in creating winning teams.  Great leaders know how to mobilize teams and lead them to accomplish their full potential.   In their book, The Wisdom of Teams, Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith describe […] [...]

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