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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 […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Floyd Sulser Jr. follows in his father’s footsteps

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: Business, Floyd Sulser, law, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi, NEWS

Between 2008 and 2010, the United States had a loss of over 200,000 businesses and 3 million jobs. This period of the “Great Recession” was particularly challenging for those businesses in the housing sector. For those that survived, many found themselves in a better position with fewer competitors and leaner operations. I had the opportunity […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Bernie Reed cites hard work as key to success of Reed’s Metals

I recently read an article advising foreigners on how to adapt to life in the United States. It noted, “Life in the U.S. is generally fast paced and busy. People don’t want to waste time on anything, even food. That is why the U.S. invented fast food and is the largest consumer of fast food.” […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Garrick Combs carves out career in economic development

As regular readers of this column know, one of the things I like to do is spotlight up and coming leaders from around the state. These are the men and women who are on the fast track to success and are actively building Mississippi’s future. This week I had the opportunity to interview one of […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Hal Miller leaves family business to lead MTA

Leadership guru Ram Charan noted, “Talent, as every leader knows, is the most essential ingredient of business success.” Good to Great author Jim Collins echoed the importance of people when he said “To build a successful organization and team you must get the right people on the bus.” While most business leaders would agree with […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: David Spurk uses creativity in leading Petal Pushers

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: Business, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi, NEWS

I believe that one of Mississippi’s real economic opportunities is the continued expansion of the creative economy. The state has recognized this opportunity and has been studying and finding ways to encourage its growth. In a state commissioned report titled “Realizing the Economic Opportunity of Creativity in Mississippi,” it was noted, “Mississippi’s creative people, companies, […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Patrick Tucker takes military lessons to Physicians Urgent Care

by Published: October 23,2014

Tags: Business, column, education, Mississippi

With the pace of life today and the pressures of the now, it can be challenging to take the long view. Understanding what is critically important in life and what isn’t can be difficult. I find that remarkable leaders keep a good perspective and have the ability to separate the good from the great. They […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Andrew Adams helps grow Addicus

by Published: October 16,2014

Tags: Business, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi, NEWS

Great businesses are built around knowing what the customer wants, understanding what your company does best, and delivering exceptional value. This is much easier said than done.  Hall of Fame quarterback turned business mogul Roger Staubach once said, “There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” It takes great intentionality and skilled execution to […] [...]

WRESTLING SUCCESS — Ted DiBiase Jr. leaves ring to become entrepreneur

As regular readers of this column know, I enjoy finding outstanding leaders on the rise in Mississippi and sharing their stories. This week I was able to catch up with Ted DiBiase Jr., who is fast becoming one of Mississippi’s entrepreneurial success stories. If his name is familiar to you, it is likely that you […] [...]

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