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WILLOUGHBY: Broadband Voice founder Gary Watts isn’t afraid to take chances

by Published: July 18,2014

Tags: Broadband Voice, Business, column, law, Mississippi

I  often hear people say about a particular business or idea: “I thought of that a long time ago, but I never acted on it.” They indeed may have had an idea for a very successful business, but unfortunately, it remained just that – an idea. Novelist Andre Malraux said, “Often the difference between a […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Back to school — Jason Walton leading Jackson Prep

by Published: July 10,2014

Tags: Business, education, Flowood, Jackson Prep, Mississippi

Whether in art, sports, academics, or business, we are inspired by excellence. We celebrate those who have the commitment to achieving the highest levels of success in their respective fields.  Aristotle once said, “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Coyt Bailey ignores naysayers, grows Mercury Aviation

by Published: July 7,2014

Tags: Business, column, leaders, Mississippi, NEWS

Follow your bliss. That summarizes the philosophy of 20th century author and mythologist Joseph Campbell. In his book, Reflections in the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion, Campbell said, “If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Scherry Gilliland leads The Rotary Club of Jackson

Prior to moving to Memphis, I was a member for a number of years of The Rotary Club of Jackson, which is the State of Mississippi’s largest service club.  Most readers are probably familiar with Rotary, but for those who aren’t, it is an international service organization formed in 1905 with over 1.2 million members […] [...]

Career Investment — T. Doug Dale finds success as shareholder at Security Ballew

by Published: June 20,2014

Tags: Business, Butler Snow, column, Mississippi, willoughby

Author and speaker Denis Waitley noted, “Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View life as a continuous learning experience.”  One of things I have noticed in interviewing leaders is a common trait of a thirst for knowledge. They realize that learning is a journey and not a destination.  As […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Challenged, inspired by our leaders

by Published: June 13,2014

Tags: Business, column, leadership, Mississippi

In the last five years that I have been writing this column on leaders, I have had the incredible opportunity to visit with leaders from around the state of Mississippi. I have been challenged and inspired by their stories. Each week I try to pass along the tips and wisdom I learn from these leaders. […] [...]

WILLOUGHY: Profiles of risk-takers — Polly Dement writes Mississippi Entrepreneurs

When I first began writing this column, my goal was to uplift and inspire leaders and entrepreneurs around the state. By interviewing successful Mississippians and sharing their stories, I hoped to make a positive impact. For those who enjoying learning from the experiences of outstanding Mississippians, I am excited to share with you about Mississippi […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY — Paul McNeill remained loyal and built a successful business

Management guru Peter Drucker is attributed the quote, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”  His statement is often repeated to emphasize the importance of culture in building a great organization.   Companies like Southwest Airlines or Zappos are some of the most well-known examples of companies that have achieved tremendous success by nurturing their culture.  Zappos […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: David Shaw leads tech research

In my executive coaching practice, I often analyze with my clients the constant barrage of demands on their time. One of the most influential books to me on this topic is a short work by author Charles Hummel titled Tyranny of the Urgent! For a successful leader, there are always more demands on your time […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: David Pharr helps coordinate first TEDx event in Mississippi

I am excited to share with our readers this week about a topic I am passionate about — TED. No, not a person — I am talking about the global phenomenon known as TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. This week, I asked David Pharr, one of the coordinators of the first TEDx […] [...]

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