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MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Mike Morgan has calmness of mind

by Published: August 29,2014

Tags: Business, column, Mike Morgan, Mississippi

One thing I have noticed about truly effective leaders is that they are able to keep good  perspective and know how to effectively handle stress. They are “cool” under pressure. We tend to think in extremes as it relates to stress. The goal is not to eliminate stress from our lives or we will never […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — State roots key to Edge Theory’s Joe Stradinger

by Published: August 22,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, technology

Mississippi, the home of literary greats such as Faulkner, Morris and Welty, arguably has had more than its fair share of people talented with the gift of words. Joe Stradinger, founder and CEO of Edge Theory, and I recently discussed this cultural history. We joked that perhaps the soil is richer here in Mississippi. Joe’s […] [...]

Sense of mission — Patti Gandy brings passion to Mission First Legal Aid Office

Native Mississippian and motivational guru Zig Ziglar once said, “Outstanding people have one thing in common: An absolute sense of mission.” Based on my observation of successful leaders, I would wholeheartedly agree with Ziglar’s conclusion. These leaders have discovered their true passion and are living “on purpose” with focus and determination.  Mission driven individuals inspire […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Everyone’s leadership style unique, says Jackson’s Patrick McCraney

by Published: August 11,2014

Tags: Business, law, leadership, Memphis, Mississippi

In February of 2005, I was practicing in a two-person law firm when my law partner and good friend Jesse Harrington passed away. It was a time of great difficulty, and I considered what path to next take in life. I distinctly remember someone sharing with me to not make any drastic changes for at […] [...]

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. […] [...]

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