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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 […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Michelle Phillips grows into role as senior executive at BHN

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: Bladder Health Network, Business, column, Mississippi

I  have noticed that there is a certain drive that motivates great leaders to try harder, reach further, and persist in the face of challenges. Famed football coach Lou Holtz once said, “Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.” We all have challenges in life. […] [...]

Martin Willoughby talks to Joel Bomgar

by Published: September 24,2014

Tags: Business, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi, NEWS

Joel Bomgar is the founder of Bomgar Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise remote support solutions.  The company had an ownership change in May when TA Associates, a global private equity firm, acquired a majority interest in the company.   MW: Joel, what has life been like for you after the Bomgar ownership change?   […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Harrison uses baseball experience in business

by Published: September 19,2014

Tags: Harrison Homes, Tyler Harrison

One of the great joys I have in writing this column is that I get the opportunities to meet a wide variety of leaders. Some have been leading for decades and are in a stage of life where they are mentoring others while others are in the building phase of their career. Having studied the […] [...]

Following footprints — Josh Gilreath succeeds Buckner as state director of FCA

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi, NEWS

Great achievements in life are never solo endeavors. Sometimes we forget that. We can be like the turtle on the fencepost. As the story goes, “If you’re walking along a fence and spot a turtle sitting atop a fencepost, you know it didn’t get there by itself.” True leaders have the humility to recognize the […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: New Mississippi College law dean has ability to turn vision into reality

by Published: September 4,2014

Tags: Business, Butler Snow, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi

One of the most powerful things a leader can do is to speak vision into an organization and individuals.  President Woodrow Wilson once said, “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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