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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 […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Kristian Agoglia looking good

by Published: April 25,2014

Tags: Business, column, law, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi

A few years ago, Keith McFarland wrote a book titled The Breakthrough Company, which was based on a five-year study he did of more than 7,000 companies. I like his book because it focuses on how middle market companies can achieve lasting success. Too often, business books are geared towards large global companies which has […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Bob Lomenick gains reputation as industry innovator

by Published: April 21,2014

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, Steve Jobs

Thomas Edison once said, “I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent it.” Edison was a prolific innovator with over 1,000 patents in his name. I believe he captured the true spirit of an entrepreneur with his statement. Entrepreneurs are visionaries who are not satisfied with the status quo. While others […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Darden North combines medicine with writing

by Published: April 14,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, writing

A few years ago, authors Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers) and Geoff Colvin (Talent is Overrated) brought to the public’s attention the 10,000 hour rule for becoming an expert. They were citing the research of psychology professor Dr. K. Anders Ericsson in which he concluded that it takes about 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” to truly become […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Music is Dennis Sankovich’s profession and passion

by Published: April 7,2014

Tags: Business, business. entrepreneur, Mississippi

I believe one of Mississippi’s real opportunities is to leverage its rich culture. Around the state there are individuals, groups and organizations who are trying to make their communities richer through the arts and education. One of Mississippi’s notable success stories in this area is the Mississippi State University Riley Center located in the heart […] [...]

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