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PHIL HARDWICK: When will Mississippi change its culture?

  “Where are you going?” yelled the fisherman still in the boat. “We have to save these children?” “I’m going upstream, and find out who’s throwing these babies in the water,” he replied. Perhaps it is time to talk about something that we in Mississippi do not want to discuss publicly, but which we lament […] [...]

FROM THE GROUND UP WITH PHIL HARDWICK: The 7 steps to being a leader for a year

by Published: January 16,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

If you have been selected as the leader of a nonprofit organization there are seven steps to making it one of the best years ever for the organization and for you. Whether your organization is local, statewide or national these steps, when taken in order, can be the framework for leading your group. 1. Understand […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — The crazy world of book buying and selling

by Published: December 30,2014

Tags: BookBiz, Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

Amazon has disrupted the book world again. Last year there was a dispute with a major publisher over who set the price of e-books – the publisher or the distributor. This time the quarrel is with self-published authors and others who view Amazon’s recently released Kindle Unlimited as a threat to the incomes of authors. […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: Characteristics of a good year-end fundraising letter

by Published: December 18,2014

Tags: Business, column, economic development, Mississippi, NEWS

Another December day; another solicitation letter. The end of the calendar year is approaching, and that means that fundraising letters compete with catalogues and holiday cards for space in the mailbox. Some fundraising letters are compelling. They make one want to immediately write a check, volunteer for community service or pledge some exceptional amount. And […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — Dispatches from a Mississippian in France

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: Business, France, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

This column is coming to you from France, where my wife and I are on vacation. Each place we go I am asking as many people we deal with as possible if they have ever heard of Mississippi and what they might know of it. After 10 days and numerous conversations it is obvious that […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — Using life cycle charts to analyze your business and plan your future

by Published: November 7,2014

Tags: Business, charting, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

Life cycle charts can help your business or organization identify its strengths and weaknesses and plan the future. Life cycles are commonly associated with products. In Marketing 101 students are introduced to product life cycles. They learn about the stages of the product life cycle: Growth, stability, decline and renewal. For example, the disposable camera […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: Ten business lessons from Monica Harrigill

by Published: October 23,2014

Tags: Business, COLUMNS, Mississippi, NEWS, win

Some businesspeople exude enthusiasm. It inspires other people. Then there are businesspeople who radiate contagious enthusiasm, which the kind that infects others with enthusiasm. Such is the case with Monica Harrigill, vice president of Jackie’s International and a 2004 winner of the Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40. In addition to currently managing eight […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: Who matters most to the small business owner?

by Published: October 9,2014

Tags: Business, column, Mississippi, Phil Hardwick, small business

The small business owner must serve four masters. They are the customer, the employee, the product or service and the owner himself or herself? Each is important, but is there one more important than the others?  The four perspectives about each are presented for discussion before revealing that there is evidence that suggests one provides […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — Buy and flip or buy and hold?

by Published: September 24,2014

Tags: Business, column, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

Dear Phil: My husband and I have an opportunity to buy a rather run-down house in a nearby neighborhood. I feel like it is just too good an opportunity to pass up. We are undecided on whether to buy it and resell it as is, buy it and have a contractor make the necessary repairs […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: Change — you must embrace it and learn to manage it

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, Phil Hardwick

Before reading this column, complete the following sentence with the very first thing that comes to your mind: I never dreamed I’d see the day that … Over the past 20 years or more I have opened many a presentation with that little exercise. It is fascinating to see how the responses have changed. When […] [...]

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