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BOOK BIZ — An inspiring, instructive look at a value-investing great with Investing the Templeton Way

by Published: August 22,2014

Tags: Book Biz, Business, Mississippi, Sir John Templeton

One word sprung to mind repeatedly as I read Investing the Templeton Way: courage. Simply put, courage defined the life and times of the renowned global value investor Sir John Templeton, and reading about how he approached investing left me both impressed and inspired. Born in 1912 in the small town of Winchester, Tennessee, Templeton […] [...]

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 […] [...]

ALAN TURNER — The ‘Internet of things’ is focus of Camgian’s Gary Butler

by Published: August 22,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, tech 21, technology

I  recently had the opportunity to meet and get acquainted with Gary Butler, CEO of Camgian Microsystems, based in Starkville. Gary paints a fascinating picture of the “digital future.” Camgian has emerged as a leader in developing advanced information technologies and solutions, from ultra-low power processors to advanced sensing platforms and innovations that are enabling […] [...]

JEFFREY GITOMER — ‘Why’ of sales and selling will lead you there

by Published: August 22,2014

Tags: advertising, Business, editorial, Jeffrey Gitomer, Mississippi

I  sat in a Jim Rohn seminar one day in 1995 and heard him say, “Formal education will earn you a living. Self-education will earn you a fortune. You decide how much of a fortune you want to earn by how willing you are to self-educate.” I was frozen in my front-row seat. A stunning […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — ‘Newsjacking’ is latest social media phenom

Anyone remember this famous tweet from Waffle House – “We don’t believe in Belgium Waffles”? It happened during Team USA’s run in the World Cup. As you know, Waffle House got a little notoriety from that soccer success as well. This act of genius coined a new term used frequently by David Meerman Scott, a […] [...]

JEFFREY GITOMER: What CEOs want to talk about (HINT: It ain’t your product)

Everyone tells you to meet with the decision maker. Everyone tells you to meet with the CEO. However, it seems no one offers any advice on what to SAY when you get to that meeting, what to DO when you get to that meeting, or what to ASK when you get to that meeting. HARSH […] [...]

THE SPIN CYCLE — Pitching pitfalls that drive journalists crazy

How well do us PR practitioners and journalists get along? Sometimes it’s easy to avoid common mistakes that will prevent your brand from getting covered and possibly ruin your relationship with the journalist – and who better than journalists themselves to give us tips? With the help of Martin Bryant, editor-in-chief at The Next Web, […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Differences in confidence decoded and deconstructed

The Confidence Code, at first glance, may seem like a book only relevant to women, thanks to its subtitle. While it is geared towards them, I’d argue that anyone who works with or manages women, or teaches young girls, or has women they care about in their lives, could learn a lot from reading this […] [...]

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 […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: C Spire pushes to deliver 1 GBPS broadband Internet in Mississippi

by Published: August 15,2014

Tags: Apple, Business, C Spire, Dave Miller, iPhone, Mac, Mississippi, technology

When Dave Miller, senior manager for media relations at C Spire, dropped by our offices the other day, we took the opportunity to chat with him about the company’s progress toward delivering 1 Gig Internet speeds within the state of Mississippi. “We expect to make our first connections in Ridgeland this fall,” he said. “When […] [...]

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