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BOOK BIZ — Story of Japanese brides told with pathos and beauty

by Published: June 20,2014

Tags: books, Business, JACKSON, Mississippi

Published in 2011, this book is a gem and at only 129 pages can be quickly devoured and enjoyed. It may be small in length, but it’s big on thought-provoking pathos. Otsuka uses the plural first-person voice — not an easy writing mechanism — to convey the collective, and yet individual, experience of a group […] [...]

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 […] [...]

JEFFREY GITOMER — You cannot ignore the present. It’s where your sales are!

by Published: June 20,2014

Tags: advertising, Business, gitomer, marketing, Mississippi

My sales perspective flies in the face of traditional selling. And it’s not just a disruption, it’s the new way of sales. What’s your perspective? Here are seven realities to get your thinking started: FIRST REALITY: Traditional selling is aggressive – telling, pitching, manipulating, and closing. This old-world approach to sales is over and has […] [...]

SPENCER RITCHIE — Compromise is not a four-letter word

A guest column in this paper recently contended that federal spending and its detrimental effects was the most important issue in Mississippi’s Republican primary election for United States Senate. I absolutely concur on the importance of this issue. As the father of two children under four and another due in August, I am greatly distressed […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — Commencement speeches we will never hear

The 2014 graduation season will be remembered for speeches not made. And that is not a good thing. It is not new for students to protest against the selection of graduation speakers. During the 1960’s, students spoke out and criticized at graduation ceremonies to protest the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Things settled down for a […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: Farewell to the orange and blue of Southwest Airlines

As we reported previously, Southwest Airlines has left Jackson for greener pastures. Most of us in Jackson are probably sorry to see those orange and blue planes fly away and not return, because it’s bound to limit our travel options, potentially increase costs, and generally take away some measure of convenience.  A great airport is […] [...]

Todd Smith’s Spin Cycle — Google takes a bite out of the Apple, supplants Top Technology Co. as most valuable brand

Google has taken a big bite out of the Apple – and has knocked the Cupertino, Calif. tech giant off as the most valuable brand in the world, according to a recent branding study. Millward Brown, a national brand and marketing research company, has ranked Google as the top brand in the world in its […] [...]

THE SPIN CYCLE — Time – Like other media outlets in our digital world – blurs line between news and advertising

Another media outlet has bitten the dust, and blurred that time-honored line between the news and advertising side of journalism – featuring ads on the front page/front cover. Time Inc., the nation’s largest magazine publisher, is now running Verizon Wireless ads on the cover of two of its most iconic titles, Time and Sports Illustrated. […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Stories of entrepreneurial Mississippians are inspirational

by Published: June 13,2014

Tags: books, Business, Entrepreneurs, Mississippi

Mississippi Entrepreneurs could be classified as a coffee table book since it’s bound with cloth and has a beautiful Mississippi River scene photo on the dust cover, and has content suitable for browsing. However, it’s more than a coffee table book. It’s something of a history of business in Mississippi and, more importantly, full of […] [...]

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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