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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 […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: Mississippi’s in’adequate’ public schools

Public School Districts all over Mississippi are still signing up to sue the state for lack of funding according to the formula established under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. MAEP, as it is called, passed as law in 1997 and has only been “adequately” funded twice. 19 districts have signed on to the lawsuit so […] [...]

TODD SMITH: Ray Rice Crisis Sacks NFL Image, Identity

by Published: September 19,2014

Tags: corporate branding, domestic violence, image, NFL, Ray Rice

Wow, what a difference a week makes in the world of corporate branding. In the last Spin Cycle, we discussed some challenges the NFL faces that could tarnish its image – including the simmering Ray Rice crisis. That was before the full version of the Rice elevator assault video surfaced. Now, Roger Goodell and the […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Nicole Kemp: National transportation manager for Levi Strauss is a committed GOP supporter

At a dinner Nicole Kemp says one of the great things about her job as National Transportation Manager for Levi Strauss is that she “gets to wear jeans every day.”  Hmm — definitely makes sense if you happen to work for the country’s oldest and largest maker of blue jeans. She manages all of the […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: A conversation with Knight Kiplinger

I had an opportunity to visit with Knight Kiplinger recently while he was in town for a Regions Bank event, and our discussion ranged over a broad spectrum of economic and business issues. Kiplinger’s company, based in Washington, was originally founded in 1920, which makes it one of the oldest financial information publishing companies in […] [...]

Pence chooses Medicaid solution over TEA rhetoric

by Published: September 19,2014

Tags: Medicaid, Medicaid solution, Mike Pence, TEA Party Caucus

Most real Tea Partiers know of Mike Pence. The uncompromising champion of lower taxes, smaller government and earmark reform, Pence served six terms in Congress, including time as chairman of the hard-core conservative Republican Study Group. He was a member of the TEA Party Caucus, got a 95 percent grade from the Club for Growth […] [...]

JEFFREY GITOMER: Are you a social sales pacesetter? Or are you losing business to one?

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, Jeffrey Gitomer, Mississippi

Here are a few questions to get your social sales juices flowing: Why are big companies interested in big data? Why are formerly non-social companies suddenly scouring and analyzing social data? Why is “mobile” the new “social?” Why is “cloud” the new data room? Often referred to as pacesetters, companies that have chosen to embrace […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — As the NFL kicks-off, here are top branding mistakes that could delay the game

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, marketing, Mississippi, public relations

The NFL season has officially kicked-off, and hardly anything can sack the brand that has become the most successful sport across the land. However, the sport, like any entity, has its challenges, and it will be interesting to see how the league navigates serious pitfalls as it seeks to add luster to its golden image. […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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