Posts Tagged ‘column’

WILLOUGHBY — David Burckel leads growth of Southern Bone & Joint

by Martin Willoughby Published: March 7,2014

Tags: Business, column, Mississippi

A common trait that I see in the leaders that I interview is the ability to build a high trust organization. Stephen M.R. Covey wrote a bestselling book on this topic titled “The SPEED OF TRUST, The One Thing That Changes Everything.” In particular, I like Covey’s statement, “The first job of a leader — […] [...]

IKE TROTTER: Health care costs on Social Security

by Ike Trotter Published: March 7,2014

Tags: Business, column, Greenville, Ike Trotter, Mississippi

Social Security provides one of the most dependable sources of income for retirees and their families. In fact, for a majority of retirees today, Social Security accounts for at least half of their income (Source: Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2013). What we are seeing, however, is more of that income being spent […] [...]

GITOMER: Online subscriptions offer amazing perks and value

by Jeffrey Gitomer Published: February 21,2014

Tags: Business, column, Jeffrey Gitomer, Mississippi

Online publications are the rage and the future. They offer amazing value for the publisher, for the advertiser, and for the reader. They also offer more than significant cost reduction for all three players. BACKGROUND: I moved to Charlotte in 1988. I brought as much of the Northeast with me as I possibly could. That […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Customer focused — Frank Fair grows business

by Martin Willoughby Published: February 21,2014

Tags: Business, column, economic development, leadership, Mississippi, small business

A friend of mine shared a quote that has stuck with me, “Salespeople and bartenders make the world go round; the rest of us are just bystanders.” I share this quote in jest to emphasize the point that the ability to sell your product or service is CRITICAL. While this may seem obvious, I have […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S THE SPIN CYCLE: Media Tips, Crisis Communications & Negative Press, Oh My!

by Ross Reily Published: February 21,2014

Tags: Business, column, economic development, Mississippi, public relations, Todd Smith

As a former journalist, avid writer and lover of well-crafted turns of phrase, I spend a lot of time at our shop coaching, advising and strategizing with companies and organizations on how to come out on top while navigating the pitfalls of tough interviews, simmering crises and negative news. At Deane, Smith & Partners, we […] [...]

PARENTAL GUIDANCE — Walker Tann learns about business from family

by Martin Willoughby Published: February 17,2014

Tags: Business, column, leadership, Mississippi

In the United States, there are more than 75 million Baby Boomers, and it is estimated that approximately 7 million of them are privately held business owners. I reference these facts because there are a large number of family-owned business owners in Mississippi that will are or will be thinking through how to transition their […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — 88 countries, brands on display at Winter Olympics

by For the MBJ Published: February 17,2014

Tags: Business, column, marketing, Mississippi

With the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics, all eyes are on the Black Sea city of Sochi as Russia hosts its first ever winter games under a cloud of controversy. As we tune-in to the all the pageantry, athleticism and spirited competition, the 88 countries participating in the games become the dominant global brands […] [...]

ALEX LITTLEJOHN — Passage of Farm Bill good for state farmers and Mississippi conservation

by For the MBJ Published: February 17,2014

Tags: Alex Littlejohn, Business, column, Mississippi, Natural Resource Conservation Service

On Feb. 4, 2014, the U.S. Senate joined the House of Representatives in a bi-partisan vote to approve re-authorization of the U.S. Farm Bill. Mississippi’s entire delegation — Congressmen Thompson, Harper, Nunnelee, and Palazzo, as well as Senators Cochran and Wicker — all supported the measure. As Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator […] [...]

GITOMER — How is a cup of coffee like a sale? When it’s with a customer!

by Jeffrey Gitomer Published: February 17,2014

Tags: Business, column, Jeffrey Gitomer, Mississipp

I like coffee. Dark, black coffee. Espresso. No cream. No sugar. Just dark, black coffee. You? But I look at coffee differently than you do. I don’t “wake up and drink it.” I venture out to a coffee shop and an early morning meeting, and oh, by the way, I have coffee. My goal each […] [...]

FRANK BROWN — Bosses, can you weather the storm?

by Frank Brown Published: February 17,2014

Tags: Business, column, Frank Brown, Mississippi, Weather

As snow accumulated on the street in front of my house on a recent Tuesday morning, I thoughtfully evaluated the situation. According to local news outlets, Twitter and Facebook, the mayhem guy had taken over, causing a variety of traffic accidents along the path to my downtown office. I’ve made my share of dumb decisions […] [...]

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