Posts Tagged ‘leadership’

Gaming company shuffles leadership at three casinos

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Penn National Gaming Inc. has made leadership changes at its three Mississippi properties. Effective next month, Steve Lambert, acting general manager of Hollywood Casino Perryville (now owned and operated by Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc.) since July 2013, has been named general manager of Hollywood Casino Tunica. In addition, under a change […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Baldwin gets it: CEO says leadership is about people

by Martin Willoughby Published: December 20,2013

Tags: Business, leadership, Mississippi

Leadership guru Dr. John Kotter noted in a recent Harvard Business Review article about the distinction between management and leadership, “The confusion around these two terms is massive, and that misunderstanding gets in the way of any reasonable discussion about how to build a company, position it for success and win in the twenty-first century.” […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Betts leading Eubank, Betts, Hirn, Wood, PLLC

by Martin Willoughby Published: October 25,2013

Tags: Business, Frank Betts, leadership, Mississippi

Brian Tracy in his book Goals! emphatically states, “Success is goals, all else is commentary.” He describes the ability to set and achieve goals as a master skill of success. I have found this to be true in the leaders I have interviewed over the years. For these leaders, goal setting is not a one-time […] [...]

Taylor Group CEO understands importance of employees

by Martin Willoughby Published: June 14,2013

Tags: leadership, Martin Willoughby, The Taylor Group, William Taylor

Even though it has been quite a few years now, I remember distinctly in college reading and discussing Tom Peters’ international bestseller “In Search of Excellence”. Peters and his co-author Robert Waterman were McKinsey consultants, and they based the book on their study of 43 of the best run companies in America. Ever since the […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: David Reynolds counts listening as key

by Martin Willoughby Published: March 22,2013

Tags: Blossman Gas, David Reynolds, energy, leadership, Martin Willoughby, utilities

People often think of effective leaders as “talkers.” While the ability to communicate is certainly important and leaders need to be able to share their vision with others, I believe it is equally important for leaders to be great “listeners.” I have heard it said, “We have two ears and only one mouth for a […] [...]

Regions’s Garraway on being a good leader

by Martin Willoughby Published: February 8,2013

Tags: Greg Garraway, leadership, Martin Willoughby, Regions Financial Corp.

Leadership is certainly important all the time, but it is particularly important during turbulent times. I remember a speaker once saying, “If you are not in challenging times now, then brace yourself, they are on the way.” The point is not to have “stinking thinking,” but to recognize the reality that there are challenging times […] [...]

The value of people

by Martin Willoughby Published: January 25,2013

Tags: Frank York, leadership, NewSouth NeuroSpine

Effective leaders understand that the employees in the organization are a tremendous asset. These leaders invest in their teams and help them grow. They realize that employees are not fungible cogs in a machine, but are human beings with dignity and worth. They create positive workplaces and invest in training and development. I am also […] [...]

Defining the gift of leadership

by Martin Willoughby Published: December 24,2012

Tags: leadership, Margaret Mosal, Rod Risley

William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli were two of Great Britain’s most influential statesman of the 19th century. While both achieved great things, their approach to dealing with people was very different. This is illustrated by a story that has been told of a young woman who dined with these famous men on consecutive nights. When […] [...]

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