Posts Tagged ‘MBJ column’

‘You are your brand’

One of the biggest challenges for any leader is staying in control of the organization’s “product.” Depending on the type of organization, the “’product” may be an actual physical product, service, or some combination of the two. In a hyper-competitive and transparent marketplace, maintaining the quality of your product can mean the difference between success […] [...]

Computerized politics: Salvation or Satan?

The very notion that I would set out to write a commentary on the explosion of technology in politics would be the subject of much mirth amongst the staffers of the Stennis Institute. As further proof that timing is everything, particularly to an incurable political junkie, the close proximity of the Christmas break in academia […] [...]

Helping to improve your financial picture for 2012

By now, the Christmas tree has been put out on the curb and you’re close to finishing all the candies and cakes you didn’t need to begin with. Its time again for that annual ritual and you know what I’m referring to: New Years Resolutions, or, more to the point, financial resolutions for the year […] [...]

THERE YOU HAVE IT column: Things aren’t cool with cable TV

by Ted Carter Published: January 15,2012

Tags: Alabama, ational championship, cable providers, Comcast, LSU, MBJ column, Ted Carter, Ted Turner

In my little world, Comcast choked as bad last Monday night as LSU did in getting rolled by Alabama in college football’s national championship showcase. I would loved to have watched the game in the comfort of my living room but Comcast fixed things to make sure I didn’t. My neighbor and his buddies in […] [...]

Aware of surroundings

by Martin Willoughby Published: January 8,2012

Tags: CEO, Chief Executive Officer, Crossgates River Oaks Hospital, J. Allen Tyra, Martin Willoughby, MBJ column

One of the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs and busy executives is striking a balance between home and work life. In a global economy with 24/7 work demands, we are under more stress than ever. Former CEO of General Electric Jack Welch once said, “There’s no such thing as work-life balance, there are work-life choices, and […] [...]

Assessing is the first step in leadership

by Phil Hardwick Published: January 8,2012

Tags: leadership, MBJ column, nonprofit organizations, organization, Phil Hardwick

A new leader’s first task is to assess the organization and determine what needs to be done. It is often referred to as surveying the environment. Some organizations need the new leader to take the organization to the next level; some organizations need to be shut down. Although these ideas presented here are primarily directed […] [...]

Challenging juncture

Hold on tightly. As we enter 2012, the pace of change in our economy is unlikely to slow down anytime soon. As Vince Poscente stated in his bestseller, “The Age of Speed,” “Speed is a fact of modern life.” This speed is driven by the pace of technological change in our society. Futurist and author […] [...]

Conviction, realism

In America, one of our most revered leaders is founding father George Washington. Because of his role as a military leader and first President, he has iconic status in our culture. What is particularly interesting about Washington as a leader is that he knew, like all of us, that he was not perfect. In his […] [...]

A nation of two different tribes

by Marty Wiseman Published: December 18,2011

Tags: different views, Friedrich Hayek, George Wil, John Maynard Keynes, Marty Wiseman, MBJ column

It is being heard more and more that Americans are divided into two different camps. It is even mentioned that they do not even communicate because they do not speak the same language. Indeed, the verbal combat is escalating and intensifying. Although such talk might have once been considered idle conversation, each day and every […] [...]

Brightly wrapped packages — Dreams and hopes within

At age 61 now, I still marvel at the beauty of a fully decorated Christmas tree. Real trees being best since they can be recycled into fish habitat rather than an attic for fake ones, or a landfill for dead ones, though being ground into flower bed mulch is a pretty good option, too. The […] [...]

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