Posts Tagged ‘Phil Hardwick’

PHIL HARDWICK: The third grade reading gate, book buddies and school principals

by Published: April 16,2015

Tags: Business, column, education, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

For third graders in Mississippi the gate is about to be opened or closed for them to enter the fourth grade next year because this is the year that they must pass a test to make certain they are reading at grade level. The requirement is an effort to make certain that social promotions no […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — Turning things around: Two companies and one federal agency

The cover of the current issue of the Harvard Business Review proclaims, “Making Strategy Work – How to Avoid the Traps and Execute Brilliantly.” Strategy is about how to achieve goals. It is especially important for companies that were once flying high, but have found themselves at a lower altitude. Turning around a struggling company […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: When Bill Cooley talks, people listen

by Published: February 26,2015

Tags: Bill Cooley, Business, Cat Island Books, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

Back in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s there was a string of commercials for a stock brokerage firm that featured someone, usually a professional-type in a public setting, having a conversation with another person. One person would ask, “What does your broker say?” The other person would reply, “My broker is E.F. Hutton, and […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: License plates — the good, bad and ugly

by Published: February 12,2015

Tags: Business, education, license tag, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

License plates, or car tags as they are called in some states, are getting more attention. Some of the attention and related issues are good, some are bad and some are just plain ugly. First, the good. License plates allow for identification of vehicles. One can only imagine what it would be like if there […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: When will Mississippi change its culture?

  “Where are you going?” yelled the fisherman still in the boat. “We have to save these children?” “I’m going upstream, and find out who’s throwing these babies in the water,” he replied. Perhaps it is time to talk about something that we in Mississippi do not want to discuss publicly, but which we lament […] [...]

FROM THE GROUND UP WITH PHIL HARDWICK: The 7 steps to being a leader for a year

by Published: January 16,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

If you have been selected as the leader of a nonprofit organization there are seven steps to making it one of the best years ever for the organization and for you. Whether your organization is local, statewide or national these steps, when taken in order, can be the framework for leading your group. 1. Understand […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — The crazy world of book buying and selling

by Published: December 30,2014

Tags: BookBiz, Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

Amazon has disrupted the book world again. Last year there was a dispute with a major publisher over who set the price of e-books – the publisher or the distributor. This time the quarrel is with self-published authors and others who view Amazon’s recently released Kindle Unlimited as a threat to the incomes of authors. […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — Dispatches from a Mississippian in France

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: Business, France, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

This column is coming to you from France, where my wife and I are on vacation. Each place we go I am asking as many people we deal with as possible if they have ever heard of Mississippi and what they might know of it. After 10 days and numerous conversations it is obvious that […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK — Using life cycle charts to analyze your business and plan your future

by Published: November 7,2014

Tags: Business, charting, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

Life cycle charts can help your business or organization identify its strengths and weaknesses and plan the future. Life cycles are commonly associated with products. In Marketing 101 students are introduced to product life cycles. They learn about the stages of the product life cycle: Growth, stability, decline and renewal. For example, the disposable camera […] [...]

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