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PHIL HARDWICK: Become involved in serving your community

Sooner or later, successful business persons will be asked to serve on a nonprofit board of directors.  Such service can be rewarding, but the outcome can be miserable if there is a bad match between board member and organization. To help avoid a potential bad experience and to help you evaluate whether you and the organization are a good match, the ...

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Analysis: Pickering’s school funding ideas cut against grain

Legislative leaders recently said that they’d still like to rewrite Mississippi’s public school funding formula, and urged people with ideas to speak up. State Auditor Stacey Pickering did. At least one of the things he wants is very different than what lawmakers considered this spring. Pickering has been a longtime critic of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the current funding ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Fear, hate messaging makes government the enemy

The first principle is that everyone is scared,” said Mike. “The second principle is that everyone hates.”   Wondering what drives our politics these days? Read Eugene Burdick’s powerful 1956 novel, The Ninth Wave. “A prescient and still relevant story,” opined one critic. The opening quotations come from the book’s lead character, Mike Freesmith, who harnessed the power of fear and ...

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JEFFREY GITOMER — The BIG secrets of enthusiastic emotional engagement

What is engagement? Better stated, how can you engage other people to become interested in you and your product or service? Dale Carnegie (How to Win Friends and Influence People) says by becoming interested in them. And he’s partially right. The reality, and the secret of engagement is that BOTH people must be mutually engaged and mutually interested, and BOTH ...

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TODD SMITH — Brands come to rescue of Texas towns devastated by Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey wrought crippling destruction across Texas, killing dozens and injuring many more, inundating Houston and leaving a trail of devastation and thousands without food and shelter. While many brands are using social media to encourage people to donate to the American Red Cross, some brands are taking that a step further, driving supplies to Texas, finding ways to provide ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Monuments and unflagging passions

Morgan Freeman turned the tables on me while I was interviewing him about 25 years ago. “What should we do about the flag?” Freeman asked me. Flag? What do you mean? I said. Oh, right. The state flag with the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy on the upper left corner. I didn’t have a considered answer because I had ...

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TODD SMITH — Solar eclipse outshined Super Bowl on social

Last week’s solar eclipse spurred more than 9 million tweets globally, along with 240 million interactions (posts, reactions, shares and comments) from more than 66 million Facebook users. Twitter showcased how the volume of conversation about the eclipse aligned with its path across the U.S. with an insightful interactive map. The Weather Channel’s Chasing Eclipse 2017 Twitter livestream reached 7.1 ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Does generals’ ‘coup’ put war-bringers in charge?

Seven Days in May, written by Fletcher Kneble and Charles Bailey and published in 1962, portrays a tense, nearly successful coup of American government by a cadre of senior generals. A quote on the cover of the paperback attributed to the Army Times said, “They say it can’t happen here, but if it does, it probably will be pretty much as Knebel and ...

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Analysis: Pressure rises on pension fund to seek more money

An outside adviser is telling Mississippi’s public pension system that it should change its accounting policies in a way that would sharply increase required contributions to keep the system solvent over the long run, adding to financial pressure on the Public Employees Retirement System. GRS Retirement Consulting made the recommendations last week, as part of its audit of the system’s ...

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